The Dynamite Experience

Dynamite Arena has been operating since the early 1970s when Jim Riley first started his twice-weekly jackpots. We continue that tradition today operating from November through April with our Senior Wednesdays, Masters Fridays and Dynamite Sundays. We also host a number of specialty ropings throughout the season including the Jake Rice Memorial and St. Patrick's Day Rope for the Green & Gold, as well as the Western Horseman Classic in February. We are also home to the annual Title Fights-one of the best World Series of Team Roping special fees qualifiers in the West. Check our events page for all of our upcoming events.

Sitting on 12 pristine desert-acres in Cave Creek, Ariz., we are conveniently located just north of Phoenix and easily accessible from across the valley. In 2014, Dynamite got a facelift for the first time in years. Updates included the new Wrangler Warm-Up Arena, the BEX Zone heeler area, larger boxes and revamped lead-up chutes. Our Cantina was voted as "best cook shack" by ropers in Arizona, and we have to agree—the food is phenomenal!

21,000 Teams!

Our weekly ropings average 300-350 teams or more. We host ropers from 12- to 80-years-old and welcome competitors from all across the country and Canada. There's something for everyone at Dynamite Arena. We award numerous buckles, saddles and other great prizes throughout our winter season. We run anywhere from 400-500 head of our own Corriente cattle for the 21,000 teams that will back into the box at Dynamite Arena each season. We do offer a limited number of stalls and hook-ups. Please call for details.

"Dynamite has been so popular with ropers for so many years, and it's been one of my favorite places to rope since I began living in Arizona in 1982. We are excited to update the facility and make some positive tweaks for ropers at one of the jackpot industry's most-loved arenas."
- Daren Peterson, Co-Owner, Dynamite Arena

What Ropers are Saying!

"I didn't have an arena growing up so Dynamite was where I learned to rope. Ironically, that's also where I cut my thumb off. I have so many great memories from that arena. If it's what he wants to do, I hope my son, Ryker, learns to compete there too."
- Nick Sarchett

"The new owners of Dynamite have done such a wonderful job! They are enthusiastic, professional and care about what their supporters want from their ropings. I personally appreciate the sorting of the cattle and the fun holiday ropings they offer. Plus, it's only 15 minutes from home!"
- Mary Nebergall

"I remember going to Jim's (Jim Riley-founder of Dynamite Arena) in the early '80s. I was in my early 20's then and it was the place to be."
- Jake Barnes

Wait, There's More!

While Arizona is easily the hottest winter destination for team ropers, make sure you don’t miss out on all that the Grand Canyon state has to offer. From fine dining and luxurious resorts to MLB spring training and hot air ballooning, there’s something for everyone. Here are few of our favorites hot spots and resources: