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What is CNR?

CNR stands for Caldwell Night Rodeo. Now in its 84th year, The Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of the largest and longest running events in Canyon County, drawing crowds in excess of 45,000 over 5 action packed nights. As one of the first rodeo’s in the Pacific Northwest to ever be held under the lights, CNR is listed among the Top 20 professional rodeos and Top 5 large outdoor rodeos in the nation and features over 500 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world. Caldwell Night Rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) and is an annual stop on the professional rodeo tour. Each nightly performance consists of 7 action-packed events; including both roughstock, or judged events (bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding) and timed events (steer wrestling, tie-down and team roping, and barrel racing).

How is CNR Operated?

Caldwell Night Rodeo is a not-for-profit organization operated by a 15-person volunteer Board of Directors, an Associate Board and its Honorary Directors. The organization also employs a full-time Marketing/Sponsorship Manager and full-time Executive Secretary.

How does CNR benefit the community?

Caldwell Night Rodeo boasts an estimated economic impact of between $10-$12 million dollars annually to the local economy. Through sponsorship, vending, themed nights and a myriad of other fundraising initiatives, CNR proudly returns over $300,000 in donations and scholarships to various community groups, individuals and charitable organizations each year.

How do I become involved in CNR?

Go to our Get Involved page HERE


Sponsors: Please email info@caldwellnightrodeo.com or call (208) 459-2060 for more information.

Does CNR have Mutton Busting?

No, CNR does not offer Mutton Busting. We do, however, offer Jr. Steer Riding as part of our Pre-Rodeo. Jr. Steer Riding Contestants must be between the ages of 7-13 and meet certain other eligibility requirements. To inquire about Jr. Steer Riding, please contact Kevin Hensen at (208) 407-7881 or khensen@dbsupply.com.

May I bring my children to the rodeo? Is there a discount or free if under what age?

Yes! CNR is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Tuesday and Wednesday are Family Night and all children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Thursday, children 12 and under are $8.00. Small children 2 and under that do not occupy a seat are free at all times.

Does CNR offer a Military Discount?

CNR does not offer a military discount. However, a portion of the ticket proceeds from Patriot Night are donated to various Veteran Service Organizations as well as the Boise Rescue Mission’s Veteran Affairs Program.

How long does the rodeo last?

Each nightly performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

May I bring my dog?

Pets are not permitted within the grounds, with the exception of certified service animals.

Can I bring food & drinks?

No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the venue.

Can I bring a stroller into the rodeo grounds?

Yes, strollers are allowed within the rodeo grounds but NOT in the grandstands (or Standing Room Only areas).

Are the seats covered? Do they have backs?

CNR grandstands are not covered and do not have backs. Guests are permitted to bring in their own portable bleacher chairs as long as they do not obstruct the view of other guests.

Do you offer group discounts?

Discounts for groups of 50 or more are available through the CNR office. Please contact (208) 459-2060 or info@caldwellnightrodeo.com.

Do you offer reserved seating?

CNR does not sell reserved seats. However, reserved seating is available as an option through our Group Ticket Program for groups of 50 or more.

How early can we come in? What time does the rodeo start?

Gates open at 5pm. The Jr Rodeo begins at 6:30pm and the Main Rodeo starts at 8pm.

What does it cost to park at the rodeo?

There are several free and paid parking options near the rodeo grounds. We recommend you arrive early for the most convenient parking.

Is there handicapped seating available? Handicapped parking?

Yes, both are available. Handicapped parking is available in front of O’Connor Field House on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicapped and wheelchair accessible seating is available in the Southbleachers, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Can I bring my camera?

Video recorders or cameras with detachable telephoto lenses are NOT allowed. The Caldwell Night Rodeo and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) sanctioning body does not allow for the video recording, transmission, distribution, or selling of any description, account, picture, video, audio or other form or reproduction of the event without permission. Any violation of this policy during a PRCA performance or slack event will result in your immediate removal from the premises.


Is this a non-smoking event?

Smoking is prohibited at all times, including e-cigarettes, except in designated areas.

What if it rains?

Caldwell Night Rodeo will be held rain or shine.

What should I wear to the rodeo?

Put on your hat and boots! Festive, cowboy attire is always welcome, but not required. We also have several themed nights at CNR during which guests are encouraged to participate by wearing the designated color…Wednesday is Man Up Crusade “purple” night, Thursday is “Power of Pink” and Friday “Patriot Night.”

What other items are not allowed on the rodeo grounds?

For your safety and comfort, as well as the safety and comfort of those around you, the following items are not allowed on the CNR grounds or in the rodeo arena:

Weapons, Laser Pointers,
Artificial Noisemakers,
Professional Cameras with Detachable Lenses,
Video Cameras, Including Go Pro Type Video Cameras,
Banners and Signs,
Personal Coolers,
Outside Food and Drinks, Umbrellas
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