It’s time to dust your boots off and get ready for the Western extravaganza of the year! Colorado State University has a long and storied connection to the National Western Stock Show – beginning with 600 students arriving with their livestock at the first Stock Show in 1906.

This year, CSU will have a presence throughout the Stock Show. The university welcomes CSU students, employees, alumni, families, friends and guests to take advantage of discounted prices on reserved seating at the National Western Stock Show, and an opportunity to reconnect with the university during the two weeks at the show.

Special prices for CSU students, employees, alumni and friends


The National Western Stock Show is Jan. 6-21, 2018, at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver. The show kicks off with a traditional parade down 17th Street in Denver on Jan. 4, and alumni and friends are invited to watch CAM the Ram and the Ramhandlers walk in the parade at the CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St., Denver.

Prices offered are not available to the general public. Tickets purchased through this special offer are free of all service charges. Save a total of $8.50 per ticket ($4 off the ticket price and $4.50 off the service fee) when you attend the 11 a.m. Rodeo on CSU Day Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Additionally, receive a $2 discount for tickets purchased on other dates. Tickets must be purchased online through the National Western Stock Show link,, or by phone at 303-295-2979. Enter promo code NWSSCSU for the discount. Discounts are not available at the Stock Show Box Office.

Stock_Show_3CSU Day at the Stock Show Jan. 13

CSU Day at the Stock Show is a celebration of Western heritage and Ram pride. On Saturday, Jan. 13 Enjoy free CSU giveaways and pictures with CAM the Ram. The discounted $17-$22 rodeo ticket includes entry to the Stock Show grounds, the 11 a.m. Pro Rodeo, mutton bustin’ competitions, entertainment and more. To purchase tickets visit For more information, call (303) 376-2624 or e-mail

While at the Stock Show, plan to stop by the CSU exhibit booths on the second and third floors of the Hall of Education for information on academic programs and athletics, CSU giveaways and more. The booths will be staffed during the entire 16-day run of the show. Among the exhibitors: Colorado State Forest Service, CSU Extension, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, CSU’s Vice President for Research, CSU’s Seedstock Merchandising Team, CSU Online, 4-H, Alumni Association, CSU Athletics, College of Business, One Health Institute, Temple Grandin Equine Center, Walter Scott College of Engineering, and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Stock_Show_2Ag Adventure

CSU’s Ag Adventure, located next to the CSU booth, is an interactive exhibit created in conjunction with several Colorado commodity groups that teaches children about where their food comes from. The exhibit includes information from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau and commodity groups such as beef, dairy, eggs, potatoes, corn, wheat and honey producers. This year, 4-H’s Cowboy Ethics will be a part of the Ag Adventure exhibit.

Guided tours are offered by 4-H agents from Adams, Jefferson, Broomfield, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas and Boulder counties to about 20,000 school-aged children from the Denver metro area during the weekdays and other busy times, but self-guided tours are also available during off-hours. In all, more than 70,000 people visited Ag Adventure last year.

4-H Day at the Stock Show, January 12

Friday, Jan. 12, has been designated as 4-H Day at the NWSS. Each year on 4-H Day, the 15 member State 4-H Officer team attends the stock show and rodeo. From 9 a.m. until the afternoon rodeo performance, State Officers and State 4-H staff are available at the CSU booth to answer questions about 4-H and hand out free giveaways, including clover tattoos.

Seedstock Merchandising Team

Seedstock-300x243The CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team, a select group of eight undergraduate students, will be competing at the National Western Stock Show with two pens of cattle. The students selected these cattle from the 2017-born calf crop produced at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center in Fort Collins. Since selecting them this fall, the team has been developing and preparing these cattle for the upcoming show. The team will have cattle at the Stock Show Jan. 10-17 (Jan. 13 is CSU day at the Stock Show). During that time, students will host a CSU booth in “the yards.” The team will host a free lunch in the CSU yard pens on Thursday, Jan. 11, at noon and will show their cattle on Friday, Jan. 12, beginning at 8 a.m. (heifers) and 9:30 a.m. (bulls).

New! National Western Center

CSU is proud to be part of a re-imagined National Western Center that will celebrate the pioneering spirit and promise of the West through year-round education, commerce, and entertainment.  You can find more information about the master plan for the new National Western Center by clicking here.