Expedia Recognizes Steamboat Springs as one of America’s “30 Most Beautiful Towns”

SMR brochure photo fallThe view across YVLT-conserved Storm Mountain Ranch, looking into the rugged Walton Creek Canyon.

The Yampa Valley has long been renowned for its incredible scenery, defined by its sweeping open space views, rolling hills, meandering rivers and towering snow-capped mountains.  Internet travel giant Expedia recently acknowledged what we have always known: Steamboat Springs is among the most visually stunning places in the United States.  Steamboat ranked as Number 10 on Expedia’s list of the “30 Most Beautiful Towns in America.”  Emphasizing its “rustic beauty” and proximity to public lands, Steamboat was the lone representative from the state of Colorado to receive this distinction.

Lyman's EM pan and downtownOverlooking some of the finest singletrack trails in Colorado (and Mt. Werner) on YVLT-conserved portions of the city-owned Emerald Mountain!

YVLT is thrilled to see Steamboat getting this national recognition, as we have long fought to preserve the natural qualities that make this area so unique.  The vast open landscapes surrounding Steamboat Springs are validation that we are balancing smart growth and land conservation in a positive and quantifiable way.  Various studies have shown that the open lands of Routt County bring more visitors to the area, who subsequently stay for longer periods of time and spend more per day during their time here.  Land conservation brings so many benefits to the Yampa Valley and the greater Northwest Colorado region as a whole; benefits which are shared by residents and visitors alike.

Thank you – YVLT supporters – you are the reason why Steamboat Springs remains one of the most beautiful towns in America.  With your support, we are working to ensure that the Yampa Valley retains its entrancing natural character for this generation and for many generations to come.  You can help us achieve a lasting and permanent legacy: donate today and you will continue to see the results!

Summer Ranch haymeadow panOpen space is synonymous with the Yampa Valley.  The view across Summer Ranch just south of Steamboat Springs.

The Expedia article said the following about Steamboat Springs:

“Thanks to the 150 hot springs, 3 Colorado State Parks, and 2 ski resorts around this mountain town, Steamboat Springs has a lot going for it in the rustic beauty department. The Yampa River babbles along the banks of downtown, while the nearby steamy Strawberry Park Hot Springs place you in a serene natural pool among an aspen grove. And trust, the backdrop of the ski slopes is really something you’d consider writing home about.”

Emerald Mountain North: 586-Acre Expansion of Howelsen Hill Open Space and Recreation Area

mountain bikers

Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain, the extraordinary gems creating the backdrop to the City of Steamboat Springs, are much loved by all of those that live, work, visit and play in the beautiful Yampa River Valley.  In an area where outdoor recreation is king and the protection of open land resources reigns as the top community priority, Howelsen and Emerald (aka Quarry Mountain) have provided the community a focal point of diverse recreational activities for over a century.  Continue reading “Emerald Mountain North: 586-Acre Expansion of Howelsen Hill Open Space and Recreation Area”

South Howelsen Hill Recreation Area and Open Space Acquisition

Howelsen Hill Recreation Area

In December 2008, the City of Steamboat Springs acquired 35 acres straddling the Yampa River on the south side of Emerald Mountain, near Steamboat Springs.  Yampa Valley Land Trust, Routt County, the City of Steamboat Springs and Great Outdoors Colorado combined efforts to preserve this open-space for public recreation, including biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing and fishing from both sides of the Yampa River. Continue reading “South Howelsen Hill Recreation Area and Open Space Acquisition”