Think skiers in cowboy hats and you'll have a pretty good mental picture of Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado. Yes, there's world-renowned skiing here, but with an undercurrent of cowboy culture. The wide-open Yampa Valley brought cattle ranchers here in the 1800s, and the town's signature store still sells Western wear.
And like many of Colorado's most attractive towns, Steamboat Springs also has great hot springs that the town got its name from its famed water works. Fur trappers who visited the area in the late 1800s heard the bubbling sound of one of the local hot springs and thought it sounded like a steamboat coming down the Yampa River.
The hot springs in Steamboat are down an adventurous drive north of town that brings you to a riverside canyon in one of the most perfect soaking settings imaginable. Visitors can also hike to scenic Fish Creek Falls, followed by a mountain-bike ride or hike through the surrounding parks and forests and so much more!
Steamboat Springs Chamber - Annual Events
Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival
This annual celebration includes a variety of events that embrace our western heritage and highlight Steamboat's tradition of winter sports. For several days, the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping, a parade featuring Steamboat's skiing high school band, ski jöring and the spectacular night show.
Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & Annual Art in the Park
(July): The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park offer artistry and color both on canvases and in the air making them a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the summertime.
(June): The Steamboat Marathon, voted one of the most scenic marathons in the country by Runners World, has the cozy, friendly appeal that only a town like Steamboat can bring, but with the organization of a big city marathon. This event offers up the rare opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, rural landscape for 24 miles that then finishes in a classic Colorado ski town with all of its amenities.
for complete list of Steamboat Springs signature events.
Overview of Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Ski Resort, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a premier ski destination famous for its Champagne Powder®
. The resort is situated across seven mountain peaks within the Park Range and overlooks the Yampa Valley.
The area has a rich western heritage and is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado. Steamboat Springs has been dubbed Ski Town, U.S.A. due to the fact that more Olympians call Steamboat home than any other ski resort.