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Sustainability Efforts 

Miles of open space, breathtaking landscapes, and clean air and water make Steamboat Springs, Colorado the ideal place to live and visit. Our natural environment is the core of our identity and we are working together to ensure that future generations will always be able to experience the allure of the Yampa Valley.

Learn about some of the sustainability initiatives the community is working on in an effort to preserve our valley. 

Plastic Bag Ban 

Millions of single-use plastic bags are used yearly by shoppers in Steamboat Springs. Many of these bags end up as litter in our rivers, forests and rural landscapes. On October 1, 2019 the city of Steamboat Springs put the Plastic Bag Ban and Paper Bag Fee in place. The ban is enforced at City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens, Natural Grocers, and other retailers who choose to “opt-in” to the ban.

Looking for reusable bags? Check with your lodging property since many properties have reusable bags for guests. Also, many retailers offer a “take one/ leave one” bag bin at the entrance for people who forget their bags.

Care for Colorado - Leave No Trace

Steamboat Springs has partnered with the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics on the Care for Colorado initiative. With a shared goal of inspiring both Colorado residents and visitors to protect Colorado's special places, the CTO and the Leave No Trace collaborated in 2018 to create the Care for Colorado Principles. These 7 principles encourage and teach others how to visit our beautiful state responsibly. 

Pledge for the WildPledge for the Wild 

In 2019, Steamboat Springs joined 4 other mountain communities to form Pledge for the Wild. The purpose of this responsible tourism initiative is to educate the public on how to visit wild places responsibly and to encourage donations to the organizations that are working to keep these wild places special. Whether you’re traveling through or frequenting your favorite local adventure spots, Pledge for the Wild encourages you to take pause and consider who supports and cares for these wild places day-to-day so that they can be enjoyed on your next visit, next year, and in the next decade and beyond. In Steamboat Springs, the funds go directly to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund

Local Resources

Learn more about the resources and organizations working to promote sustainability in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.