Steamboat Springs is nestled in the Yampa Valley high in the NW Colorado Rocky Mountains near the center of Routt County. Surrounding this spectacular town are various regions all highly unique in their geography and none lacking in beauty. Below are some short descriptions of the areas that comprise Routt County.
The area of Steamboat Springs consist of 2 main areas (Downtown/Old Town & the Mountain area) and a few peripheral (Steamboat II, Heritage Park, Strawberry Park, Fish Creek etc.). Downtown/Old Town consist of many historic homes as well as various modern condos along Main Street. Also along Main Street you will find a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Some of the most scenic and relaxing establishments are located along the banks of the Yampa River– where one can view year-round ski jumping on Howelsen hill.
The immediate area surrounding Steamboat Springs offers a great escape for those wishing to live away from downtown or the ski area, but still want to be close to all the amenities. The area consists of a few subdivisions while also offering plenty of residences/ranches consisting of a wide range of acreage. Notable areas include Sleeping Giant (Elk Mountain), Elk River, South Valley, Lake Catamount.
Roughly 25 minutes south of Steamboat, Stagecoach is accessible via RCR 131 to RCR 14. Stagecoach is considered a more rural area of living than Steamboat proper. It is a prime location for big game hunting (elk, deer, bear), fishing, and boating. In the 1970s, Stagecoach was designed as a competing ski market to Steamboat’s ski area but never hit its prime.
Now, the Stagecoach community continues to grow along with nearby Steamboat Springs. A new firehouse was built in 2006 and new neighborhoods are continuously under development.
The areas surrounding the town of Hayden are wide open and beautiful. From California Park to the North to the Flat Tops in the South, there are many properties with acreage to consider at very reasonable pricing. The town of Hayden itself is located 22 miles West of Steamboat Springs and offers much more affordable housing when compared to Steamboat. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is located just outside of Hayden thus making it a great place to live for those constantly on the move.
NORTH ROUTT COUNTY
The territory north of Routt County Road 56 (RCR 56) is considered North Routt (NRO). To visit North Routt, travel west on Highway 40 to the west side of Steamboat Springs. At the intersection of Highway 40 and County Road 129 (Elk River Road) turn RIGHT onto CR 129 and travel roughly 13 miles to reach the NRO area. North Routt boasts many recreational activities. There is easy access to the famous Zirkel Wilderness, including the very well-known day hike the “Zirkel Circle.” Consider a visit to the Clark County Store, where in the summer you can enjoy an ice cream cone on the patio overlooking massive landscapes.
SOUTH ROUTT COUNTY
South Routt County consists of the towns of Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Yampa and Toponas. The country in South Routt is distinguished by many rolling mountains/hills and amazing views of the Flat Top Mountains & Wilderness Area. Outside of the towns are many large ranches and smaller ranchettes. With easy access to large tracts of National Forest and BLM land, Soutt Routt is a favorite for elk and deer hunters as well as hiking/camping and fishing enthusiasts. Notable areas are the Flat Tops, Yampa River, Greenridge Mountain and Gore/Lynx Passes.