1. Leave the car at the condo
Ride the free bus – Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) provides daily fixed-route transit service throughout the city. Travel to and from the mountain and around downtown with the Steamboat Springs Transit to avoid cars on the road downtown. You can also grab your bike or roller blades and hit the Yampa River Core Trail which runs all throughout Steamboat Springs with stunning river views. There are plenty of alternative ways to travel around town, but why not be active in doing so!
2. Skip the plastic bags
Did you forget your stash of reusable bags? Use local reusable totes. Steamboat's local grocery stores have banned plastic bags, so if you prefer something sturdier than a paper - we suggest bringing your own.
3. Support Local Businesses
While you won't see many large chains here in Steamboat Springs, we always recommend shopping locally. With over 100+ restaurants and retailers, locally sourced goods and treats, and plenty of crafty artisan creations - shopping locally will ensure you leave Steamboat Springs with something unique.
4. Explore the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is a great resource for finding Routt County’s sustainability-related organizations, services, retailers, and more. YVSC is a nonprofit organization based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, that creates and promotes sustainable practices in the Yampa Valley region through programs, partnerships, and education. Find them at local concerts & events with waste receptacles and answers to any question you may have.
5. Practice Zero Waste
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Zero Waste Initiative keeps waste at bay and spreads awareness of recycling, reuse, and composting. Look for specific recycling and trash bins on every corner of town!
6. Visit the Steamboat Springs Farmers Market
Savor all that grows in the Yampa Valley. Shop Steamboat’s farmers’ market on Saturdays. Meet the producers, ask questions, and learn about the importance of knowing your food source.