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.
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.
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 Ski Area: Base: 6,900' Summit/Mt. Werner: 10,568'
Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest: 5,500' to 12,940'
Mt. Zirkel Wilderness: Fifteen peaks reach 12,000' with Mt. Zirkel the highest at 12,180'
Flat Tops Wilderness: Devil’s Causeway 11,600'
Hahn's Peak Village: 8,128' Hahn’s Peak Summit: 10,839'
Steamboat Springs lies against the western ridge of the Continental Divide and is nearly surrounded by national forest and wilderness areas. The Yampa River begins in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, flows through downtown Steamboat Springs and eventually meets the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Steamboat Springs boasts two ski areas, three Colorado State Parks, more than 150 natural springs, lakes, rivers, and trail systems cater to a plethora of outdoor activities.
Steamboat Springs’ summers are mild, cool and dry. July is the hottest month with an average high of 82 degrees and low of 41 degrees. Low humidity and elevation combine to make the summer comfortable and pleasing.
With the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Steamboat/Hayden HDN) located just 22 miles from town, Steamboat is a conveniently accessed resort destination in Colorado. A newly transformed, ultra-spacious terminal facility will greet passengers upon their arrival. Steamboat offers year-round all-jet air service with convenient connections nationwide. Another option, Denver International Airport (DIA) is approximately 160 miles east of Steamboat Springs with most major airlines servicing DIA from both domestic and international locations throughout the world.
Population (2013 Census)
City of Steamboat Springs: 12,100
Routt County: 23,513
Area Attractions & Points of Interest
- Strawberry Park Hot Springs: 7 miles from town
- Old Town Hot Springs: located downtown at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue
- Fish Creek Falls: 3 miles from downtown
- Continental Divide Trail: Summit Lake trailhead 18 miles from downtown
- Steamboat Lake State Park: 27 miles north of downtown
- Stagecoach State Park: 17 miles south of downtown
- Yampa River Core Trail: 7 miles of paved trail winding along the Yampa River through downtown Steamboat Springs
- Tread of Pioneers Museum: located downtown at Eighth and Oak streets
20,542 pillows; 11,411 beds; 3,390 units
Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area provide accommodations from the luxury to the rustic. Condominiums and private homes are perfect for families and groups while bed and breakfasts and remote cabins offer a touch of the unique. Full service hotels and even guest ranches round out the variety of comfortable accommodations.
Steamboat Springs Transit offers free bus transportation throughout Steamboat Springs. Chartered taxi, shuttle and limousine service is available from Denver, the Steamboat Springs Airport, the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and throughout town.
Events & Activities
Shopping & Retail
Steamboat Springs has nearly 250 shops and boutiques including art galleries, Western outfitters, outdoor retailers and gift shops for every taste. Two primary pedestrian friendly shopping areas include Steamboat’s Mountain Village located at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, and downtown Steamboat Springs. The two areas are three miles apart and serviced by Steamboat Springs’ free city bus. Several other shopping options in between the “town and mountain” are also located on the bus route.
Restaurants & Bars
Steamboat Springs is home to more than 100 restaurants representing the full spectrum of cuisine to satisfy every appetite. From fresh game to fresh fish, flown in daily, every culinary delight set in a variety of atmospheres is waiting to serve up a delicious meal with a healthy helping of Western hospitality.
Other Steamboat Facts
- Named by French Fur trappers in the 1860s for a hot spring near the Yampa River that sounded like a steamboat.
- There are more than 150 mineral springs in the area.
- James Crawford staked the first homestead in 1875.
- City of Steamboat Springs was incorporated in 1900.
- Hometown to over 80 Winter Olympic athletes since 1932, more than any other town in the US.
- Home to Howelsen Hill, Colorado’s oldest ski area in continuous use (opened 1915).
- In the early 1900s Steamboat Springs was the largest exporter of cattle in the western United States.
- Lincoln Avenue (US Highway 40), Steamboat Springs’ main street was built wide to accommodate cattle drives.
- Rodeo history dates back over 100 years.
- Steamboat Springs weekly summer rodeo was named the "Small Town Outdoor Rodeo of the Year" by the ProRodeo Cowboys Association in 2002.
- Holds oldest, continuous winter carnival west of the Mississippi River.
- Home to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp (opened 1913) attended by such performing artists as Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Agnes de Mille.
- One of the first 8 U.S. cities to receive the Preserve America Community designation from the White House.