Under crystal clear Colorado skies lies Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a resort community of some 12,000 people, at an elevation 6,742 feet, home to an internationally known ski resort, the Yampa River flowing through town, with mineral hot springs as well.
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Steamboat Springs is accessible by air using the local Bob Adams Field, a 4,300 feet (1,300 meters) field for smaller private and general aviation planes, and by the Yampa Valley Airport in Hayden, CO, about 25 miles away via US Highway 40. Major airlines serve the area in winter, a major regional airline provides all year service with smaller jet and turboprop aircraft. By car, Steamboat Springs is 160 miles from Denver, via Interstate 70 west to Silverthorne, then US 40 north. Allow just over three hours for the trip.
First inhabited by the Yampatikas Ute Indians, European settlers came to the area in the 1870s. Chugging sounds of the hot springs reminded the settlers of steamboats, hence the name Steamboat Springs. Incorporated in 1900, some 12,000 people now live in the city, located in Routt County. The County, consisting of some 1,500,000 acres, 710,000 acres of which are in agricultural use, has population of 26,000.
The world class Steamboat ski resort, on Mount Werner, is nearby to the east of the city. Steamboat, with 3,668 feet of vertical rise, 165 named trails on 2,965 acres, receiving 349 inches average snowfall, has a reputation as a major American and world ski area. Mount Werner is named in honor of Steamboat Springs native Buddy Werner (1936–1964), Olympic and World Cup alpine ski racer who died in an avalanche in Switzerland while making a skiing movie. Werner is listed in the US and the Colorado Ski Halls of Fame.
In addition to its superb alpine and nordic skiing, and world class kayaking, tubing, and rafting on the Yampa River, there are many special events throughout the year, include a pentathlon, bicycle racing series, a running series, and of course, a rodeo. Non-competitive activities include ice skating, a broad range of hiking, biking and horse trails, camping, and fine trout fishing in the Yampa and its tributaries. The area features four golf courses, including the well known Haymaker Course. Steamboat is a recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. In 2013 Steamboat Springs hosted a stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a multi-stage professional cycling race, which draws over one million onsite reviewers and was recently nominated by Cycling News as the World’s Best Stage Race.
Steamboat Springs is not all about sports though, with fine dining, trendy shopping, art galleries, the ubiquitous tee shirt stores, excellent accommodations in hotels, motels, time shares, condos and hostel, six museums, and more. There is a wide variety of rental lodging options for Steamboat Springs, from cozy cabins, apartments and condos, first class hotels and spectacular private homes. The city’s many summer activities include a free concert series in July and again in August, balloon racing, art festival and art walks, a wine festival, and over the Labor Day weekend a Wild West Air Fest featuring vintage and warbird static aircraft displays, aerobatic show and classic cars. Steamboat Springs bustles summer and winter!
Schools in Steamboat Springs include two elementary schools, a middle school, two high schools and a K – 8 charter school. Click here for Schools Website
Adding to the winter agenda are summer sports centered on the Yampa River, kayaking, rafting, tubing, and fishing. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and camping compliment summer river activities. Steamboat Springs is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Five museums are found in the area.
Classic old and new buildings are scattered throughout the city. The Chamber of Commerce Building, at 1201 Lincoln Ave., is a Modern Movement-style building that was designed by architect Eugene D. Sternberg and was built in 1960. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010
Steamboat Springs is the home of The Industrial Company (TIC), a major construction company with over 9,000 employees worldwide. TIC is the largest employer in Routt County.
Now, with over 1,000 properties on the market, ranging from beautiful homes priced above the million dollar level to small condos for low six figures, real estate opportunities are found throughout Steamboat Springs, neighboring towns and Routt County areas.