Colorado is well known for its ski resorts and Steamboat Springs is one of the best-known winter recreation areas in the state. This little Home Rule Municipality is the county seat of Routt County, located in the northern part of the state and nicknamed 'Ski Town USA'. Steamboat Springs sits in the valley of the Yampa River and covers an area of 10.16 square miles. It has an estimated population of over 12,000 people but attracts many more due to its status as a skiing hotspot. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs
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The area that would eventually become known as Steamboat Springs was inhabited by native Ute people, who discovered that the area was a good spot for hunting. It was in 1874 that James Harvey Crawford arrived in the area. Crawford and his family settled in the area and lived peacefully with the Ute people, trading and sharing with them. In 1884, Crawford started to lay out the town, and the opening of a sawmill encouraged more people to settle there. The largest onyx mine in Colorado was also found just nearby, and the town's economy performed admirably.

In 1913, a Norwegian named Carl Howelsen came upon the area and began constructing ski jumps and organizing winter festivities. Some local men later opened up the Steamboat Ski Resort, and the town's popularity surged from there. Nowadays, along with the likes of Aspen, Vail, and Telluride, Steamboat Springs is a highly popular skiing resort town in Colorado, attracting many visitors each and every year.

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2.Elevation of Steamboat Springs

Elevation of Steamboat Springs
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When talking about a town's elevation, we're referring to how high it is in relation to sea level. The elevation of Steamboat Springs is 6,732 feet (2,052 m), which is very high and several thousand feet high than many major cities all around the United States. At the nearby Steamboat Ski Resort, the base elevation is 6,900 feet (2,100 m), while the top elevation rises to 10,568 feet (3,221 m). The high elevations all around Steamboat Springs are due to the town’s mountainous location.

A comparison of Colorado ski resort elevations shows us that Steamboat Springs has a significantly lower elevation than many other skiing destinations around the state. For example, Telluride has an elevation of 8,750 feet (2,667 m). Vail, meanwhile, has an elevation of 8,022 feet (2,445 m), while Aspen stands at an elevation of around 8,000 feet (2,438 m). This shows that the elevation of Steamboat Springs is actually over a thousand feet lower than many other major skiing towns, which can actually be seen as quite a big advantage in some ways.

Altitude sickness begins to affect people at elevations above 8,000 feet (2,438 m), so can be a problem for visitors to Vail and Aspen, but isn’t necessarily a problem for people stopping off at Steamboat Springs. The town’s elevation also matches well with the state average. Colorado is the highest state of all, with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet (2,070 m), and a highest elevation of 14,400 feet (4,401 m) tall, which belongs to Mount Elbert, while the lowest point in Colorado is a section of the Arikaree River, which has an elevation of 3,317 feet (1,011 m).

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3.Climate and Things to Do in Steamboat Springs (Steamboat Springs Elevation)

Climate and Things to Do in Steamboat Springs (Steamboat Springs Elevation)
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Due to Steamboat Springs' elevation and geographical location, it has relatively cold temperatures throughout the year, especially from November through to March. January is generally the coldest month of the year, with average highs of just 29°F (-2°C) and lows of 3°F (-16°C). July is the hottest month, but temperatures can still drop very low, especially in the evenings. Large amounts of snow fall for much of the year, from October through to the beginning of May, but the average amount of rainfall is relatively low.

Naturally, since Steamboat Springs is known both in the United States and internationally as a prime ski resort town, skiing is one of the most popular activities here. The cold weather and frequent snowfall provide the perfect conditions, and the Steamboat Ski Resort has a lot to offer. The resort covers an area of almost 3,000 skiable acres, with 165 individual trails. 14% of those trails are classed as beginner difficulty, while 42% are intermediate and the remaining 44% are designed for advanced skiers. Snowboarding can also be enjoyed at this location, which is usually open from November to April. Other activities that can be enjoyed around Steamboat Springs include fishing and kayaking on the Yampa River, as well as cycling and hiking.

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More Ideas: Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a family-friendly resort with hot mineral springs, lodging and a variety of activities to enjoy from hiking to picnicking. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, the Park is located next to the Hot Springs Creek on County Road and is just a short drive or shuttle trip from downtown Steamboat Springs. Tucked between Rocky Peak and Copper Ridge, just outside of town, Strawberry Park Hot Springs attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Named for the more than 150 mineral springs in the local area, Steamboat Springs was used by the Ute Indians for their summer home before the arrival of the first pioneer settlers. The Ute Indians believed the mineral springs had the power to rejuvenate both spirit and strength and once the colonists arrived, they also began seeking the restorative strength of the hot springs.

Hailed as the ‘Most Scenic Hot Springs in Steamboat,’ Strawberry Park Hot Springs features beautiful stone mineral pools with 104-degree mineral water that flow from the hillside into the creek and pools below, picnic areas with changing rooms and restrooms, and overnight lodging. There are several pools with different temperatures in the Park, ranging from +/- 104 degrees to a cold plunge pool. Activities include private massages and Watsu therapy, hiking mountain biking, and snowshoeing trails in the nearby Routt National Forest.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers lodging in the form of traditional camping and rustic self-catering log cabins.

The Train Caboose is a comfortable caboose-style cabin for two that features a fully equipped kitchenette with pots, pans, dishes and silverware, a bathroom with shower, a gas fireplace, a full-size sofa bed and solar lighting.

Two Large Rustic Cabins are deluxe two-story cabins with double bedrooms, bathrooms featuring hot showers and flushing toilets, kitchenettes, gas fireplace and gas grills. Rustic Cabins are simple one-room cabins with one double futons, gas lights, heat and gas grills.

Covered Wagons are situated near the tent sites and the pools and feature simple camping-style furnishings, including double mattresses without bedding. The wagons have no heat or light and are available in summer only.

