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This Place Matters 2019!

Help us celebrate Preservation Month this May! A national event which helps promote historic places. Steamboat’s Historic Preservation Commission, is partnering with Historic Routt County, Main Street Steamboat and the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Together we are honoring Preservation Month with the “This Place Matters” campaign. Founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this event supports communities in highlighting the places that matter most to them.

Here is how you get in on the action!

Pick a place that matters. There are no limits or restrictions: anywhere in Routt County.

1.    Download and print a This Place Matters sign, you can use this post’s featured image or can download a PDF of it by clicking here

2.    Snap a photo of yourself with the This Places Matters sign at the place that matters to you.

3.    Share a few sentences about why This Place Matters

4.    Share your photo on social media with the hashtags #thisplacematters and #steamboatsnaps.

Other Preservation Month activities include:

  • Dana Crawford, winner of the Governor’s Citizenship Medal will be speaking at the Chief Theater on Monday, May 20, 2019. The Citizenship Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon Colorado citizens and organizations for meritorious contributions that strengthen the vitality of our state.
  • Tread of Pioneers Scavenger Hunt. Learn more about Steamboat’s historic buildings and the people who developed our town in this fun site-to-site downtown hunt. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt at Tread of Pioneers Museum or go
  • Look for special heritage-themed banners lining Steamboat’s Lincoln Ave.
  • Tread of Pioneers Museum – Opening June 7 for First Friday Artwalk (5-8pm), “This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place.” An exhibit featuring significant buildings we have lost over time, along with featured buildings and perspectives from the #thisplacematters campaign during May. The exhibit will convey the importance and allure of our historic assets and how these assets are at risk.

Saint Patrick’s Day 2019!

It doesn’t matter if you hail directly from the Emerald Isle, or just need another excuse to party, Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! In typical Steamboat fashion, the downtown bars and restaurants will be celebrating their Irish pride with full force! The following lists the food and drink specials, as well as special events occurring downtown:


  • Schmiggity’s –  Saint Patrick’s Day Party featuring a live performance: “Walker at Schmiggity’s.”  $8 car bombs, $4 shots of Jameson caskmates or $6 caskmate drinks


  • Old Town Pub – Live performance, “Toubab Krewe with DJ Leprechaun”


  • O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill – Open at 10am, Irish Breakfast $12 – $17. $6 Car bombs until 6. Live bagpiper performance.   


  • Off The Beaten Path – Latte of the month “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”


  • Johnny B. Goods – ALL DAY!   Slow-baked corned beef served with cabbage, carrots, potatoes and Homemade Irish Soda Bread for $10.99!
    Homemade Irish Crème in coffee, shots, or milkshakes!


  • Double Z BBQ – Corned Beef special


  • Timber and Torch – $9 Butcherknife Bombs – Butcherknife dark timber stout with a shot of Irish Whiskey and cream

Registration for the 2019 Farmers Market Opens January 15th

Registration for the 2019 Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market opens January 15 2019. Click here for application and vendor rules. If you are a returning vendor, You can click the renewal button. You will receive an email asking you to confirm and update your information.  Please check your spam:-)

The Farmers Market operated for 15 Saturdays from June 15 to September 21 2019. For those wishing to apply, please review the rules for vendors. Food vendors will be be given preference and those applications will be approved first. Please address all questions to Lisa Popovich 970-367-7060 or email

Howelsen Hill Nordic Center Opens to Fat Bikes

Howelsen Hill Nordic Center Opens to Fat Bikes

Groomed Trails Available For Snowshoeing, Cross-Country & Fat Bikes-Tickets Required. All approved trail uses require a ticket or season pass for use.

Fat Bike riders are required to wear a Nordic season pass or day ticket, both can be purchased in the Howelsen Hill Lodge during alpine ski hill hours. When the concessions stand is closed, tickets can be purchased upstairs at the SSWSC office or from the vending machine in the fireplace room.

The following rules apply to Fat Bikes so that all trail users
continue to have an enjoyable experience.

Groomed Trails should NOT be used by Fat Bikes if:
• You are leaving a tire rut deeper than 1 inch deep or
cannot ride in a straight line
• Your bike tires are narrower than 3.7 inches and tire
pressure is greater than 10 psi
• Trails are closed to Fat Bikes from 2pm to 6 pm,
Monday through Friday and during Nordic race events
Trail Etiquette:
• Bikes yield to all other users and ride in control
• Do not ride in classic tracks
• Ride on the firmest part of the track
• Be an ambassador for the sport – know when to go,be polite and educate others!

Fat Bikes are available for purchase or rent at several bike shops in Steamboat Springs. These shops can also offer advice on how to get the most enjoyment out of this new and growing sport. Fat Bikes are allowed on all other city trails in the area that are not groomed for Nordic skiing. In addition, Blackmer, NPR, and Orton Trails are free and do not require Howelsen Hill ticket/pass. Routt County Riders periodically groom NPR and Orton Trails during the winter. For additional information on Fat Biking as well as Howelsen Hill trail conditions, visit

Brad Setter, Open Space, Trails, Rodeo & Howelsen Hill Supervisor, 970.871.7035 or email

Free Historical Tours of Steamboat: My Place, My Home

Tour guide and historian Marianne Capra will be leading downtown tours to fundraise for the school history programs she provides called the My Place, My Home series.  For five-weeks starting in January 2019, you can attend four different walking tours that tell the hiSTORY of Steamboat Springs.


This pilot program is being promoted by Mainstreet Steamboat and is running under the name:  Steamboat Tours4Tips  (100% satisfaction guaranteed because you tip what the experience was worth to you.)  Recommendation:  Attend them all because each story builds on the next!  These tours are also supported by the Arts Council, Big Iron Coffee Co. Downtown, and the Parks & Rec Department of the City of Steamboat Springs.


There are four tours offered each week for five weeks:

1).  Springs & Things: Birth of Town Tour

Learn about the landscape that inspired the founding of this town—both its natural and cultural history. Visit mineral springs, train depot, and pioneer homestead sites. (11 – 13th Streets)

  • Meets @ Art Depot Parking Lot at 1:00 p.m.  (Railroad tracks at 13th Street & Lincoln Avenue)
  • Thursdays in January: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st


2).  Downtown Lowdown: Steamboat hiSTORY Tour

Explore the heart of downtown—architecture, artifact, infrastructure & art—to see the rise of the marketplace, past & present.  Visit the original town square, power plant, and jail/courthouse. (7th– 10th Streets)

  • Meets @ Big Iron Coffee Co. Downtown at 1:00 p.m.  (635 Lincoln Ave Suite C)
  • Fridays in January: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st


3).  Sinister Steamboat: Dark hiSTORIES Tour

Sinister  /sinistər/ (adjective)– portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous.  Does evil lurk below the surface of this quaint ski town?! Dive into local murder, ghosts, mayhem and supernatural creatures.  (5th – 9th Streets)

  • Meets @ Big Iron Coffee Co. Downtown at 1:00 p.m.  (635 Lincoln Ave Suite C)
  • Saturdays in January: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and February 2nd


4).  Secrets of The Hill: Ski Free Sundays at Howelsen Tour (Pending: awaiting Parks & Rec. confirmation)

Hear the story of The Hill’s namesake and his cultural and economic impacts; the geologic forces that shaped The Hill itself and its meaning for its citizens today; an overview of Steamboat Springs’ Olympic heritage; and an uphill trip to the ultimate secret buried within.

  • Meets @ Main Entrance to Howelsen Hill Lodge at 1:00 p.m. (401 Howelsen Pkwy)
  • Select Sundays: January 13, 2019;  February 3, 2019; February 10, 2019


Details:  No reservations required!

All tours are 2 hours; run regardless of the weather; and, require walking outdoors on variable & slick surfaces.  

Contact Marianne Capra with questions at, or 970.846.2041 (text preferred).

All tours begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.; the tour is cancelled at 1:20 p.m. if it’s a no-show.


Quote from Marianne:  “See Steamboat through brand new eyes:  I invite you to time-travel with me as we walk the downtown streets, finding clues and artifacts of the past, then connecting them to the stories of today.  Steamboat Springs is rich with fascinating stories you may not have heard before. I’ve spent years leading outdoor tours in national parks and wild places in the West, and I’m excited to share my expertise with the public this winter, since most of the history work I have done here these past 18 years have been private programs.  Look for me in period costume, bring the whole family, or just treat yourself to something different in 2019.”


Contact:  Marianne Capra, Tour Guide, Natural & Cultural Historian,

Email:;  mobile phone:  970.846.2041 (text preferred)