Cowboy poetry grew from a time when, after a day of work, cowboys would gather around the campfire to occupy and entertain one another with tall tales and folk songs. This form of poetry grew out of a tradition of extemporaneous composition carried on by workers on cattle drives and ranches.
Originally the Cowboy Poetry Festival, in 2015 the name was changed to the Western Slope Cowboy Gathering. A long-running program of the Museums of Western Colorado, the event exists for the celebration and sharing of modern and classic Cowboy Poetry and Music. COVID threw a wrench in the 2020 gathering, but we’ll be back November 5th and 6th 2021! Tickets will be available in September.