Enjoy a COWBOY CHUCK WAGON BREAKFAST before the parade!
7:30 to 10:30 am
Corner of 5th St. and Main Ave. in downtown Durango
 Biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and lots of black coffee.  
$10 for adults, kids 5 and under free.
Tickets available at the wagon, or in advance

 More info 970-749-2995


Our 2018 Wagon Master Parade Sponsor

A bit of history will be rolling into town as the legendary Wells Fargo Stagecoach joins our 30th Anniversary celebration!

Join the fun!

  The Diamond Belle Gunfighters
  • The Cowboy Parade, one of the largest in the country, is FREE to enter and open to any entrant that is not motor propelled.
  • The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.at the train depot and proceeds down Main St. to 12th St.
  • Parade activities will kick off the at 9:30 a.m. with local music groups at various locations up and down Main Street. Right before the 10:00 a.m. parade start, there will be an Old West gunfight just north of the Strater Hotel.
  • Registration/Check-in tables will open at 8:15 a.m. at two locations. One will be on the corner of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue to make it easier to check in for those who have horses, donkeys and/or mules. The other check-in table will be across from the train station for those who are walkers/dancers or other entries which have no animals. It will also serve as a General Information Table.
  • Online Entries will be accepted up until Thursday, October 4th, but we recommend early registration
    (Two advance registration options are provided below)
  • All parade participants MUST sign a release form
Click to enlarge images       Above photo credit: Jonas Grushkin
Boot Barn Wagon driven by the Bartels   Ballet Folklorico   Bob Bruce & Family with Willie and Keebler
Cowboy Sweethearts   Forever Cowgirls   City and County Officials


  2018 Grand Marshal
We are very  honored to announce that Dave and Kay James, known to many as the owners of the popular James Ranch, will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 30th annual Durango Cowboy Parade. It would be hard to find someone in Durango who is not familiar with the James Family and their 450 acres of lush high country pastures in the Animas Valley. For years, the James family has enjoyed sharing their ranch with the community in a number of ways  including tours, special events and a farm market as well as the Harvest Grill and Greens restaurant. The family has recently set aside a majority of their property in conservation easements for future generations to enjoy and cherish.

  Special Parade Guests! The Durango and Forest Service Firefighters and First Responders!
Come join us in showing your support and gratitude to the  phenomenal Durango Fire & Rescue men and women who worked so hard protecting our community this past summer.

Parade entries will be judged and trophies will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Most Impressive Horse Entry
  • Most Impressive Mule or Donkey Entry
  • Most Fashionable Animal Entry
  • Best Spirit of the Old West
  • Best Youth Entry
  • Best Family Entry
  • Best Walking (non-mounted) Entry
  • Best Wagon Entry
  • Silver Spur Award (Judges’ Choice)

Our esteemed judges are Stater Hotel’s Rod Barker, renowned artist and sculptor, Veryl Goodnight and ActionLine Columnist Mike Smedley of the Durango Herald

Everything You Need To Know For Parade Day

Local photographer Jonas Grushkin of Photogenesis Photography will be taking pictures of all parade entries as they approach the announcer's stand.

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Lois and her llamas   Rod Barker and the Belles; Past, Present and Future   Silverjack and Bella make a new friend

If you miss the deadline for some reason, please contact me at (512) 517-5619 and we will make arrangements for you. We want you to participate very much, but please know that it makes the parade lineup and the announcer’s job a lot easier if your entry is received by the deadline. We really appreciate your help on this!


Please complete the Entry and Release forms and submit online by clicking the links below.

Parade Entry Form

ADULT Release Form

CHILD Release Form


Please complete the Entry and Release forms and mail to:
Durango Cowboy Gathering
Attention: Parade Committee
P. O. Box 2571
Durango, CO 81302

Completed Entry Forms and Release Forms may also be dropped off at the Durango Welcome Center located at the corner of Main Ave. and 8th St. until October 4th, 2018 at 5:00.

Entry Form to Print and Mail

Adult Release Form to Print and Mail

Child Release Form to Print and Mail

La Plata County Royalty

If you are unable to participate in the parade itself, we are always looking for volunteers.
No parade of this size can be successful without the efforts of its volunteers.

What are some things you can do?

  • Intersection/barrier guards--traffic control
  • Check-in process
  • Assisting with the parade line-up
  • Helping out with the horses and wagons
  • Escorting guests and performers to the correct wagon
  • Pooper scoopers!

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Waterfall Ranch   Tim Sullivan entertains the crowd   Bayfield Belles   Miss Southern Ute