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 President

Excitement is in the air as plans for the 34th annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering are underway.  This unique four-day event, September 29 through October 1, brings some of the best western poets and musicians to Durango.  Watch the motorless parade, take a train or trail ride, or eat traditional chuckwagon fare.  Children will enjoy poets and musicians as they visit the local area schools, as well as a special Rising Stars youth show.  The 2022 poster by Don Weller is already available for purchase.  We look forward to seeing you at the gathering.!

Lindy Simmons, Past President
Board of Directors, Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering


Sue McWilliams - President
Barry Longwell - Vice President
Sherry Colquitt - Summer Secretary
Geary Parsons - Treasurer
Pam Jacobs - Barn Dance/Parade
Karren Little - Youth Programs
Kathy Sherer - Communications
Lindy Simmons
Mike Mullins
Debra May