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.



Steamboat Springs, also known as “Ski Town, U.S.A.”, provides an invaluable backdrop for the telling of the Marabou story. You can’t throw a snowball without hitting an Olympian. Steamboat has produced 96 Olympians who have made 157 appearances in the Olympic games, more than any town in the United States. A Colorado mountain town with a world-class ski area, Steamboat Springs ranch land thrives on its western heritage and is a mixture of quaint historic bed and breakfasts as well as luxury ranches, resorts, chalets and condominiums. Steamboat has the unique small town charm of a place that celebrates a simpler life, and where the true spirit of the West combines with luxury mountain property and winter and summer activities to create a culture that guides and defines the vision for Marabou.

the spring that made a chugging noise

The name “Steamboat Springs’ comes from a hot spring that vented with the puffing sound of a Mississippi River paddle wheeler. French fur trappers in the 1800s heard the sound and declared, “There’s a steamboat, by gar!”

a comfortable small town with spirit

known for its Western hospitality, old-timers and newcomers alike feel a sense of familiarity and belonging in Steamboat Springs. It’s a down-to-earth unpretentious town with a real community spirit. A place that will fit you like your favorite pair of cowboy boots. The town is both historic and modern, soulful and intelligent, rustic and worldly. While the town may be famed for its winter activities, like the Winter Carnival (pictured here), the common phrase you’ll hear nearly every local say is, “I came for the winters, and stayed for the summers.”