Location. Location. Location.
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. Visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber website for more information.
Steamboat Springs, located in northwest Colorado, 160 miles/267kms northwest of Denver, is an easy three-hour drive from Denver. Take I-70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to the Silverthorne exit (#205), then go north on Colorado Highway 9 to the town of Kremmling, then west on US 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass. Steamboat is accessible by nonstop air service into Hayden, CO from seven major U.S. airports on American, Continental, Delta, Frontier and United Airlines in addition to connecting service from over 230 other domestic and international cities. 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. There is also a private airport in Steamboat Springs.
Demographics and Facts
Steamboat Springs located in the heart of Routt County is home to a land area of over 2,000 miles, and the city of Steamboat Springs comprises 10 miles. This includes recreational, wilderness areas, agriculture, world class skiing, biking and a multitude of year-round outdoor uses. Steamboat Springs has a population of just over 12,000 and Routt County is home to over 23,000 people. According to the 2010 Census Statistics and Housing Characteristics, there are approximately 9,800 housing units in Steamboat Springs and of that approximately 50% are occupied. Of those housing units, 50% are located in multi-unit complexes. Home ownership rate is around 64% and there is a high volume of seasonal employees. As of 2013, the median household income was over $58,000 and the median property value was $481,000.
Steamboat Springs is unique in that it boasts two ski areas, Steamboat and Howelsen Hill ski area located downtown, which celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2015. Howelsen Hill is across the Yampa River and is home to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the world famous ski jumps, acres of nordic tracks and a small ski area. Howelsen Hill is just a small part of Emerald Mountain, which is home to acres and acres of world-class mountain biking and hiking trails.
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 Mountain Statistics
Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak. 2,965 acres/1200 hectares of permitted terrain offer a diversity of trails for all levels of ability. There is 3,688 feet/1118 meters of vertical rise, annual snowfall average is 349″/886cm and there are over 375 acres/152 hectares of snowmaking. The summit of Mt. Werner is 10,568 feet/3224 meters. Tree skiing at its finest and accolades for its family friendly resort year after year. If you like powder and incredible mountain biking, then Steamboat is the place for you!
Points of Interest
Strawberry Park Hot Springs: 7 miles from town
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