History and Heritage


Pioneer family circa 1880, photo courtesy Tread of Pioneers Museum

Routt County residents are enveloped in the rich history and traditions of an area that has been home to Utes, trappers, farmers, miners, homesteaders, ranchers, cowboys, skiing pioneers and Olympians. Newcomers will find their own place in an area that has inspired so many adventurous spirits.

The Winter Carnival embodies Steamboat Springs' long tradition of agriculture and winter sports.

The Tread of the Pioneers Museum is headquartered in a 1908 residence. The nonprofit historical institution promotes an understanding and appreciation of the history of the area. The museum offers educational programs, from a Brown Bag Summer Lecture Series, to historical walking tours to a Pioneers Day Block party each July 4th.

Historic Routt County helps to sustain the history and heritage of the area working through programs, projects and education. Routt County is home to four other historical societies and museums in the smaller communities. To learn more, visit the History and Genealogy site.

Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage program currently features heritage assets and stories from five counties and 18 communities.