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Welcome to Steamboat Springs

05/14/2024 01:24PM ● By Sarah Leonard
(Photo: Sarah Leonard and her husband, George Gess, enjoy a summer day.)

From the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Summer 2024

Steamboat Springs, CO - As trees begin to turn green and the Yampa River starts flowing, summer activities like fly fishing, art festivals, hiking and camping kick off in Steamboat Springs. The Yampa Valley in the summer is a true paradise. Whether you’re an art lover, outdoor enthusiast or happy hour aficionado, there is something in this valley for everyone.  
What makes Steamboat so special outside of our incredible access to outdoor activities, is our unique culture and heritage, and deep ranching roots in the West. Consider booking a tour at a working ranch or scheduling some time to get on horseback. You can also connect to our area’s history by visiting one of our many galleries or museums.    

As Yampa Valley residents, we take pride in our cultural activities, which includes a robust arts scene. As a certified Creative District, Steamboat is officially recognized as a hub for creativity, so there is plenty of art, music and theater to discover while you’re here.   

If exploring the outdoors is what you’re after, we recommend stopping by The Steamboat Springs Visitor Center to learn about what trails and camping spots are open and what the best areas are for you and your group to visit.  

When you’re ready to treat yourself to a meal or beverage, you’ll be pleased to find everything from burger bars and breweries to fine-dining steakhouses and some of the best happy hours in Northwest Colorado. 

To find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip, we encourage you to shop locally at our family-run businesses, the Saturday Farmers’ Market, or the Community Agriculture Alliance market. You’ll notice we don’t have many big-box retailers here in Steamboat, and we like it that way. Shopping for locally sourced goods is the best way to find something unique and support our local economy.  

Our community works hard to preserve the beauty of the Yampa Valley so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. When you’re out and about, we encourage you to follow “Leave No Trace” principles, give wildlife their space, and embody the Western spirit of hospitality and kindness. As we like to say, kindness floats the ‘Boat!  

The Steamboat Springs Chamber is excited to extend you a Western welcome to our home. We hope you enjoy the Yampa Valley in the summer as much as we do.    

 ~ Sarah Leonard 
Chief Executive Officer, Steamboat Springs Chamber