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Annual Yule Log Hunt

Annual Yule Log Hunt
2017 Yule Log Winners
December 11-22, 2017 (weekdays only)

Click here to read about the 2017 hunt and winners.

The 38th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 11. Each weekday’s clues will be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page, air on local radio stations, and will also be printed in the Steamboat Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to ten days, unless the log is found sooner.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every year, the clues take you on a path towards the log’s hiding place; they do not describe the hiding spot itself until the last few clues of the hunt. To encourage participants to solve the clues, and try to prevent hunters from finding log randomly without using the clues, we encourage everyone to solve the clues starting with clue #1. However, we will not place the log in its hiding place until after the release of clue #6 (new procedure this year).

The 2017 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: Strings Musical Festival Pavilion. Clues often include information that refer to community history or past events. To help celebrate the Olympic season, some of this year’s clues will refer to local Olympic history. Unless the Log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released by the media on Friday, December 22.

Background: The Yule Log Hunt has been a traditional holiday event in this community for over 38 years! The three foot long, 25 pound log is hidden within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. It is distinctively marked with the words “Yule Log” (in RED letters) and at least a portion of it will be visible from its hiding place. The log will not be on private property, inside of buildings or in areas that charge fees to enter.

IF YOU FIND THE LOG: When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum and ask for Candice or Tamra (Museum # is 879-2214). They will announce the end of the hunt so that others on the hunt do not keep searching. The log must be physically presented to a Tread of Pioneers Museum staff person before the winner will receive the $150 Steamboat Chamber bucks (generously donated by the Steamboat Chamber). Join the fun, solve the clues, find the log and you will be $150 richer!


The Yule Log was hidden on Dec.17 and found on Dec. 18 at 6:30am by Amber Kiniston and Sydney Weber. They found the log near the More Barn/Yock Cabin in Barn Village after the early morning release of clue #6. Story and photos coming soon. Thank you to everyone for playing!



Clue No. 5 — Friday, Dec. 15
"I never look back," he'd always say.
Until 1964, that tragic day.
His legend lives on, way up high.
Touch his head or ski on by.

Clue No. 4 — Thursday, Dec. 14
166 acres—they set their stake.
Bold pioneers—make no mistake.
First descents were C.B.'s pleasure.
Giggles and laughs, the sounds we treasure.

Clue No. 3 — Wednesday, Dec. 13
With Walton and Crawford, he made his claim.
Road and water now bear his name.
A Renaissance man, with much invested.
Catch the spirit, you're being tested!

Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, Dec. 12
Milk the cows and sell the cream.
A snapshot in time, a developer's dream.
Time and weather threatened its fate.
Just down the road, you'll find its mate.

Clue No. 1 — Monday, Dec. 11
’88 was the inaugural season.
Cultural offerings were the reason.
The Warner family won the hunt right here.
Now search for the log we’ve hidden this year.
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