About Steamboat Springs and Routt County
Also called Ski Town, USA® and known for its world class skiing facilities, champagne powder and phenomenal tree skiing it is consistently recognized as the top ski area for families and has an excellent program for kids. 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 a large focus on the Bike Town USA Initiative that includes hosting mountain bike and road cycling events such as the local Town Challenge series to large scale events such as USA Pro Challenge that brought world-class athletes and thousands of visitors to town. The ski mountain has a master plan for improving the trail systems for winter and summer activities and has recently completed a nearly $20 million urban renewal at the ski base. Predominantly seen is the free-flowing Burgess Creek and the public promenade, which encircles the base of the ski mountain, connects guests for the first time during the summer to Steamboat’s distinctive core mountain locations.
There are miles and miles of hiking, biking and recreational trails in our thousands of acres of wilderness and national forest areas. The Yampa Valley is also home to some of the best fly-fishing on the planet with the Yampa River as the main waterway and its many tributaries. The Yampa River is the longest river remaining in the entire Colorado River basin that still retains an unmanaged runoff. As a wild river, the Yampa still functions today as it has since before the area was settled.
In 2013, Steamboat Ski Area celebrated its 50 year anniversary and Winter Carnival celebrates its 100th year. This annual celebration includes a variety of events that embrace the western heritage and highlight Steamboat’s tradition of winter sports and fostering the growth of Olympians. Steamboat has produced more Olympians that any town in North America.
Whether you ski, bike, hike, kayak, horseback ride, fish, hunt or golf this paradise has it all and is enveloped by an unrivaled sense of community.
Location & Facts
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 is accessible by nonstop air service 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.
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
Population (2010 Census)
City of Steamboat Springs: 12,088
Routt County: 23,509
Average annual snowfall 349”
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 Area Map
(Courtesy of Steamboat Magazine)