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Choose from 20 resort properties surrounding the Steamboat Ski Area from affordable to indulgent.





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Holiday Inn Steamboat
Full service, friendly and affordable - the Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs is the perfect choice for your fun-filled vacation. Free internet access, fridge & microwave in every room and suite! We are smoke-free, pet friendly and offer two pools in the summer





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Nestled at the foot of a mountain, adjacent to the steamboat gondola, this six-story bavarian-style tower offers luxury condominium suites of incomparable design, furnished in authentic western style.





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Rabbit Ears Motel
(970) 879-1150
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Located in downtown Steamboat Springs. Guests can choose from a variety of room sizes, many with private balconies overlooking the scenic Yampa River.





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The Hotel Bristol

Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is an intimate, full service hotel "the way it used to be" with a restaurant and saloon right on the premises serving up pasta and pizza and the finest libations a trail dry throat can imagine.

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Summer in Steamboat Springs -The town got its name in the late 1800's when French Fur Trappers who were visiting the area mistook the chugging sound from the local springs as the sounds of familiar steamboats back home.Summer activities abound, including mountain biking, camping, fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, tubing, and kayaking. Truly playground for one and all, summer and winter.

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Contrary to popular belief, there's no steamboat in Steamboat Springs. James Crawford, who first settled in Steamboat Spring in 1875, designed the town and streets to allow enough room for cattle to be driven through the center of town. Today, one can enjoy the Western heritage as well as wonderful shops, galleries and restaurants.

Also called Ski Town, USA and known for its world-class skiing facilities, Steamboat Springs was originally a summer resort. Travelers in the early 1900's 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 three championship golf courses, an indoor-outdoor tennis center, biking, hiking, kayaking, fly fishing and horseback riding right in town.

Attractions and Things to Do

Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music

Scenic Gondola Rides
Once guests reach the top, they can mountain bike, hike, picnic or ride the gondola back down.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs
7 miles from town.
(970) 879-0342

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series
Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, held at Romick Arena, Howelsen Hill Park Complex. Mid-June through August.

Yampa River Core Trail
Winds along the Yampa River through downtown Steamboat Springs.

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.

Fish Creek Falls
A 283-foot plunge. Just 3 miles from town.


Steamboat Springs' summers are mild, cool and dry. July is the hottest month with an average high of 82F and low of 41F. Low humidity and elevation combine to make the summer comfortable and pleasing.

Event Schedule

On-Going Events
First Friday Artwalk
Downtown Steamboat. Steamboat Springs First Friday Artwalk (SSFFA) is a collaborative effort among local visual art venues with a mission to foster appreciation of the visual arts in Steamboat Springs and support the growth of the local art community. This nonprofit organization promotes a monthly First Friday Artwalk, a self-guided walking tour of art exhibitions at member venues which is free to the public and held on the first Friday of every month from 5 pm - 8 pm.

Farmers Market, Weekly on Saturdays, Jun. 14 - Sep. 13, 2014, Downtown

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, June 13 to August 16, 2014, Every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm cheer on the cowboys at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, voted one of the best small-town outdoor rodeos in the country. There is fun for the entire family with the Ram and Calf Scramble. There will be special performances on July 4th with a fireworks display immediately following the rodeo. For ticket information, call the Steamboat Springs Chamber Visitor Center

Steamboat Mardi Gras sponsored by Bud Light, Februray 27, 2014, snow sculpture contest at the chairlifts, restaurant contests, special activities, and plenty of beads to go around.

Winter Blast Triathlon, Feb. 28, Mar. 28 2014, Old Town Hot Springs, Swim, spin, and run on the treadmill during this fun triathlon at the Old Town Hot Springs.

Backcountry Film Festival, Feb. 28, 2014, Chief Theater, Yampatika and Friends of the Routt Backcountry host the Annual Backcountry Film Festival.

The Pimps of Joytime, Mar. 1, 2014, Steamboat Resort

Mardi Gras Ball, Mar. 1, 2014, Colorado Mountain College, Yampa Valley Autism Program's annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball benefiting children and with autism.

