Steamboat Springs is a thriving community, located in a beautiful mountain valley that has strong agricultural roots, as well as a strong connection to outdoor recreation.
For the diverse reasons people choose to live, work, and play in Steamboat, we also share many common values. We value the small town atmosphere, and seeing neighbors at the post office, the grocery store, and on the local trails.
We value the physical character of our town, including the scale and character of our downtown. The character and charm of our town is reinforced by the surrounding open lands that include active ranch land in much of the valley floor. A majority of the mountains surrounding town are public, and managed by the US Forest Service and other entities.
We appreciate living in a town with a world-class ski resort, as well as Howelsen Hill, located downtown, and Colorado’s oldest ski area, in operation since 1915.
We value the Yampa River that flows through our downtown. It is an important source of water for adjacent agricultural lands, and also provides many recreational opportunities, including fly-fishing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking. An abundance of wildlife also calls the Yampa Valley home. This includes moose, deer, elk, black bears, and fox. We are blessed to be home to a large summer population of sand hill cranes, and have a fall festival celebrating this.
The vibrant, walkable downtown, with its historic character, variety of shops, and surrounding residential neighborhoods are a model for other towns. We also have an outstanding free public bus system that connects downtown with Steamboat Resort and other areas and neighborhoods in town.
The sense of community that make up our town, ranging from the physical character, to the social structure, and the cultural opportunities, including an opera, a symphony, local theater company, and numerous venues for live performance add up to a great place to call home.
We must balance the quality of life for full-time residents with the needs of visitors. This balancing act is often difficult to achieve. One important component to achieving this balance is providing affordable housing. This annexation is not meeting the intent of the WSSAP that provides the vision for planning and design in the western part of town.
Through open, civil discussion, we believe we can achieve a reasonable balance, and continue to be stewards of the environment, and continue to be a great place to call home.