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Local Steamboat Activities & Current Events


Lost Art Revival
Past Event
Location: Various Locations Steamboat Springs.
Lost Art Revival is a week-long event in September that celebrates traditional art forms that capture the spirit of Steamboat's Western heritage, unique sense of place and natural environment. Sign up for individual workshops, historical walking tour, and events or come for the full week and sign up for the Whole Hog. In partnership with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Creates and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., Steamboat Springs, CO Cost: Free
Go behind-the-scenes with our Curator to see the thousands of artifacts being preserved in our on-site collections care facility (1/2 hr. tour).

Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free | Duration 1 Hour

Each one-hour program features a lecture topic that reveals the unique history of our area presented by the locals who lived it. Check back for speakers ...

Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum ( 800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free | Duration 1 1/2 Hours

Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy walking tour highlights the historic buildings and development of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils the stories of the town's founding ...

Mineral Springs Walking Tour
Past Event
No Tour On July 4th
Location: Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot (1001 13th Street)
Cost: Free | Duration 2 Hours

Starts at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot on 13th St. Find out about the curative properties of the springs and why Steamboat was slated ...

Olympic Heritage Tour
Past Event
Location: Howelsen Hill Lodge (845 Howelsen Hill Parkway)
Cost: Free | Duration 1 1/2 Hours, Meet at Howelsen Hill Lodge

Starts at Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. This tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl ...

Author Andrew Gulliford: The Woolly West
Past Event
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave)
Cost: Free
Tales of cowboys and cattlemen dominate western history—and even more so in popular culture. But in the competition for grazing lands, the sheep industry was as integral to the history of the American West as any trail drive.Author and historian Andrew Gulliford explores the sheep industry’s place in the history of Colorado and the American West in his new book, The Woolly West.

Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Past Event
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40)
Cost: Free | Duration 2 Hours

Step back in time! Tour the historic Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40) and experience student and teacher life at the turn-of-the-century in this ...

Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors Kid's Program
Past Event
Location: Yampa River Botanic Park (1000 Pamela Ln.)
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 1 Hour

Join us at the Yampa River Botanic Park to explore our area’s wildflowers and create your own watercolor painting of them, just like pioneer Lulie Crawford ...

Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Past Event
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40)
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 2 Hours

Join us at the historic Mesa School for pioneer activities and crafts for kids ages 5 and up with adult. Activities include a Mountain Man demonstration showing ...

Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour with Historian Jim Stanko
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Springs Cemetery
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 1 1/2 Hours
The Steamboat Springs Cemetery, established in 1882, offers a unique perspective on the people and events that shaped the town of Steamboat Springs and ...

4th of July Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free | Duration: 3 Hours

Don’t miss this favorite 4th of July tradition. After the 4th of July parade on Lincoln Ave., come to the Museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids’ activities, our famous Routt Beer Floats, and free museum admission for all.

An Artist’s View: Exhibit opening reception during first Friday Artwalk.
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free
Please join us for "An Artist’s View" exhibit opening reception during rst Friday Artwalk on May 4 from 5:00-8:00pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Meet the artists!

Honoring the deep connection between art and history in the Yampa Valley, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is proud to host seven local artists who through their artwork, pay tribute to the Yampa Valley and its remarkable history. This mixed media exhibit reveals their individual styles and responses to this tapestry of our local landscape and culture.

Ute Indian Pow Wow Dance Performance and Presentation
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium (45 Maple St.)
Cost: Free
The youth leadership coalition of the Ute Indian Tribe of Fort Duchesne, Utah, will share their Ute customs, pow wow dances, music, and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation not to be missed.

“The Go-Backer” with author and historian Peter Decker
Past Event
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
After the Civil War, thousands of Americans and Europeans trekked west to secure a new home and farm under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862. But as historians have discovered, only three out of ten of these adventurers succeeded in achieving their dream. The other 70 percent—called the “go-backers”—either turned back toward home after one or two years, or if they “proved up” on their 160-acre homestead, they quickly “starved out.”

Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event

Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
A night of storytelling: Longtime perspectives on growing up in the Yampa Valley. A special program in honor of Celebrate Agriculture Week, following up on our wildly successful 2015, 2016 and 2017 historic ag storytelling sessions which are now available in the archives at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Past Event

Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Featured Recipes and Tastings for the Audience: Elaine Gay’s Sarvisberry Cobbler, Nancy Mucklow’s Buckle, and a surprise kringle. Local Steamboat coffee will also be served.

Snowshoe Through History Happy Hour for Adults
Past Event

Location: Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch (35435 East Highway 40)
Cost: Free
Join Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika at the Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch (35435 East Highway 40) for an informative snowshoe around the historic Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch. Then come inside and warm up with a complimentary happy hour and history talk. FREE event for adults over 21. Registration required--call or email Yampatika to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151.

