Steamboat Springs History

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is the perfect mountain destination for a family vacation or a getaway with friends. Steamboat offers the fine amenities of a world-class mountain resort with the Western spirit and down-to-earth character of a 110+ year old ranching town. When guests arrive, they find an authentic, laid-back town… and they never want to leave!

Originally inhabited by Ute Indian tribe, Steamboat Springs became a permanent settlement for ranchers in the late 1800s. In its early years, the town attracted miners, travelers and Indians to its natural mineral springs. Today the Steamboat area is still well known for cattle ranching and celebrates its Western Heritage annually at the Winter Carnival.

Steamboat Springs traces its ski roots back to the early 1900s. While skis were initially used to get around, a Norwegian skier moved to this Colorado mountain town in 1913 and built a large ski jump. Carl Howelsen sparked a passion among the community for skiing as recreation. The Steamboat ski area officially opened in the early 1960s, while Howelsen Hill located in downtown Steamboat Springs remains the longest continuously open ski jump in the USA.

Steamboat Springs has produced many Olympians, and the town’s Winter Sports Club is renowned as a prominent training ground for aspiring Olympic athletes. If you’re headed to Steamboat for a family vacation, you never know which Olympian you may rub elbows with on the chairlift or in town…

As a mountain destination, Steamboat has a distinct look that sets it apart from other vacation destinations in Colorado. Steamboat is lush and green with rolling mountains. It’s a different type of beauty than the sharp peaks and terrain you see in other parts of Colorado.

Not just another ski town, with 300+ days of sunshine, little humidity and moderate temperatures both Summer and Winter in Steamboat are filled with events. Annual art & food festivals, free movies and concerts, Sunset Happy Hour, weekend rodeos, sporting events and races, local rivers and waterfalls, the list just keeps going!  

To schedule your next family vacation in this historic mountain town, call 877-475-6923.