It’s been a possibility for years, and is always talked about in the months after the annual National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Every year, families and owners of working ranches across the U.S., visit the long-standing location at I-25 and Brighton Blvd. This historic location was chosen in 1906 for its proximity to the Denver Stockyards, as it was easier for out of town visitors to come with their livestock via train. This writer’s own mother has memories of visiting the event in the 1950s as her uncle was a photographer for National Western Magazine. In recent years, the event has grown to be so large, National Western is considering a move.
As we reported back in 2008, the National Western was considering a move out near Denver International Airport to a 1,000-acre complex that would also host Nascar events. This year, National Western is still considering a move out near the airport, but as reported in recent Denver Post articles, it would instead “be coupled with a 1,500-room, Western-themed hotel and conference center in Aurora.” Critics worry the move would take business away from the Colorado Convention Center and downtown Denver hotels. However, the old proposal would have been driven by public funding whereas the new proposal will be largely privately funded.
National Western Chief Executive Paul Andrews said larger and more modern facilities would allow the stock show to compete better on the national stage and boost the events it could host throughout the year. This would also attract more competitors from working ranches.
Pictured above: Cuchara Valley Ranch, a working ranch for sale in La Veta, Colorado that offers a a 3,427+/- acre grazing lease of adjoining San Isabel National Forest for cattle.