Camping sites for tents are located 100-300 yards along the creek just below the pools and are equipped with picnic tables and propane grills. Camping sites are only available in summer.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is located at 44200 County Road just outside of Steamboat Springs and is open from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm daily. The Park has a shop that sells a variety of clothing and apparel, greeting cards, and other gifts. The Park has a new private area that can be hired for parties or gatherings with both indoor and outdoor space, including an outdoor fireplace, barbecue grills, and comfortable seating.

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44200 County Road #36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, Phone: 970-879-0342

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More Ideas: Steamboat Art Museum

Located in of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Steamboat Art Museum (SAM) is dedicated to collecting, presenting and preserving fine art with a focus on culture and heritage of Northwestern Colorado. Established in 2004 by a group of Colorado artists and art supporters and opened to the public in 2006, the Steamboat Art Museum is housed in the 1905 Rehder Building on Lincoln Avenue, which has been transformed into a world-class exhibition space and museum store. More about Steamboat Springs.

The Steamboat Art Museum is housed in the First National Bank/Rehder Building, which was built in 1905 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The building is significant for its unique architectural style, its age, and degree of preservation and the fact that it symbolized the progression of the area around it, which grew from a frontier town in the early 1900’s to a bustling and economically viable commercial community in the 21st century.

The original building was constructed in a combination of the Romanesque and Renaissance Revival styles and despite being renovated and restored, has maintained its historical and architectural integrity. Today, the Rehder building stands in the center and as an anchor for the downtown business district of Steamboat Springs, as well as an icon for the newly designated Downtown Historic District.

The Steamboat Art Museum presents a variety of shows throughout the year, which have included an international exchange with Mexico, and an inspiring local collection of Russian Art dating back to the 1930s. Other exhibitions and shows have included three national traveling exhibits, and shows of notable master artists, such as Jim Norton, Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, and Quang Ho.

The Steamboat Art Museum offers a wide variety of events and workshops for visitors, ranging from presentations by exhibiting artists and open studios to hands-on and interactive workshops. It also provides educational programs for visitors of all ages, including the Steamboat Art Museum Art Reach program, which is designed for scholars and students of all ages and provides artistic opportunities at the museum. The Steamboat Art Museum In-Reach Program is led by a licensed art educator and offers the opportunity to complete an art project related to the current exhibit.

The Steamboat Art Museum is located at 807 Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Museum offers guided docent-led tours that explore the current exhibitions and facilitate engaging activities for all ages and the Museum can be rented or special events and functions, such as parties, gatherings, meetings, and reunions for up to 65 people.

The Steamboat Art Museum Store sells a range of art-inspired objects and items, ranging from jewelry, clothing and apparel, pottery, and woodwork to paintings, prints, photos, painting supplies, and books, including exhibition catalogs.

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807 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488, Phone: 970-870-1755

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More Ideas: Chalet Val d'Isere

Located in Steamboat Springs in Colorado, Chalet Val d'Isere is a warm and welcoming traditional mountain home that offers a relaxing mountain getaway. Set high on the mountain in a small cove and surrounded by the breathtaking natural scenery of the Rocky Mountains, Chalet Val d'Isere features two well-appointed guest rooms with private bathrooms and stunning valley views.

Boasting a casually elegant interior with warm maple wood floors, luxurious oriental rugs, a welcoming lounge with a crackling fireplace, and a collection of eclectic valuables, the charming bed and breakfast is the perfect place for unwinding after a day of outdoor activities. The Inn has an upstairs games room with a pool table and flat screen television and great views, and drinks and snacks such as coffee, tea, and sparkling water are available all day. Situated in Steamboat Springs, Chalet Val d'Isere is an ideal base for adventurers and outdoor sport-lovers who can enjoy an array of sports throughout the year, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

Guest Accommodations

Chalet Val d'Isere has two cozy and comfortable guest rooms on the first and second floor of the Inn with plush décor and mountain cottage-style furnishings, tiled marble floors, private bathrooms with walk-in showers and soaking tubs, hairdryers, plush towels and organic bath products, and modern amenities. The Apres Ski Room is located on the main floor of the Inn and features a queen-size bed with deluxe linens and down duvets, an en-suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and a walk-in shower, and stunning views of the surrounding forests. The Alpenglow Room is found on the second floor of the room and features a king-size bed with plush linens and down duvet, a large private bathroom with a walk-in shower, four large windows that flood the room with natural light and embrace beautiful views. Modern amenities in each room include flat-screen cable TVs with satellite channels, hairdryers, and complimentary wireless Internet.


A hearty continental breakfast is served in the cozy dining room every morning and includes fresh fruit juice and fruit, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, freshly baked bread and pastries, egg and meat dishes and signature treats, along with coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.

Amenities and Recreation

Amenities at the Chalet Val d'Isere include a welcoming lounge with a crackling fireplace, an upstairs games room with a pool table and flat screen television and great views. The Inn has a children’s playground, an outdoor hot tub, a luggage storage service, an exclusive spa, and wellness center where guests can enjoy indulgent and pampering massages, body treatments, and other spa services. A hearty continental breakfast is served in the cozy dining room every morning, and drinks and snacks such as coffee, tea, and sparkling water are served all day. Guests can enjoy packed lunches for days out, and there is complimentary wireless Internet around the property.

Situated in Steamboat Springs, Chalet Val d'Isere is an ideal base for adventurers and outdoor sport-lovers who can enjoy an array of sports throughout the year, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Other attractions in the area include the historic 1909 railroad station known as The Depot, the Steamboat Springs Art Museum, the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Main Street Farmer’s Market, the Yampa River Core Trail, and the Yampa River Botanic Park.

2415 Val d'Isere Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, Phone: 970-846-7006

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