Sweetwater County Hosts the Mountain States
Circuit Finals Rodeo Aug 30, 2012

From Rodeos to Wild Horses, Sweetwater County is Cowboy Country

Sweetwater County, Wyo. - Sweetwater County Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyo., will host the 2012 Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, Oct. 25-27. The weekend will be chock-full of wild riding, skilled cowboys, thousands of dollars in cash awards and a chance to compete at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. It's just one of the reasons Sweetwater County is cowboy country.

Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing. An all-around champion will also be recognized as the most talented and versatile wrangler in the region. Rodeo-goers are in for some mighty fine entertainment packed into seconds-long bursts of cow handling, rope throwing, bronco busting and hold-your-breath bull bucking.

Sweetwater County is a well-known hot spot for rodeos, thanks in large part to the fine facilities at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, which draws thousands of rodeo competitors and tourists each year. This premier complex is a big part of the reason Barrel Horse News Magazine named Rock Springs one of the top 10 small town barrel racing destinations. The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) State Finals are Sept. 28-30. In July the events complex hosted the "World's Largest Rodeo" - the National High School Finals Rodeo - a 10-day event that will come to Sweetwater for the next three years. Also in July the Red Desert Roundup - twice voted "The Best Mountain States Circuit PRCA Rodeo" - was in town to kick off "Wyoming's Big Show," the county fair.

For visitors who can't get enough of the cowboy culture, Sweetwater County offers a hat-full of Wild West activities and attractions. On the Pilot-Butte Scenic Loop Tour, a huge herd of wild horses exemplify the region's untamed frontier spirit as they race across the grand Wyoming landscape. Additionally, Sweetwater County is home to more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than anywhere in the U.S., including portions of the Pony Express. The town of Green River is the perfect place to hit the hay after a long day on the Wyoming range. It earned the top spot on the list of the top five desert hideaways by American Cowboy magazine.

Visit the Sweetwater County website for trail information, as well as a calendar listing, itineraries and other vacation planning tools.

About Sweetwater County
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as "Flaming Gorge Country," the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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