An Evening of Cowboys and Indians, Mar. 1, 2014, Chief Theater, Steve Jones and Leon Littlebird will amaze you with their eclectic mix of music and storytelling.

Mardi Gras Concert - Dirty Dozen Brass Band., Mar. 4, 2014, Strings Music Pavilion

Steamboat Pentathlon, Mar. 8, 2014, Howelsen Hill, In its 23rd year, this one-of-a-kind winter race features competition in five different disciplines

The Wailers, Mar. 8, 2014, Steamboat Resort

U16 Alpine Rocky/Central Jr Championships, Mar. 9, 2014 - Sat. Mar. 15, 2014, Howelsen Hill

Billy Kid Race Camp, Mon. Mar. 10, 2014 - Wed. Mar. 12, 2014, Steamboat Ski Area, Join Billy Kidd and other Steamboat Olympians and top level coaches to improve your skiing skills.

The Russian Experience, Mar. 14, 2014,Steamboat Art Museum, The Steamboat Art Museum hosts a "Russian Experience" fundraiser, music, art, vodka tasting and more!

New Orleans Suspects, Mar. 15, 2014, Steamboat Resort

Torchlight Parade, Mar. 17, 2014, Steamboat Resort, Join us for a spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain followed by fireworks!

St. Pattys Concert, Mar. 18, 2014, Strings Music Pavilion, Strings Music Festival St. Patty's Day concert with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul.

Giving Tree Band, Mar. 29, 2014, Steamboat Resort

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Apr. 5, 2014, Steamboat Resort

Cardboard Classic, Apr. 12, 2014, Steamboat Resort, Homemade crafts constructed from cardboard race down the mountain to a hysterical finish.

MarchFourth Marching Band, Apr. 12, 2014, Steamboat Resort

Pond Skim & Closing Day, , Apr. 13, 2014, Steamboat Resort, Annual Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition and closing day for the 2013-2014 season.

Hayden Cog Run, May. 10, 2014, Hayden Town Park,

Sidewalk Sale, May. 23 - 26, 2014, Downown Steamboat

Spirit Challenge, May. 24, 2014, Steamboat Springs Middle School

Steamboat Marathon, Jun. 1, 2014

Y.E.S. Golf Tournament, Jun. 4, 2014, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club

Mustang Roundup, Jun. 12 - 15, 2014, More than 400 Mustang owners from Rocky Mountain Mustang clubs will convene in Steamboat Springs, Colorado over Father's Day Weekend. Activities will include a scenic mountain tour, auto cross, Friday night social, Show n' Shine Car Show and awards breakfast.

Give It a Tri - Kids & Family Triathlon, Jun. 21, 2014, Old Town Hot Springs

Howelsen 8 Miler, Jun. 21, 2014, Howelsen Hill., 8M and 4M runs on the beautiful wildflower and aspen lined trails of Emerald Mountain

Tri The Boat, Jun. 29, 2014, Stagecoach State Park, Half Iron & Olympic Triathlon

Ski Jumping Extravaganza, Jul. 3, 2014, Howelsen Hill, Ski Jumping Competition with local kids and Olympians alike competing on two different plastic surfaced ski jumps.

Steamboat Sprint, Jul. 4, 2014, Lyon's Drug Store,, This 400 yard dash takes place at 9:40am before the Steamboat Springs July 4th Parade. Dress in your best red, white, and blue and get ready to run!

July 4th Parade, Jul. 4, 2014, 10:00 AM, Downtown

Pioneer Day Block Party, Fri. Jul. 4, 2014, Tread of the Pioneers Museum

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Jul. 12 - Jul. 13, 2014, Get to the launch grounds early to see the balloons inflate. The rodeo portion consists of fun contests like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake and since balloon pilots can be pretty competitive, you're guaranteed a good show. Once the balloons are in the air, sip on coffee and eat a yummy crepe from one of the vendors as you watch more balloons dot the Yampa Valley sky

Spring Creek Trail Run, Jul. 12, 2014, Spring Creek Pond, 9 mile rugged trail run and 5k out on beautiful Aspen and wildflower lined Spring Creek. One of the SSRS favorite races!

