Las Vegas is in the American west in the same fashion that Florida is in the American south: Geographically, sure, but spiritually? The glitz, the glamour, the nightclub lines … none of this suggests spurs and saddles.
But for one ten-day period each year, the National Finals Rodeo brings western culture to the gambling capital of the world and sets up shop at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Combined with Cowboy Christmas and the NFR Fan Fest, it's a week and change worth of fun for cowboys and lasses alike.
Tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding can only fill so many hours of the day, though. What's a cowboy to do with the rest of the time during ten days in Sin City? Here's a guide to a rodeo enthusiast's vacation in Las Vegas: