It’s stock show time in Denver

Silverado Ranch Texas longhorn herd at Stock Show Parade. (Courtesy photo.)

The iconic tradition of longhorn cattle marching through the streets of downtown Denver can only mean one thing … it’s stock show time. The National Western Stock Show, presented by CommonSpirit Health, opens its doors on Jan. 6. But not before the annual pilgrimage of longhorn cattle, western wagons, horses, and pooper scoopers make their way through Denver for the Stock Show Kick-off Parade, presented by Arrow Electronics. Download Parade Map

The herd of Texas Longhorns traipsing through the Denver streets comes from Silverado Ranch, headquartered at Monument and Ellicott, Colorado. Ranch owners Stan Searle and Gary Lake will continue a tradition that began in 2006, celebrating the 100th year of stock show. Helping them with the “downtown cattle drive” will be cowhands from several area ranches. This unique annual spectacle has earned Denver the distinction of being the only major city in the country where Texas Longhorns are herded loose through the streets. 

The doors to the 118th National Western Stock Show open at 9 a.m. on Jan. 6, for 16 days of celebrating Colorado’s iconic western heritage, action-packed pro rodeos, horse shows, family events, acres of shopping, and the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows. With over 300 events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“We are so excited to open our doors for the 118th edition of Stock Show,” said Paul Andrews, president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Based on our livestock entries, rodeo, and event ticket sales, and the sheer excitement around our state, Stock Show is the place to be this month.”

Here is some important information for attendees to know before you go. Parking near the NW complex fills quickly, and several lots are permit-only. [Stock Show Parking Map] For a hassle-free experience, head straight to the free parking and complimentary shuttles at Coors Field. These dedicated lots for Stock Show guests have easy access off Park Avenue and Wazee. The Coors Field lot opens at 8 a.m. daily, with complimentary shuttles running every 15 minutes. Arrive at the Coors Field parking lot one hour before the ticketed show time for a seamless experience. 

Alternative Transportation: Consider ride-sharing with Lyft or Uber, with designated spots in front of Denver Coliseum for drop-off and pick-up. The RTD N-Line stops at the National Western Center station, providing an easy walk or short shuttle ride to the Stock Show.

Grounds admission and event tickets are on sale now at