Art in the Park, Jul. 12 - Jul. 13, 2014, West Lincoln Park

Mountain Soccer Tournament, Jul. 17 - 20, 2014

Kitchen & Garden Tour, Jul. 19, 2014, The self-guided tour will include seven homes/gardens

Mt Werner 50K, Jul. 26, 2014, Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square

Steamboat All Arts Festival, Aug. 1 - Aug. 17, 2014, Indulge in the delights of all your senses at the Steamboat All Arts Festival, where symphonic sounds fill the mountain air, culinary delights ignite the taste buds and visual creations burst with color and originality

Piknik Theatre Festival, Aug. 1 - Aug. 17, 2014, In Collaboration with the Steamboat All Arts Festival. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket for sixteen days of FREE outdoor Shakespeare and musical comedy presented in the Yampa River Botanic Park

Writers Conference, Aug. 2, 2014, Thirty-third annual conference welcomes novices and professionals alike.

Moffat County Fair, Aug. 3 - 9, 2014

Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 6 - 10, 2014, A premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and din

STARS Charity Ride, Aug. 10, 2014, Choose the 100 mile Gran Fondo which takes you to the four corners of Routt County, the 55 or 26 mile Challenge ride through the beautiful back roads of Steamboat, or 5 mile family friendly All Abilities ride.

Routt County Fair, Aug. 14 - Aug. 17, 2014

Yampa Art Stroll, Aug. 15 - 17, 2014, The two-week long All Arts Festival event is anchored by the Yampa Art Stroll,

Continental Divide Run, Aug. 23, 2014, Knoll Parking lot on Mt. Werner Circle

Photography Workshop, Aug. 24 - Aug. 30, 2014, Focus Ranch

Sidewalk Sale, Aug. 29 - Sep. 1, 2014, Downtown Steamboat

Wild West Air Fest, Aug. 30 - 31, 2014, Labor Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is packed with entertainment in the air, on the mountain and all over town! It's a Labor Day celebration for the whole family.

XTERRA Women's OFF Road Triathlon, Aug. 31, 2014, Steamboat

10k@10,000 ft, Aug. 31, 2014, 10k and 5k trail races up on Rabbit Eras Pass at the Dumont trail head

Chili Challenge, Aug. 31, 2014, Downtown

Bull Bash, Aug. 31, 2014, The the top professional bull riders make a stop Steamboat Springs!

Run Rabbit Run Ultramarathons, Sep. 12 - 13, 2014, The 50M and 100M ultramarathon trail races will take participants along the beautiful Continental Divide Trails and a variety of trail networks

Steamboat OktoberWest, Sep. 19 - 21, 2014, Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and festivities

Pedaling Posse Parade, Sep. 19, 2014

Emerald Mountain Run, Sep. 20, 2014, Race begins and finishes at Howelsen Hill

Poochy Paddle, Sep. 21, 2014, Old Town Hot Springs, Only in a place dubbed Dog Town USA

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Fast Facts

1. Named by French fur trappers in the 1860s for a hot spring near the Yampa River that sounded like a steamboat.

2. There are more than 150 mineral springs in the area.

3. James Crawford staked the fist homestead in 1875.

4. City of Steamboat Springs was incorporated in 1900.

5. Hometown of 69 Winter Olympic athletes since 1932, more than any other town in the US.

6. Home to Howelsen Hill, Colorado's oldest ski area in continuous use (opened in 1915).

7. In the early 1900's Steamboat Springs was the largest exporter of cattle in the western United States.

8. Lincoln Avenue (US Highway 40), Steamboat Springs' main street, was built wide to accommodate cattle drives.

9. Rodeo history dates back over 100 years.

10. Steamboat Springs weekly summer rodeo was named the "Small Town Outdoor Rodeo of the Year" by the ProRodeo Cowboys Association in 2002.

11. Holds the oldest annual winter carnival west of the Mississippi River.

12. Home to Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp (opened 1913) attended by such performing artists as Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Agnes de Mille.

13. One of the first eight US cities to receive the Preserve America Community designation from the White House.

Population (2000 Census)

City of Steamboat Springs: 10,115 Routt County: 19,690


Downtown: 6,695'

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'


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