Steamboat Springs is a well-known winter destination, but there is a lot about this amazing town that is not well known. Check out the top things to know about Steamboat Springs.
Naming and the Top Things to Know About Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs has humble beginnings as a hunting ground for local tribes and a mining town. When settlers of this area put down roots, they noticed that the local hot springs made a very interesting noise. When they got near the springs, there was a distinct “chug chug” sound made by the springs. This chugging noise sounded eerily like a steamboat, and the name took off from there. The sound is no longer there, but the reputation lives on through the name.
Steamboat Springs has an interesting enough name by itself, but there are several nicknames that the town has earned over the years. “Ski Town, USA” and “The Boat” are two of the most predominant nicknames of Steamboat Springs. There is also the famous for the “champagne powder” snow that makes Steamboat Springs home to more Olympians than any other town in the United States.
Most people think that Steamboat Springs sits high up in the mountains. The base of Steamboat Springs actually sits at about 6,900 feet and the summit of Mt. Werner is at 10,568 feet. The summit is lower than most other mountain towns. This lower elevation means that there is more oxygen and leads to less altitude sickness.
Steamboat Springs is famous for its hot springs, but most people don’t realize that there are over 150 of them. The Arapaho and Yampatkika Ute tribes were first drawn to the springs and considered them to be very sacred. The water of the springs was thought to have both healing powers and ceremonial significance.
Many people default to flying into Denver’s airport and traveling the 3.5 to 4 hours by car or bus to Steamboat Springs, but there is a better way to get there. Hayden Airport is a smaller airport to travel to and lies just minutes away from the heart of Steamboat Springs. Hayden is just 35 minutes from downtown. Direct flights can be found on almost any major airline and connecting flights from many others. Fly into Hayden Airport and then use the local transportation hubs to get around town.