The Gathering is an exciting, fun-filled event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country grace our intimate stage at an intimate local theater, performing classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.


The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of working ranch people in the American West. We celebrate the lifeways of rural people by creating the "campfire" around which anyone with an interest can come to share in the appreciation of the culture and traditions unique to the West. Monies received support our annual Gathering and youth programs.

Letter from the Executive Director

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a popular annual October event in beautiful Durango, Colorado. The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a must-attend for thousands each year, as artists and audiences gather to preserve and celebrate the American West with cowboy music, poetry and storytelling.

Durango offers the perfect combination of historical sites, natural attractions, western heritage, a great trail system, and modern amenities. There is always something to enjoy in the historic downtown, the North Main District and in the surrounding beauty of the mountains.

We would like to thank our partnering businesses for choosing the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering for your sponsorship. We recognize and appreciate your dedication with helping us to preserve our western heritage. The success of our Gathering is greatly enhanced by those contributions and we encourage everyone to support these businesses.

If you are new to the Gathering, get ready for a great time! Get your boots on, saddle up, and enjoy the ride. We are certain that you will be touched by the American West traditions.

Thank you,
Pam Petrie (Glasco)
Executive Director

Letter from the President

Planning for the 33rd annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is well underway. After the 2020 cancellation due to Covid 19, this singular western event will be back stronger than ever. The board of directors is optimistic that, by October 2021, we will be able to offer safe venues along with outstanding entertainment. Consider spending September 30th to October 3rd in Durango with some of the best western poets and musicians. Watch the motorless parade, take a trail or a train ride, and eat traditional chuckwagon fare. The 2021 poster by artist John Kosel is already available for purchase. We look forward to seeing our friends at the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering!

Lindy Simmons, President
Board of Directors


President - Lindy Simmons
Vice-President - Barry Longwell
Secretary - Sherry Colquitt
Treasurer - Sue McWilliams
Barn Dance/Parade Coordinator – Pam Jacobs
Communication – Kathy Sherer
Fundraising – Sheri Rochford-Figgs
Social Media – Scott Perez
Poster – Linda O’Dell
Advisor – Sam Noble