National Rodeo Hits Rancho Mission Viejo


As the summer winds down, the best adventures are starting right in your backyard! Come experience cowboy history at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo this August 24th and 25th. Located across the street from Rancho Mission Viejo, the first rodeo was held in 2001 and has built over a decade’s worth of tradition, including having the greatest cowboys show off their expert techniques and well-honed skills. With a grand prize totaling $200,000 divided among 30 winners, and all proceeds going to local charities in the San Juan Capistrano area, this is a perfect opportunity to witness one of the greatest rodeos on the West Coast.

Help us continue the old cowboy tradition of supporting families in need, or as cowboys know it, “passing the hat.” Come experience live, professional cowboys perform their top tricks, including Saddle Bronc and Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bull Riding and Team Roping. There are single and team events, as well as qualifying rounds for The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which you don’t want to miss.

Rodeo attendees will also be invited to experience family fun days filled with games, music, over 50 different vendors, an evening concert complete with dancing, and lots of entertainment for the whole family!

A Look Back…

We wouldn’t be called a “ranch” without our humble beginnings. The early days of Rancho Mission Viejo began like most things did back in the “wild west”: with a simple handshake. After this handshake between two immigrants in 1882, The Ranch has been passed down from generation to generation, and continues to follow the motto, “Take care of the land, and the land will take care of you.”

This is why Rancho Mission Viejo still has thousands of acres of open space, and is committed to preserving it.

With the abundance of land and the history of the Vaqueros (“Cowboys” in Spanish) herding their cattle, Rancho Mission Viejo is proud to embrace sustainable ranching ways. The heart of The Ranch has always been Cow Camp, where the Vaqueros and their families herd cattle to safe places for each grazing season, but The Ranch doesn’t stop there. With the cultivation of the land from previous generations, Rancho Mission Viejo is also one of the largest citrus growers of lemons and avocados in Orange County.

From orchards to cows, to the special people who have made, and continue to make, The Ranch possible, history and purpose surrounds us here, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Come experience a piece of history this August 24th and 25th at the Rancho Mission Viejo Annual Rodeo. For tickets, please visit For more information about the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, please visit We can’t wait to see you there!

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