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.
The Western Slope Cowboy Gathering was initiated by Terry Nash, Peggy Malone, Nona Kelley Carver, and the Museums of Western Colorado for the celebration and sharing of modern and classic Cowboy Poetry and Music. Our 2019 event was a huge success. Due to concerns with COVID-19, there will be no 2020 gathering, but we’ll be back in 2021!