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Jan 2016


The Western Folklife Center 501 Railroad Street Elko , Nevada 89801
Tel: (775) 738-7508
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National Cowboy Poetry


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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. Join us for an experience you will not soon forget! Use any of the links in our banner to read more about every aspect of the Gathering. 

Elko, Nevada is located in the northeastern corner of the state along Interstate 80 (230 miles from Salt Lake City; 295 miles from Reno; and 255 miles from Boise). Elko is serviced by Sky West Airlines, a Delta connection from Salt Lake City, as well as Amtrak and Greyhound Bus. Elko is in the high desert of the Great Basin at 5060 feet elevation, and winter weather in January is varied. Check the weather before you travel and road conditions if you are driving (see below). Come prepared for cold winter weather.
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