The spirit of America’s Old West runs deep in Tooele County and is strongly felt while watching bruised yet courageous cowboys ride bucking broncs and bulls during one of the county’s summertime rodeos. What was once a hobby has become a serious sport with prize money and bragging rights. But the spirit of rodeo here remains true to its roots: a community event that brings people together in celebration of a shared Old West heritage. This years rodeo schedule promises to be the biggest and most competitive in memory. The triple crown in Tooele County—the Deseret Peak PRCA Stampede, the Bit N’ Spur Fourth of July Rodeo, and the Rush Valley Jackpot Rodeo—is sure to draw big crowds with thrills and plenty of spills.

The tenth-annual Deseret Peak Stampede is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association and is the biggest pro rodeo in the county. This year’s event runs during the annual Deseret Peak Days celebration. For more information and dates check back again or call (435) 830-0618 or see deseretpeakcomplex.com.

The Bit N’ Spur Rodeo is one of the longest continuously held rodeos in Utah. This year’s 65th annual event will again be held over Independence Day weekend, with events staged in the outdoor arena at Deseret Peak Complex. The fun will begin each night at 7 p.m. with mutton bustin’ for kids 8 and under, followed by the main events at 8 p.m. For more information, call (435) 882-2463 or see deseretpeakcomplex.com.

Rush Valley has always been one of the traditional centers of horse culture in the county—a tradition that will be celebrated again this year with the 39th Annual Rush Valley Jackpot Rodeo. Usually held the second Saturday of July, the event will be held in picturesque Red Kirk Arena. For more information, contact Teresa Neil at (435) 837-2235.

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