Also called Ski Town, U.S.A.® and known for its world-class skiing facilities, Steamboat Springs was originally a summer resort. Travelers in the early 1900s visited Steamboat Springs in the summer months for the natural hot springs and vast hunting and fishing opportunities.
Today, summer activities span the spectrum, with endless mountain bike trails, three championship golf courses, hiking and backpacking for all levels, kayaking, an indoor-outdoor tennis center, horseback riding, and fly fishing right in town on the Yampa River.
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, which begins in the Flat Tops Wilderness, flows through downtown Steamboat Springs and eventually meets the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Two ski areas, four Colorado State Parks, hot 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 pleasant.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) located 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs is open year round and accommodates jet service. Check the current flight schedule for routes provided this season.
Population (2010 Census)
City of Steamboat Springs: 16,818*
Routt County: 23,509
* Reported by CCD, or Census County Division, which is a larger geographic area of residents surrounding a town or city's actual limits.
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 town
- Continental Divide Trail: Summit Lake trailhead 18 miles from town
- Steamboat Lake State Park: 27 miles north of town
- Stagecoach State Park: 17 miles south of town
- Yampa River Core Trail: winds 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 luxury to rustic. Condominiums and private homes for families and groups, bed & breakfasts and cabins for something unique. Of course full service hotels and even guest ranches round out the mix.
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 boasts 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 US cities to receive the Preserve America Community designation from the White House.