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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM
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800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


Foundations of Steamboat: The Luekens Family
Exhibit On Display October 2021 – October 2022
The Foundations of Steamboat exhibit honors families who have made a significant contribution to Northwest Colorado. For over 50 years, the Luekens family served the Steamboat Springs community as civic leaders, charter members, and volunteers. After his arrival to the valley in 1913, Claude Luekens was a force of progress and leadership through service in local government, town development and improvements, and business. “He considered it his job to make sure Steamboat was put on the map,” Claude’s son, Claude Luekens Jr. once said.
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The Pleasant Collection of American Indian Art
Exhibit On Display June 23, 2022 - May 2023
Experience an exceptional collection of American Indian art from the Southwest including ceramics, basketry, weaving, and beadwork. Collected by Maybell, Colorado, natives Richard and his father Johnny Pleasant, the artifacts were gifted to the museum over sixty years ago. This stunning collection primarily comprises pieces from 1900-1940, created by Pueblo, Pima, Papago, Apache, and Navajo artists. Learn about these tribes and their traditions and craftsmanship in this exclusive exhibit from the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
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Lens to the Landscape: The Photography of John Lanterman
Exhibit On Display Colorado Mountain College
This exhibit illustrates the history and settlement of Routt County through the lens of historic structures, landscapes, and other elements of the built environment. The history of Routt County and Northwest Colorado is explored through photographic images that tell a story of early ranch life, the evolution of towns, and the influence of the natural systems on the development of the Yampa Valley.
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Howelsen Hill Audio Tour Answers History’s Call
Tread of Pioneers Museum & City Team Up on History Audio Exhibit

The sounds of history will echo through the base of historic Howelsen Hill through a new audio tour post that shares the unmatched history of the 105-year-old ski area, Steamboat Springs’ Olympic heritage and the legacy of Norwegian Carl Howelsen.

Six unique stories share the history, character and spirit of this special location. Hear from Steamboat Springs’ first Olympian John Steele (1932) and six-time winter Olympian Todd Lodwick, as well as stories about Carl Howelsen, Howelsen Hill, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Winter Carnival and the sports of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.

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Olympian Tribute Display
Permanent Exhibit
Honoring all our local Olympians who represent Ski Town USA ® on the world stage. Located on the second floor of Thunderhead Lodge (upper gondola building) at the Steamobat Ski Area.
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Pioneer Kids Bedroom Hands-On Discovery Exhibit
Permanent Exhibit
The Tread of Pioneers Museum has created a dedicated kid-friendly exhibit that represents a typical child’s bedroom in Steamboat Springs around 1900. Special exhibit features includes pioneer clothes to try on and historic and replica toys from the turn of the 19th century ready for touching and experimentation including books, blocks, china dolls, teddy bears, porcelain tea sets, stereoscope, and more—all ready for play and interaction. Framed portraits on the wall feature local families and children from the early 1900s.
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Steamboat Springs: The Land, The People, The Town
Permanent Display
Discover the inspiring landscapes, indigenous Utes, hardy settlers, and rugged ranchers who made this valley home. Learn about town founders and how the town of Steamboat Springs developed in this introductory exhibit. Don’t miss our “Hands On Fun!” elements throughout the exhibit.
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Ski Town Exhibit
Permanent Exhibit
SOAR into the the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs in our new exhibit! "Ski Town USA" traces the evolution of skiing in our town from essential winter-time transportation to the wolrd reknown recreational sport of today. See the predecessor of the today's snowboard, a chair from the chairlift that once went to the top of Emerald Mountain, and memorabilia from Steamboat's Olympic athletes.
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.