In 1875, a heavy wooden wagon, loaded with a special family and household furnishings, migrated west into the valley of the Yampa River and its tributaries. These first settlers, the Crawford’s, came to ranch the rich, fertile valleys. Friendly with Yarmonite the local leader of the Yampatika, their children often played together hunting chipmunks and shooting bows and arrows.
They were soon joined by entrepreneurs hoping to find fortunes in coal. The 1909 arrival of the first freight train into Steamboat Springs opened the coal fields for production and a new era for this section of the state. On quiet day you’ll still hear the soft rumble of the train passing through Steamboat along the same tracks from years gone by.
One of the only homesteads with eastern views, and tucked along the outer-reaching ranch property lines, this expansive roost is number one for watching a sunrise over Steamboat.