Colorado Recruiting Zone - Steamboat Springs


Steamboat Springs Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1900
  • Main Street Steamboat Springs was named a Colorado Main Street Community in 2006
  • Known for its skiing, hot springs, and natural beauty


  • Population: 12,180
  • Median Age: 32
  • Land Area: 10.1 square miles
  • County: Routt


Environmental Attractions

  • Steamboat Ski Area has 2,939 skiable acres accessed from 164 trails.
  • 19 parks, which include playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, softball, soccer, rugby and lacrosse fields, a botanic park, fishing ponds, and much more.
  • Steamboat has five Nordic ski areas within a 30-mile radius, in addition to backcountry trails.

Fun Facts

  • The city is named after the Steamboat Spring, located near the present-day library. The spring itself was so named because its bubbling sounded like a steamboat to early settlers. Unfortunately, construction and blasting for railroad silenced the chugging spring in 1908.

Arts & Culture

  • Established in 1972, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is a community-based, nonprofit is housed in the historic train depot along the Yampa River. The Arts Council manages the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, which encompasses two galleries and a community resource center for arts and cultural information.
  • The Emerald City Opera brings internationally renowned artists from the world’s greatest opera houses to perform in Steamboat in collaboration with prominent local artists. Additionally, ECO presents the Resident Artists Spotlight and Outstanding Artists concert series throughout the year.

Major Employers

  • Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.
  • Yampa Valley Medical Center
  • The Industrial Company
  • City of Steamboat Springs
  • Steamboat Resorts

Economic Development

  • The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is a critical gateway to Steamboat Springs and the surrounding region. Year-round air service is an essential piece of the local economy – a lifeline for many resident and location neutral businesses.
  • Tourism’s estimated contribution to Steamboat’s sales tax revenues is 35-40%, with 350,000-400,000 winter visitors and 250,000-300,000 summer visitors.
  • Other major industries in Steamboat Springs include mining, agriculture and residential, including the second-home sector and location-neutral businesses.