Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

Attracting more than 500 of the top cowboys and cowgirls to put on boots, the 73rd edition of this event promises to be action-packed. From July 10 through July 13, fans will be treated to bull riding, team roping and more. An X Games-style event is being added plus there's the July 9 parade. pikespeakorbust.org


Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Behind only the Indianapolis 500, this race is the second-oldest motorsports race in America. Anyone who is a sports fan and spends any time in Colorado Springs should attend this race at least once. The 91st running of the "Race to the Clouds" is slated for June 30. Many fans camp overnight on the mountain. ppihc.com


Denver Broncos training camp

Starting in late July and running through mid-August, fans can watch Peyton Manning, Von Miller and the rest of the players train for the 2013 season. Access is free, but you better get there early or it will be standing-room only. After each practice, some players are available for autographs. denverbroncos.com


Colorado Rapids

Opened in 2005, Dick's Sporting Goods Park is a top-notch soccer facility situated in Commerce City east of downtown Denver. The venue holds more than 18,000, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. On July 4, Colorado hosts the New York Red Bulls as part of the annual 4thFest with fireworks following the match. It's quite a show. coloradorapids.com


USA Pro Challenge

More than 100 professional cyclists from around the world return this summer for the third edition of this scenic stage race Aug. 19-25. Organizers estimate that 1 million fans took in part of the event in each of the first two years. It starts in Aspen, tops 12,095-foot Independence Pass along the way and finishes in Denver. usaprocyclingchallenge.com