Quick Facts of Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is home to one of the oldest ski jumps in the world. It was constructed in 1914 in the downtown area by Carl Howelsen. Many of the ski jumps are still used as training areas for Olympic ski jumpers.
The town was home to one of Colorado's first commercially successful taverns. It was constructed in 1874 in the Old Town area near several popular hot springs. It was destroyed by a fire in 1915 after more than 40 years of continuous service.
The riverbanks around Steamboat Springs are the only places in the world where yampa plants grow. These carrot-like plants have tasty roots that are used to thicken stews and soups by many locals.
At least 40 bird species live in Steamboat Springs. Many of these birds live in areas near the Yampa River Core Trail and Lake Catamount.
Moreover, at least 80 edible plants grow in the area. Some of the most popular edible plants that grow in the area include calendulas and wild mushrooms.
The town's growing season is typically 52 to 56 days long. This very short growing season still offers visitors a chance to see more than 100 wildflower species that flourish near the town's riverbanks and parks.
The town's first electric utility company was constructed in 1900. It was located near the downtown area. Visitors can see remnants of the company's buildings by traveling north of the downtown area to the North Highlands neighborhood.
The town's largest railroad building was constructed in 1915. It was constructed near the present day library. It featured a beautiful Edwardian design that included broad columns and pastel colors.
Steamboat Springs is home to more than 40 skiing clubs. Many of these clubs were founded in the early 1960s when tourists began to discover the area's ski resorts.
The town's largest hot spring is located in the Old Town area. It features several pools and two waterfalls. It also features one of Colorado's largest natural swimming pools.
Steamboat Springs is home to the country's four largest halfpipe snowboarding contests. These contests attract over 400 snowboarders each year who compete for prize money and the chance to compete at the X Games.
Finally, the area near the town's ski resorts is home to one of America's oldest functioning neon signs. It was constructed in the 1930s for a local motel. It features more than 250 feet of glass tubing and more than 400 feet of copper wire. It also features a bright pink color that is visible throughout town.