The Bruneau Rounup Rodeo

The Bruneau Roundup Rodeo is an annual event that draws crowds from far and near. From Roping to Bronc riding and events for both the professional and at home contestants, this rodeo is one of the few to hold on to the traditions of the old west. Concessions and vendors of western items on site.

The Rodeo is only the beginning of this event. Bruneau goes all out for this. Saturday night, they have live music, and the streets become Idaho's largest dance floor. If you have not been to area, you are missing a lot. The Bruneau Sate Park and dunes are a natural wonder. It has an observatory for you star gazers, The lake is home to record size large mouth bass. C.J Strike is not far. I think everyone has heard about the fishing there. Camping there and along the reservoir puts you in "arms reach" of the fishing. The Bruneau Canyon is a beautiful place to hike, photograph and there are miles of off road trails.

The atmosphere of this rodeo takes you back a hundred years, back to how the West was, when cowboys rode horses to work, and sang songs to calm the herd, remember those days?

Please comment on camping.  I plan on taking the 20th off and camping Friday night, and Saturday night.  If you want to camp for a night, (or two) let me know. The number wanting to camp will help decide where to camp at.  Thanks, and shine up ur boots!!

This is so cool: 

Solar Viewing and Star Gazing September 20 Friday, September 20, 2013 - 6:30pm - 11:30pm

Solar viewing, through a specially adapted telescope, from  6:30 pm until sunset.  There is no fee for solar viewing

A multimedia presentation follows inside the Steele Reese Education Center at 8:15 pm.  Then, step into the universe and view a variety of celestial objects through our telescopes until 11:30 pm.  There are park staff and volunteers available to answer questions and give star tours.  Come and view the wonders of the universe through Idaho’s largest public telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view planets, the Moon, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters. This tour of the universe costs only $3.00 per person (age 5 and under are free.)

I have reserved a site, (36) at Bruneau State Park for Friday and Saturday nights.  The park offers running water toilets and showers.  My site has room for a tent, (maybe more).


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  • Heather G.

    bummer, don't know how I missed this!

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Kevin

    Awesome photos Jim! I wasn't aware of this Rodeo meetup and it looks like I missed a good one.

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    Jim is the BEST host ever! Saved me from the Goat Heads, helped doctor my sprained ankle & then he even let me shack up with him when my tent blew away like a tumble weed! (ok Jim... don't forget that what happens in Bruneau stays in Bruneau! lol) I seriously can't say enough nice things about Jim, he was so gracious and generous and he cooked some great food for us too. Bravo and THANK YOU for everything! :) Kimberly was awesome company too and very funny. Wish Kris & Eric could have stayed longer but am just really glad that you guys came. Kris I always have fun with you around, Love ya. :)

    3 · September 22, 2013

    • Lisa

      Ha! Good one Kimberly and Jim! :)

      1 · September 23, 2013

    • Kristi L

      So glad you guys had fun! The wedding was very cold and windy and rainy...but beautiful. Very glad to hear what happens in Bruneau stays in Bruneau...or goes to the Nationals, Jim.

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Liz S.

    I'm sorry I need to stay in town but I emailed Jim ill contribute to camping since you heldheldspotince

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Jim E.

      The first part of my previous reply disappeared :( . You owe nothing Liz, except to make it next year. The rodeo had first class contestants. The winners of this rodeo are headed to the nationals. Bruneau knows how to throw a party! The band was the hardest, longest playing band I have ever heard.

      September 22, 2013

    • Liz S.

      Glad y'all had a fantastic time,sorry i missed out, Thanks for all the planning you did Jim-will def put on my calendar for next year!

      1 · September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Jim for an awesome weekend. we sure sure packed in alot of fun in such a short amount of time!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Kristi L

    Jim, your pictures are amazing!!!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Kristi L

    Wish Eric and I could have stayed and played at the rodeo. But my niece is expecting us at her wedding. Next time!!

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Jim E.

      That's right Kristi, next time!

      September 22, 2013

  • Jim E.

    Kimberly, Lisa, and I have headed over to the rodeo. We are set up on 36 & 38. :-D

    September 21, 2013

  • Jim E.

    I plan to head out early Friday morning, unless someone wants to ride with me. Waiting for some company is fine with me :-)

    September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm driving out right after work, around 3:30......can't wait!

      2 · September 16, 2013

    • Jim E.

      Right on Kimberly! See you there, unless the fish are biting:)

      September 18, 2013

  • Kristi L

    Count us in for friday!! We will camp with Lisa :)

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Kristi L

      Lisa and I talk often. She knows...more than she should. Lol

      1 · September 17, 2013

    • Lisa

      hahahahaha that cracked me up

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • Jim E.

