Steamboat Springs

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Streamboat Springs, Colorado is one of the largest, most visited resorts in the United States. This world class resort offers something for everyone.
Steamboat’s unique mix of warm sun, cowboy boots and friendly locals lends an inviting, laid back atmosphere to the historic Colorado resort town, where western heritage meets abundant outdoor adventure.

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Steamboat Springs was originally a summer resort before it became known as Ski Town, USA® and renowned for its world class skiing and famed Champagne Powder®. Travelers in the early 1900s visited Steamboat Springs in the summer months for the natural hot springs and vast hunting and fishing opportunities.

Today, the snow falls in abundance in the winter months, our cowboys ride mountain bikes and summer adventure runs the gamut, from biking along Steamboat’s Yampa River Core Trail to exploring the hundreds of miles of singletrack and endless county roads; from floating down the Yampa to soaking in natural hot springs; from golfing among the peaks and valleys to casting a line for native trout; and above all, making the most of the long, summer days.

LOCATION
Colorado’s Yampa Valley is located just 160 miles northwest of Denver. From Denver, take I-70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to the Silverthorne exit; go north on Colorado Highway 9 to Kremmling, then west on U.S. Highway 40 to Steamboat Springs. From Salt Lake City (390 miles), take I-80 east, merge into U.S. 40 east (exit 148) and take U.S. 40 into Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs is in the heart of the northwestern Colorado ranching community. Long before Steamboat Springs became an international skiing destination, it was and still is today, a hard working ranching community with “regular folks” looking for a good life in a beautiful place. Once the railroad came to Steamboat Springs in 1906, tourism became a major economic driver for the community. Fast forward to today; Downtown Steamboat offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, art galleries, spas and museums. Farmers Markets, sidewalk sales and the Rodeo are the mainstay during the summer season. Downtown Steamboat is also home to Howelsen Hill which offers the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. As you walk through town you can watch future Olympians launching themselves off the ski jump in to the crisp rocky mountain air.

Location and Access

Colorado’s Yampa Valley is located 160 miles northwest of Denver and is accessed via I-70, 1 hour north of Summit County. Yampa Valley regional airport is 22 miles west of town and offers nonstop flights from many major cities.

Elevations

With a ski area base elevation of 6,900′ and a downtown elevation of 6,695 Steamboat Springs is relatively low in elevation in comparison to many other Colorado Resort towns. Although the surrounding mountains climb to over 12,000′ you can be assured that your visit to the Yampa Valley will be enjoyed with fewer effects from the altitude while staying in town.

Owners and guests have access to Wildhorse Athletic Club, located at Trailhead Lodge. A short walk from the home you will find a full gym with a locker room and showers, game room with pool tables as well as a large, year around heated pool with several hot tubs located throughout the lush landscaping. This area which is called the hot tub grotto was designed after the likes of the famous Strawberry Park hot springs located above the town of Steamboat Springs.

Wildhorse Meadows is a short walk to the following venues:

  • Tennis Center with public use of indoor and outdoor courts
  • Steamboat Springs Baseball Park
  • Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
  • Wildhorse Theater Village offering first run movies, restaurants, ice cream shop and stores.
  • City Market grocery center
  • Casey’s Fishing Pond

Steamboat Springs Facts

Geographic Setting

Steamboat Springs lies in the verdant Yampa Valley which is located on the western ridge of the Continental Divide and is nearly surrounded by National Forest and Wilderness. Starting in the Flat Top Wilderness, The Yampa River flows through downtown Steamboat Springs and eventually meets the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument in the northwest part of the state. Two ski areas, four Colorado State Parks, hot springs, lakes, rivers, and trail systems cater to a plethora of outdoor activities.

Other Steamboat Facts

  • There are more than 150 mineral springs in the area
  • Hometown to more Winter Olympic athletes than any other town in the United States
  • Home to Howelsen Hill, Colorado’s oldest ski area in continuous use which opened in 1915
  • In the early 1900s Steamboat Springs was the largest exporter of cattle in the western U.S.
  • Steamboat Springs weekly summer rodeo was named the best “Small Town Outdoor Rodeo”
  • Steamboat Springs hosts the oldest, continuous winter carnival west of the Mississippi River

Dining Favorites


  • STEAMBOAT SMOKEHOUSE
    Map to our Location
    912 Lincoln Ave.
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    (970) 879-7427
    Steamboat Smokehouse barbecue is cooked the old-fashioned way, low and slow using hardwoods (primarily hickory and oak) and no artificial gas or electric heat.
  • SLOPESIDE GRILL
    Map to our Location
    1855 Ski Time Square Drive
    Torian Plum Plaza
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    (970) 879-2916
    Serving fresh pasta dishes, the valley’s best baby back ribs and the locals’ favorite specialty pizzas, baked in an authentic Italian brick oven, served at a great discount during our late night happy hour.

Useful links and information

Calendar


    Ski Free Sunday & Closing Day


    Event date: March 11, 2018
    Event Time: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Location:
    845 Howelsen Parkway
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    Description:
    Steamboat Springs City Council approved free skiing on Sundays back in October, ushering in Colorado’s most affordable Sunday lift ticket as a way to celebrate the upcoming Olympic winter season and honoring the tradition of this historic ski area. Skiing since 1915, Howelsen Hill has produced nearly 90 winter Olympians and has helped generations of Steamboat residents enjoy the sport.

    During the season, it’s as easy as simply stopping into the lodge to pick up your free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and the Nordic trails (cross-country, fat bike and snowshoe) on these special ski free days. Over the winter, specific Sundays could see limited or closed terrain due to special events or competitions. In addition, select Sundays will also see Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club training on a portion of the Face.

    City Council Meeting


    Event date: March 13, 2018
    Event Time: 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    124 10th Street
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

    City Council Meeting


    Event date: March 20, 2018
    Event Time: 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    124 10th Street
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

    Public Workshop #3 - Parks Master Plan


    Event date: March 21, 2018
    Event Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    Location:
    845 Howelsen Parkway
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    Description:
    The third Public Workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at Olympian Hall and will focus on evaluating the current list of alternatives and prioritize them based on community feedback

    Coffee with a Cop


    Event date: March 23, 2018
    Event Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Location:
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    Description:
    Members of the Steamboat Springs Police department will be on hand for this installment of Coffee with a Cop.

    Coffee with a Cop is designed to allow open, two-way dialogue between the community and the Steamboat Springs Police department and its officers. The program allows community members to ask questions and learn about the men and women who serve our community.

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