33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering


  • Elko, Nevada
Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Join us for the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 30-February 4, 2017!

From very first workshop on January 29th and our first evening performance January 30th to the closing Midnight Dance on February 5th, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, thousands travel to rural Elko, Nevada, in the heart of winter, to learn and share. It's been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America, but it is also a darned good time! At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, you can discover cowboy cultures from around the world, learn a traditional skill, dance the two-step, plan for the West's future with ranchers and conservationists, watch home-made films of rural life, meet new friends over a Buckaroo Brew, enjoy Basque food, listen to tall tales, dispel myths, build bridges and be inspired. It's an experience you will not soon forget!