    So far I have pork tenderloin for everyone, (4 lbs) Friday evening. My camper is set up with all, (I think so anyway) the basics, spices, condiments, hot water, small fridge/freezer, pots, pans and utensils. For breakfast I have 2 lbs bacon and a ton of hash brown potatoes. Coffee of course. If you need something, please post here, because someone has extra, I am sure, to loan. A way to save some $$. Any ideas for meal and snack items is welcome, share the info here to save us from over buying, okay?

    September 17, 2013

  • Jim E.

    I plan to provide meat, (smoked pork tenderloin), for the meal Friday evening, and a tomato salad. Let's post here, what you can bring to make it a pot luck. I also have everything we need to cook on/with. Saturday morning I will have coffee, ( i only have 1 pot), bacon, eggs, hash browns. Let's eat and party hearty!

    My camper has 3 separate beds, and 2 are empty. First come first serve. You may be asked to help cook or clean up in lieu of rent, lol.

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Lisa

      Goooooooo Kris! Ace that test! No Zzzzzzzzzsssss

      August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will make cilantro lime coleslaw and brownies. I also have a coffee pot =)

      September 16, 2013

  • Liz S.

    Not sure if rsvp is the same as holding tent spot but if not id like to I've got a 2-3 peron tent. But there will be a dog in it

    1 · September 15, 2013

    • Jim E.

      Where will you be if the dog is in the tent? lol You have a tent spot reserved in your name.

      September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I RSVP'd to go but want to make sure I'm taking up another spot or that it won't cause an inconvenience if I end up not being able to make it. I'm moving out of town and am characteristically unprepared. I'd love to camp Sat night if I can make it. Friday too, but that would be a miracle...a much needed miracle.

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Lisa

      I hope you make it both nights as well. It should be a whole lot of fun :)

      1 · August 28, 2013

    • Lisa

      Cool, the more the merrier :)

      September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to camp Friday and Saturday night and go star gazing Friday night. I have a tent and gear. Does anyone have room at their campsite or do I need to reserve one?

    September 11, 2013

    • Kristi L

      What? No dancing on Friday? That's okay...sort of. The observatory sounds great!

      1 · September 14, 2013

    • Jim E.

      i am sure there will be a pre-Roundup dance in Bruneau.

      1 · September 14, 2013

  • Liz S.

    im in for Sat nite, can bring something for potluck, open to suggestions!

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Liz S.

    I'd like to go but are dogs allowed at Bruneau? Ive got a 13 yr old blue heeler i'd like to bring. Havent made any rodeos this year and havent been to Bruneau before.

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Jim E.

      This is a kid and pet friendly event. I have seen dogs at the Rodeo also!

      September 3, 2013

    • Liz S.

      Thanks for the info guys! I like to bring him when I can as we r running into the twilight years ;)

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • Kristi L

    To start with...What do you use to shine your boots at a rodeo? The answer shouldn't be made in print! lol. Jim, this sounds like fun!!! I would love to go back a hundred years! Are you taking the camper?

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Jim E.

      This is a family type event.... so I cleaned up my response. Won't happen again!!

      August 6, 2013

    • Kristi L

      Could have been clean to begin with...but you know me! :-)

      August 6, 2013

  • Lisa

    I'm excited about this and plan to sleep in the back of my SUV if there is a spot by you guys?

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • Lisa

      I kind of feel like needing to be saved. :)

      1 · August 6, 2013

    • Kristi L

      Funny :)

      1 · August 6, 2013

  • Lisa

    Ok Kris, I just reserved the spot 38 for us, right next to Jim. :)

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Kristi L

    I know...I am all over the place :) Wedding is Saturday, so I would love to hang with you guys on friday! School will be done and my stress level will (hopefully) be nonexistent.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Kristi L

    count me in for friday!!

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Kristi L

    Don't know about ya'all. But back when...the Riggins rodeo was the bomb! This could be all that...and I have always wanted to check out this Observatory, not too mention its been forever since I rolled down those sand dunes!!!

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Kristi L

      Rory had the winning dive! I just flipped to escape...was time to leave. Flipping down a dune would be insane. On second thought....:-)

      1 · August 3, 2013

    • Jim E.

      Gotta love the way we think!!

      August 4, 2013

  • Kristi L

    Found out today that my niece is getting married 9/21. Can't do this weekend. Sorry.

    1 · August 3, 2013

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