Finding refreshing moments in life that restore the mind and body often begins with planning a one of a kind journey. Frequently, the focus is on finding a place that takes you far from the normal routine and into a space that’s sure to inspire. For the traveler that has a heart for the great outdoors, prefers to be surrounded by mountain scenery, and can’t wait to get out and try something new, there’s no place better than Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Settled into the scenic heart of the Yampa Valley where nature does some of her finest work without anyone’s help, visitors to Steamboat Springs can plan on savoring time unwinding within the confines of mountain beauty. Complete with options to escape large crowds, or settle into city-center fun when you’re not hitting the slopes or hiking trails, Steamboat is a versatile destination that’s also ideal for young learners! Parents looking to weave important educational moments into their Steamboat adventure will find that this area offers up much in the way of intriguing moments that put a lens on history, science, wildlife, and more. When you’re hoping to put the educational stops on the top of the itinerary, here are a few you won’t want to miss!
The Tread of Pioneers Museum
Year-round historical fun for the entire family is yours for the enjoying when you make time for a visit to The Tread of Pioneers Museum while you’re in town. Located at 800 Oak Street, The Tread of Pioneers Museum is dedicated to bringing regional history to life in a way that’s fun, thrilling, and engaging for guests of all ages. Browse a collection of exhibits, take a tour, or engage in hands-on fun while you’re here to make the most of every meaningful moment. Displays highlight everything from First Nation tribes that called this area home to western heritage which looks more closely at settlers, agriculture, and even the legends surrounding famous outlaws. Steamboat Springs is known as Ski Town USA and in fitting fashion, the museum highlights the best of skiing history in the area as well as the many Olympic athletes that have perfected their skills on the surrounding slopes.
For many visitors, a highlight of a stop at The Tread of Pioneers Museum is a tour through the Queen Anne-inspired Victorian home where authentic era-specific furnishings can be admired throughout. The museum is currently open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays between 11:00 am nad 5:00 pm.
Steamboat Art Museum
The culture and heritage of Northwest Colorado are on full creative display for those that make their way to the Steamboat Art Museum during their educational journey to Steamboat Springs. Admission to the Steamboat Art Museum is always free and the inspiration that can be gained from browsing the collections is bound to be priceless. Since first opening to the public in 2006, the museum has continued to forge ahead with its mission of preserving the region’s history through artwork that tells a story and captivates the imagination. Guests are invited to come in and peruse both permanent and revolving exhibits and displays that capture the important moment’s in Colorado history on canvas. The museum is also known for hosting a variety of speakers, workshops, and educational programs throughout the year well worth keeping an eye on the event calendar for. The museum is currently open Tuesdays through Saturdays between the hours of 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Online schooling is definitely a different take on the traditional education model, but kids traveling with their families to Steamboat Springs have an opportunity to see just how different education was in the early 20th century too with a trip to the Mesa Schoolhouse. Located at 34191 off of US-40, the Mesa Schoolhouse dates back to 1916 and long functioned as a one-room schoolhouse all the up until 1959. Complete with a small library and adjoining art room, this schoolhouse is used today for educational purposes, events, and tours. The schoolhouse officially became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 and is a fascinating place to look back in time at the transitions made in education.
Yampa River Botanic Park
When an educational take on nature is at the top of the Steamboat Springs journey agenda, a stop at the Yampa River Botanic Park is bound to be a delight. Located at 1000 Pamela Lane, the Yampa River Botanic Park is the perfect place to come and explore local flowers, plants, and towering trees that thrive within the Steamboat Springs terrain. This park is dotted with ponds and is home to a wide variety of local birds that are native to the Yampa River Basin. This inspiring and informative stop is open to the public through the end of October.
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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 – Journey to Steamboat Springs
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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