Mention amazing mountain getaways and travelers from near and far will often have Steamboat Springs jump to mind. This scenic and exciting location nestled into the heart of the Yampa Valley is an amazing place for visitors and locals alike to make the most of the fresh powder and downhill fun in the winter months while savoring time on the hiking trails when warmer months roll around. Whether you’re one for fishing, biking, exploring, or simply settling in to admire an amazing view, Steamboat Springs has the beauty and in-town extras designed to delight. That being said, some of the most appealing features of Steamboat Springs were designed entirely by nature, and the history behind this location makes it intriguing for those with a heart for pursuing the past. When you’re in town and looking to learn more about the journey of Steamboat Springs from past to present, there are a few stops you just won’t want to miss out on and a few stories that bring it all to life on your next journey to Steamboat Springs.
A Dynamic Landscape Lends Itself to a Name
Perhaps the most fundamental feature that makes Steamboat Springs a one of a kind destination is the bubbling mineral springs that sit below the surface of the terrain. Long before settlers made their way to this locale, the Ute tribe called the area home and referred to the hot springs here as “Medicine Springs” based on the belief that the waters have wonderfully healing powers. The early 1800s saw an influx of explorers and trappers making their way through the area and legend states the three French trappers were convinced that the sound of the hot springs bubbling up out of the earth was a steamboat coming down the river. By 1870, it’s believed that the vast majority of those arriving in the area began referring to the region as Steamboat Springs.
Old Town Hot Springs
The hot springs that gave this destination its name and have ancient roots with the First Nation tribes that called Steamboat Springs home are still a highlight of a visit. Whether enjoyed for their potential healing powers or simply savored for the relaxing experience, a stop at Old Town Hot Springs today is as meaningful as it was to the people who first found their warmth and restorative properties satisfying. For over 100 years, the hot springs-fed pools have been open to the public in one form or another at this destination which can be accessed at 136 S. Lincoln Avenue. Today, visitors to Old Town Hot Springs can enjoy time in one or more of eight on-site pools. 220 gallons of natural spring water is pumped through the system a minute and the overflow system allows that same water to cascade into the various property pools to be enjoyed. Take time to indulge in these hot soaking pools and enjoy the fact that you’re taking part in an ancient tradition that might just be as good for the mind as it is for the body.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
While the hot springs are a highlight of a visit this direction, those with a passion for downhill adventures will want to make sure to visit the Howelsen Hill Ski Area which comes with its own historical roots and stories in Steamboat Springs. In 1912, Carl Howelsen was credited with introducing the sport of skiing to the Steamboat Springs area—a move that would come to define this city well into the future. Steamboat Springs had earned its place as the county seat the year before and Howelsen’s introduction of skiing was a fantastic route to promoting outdoor recreation and tourism in the area. The introduction of this challenging and thrilling sport led to the development and designation of both Howelsen Hill and Storm Mountain and in 1914, Steamboat Springs enjoyed its first Winter Carnival, drawing in winter sports enthusiasts from near and far. Today, these areas are known as the Howelsen Ski Area and the Steamboat Ski Area respectively, but the enthusiasm for the downhill fun enjoyed at both hasn’t changed. In fact, Steamboat Springs was officially labeled Ski Town USA by the 1940s.
While Howelsen Hill was primarily used for jumping in the beginning, by the 1930s the ski area had fully developed downhill runs that made for even more mountainside fun. Today, a visit to the Howelsen Hill Ski Area provides options for jumps, downhill fun, snowboarding, and beyond that are sure to thrill and entertain the entire family during the course of a Steamboat Springs winter getaway.
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