The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays 11am-5pm OR by appointment by calling 970.879.2214.

Summer hours after June 1- Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

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Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history! Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history!
Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history! Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history! Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history!
Hours: Fri & Sat: 11-5
and by appointment by calling 970.879.2214
Hours & Admission
800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

General Info

Welcome to Steamboat Springs! It’s hard to decide what exactly makes Steamboat Springs such an incredible place to visit and live. Is it the stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, unparalleled Olympic skiing tradition, limitless outdoor recreation opportunities, western charm and hospitality, world-class ski resort, friendly community, vibrant arts and culture, or the endless open spaces that go on as far as the eye can see? Or is it the unique combination of all of these things that makes Steamboat….well, simply…Steamboat.

As Executive Director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, I have the privilege and honor of working to collect, preserve and share the unique history and heritage that makes Steamboat Springs a place like no other. Some of the same special qualities that drew the Ute Indians and early settlers to this beautiful area, like the abundant mineral springs and Yampa River, beckon people from around the world today.

We invite you to experience all that Steamboat has to offer and discover the people and events that shaped this once wild western frontier outpost into a beloved Rocky Mountain destination resort town. Visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum on 8th and Oak Street downtown, to explore the ways of the Native Americans, early settlers, miners, ranchers, skiers, outlaws, and lawmen. While you’re here, find out why Steamboat Springs is home to more Olympic athletes than any other town in North America. Digging deeper into the history of the area is sure to grow your love of Steamboat, and show you a place you will always call home.

The Museum is a 501(c)(3) and an affiliate member of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Assoc. The Museum is also a member of the American Association of Museums, Mountain Plains Museum Association, Colorado and Wyoming Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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The Covid-19 virus is a serious risk. Those visiting the Tread of Pioneers Museum voluntarily assume that risk and expressly waive any and all claims against the Tread of Pioneers Museum in any way related to any illnesses possibly contracted at this venue or any of our events.

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.