Frontier Park Photos - Home Of The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - Morning: Frontier Park.
Also known as the "Daddy of 'em All," Cheyenne Frontier Days has been held annually since 1897. Currently held the last full week of July, during the 10 days of the celebration there's a lot going on: The rodeo, concerts, a midway, an air show, pancake breakfasts, dances, and more.
Below you will find photos of Frontier Park, the home of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
Frontier Park Photos
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The Public Relations building at Frontier Park. The yellow arrow is pointing to the white trailer called "The Barrel" that serves as the press credentials office. This is where Bill and I picked up our CowboyWay.com media passes.
To the right of the photo above (east) was the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. It's a really interesting museum that's open all year round, not just during Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The entrance to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.
After a quick look around close to where we parked, we wandered farther into Frontier Park. Here's an overview of it. Not everything is mentioned or shown, but it still provides a handy point of reference for the photos below.
Overview of Frontier Park. Not everything is mentioned / shown.
The photo below was taken on the north end of the racetrack, facing south. To the right (west) is B Stand. In front of B Stand is the racetrack, then, just out of sight to the left (east), is the arena. Catch pens and other pens (not shown) are to the photographer's left.
Photo taken on the racetrack, facing south. B Stand is to the right (west).
Here's pretty much the same shot from the opposite direction. This photo was taken at the south end of the racetrack, facing north. To the left (west) is B Stand. In front of B Stand is the racetrack, then, just out of sight to the right (east), is the arena. The path on the right-hand side of the photo, between the racetrack and the arena, leads to the photo pit.
Photo taken on the racetrack, facing north. B Stand is to the left (west).
This photo was taken from inside the arena, facing west directly at B stand. At 7:30am there were volunteers, many more than seen in the photo, cleaning the stands from the concert the night before.
Volunteers cleaning B Stand at 7:30am.
This photo was taken from inside the arena, facing east. You can see the bucking chutes, and behind them, East Stand. Notice that the chutes are numbered 0 through 00, and that there is not a number 9 bucking chute. There is a number 9 chute, however. See the photo after this one.
Photo taken from the arena, facing the bucking chutes (east). East Stand is behind the bucking chutes.
This photo was taken from inside the arena facing south. It shows the location of chute 9 at Frontier Park: It's the timed event chute. East Stand is to the left (east) and B Stand is to the right (west).
Photo taken from the arena, facing Chute 9 (south). "Chute 9" is what they timed event chute at Cheyenne.
Here is a shot of Cheyenne Frontier Days' famous photo pit. Photo taken from the arena, with back to the bucking chutes, facing west. Behind the photo pit is the racetrack, then B Stand.
Photo taken from the arena, back to the bucking chutes, facing west. The yellow oval is circling the photo pit.
Here's kind of a bird's eye view of things. Above Chute 9 (which is the timed event chute at the south end of the arena) was a small covered seating area with a sign that said "Jack's Roost." This photo was taken from Jack's Roost. To the left (west) is B stand, then (moving right) the race track, a narrow path that leads to the photo pit, then the arena. The bucking chutes and East Stand are out of sight to the right (East). The blue arrow is pointing to the photo pit. The yellow arrow is pointing to a long gate between the arena and the racetrack.
Frontier Park from up high. Photo taken looking to the north, with B stand to the left (west).
Here's a view from Jack's Roost showing the opposite side of the arena than the photo above. The yellow arrow is pointing to the bucking chutes. Above the bucking chutes is East Stand.
Frontier Park from up high. Photo taken looking to the north, with East Stand stand to the right (east).
OK, now we've left the arena and walked to the east, behind East Stand.
This photo was taken facing (pretty much) to the west. We were standing on the racetrack, then you can see a dirt road / access area, livestock pens, then the back of East Stand. Behind us is Wild Horse Gulch.
While they can't be seen in the photo, beneath East Stand are concessions, restrooms, the Cowboy Ready Area, a medic station for the contestants, etc.
Photo taken facing west toward the back of East stand.
While we were standing there someone turned a few broncs out to move them to another pen. They started out just trotting along……
Broncs moving to a different pen.
......then took off into a lope just for the fun of it.
They took off at a lope until I lost sight of them.
Now we've moved further east still. Below are photos of Wild Horse Gulch, which sits at the east edge of Frontier Park. It's a pretty area for vendors that's lined with trees and old-west style building fronts.
This sign lets you know you're entering Wild Horse Gulch.
The south end of Wild Horse Gulch, facing north.
There are all kinds of vendors throughout Wild Horse Gulch.
As it got closer to rodeo time we worked our way back closer to the arena. We passed by pens of broncs and bulls on the way.
A beautiful face: Harry Vold's Painted Valley.
Underneath of East Stand, we ate lunch and watched as roughstock contestants made their way to the Cowboy Ready Area.
A roughstock contestant enters the Cowboy Ready Area.
Then we climbed these steps on the backside of East Stand……
Stairs behind East Stand.
......and took a few photos.
Another beautiful face.
Bulls and broncs behind East Stand. The buildings at the top of the photo are the backside of Wild Horse Gulch.
Roughstock contestants in the Cowboy Ready Area.
Coming down the stairs, we went back underneath East Stand, past the Cowboy Medic station……
Cowboy Medic station.
......to this short tunnel to the area behind the bucking chutes.
From underneath of East Stand, this short passage leads to the bucking chutes.
Behind the bucking chutes, south end, looking north.
Bill got into position at the north end of the bucking chutes.
Bill at the north end of the bucking chutes.
I got into position at the south end of the bucking chutes.
Emma at the south end of the bucking chutes.
It was getting closer to rodeo time. Photographs going into the photo pit made their way across the arena. Behind the photographer, on the racetrack, you can see the Challenge Rodeo Performance for children with special needs was going on.
A photographer walking through the arena to the photo pit.
Then, finally, it was 12:45pm. Time for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo!
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- The Cheyenne Frontier Days website: http://www.cfdrodeo.com
- The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum website: www.oldwestmuseum.org. This was a really enjoyable museum that we didn't get to spend near enough time in. The museum is open year round, by the way, so if you're in Cheyenne sometime be sure to check it out.
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