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Steamboat Springs
August Average
81º
Elevation
6,695'
Population
12,088

 

Seven thousand feet up in the Colorado Rockies, nestled quietly below one of the largest ski mountains in North America, sits a small ranching community that serves as a constant reminder that the Old West is alive and well.

 

A real western community built around skiing and riding, the mountain lifestyle, and a collective sense of place—Steamboat is a bona fide mountain town in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Rocky Mountains.

Steamboat may be known for its winters, but when the Champagne Powder® snow melts, wildflowers blossom, biking and hiking trails are unearthed, the Yampa River flows for kayaking, rafting, tubing and fly fishing, hot springs bubble away and Fish Creek Falls shows its might.

During the summer, this town hosts a marathon and triathlon; a massive July 4th celebration & parade; a Hot Air Balloon Rodeo with a multitude of colorful balloons rising over the valley; numerous music performances from Strings Music Festival to a free Summer Concert Series; a 100-year-old summer rodeo featuring the future stars of the ProRodeo circuit; and pedal power endeavors that last for days and go for miles.

Steamboat is home to two ski areas: Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill, the oldest ski area in continuous use in the state of Colorado, as well as over 79 Winter Olympians who call the area home.

A variety of lodging, from B&Bs to high-end resorts, from casual condos to private residents, offer the ideal place to rest your head. There’s more to this cow town than just baked beans and cowboy coffee! Restaurants have developed their own distinct culinary flair that will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. 

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