Meet an Olympian talks at the Steamboat Ski Area
Past Event

Location: Second floor Thunderhead/upper gondola building at Olympian Tribute Display
Cost: Free
Meet Steamboat Olympians and hear their stories of triumph and hardship on their road to Olympic dreams. Presented by the Steamboat Ski Resort and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Snowshoe Through History with the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika!
Past Event

Location: Legacy/Hutchison Ranch (35435 East Highway 40)
Cost: Free
Join Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika and explore the history and winter ecology of the Yampa Valley on snowshoes. Then enjoy indoor storytelling and pioneer family activities. This is a family friendly event with all ages welcome though activities are focused on ages 8- 12. Registration required--call or email to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151

Lost Lodges of Rocky with Dave Lively
Past Event

Location: Library Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library Memorial Library (1289 Lincoln Ave.) Tales of the historic lodges of Rocky Mountain National Park, presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Did you know there have been over 30 lodges in Rocky Mountain National Park? Why is lodging now limited to outside the Park’s boundaries? What happened to the camps and resorts that used to be in the National Park? Lost Lodges of Rocky explores the transitions in lodging for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park. Engaging storyteller Dave Lively invites you to share the thought provoking search for balance between wilderness and hospitality unique to America’s first automobile-based National Park.

Festival of Trees
Past Event
November 17-26, 2018, 11am - 5pm

Don't miss the 24th Annual Festival of Trees from November 17-27 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The museum is transformed into a magical forest of beautifully decorated trees by local school students, nonprofits, and businesses. Featured events are the Senior Tea and Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids. Free for all Routt County residents! Regular fees for out of town visitors.

Senior Tea in the Trees
Past Event

Don't miss this very special event for seniors during the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees. Come to the Tread of Pioneers Museum to enjoy refreshments and live music while mingling in the beautifully decorated trees. Don't miss the fun! No RSVP required.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature With Author Dagny McKinley
Past Event

Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Join author Dagny McKinley as we celebrate her book Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature. In 1914, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield envisioned a secluded institution nestled in the mountains, where art and nature could intersect. By the 1920s, their remote school & camp in Steamboat Springs was serving as a hub for top dancers of the time. In addition to training thousands of dancers, the school showcased equestrian jumping and performed plays by the masters. The theater program eventually attracted many of today’s leading actors and actresses. Author Dagny McKinley presents the story of America’s longest continuously running performing arts camp

Voices of the Past: Quilts and Soddies
Past Event

Location: Steamboat Springs Community Center
Join the staff from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a walk through history as they share their insights into the pioneer experience of women who homesteaded the American West. The RMQM presenter, in period costume, will reveal the 1880s-1920s womens' experience utilizing the journals of women who lived during this time. Come hear from the diaries of pioneer women and see the beautiful textile creations that were made in their humble sod homes. $3 suggested donation

Tours of the Historic Crawford Home
Past Event

Cost: $5 donation for adults; kids and museum members FREE!
Location: Crawford Home
Step back in time and tour the historic Crawford home. Built in 1894, the stately stone landmark at 1184 Crawford Avenue was the home of Steamboat’s founding family, the Crawfords.
Tours will begin on the half hour starting at 4:00pm–
last tour begins at 5:30pm. No RSVP– space is limited


Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek - SOLD OUT!
Past Event
FREE

Join historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum. Space is limited so RSVP to Candice at cbannister@treadofpioneers.org or 879-2214 by June 24; fee: $25 for adults/non-members; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater
Past Event

Location: Chief Theater (813 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns to the historic Chief Theater on select dates December through March at 6pm. Everyone’s invited to come out of the cold and into the warm and cozy Chief Theater to see all the fascinating films we have in store for you.

Yampatika‘s Fall Festival
Past Event
Past Event

This June will mark the 16th annual Wild Edible Feast – Yampatika‘s signature fundraising event. Freshly harvested wild plants, local meats, and awesome silent auction items – all of which are uniquely available this night only. Funds raised will stay in Routt County and go towards connecting people to nature by providing environmental education.

Dollar-a-Day Boys
Past Event
Past Event

Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson presents a multi-media storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's federal works program created during the heart of the Great Depression. During its nine-year run beginning in 1933, over 57,000 men, known as the "dollar-a-day boys," served in Colorado, where they constructed hundreds of miles of roads, built bridges, worked on soil erosion control...

Watercolor Artist Gary Hawk
Past Event
Past Event

These limited edition fine art prints by renowned Western and Wildlife watercolor artist, Gary Hawk, capture the mood, quality and simplistic lifestyle that is uniquely our local heritage. The prints bequeathed to the Tread of Pioneers Museum by the Vernon Summer estate feature Vernon Summer, the quintessential cowboy, working on his Sidney ranch, just south of Steamboat Springs.

Legendary Ladies of the West
Past Event
Past Event

Tread of Pioneers Musueum's Newest Installment of the Foundation of Steamboat Exhibit.

Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event
Past Event

Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching & agri-business

Valentines & Tea Kids Porgram
Past Event
Past Event


People of the Kawuneeche Valley with Dave Lively
Past Event
Past Event

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present a FREE interpretive talk celebrating the west side of 100-year-old Rocky Mountain National Park

Pioneer Christmas Storytime & Craft
Past Event

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 | 11:00am & 2:00pm
Tread of Pioneers Museum - 800 Oak. St.
879-2214
Ages 4 and up with adult | No RSVP | Free! | treadofpioneers.org

History with the Locals - Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Past Event

Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Friday September 11 at NOON

Tour the Historic Brown Ranch
Past Event

Saturday, June 27 11:00am-1:00pm (Open House)
Celebrate the Centennial of the Historic Brown Ranch! Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Mary Walker (descendant of Margaret Duncun Brown, the Sherpherdess of the Elk River Valley) for a personal tour of Brown's home in Clark.
FREE! no RSVP Required.

Apron Strings: The Ties That Bind
Past Event

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00am
Celebrate National Apron Day with the Tread of Pioneers Museum

Rugged Ranch Women: From Dawn to Dusk
Past Event

In celebration of National Agriculture Week and Women’s History Month, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Community Agriculture Alliance present.
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: Noon
Cost: Free

History in a Jar
Past Event

Food preservation over the last century and its importance today.
Friday, Feb. 27 at Noon at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Victorian Valentines Kids Program
Past Event

When: Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11:00AM and 3:00PM
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th & Oak
Kids will examine antique Victorian Valentines from the museum collection, read the love notes inside, and make their own Victorian Valentines to take home. All materials included. Ages 4 and up with adult. 

Pioneer Christmas Story-time and Craft
Past Event

When: Saturday, Dec. 20 11:00am
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th and Oak  Bring your children of all ages to hear Pioneer Christmas stories and tra- ditions from Routt County and the Old West. Holiday craft for kids fol- lowing the stories. Ages 3 and up with parent. FREE! NO RSVP required. 879-2214

Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Front Range & Northern Mountains
Past Event

Author Talk with Caryn and Peter Boddie
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 PM

Then and Now: A Historical Perspective on Recipes in Routt County
Past Event

Featuring Fair Family Favorites: Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair Cookbook
Nancy Mucklow and other cookbook contributors will cook up their favorite recipes for participants to taste and discuss how recipes have changed over the last 100 years.

WhenFriday, Oct. 10 at NOON at the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE!

Downtown Historical Walking Tour - Fall 2014
Past Event

Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:00am
Friday, Sept. 19 at 5:00pm
Friday, Oct. 3 at 5:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum on 8th and Oak St. for an easy walk through Steamboat’s history and the downtown corridor. After the tour, visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum and enjoy reduced admission for all walking tour participants. Sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Historic Routt County.

Oak Creek Ghost Mine Driving Tour
Past Event

Friday, July 11
9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $25 per person; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.

10th Mountain Division Exhibit Opening
Past Event

Thursday, May 29
5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Family Scavenger Hunt of Downtown's Historic Buildings
Past Event

Saturday, May 24, 2014
2:00pm
Cost: Free
Stop by the museum at 2:00 pm to pick up your scavenger hunt. Allow about 45 minutes for the hunt. Return to museum anytime before 4:00 PM for your FREE PRIZE!

Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek
Past Event

Friday, July 11, 2014
9:00am – Noon
Leave the driving to us and join historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131 towards Oak Creek. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum with historian Mike Yurich. We will return to Steamboat by approx. noon. Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story” film showing
Past Event

Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:00pm @ Library Hall in the Bud Werner Library 13th and Lincoln Ave., downtown Steamboat Springs

Naked and Hungry
Past Event

Friday, March 28th @ Noon @ the Tread of Pioneers Museum- 8th and Oak Streets, downtown Steamboat Springs

Strength & Heart
Past Event

Saturday, March 22nd 6:00pm @ the Steaming Bean Coffee Shop (7th and Lincoln Ave.)

Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley
Past Event

“Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley” Presentation by Mary Walker, Brown’s Decedent
Friday, Feb. 21 at Noon & 5:30 p.m. at the Tread of Pioneers Museum—800 Oak St. Beginning in 1918, Margaret Duncan Brown ranched alone for 47 years in the Elk River Valley of Routt County. Brown’s “indomitable spirit, her great sensitiveness, perception and philosophy of life” live in her diaries that are the foundation of the book Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley. Brown’s descendent Mary Walker will discuss the life and diaries of this most tenacious rancher. Call 879-2214 for more info. www.treadofpioneers.org

Pioneer Christmas Story-time with Lulie Crawford
Past Event

During the Festival of Trees 2014
When: Saturday, Nov. 15
11:00am and 12:00pm; two times
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th an Oak
Call 970-879-2214 for more information

Haunted Tours of the Historic Crawford House
Past Event

Featuring Ghost Stories from Historic Colorado
When: Saturday, October 25
Three times offered: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 PM
Where: 1184 Crawford Ave.(corner of 12th and Crawford)
Cost: $5 tour fee per person
Ages: 10 and up - bring the family!
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