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.
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 Springs is in the heart of the northwestern Colorado ranching community. Long before Steamboat Springs became an international skiing destination, it was and still is today, a hard working ranching community with “regular folks” looking for a good life in a beautiful place. Once the railroad came to Steamboat Springs in 1906, tourism became a major economic driver for the community. Fast forward to today; Downtown Steamboat offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, art galleries, spas and museums. Farmers Markets, sidewalk sales and the Rodeo are the mainstay during the summer season. Downtown Steamboat is also home to Howelsen Hill which offers the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. As you walk through town you can watch future Olympians launching themselves off the ski jump in to the crisp rocky mountain air.