The Storied Town of Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs is steeped in a history that would rival any epic on the silver screen. Here at the base of what the Ute Indians called the “Shining Mountains,” native tribes, conquistadors, explorers, cowboys and Mexican bandits once roamed. Alive with wild Western characters, like Butch Cassidy and Kit Carson, the often lawless area was first settled by resilient pioneers in search of gold. Only the most persistent and hardy were able to make a living. With an unbridled spirit, they persevered. Later, the mountain land was settled by homesteaders and ranchers in 1875 seeking a promising new life. They found the winters to be mild, the meadows lush and the sun shone 300 days a year. It is just as perfect a place to raise a family and tend cattle today as it was then.