Welcome to Steamboat Springs! It’s hard to decide what exactly makes Steamboat Springs such an incredible place to visit and live. Is it the stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, unparalleled Olympic skiing tradition, limitless outdoor recreation opportunities, western charm and hospitality, world-class ski resort, friendly community, vibrant arts and culture, or the endless open spaces that go on as far as the eye can see? Or is it the unique combination of all of these things that makes Steamboat….well, simply…Steamboat.
As Executive Director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, I have the privilege and honor of working to collect, preserve and share the unique history and heritage that makes Steamboat Springs a place like no other. Some of the same special qualities that drew the Ute Indians and early settlers to this beautiful area, like the abundant mineral springs and the mighty Yampa River, still beckon people from around the world today.
We invite you to experience all that Steamboat has to offer and discover the people and events that have shaped this once wild western frontier outpost into a beloved Rocky Mountain destination resort town. Visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum on 8th and Oak Street downtown, to explore the ways of the Native Americans, early settlers, miners, ranchers, skiers, outlaws, and lawmen. While you’re here, find out why Steamboat Springs is home to more Olympic athletes than any other town in North America. Digging deeper into the history of the area is sure to grow your love of Steamboat, and show you a place you will always call home.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum features engaging and interactive exhibits as well as seasonal tours and programming. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for children ages 6 through 12, kids under 6 and Routt County residents with I.D. are free. Visit the museum gift shop to purchase historical books and unique gifts.
-Candice Bannister, Executive Director, Tread of Pioneers Museum