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Steamboat Springs, Colorado Facts:
- County: Routt
- Coverage Area (Total): 10.1 sq. miles
- Elevation: 6,732 ft.
- Population: 11,951
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Clark, Cowdrey, Hayden, Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Rand, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Yampa
Steamboat Springs received its name in the late 1820s when settlers thought they continuously heard the "chugging" sounds of a steamboat coming down the river. When it was discovered that the sounds were merely coming from the natural hot springs throughout the area, they came up with the name "Steamboat Springs." The town was incorporated in 1900, and skiing was the only method of transportation during the harsh winter seasons for many years.
The Steamboat Ski Resort is an internationally known winter ski resort destination that first opened its slopes in 1963. It is located on Mount Werner in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest, and boasts 165 named ski trails covering almost 3,000 acres. The resort also contains the Mavericks Superpipe, one of the premier snowboard/skiing superpipes in all of North America.
Steamboat Springs maintains a variety of attractions including: