Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is the county seat and largest town of Routt County. One story says Steamboat Springs got its name from a group of trappers in the early 1800's who thought they heard the sound of a steamboat traveling on the Yampa River. The noise turned out to come from a local mineral hot spring. The chugging sound was silenced in 1908 by construction and blasting for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad when that came through Steamboat Springs on its way to Hayden and Craig (but it never did make it all the way to Salt Lake City).
With the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort on Mt. Werner, just east of town, and Howelsen Hill Ski Area on the western boundary of town, Steamboat Springs is an internationally known winter resort destination. More US Gold-Medalist Winter Olympians have come from Steamboat Springs than any other place in America.
The largest public hot springs in the area is the Old Town Hot Springs with two slides and multiple pools. The Strawberry Park Hot Springs with two pools and natural rock features is just a few miles out of town (and is clothing optional after dark - no minors allowed). The Yampa River flows through the heart of Steamboat Springs and is very popular with fishermen, kayakers and whitewater rafters.
The early settlers in the Steamboat Springs area were cattle ranchers, and cattle ranching is still a major industry in the area, although tourism and skiing have become pretty big business, too. Routt County is also justly famous for the other outdoor recreational opportunities that abound in the area. This is one of those places where you can get big city amenities in a small town.
I drove through Steamboat Springs on the Saturday afternoon before Labor Day. Turns out that's the big day for Steamboat's annual sidewalk sale: there were so many folks in the streets it was hard to move around, and just about everything in sight seemed to be for sale...
The Steamboat Springs Visitor Center
In downtown Steamboat Springs
The Hotel Bristol is still in operation
Looking southeast on Main Street, Steamboat Springs Ski Resort in the distance
Zip Codes: 80477, 80487, 80488
High School or Higher: 97.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 52.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 15.3%
Estimated Median Household Income: $62,200
Estimated Median Home Value: $360,000
Median Resident Age: 32.4 Years
2011 Cost of Living Index for Steamboat Springs: 95.4
Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Educational Services, Professional Services, Government, Real Estate Services, Health Care, Recreation & Entertainment, Agriculture
Unemployed (March 2011): 8.3%
Population Demographics: 2010
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||9,850|
|65 & over||869|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,025|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||11,063|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||5|
|Two or more||187|
Howelsen Hill Ski Area - Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Routt National Forest - Pearl Lake State Park - Stagecoach State Park
Steamboat Lake State Park - Yampa River State Park
State Trustlands & Wildlife Areas
National Park Service Sites - BLM Sites - National Wilderness Areas - Unique Natural Features
Outdoor Sports & Recreation - Ski & Snowboard Areas - Photo Galleries - Colorado Mountains