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SO MANY REASONS WHY STEAMBOAT IS A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE

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 and the surrounding areas offer the unique mix of luxury resort properties and the western character found in the rolling hills that envelope this mountain town. There is something for everyone here and the community is one that invites all walks of life. If you are seeking a ski-in ski-out condo there are plenty of options and price points. Or, if you need room to roam you will find areas near town and those with larger acreage that provide the privacy and space. The diverse blend of real estate among Steamboat’s western heritage is what makes this place so special. While everyone enjoys winter and summer activities and are a significant economic driver, the Yampa Valley is rich with sheep, cattle and ranching. There are eight centennial (100 years or more within the same family) ranches in the valley. 

You can ride your horse or ride your bike and the year-round activities make Steamboat Springs an inviting place for full-time and part-time residents. This area is home to world class skiing/riding, fishing, hiking, biking and offers thousands of acres of national forest, wilderness areas and of course the valuable Yampa River that flows through town. The separation of Mt. Werner from downtown provides vibrancy in both areas as well as the neighborhoods in between. If you are an urbanite there are some great properties in the heart of downtown and if you want to be by the mountain there are condos, townhomes and single-family options to choose from.  The economy thrives on tourism, agriculture and recently the construction trades have seen a spike in business.

Getting Here

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 16 major U.S. airports on Alaska, American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and United Airlines. 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 nearly 13,000 and Routt County is home to nearly 24,000 people.  

Steamboat Springs is unique in that it boasts two ski areas, Steamboat and Howelsen Hill ski area located downtown, which celebrated 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.

Elevations

Downtown: 6,695'  | Mt. Werner: 10,568  


ACTIVITIES

Boredom is not really an option in Steamboat Springs.  If you like to be outside, then you have come to the right place! Whether you are a skier, cyclist, hiker, angler, hunter...you will not be disappointed. With over 2,000 miles of surrounding national forest and wilderness area punctuated by the variety of outdoor activities found on Mt. Werner, you will fall in love with the Yampa Valley. We also have a vibrant art community with dozens of galleries and our ArtWalk, held the first Friday of every month where new artists are showcased and a great social gathering for the community and visitors.

Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat was established in 1963 and has been focused on several on-mountain improvements. Recently, a mountain coaster and mini-golf were installed at the base area. Four Points Lodge is the place to be on a blue-bird ski day for good eats and drinks and chilaxin on the adirondack chairs outside. They also offer snow-cat dinners, which are out of this world. The mountain continually improves its snow-making efforts, lift-service, culinary offerings and has been updating several of the facilities.

Over the past few years, the mountain has also been improving its mountain biking trails to offer an incredible lift-served bike park, but while construction continues around the mountain for the new Wild Blue Gondola, there will be closures, so always check the Steamboat Resort biking page for up-to-date information.  For those of you wishing to power up yourself, there is plenty of room to roam on the mountain.  

Howelsen Hill/Winter Carnival

Howelsen Hill is the oldest, continuously operating ski area in Colorado (since 1915) and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. It is also home to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and has been training ground to more Olympians than any other city in North America.  Whether you are cross country skiing, tubing, snowboarding or ski-jumping this little hill in Steamboat Springs has it all! The ski jumpers even train during the summer!

Another hallmark event for Steamboat Springs is the annual  Winter Carnival. Every year in February, they close HWY 40/Lincoln Avenue and bring in over 400 tons of snow to put on one heck of a show!  The Winter Carnival began in 1914, to alleviate the winter woes of enduring the cold and sometimes too lengthy winters in Routt County. Approximately 150 individuals from the community volunteer their time, energy, and horses to participate in the street events which showcase our western heritage and Olympian spirit.  On Saturday night at Howelsen Hill, the Night Show Extravaganza and the "Lighted Man" light up the sky. In 2012 the Steamboat Winter Carnival was named a Top 10 Winter Carnival in the World by National Geographic.

Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing/Fat Bikes

There are thousands of miles of backcountry just minutes from Steamboat. Whether you are looking for groomed trails or setting off on your own adventure, there are more than enough options. If you are looking for nearby groomed trails there is Steamboat Ski Touring Center which in the summertime is Rollingstone Golf Course. Other nearby facilities are at Lake CatamountHaymaker Golf Course, Howelsen Hill and Mt. Werner. If you are year-round cyclist then you will be happy to know that Catamount and Haymaker offer Fat Bike riding in the winter. Rentals available and on certain days, so are your doggies! The backcountry is so accessible, whether you want to scoot up to Rabbit Ears Pass or Steamboat Lake the trail system is incredible here! For a great list of where to go, click here.

Biking/Cycling

Just as we have Ski Town USA in the winter, we have Bike Town USA in the summer. Whether you enjoy mountain biking or road cycling, this area has some of the best trails and roads in the state. Biking is a way of life here and everyone can join in, whether you want to take a gentle cruiser ride down the Yampa River Core Trail or bust out a 25 mile mountain bike ride on Emerald Mountain we have something for everyone. The latest rage is Fat Bikes during the winter, because some people just can't get enough! Local bike shops have rentals for you to take up Emerald and there are also rentals and plenty of trails to ride at Haymaker Golf Course and Lake Catamount.

Water Activities

Travelers in the early 1900s visited Steamboat Springs in the summer months for the natural hot springs and vast hunting and fishing opportunities. It is one of the reasons why Steamboat is here. Upon first hearing a chugging sound, early trappers believed that a steamboat was coming down the river. When the trappers saw that there was no steamboat, and that the sound was coming from a hot spring, they decided to name the spring Steamboat Springs. You can soak in town at the Old Town Hot Springs or venture out of town a bit to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

The Yampa River flows through our valley and town and is the last “Wild” River in the Colorado River Basin, since it has only a few small dams and diversions. Anglers can be seen year-round fly-fishing. Kayakers, paddle-boarders and rafters revel in the springtime flow. The Yampa is formed from the confluence of the Bear River and Phillips Creek just east of the town of Yampa. Tributaries such as Fish Creek, Elk River, Soda Creek, Sarvis Creek feed into it along the way and eventually joins up with the Green River in Utah.

There are several retail shops that provide rentals for kayaking, paddle-boarding, canoes, rafting and of course there is always the ever-popular tubing down the Yampa.  One of the best ways to cool off in the summer is to grab your tube and have a gentle float down the river.

If you are seeking larger bodies of water, then head south to Stagecoach State Park or north to Steamboat Lake State Park or Pearl Lake.  Larger water craft is allowed on these lakes and there are abundant trail systems surrounding them.

Golfing

Steamboat Springs is home to some beautiful golf courses surrounded by the mountains and rolling vistas.  There are three public courses, Haymaker Golf Course and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, and a 9-hole course west of town Steamboat Golf Club. The private course Catamount Ranch and Club was designed by Tom Weiskopf and is perched on the hill and surrounded by luxurious homes, as you make your way towards Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Arts

Steamboat Springs is home to some very creative and talented artists.  It is home to several galleries and we have some amazing traveling exhibits at our museum and an abundance of local artists featured in local galleries, shops and restaurants.  Steamboat is also home to the free concert series which has brought us some world re-known bands. These are always fun events for the locals and visitors in our awesome summer nights! The Yampa Valley Arts & Culture Guide is a great place to find general schedule information for visual and performing arts in the valley. Strings Music Festival is an amazing venue for live music. Strings presents over 65 performances of classical, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms and many other genres throughout the summer and winter seasons.

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