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True West Rodeo Takes Durango for a Ride

With its narrow gauge rails, carriage rides, chuckwagon suppers, speakeasies and cowboy gatherings, Durango undoubtedly embraces its Old West heritage. Perhaps, among the most accessible Western experiences for locals and tourists alike is the True West Rodeo, which features bucking broncos, bull riding, barrel racing and the like every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. until August 2.

Tickets are available online, or you can make your way down to the La Plata County Fairgrounds for tickets at the door, which run $15 for adults and $10 for youth, veterans and seniors. A new, local non-profit benefits each week during intermission.

Check out our slideshow from the June 8 True West Rodeo.

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Crow-hopping like a possessed pogo stick, this bronco tried his best to put this cowboy in the dirt.

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This bronc buster earned his spurs on this wild ride.

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Shielding her eyes, this cowgirl had a technique unmatched by the boys.

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Showing the bull who's boss, this cowboy knew what he was doing.

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This tenderfoot was throttled out the gate on his mutton bustin' lap.

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Calve wrangling was highly entertaining, combining precise lasso work with a high-speed gallop.

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The rodeo clown prepares to be in position, should the rider take a fall.

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Exceeding speeds of 35mph is all part of the job when barrel racing.

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This mustang had more fight in him than even this cowboy could handle.

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As the sun when down the action didn't stop at the Rodeo.

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Only the young were brave enough to ride the bulls.

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This mini mutton buster got freight trained.

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The intensity and grit needed to hang on during the high-speed 180 degree turns made in barrel racing events was incredible.

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At only 3 years old, this youngster showed the crowd what mutton bustin' is all about.

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Bronco - 1 Cowboy - 0

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By the look on his face, this cowboy had the ride of his life!

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A true western wrangler practicing his lasso skills in front of the stadium.

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Kicking up dirt and dust after a wild ride, this bronco was caught, thanks to a lead rope and the skilled hands of one of the wranglers.

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