2011 Tour - Mineral Springs Walking Tour: Every Wednesday from
June 29 - August 31, 9:00 am, FREE.
Starts at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot on 13th St.
When the early settlers lost their livestock they would look around this mineral spring first because the animals LOVED the salty waters. Join a Yampatika naturalist on this easy walking tour to find out which salty spring the animals loved, and learn how the Steamboat Spring was named and many more fun mineral spring facts. All tour participants will receive a coupon for $1 off admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Check out the new self-guided brochure of the Walking Tour of the Downtown Mineral Springs!
Long before skiing was established in Steamboat Springs, thermal springs were the biggest tourist attraction. Before Caucasians settled here, Native Americans frequented these waters. The Indigenous peoples understood the springs as sacred places where the Great Spirit lived deep below the earth's surface, and they visit the springs after battles to rejuvenate their strength.
We hope you enjoy this tour of the springs of Steamboat. The walk should take approximately 2 hours. Please use this map for guidance as the new trail differs from the one on the blue signs located at each springs. Suitable walking shoes are advised because sections of the trail are rough and steep. After visiting all of the springs, you may join the Yampa River Trail via Howelsen Park, following the trail over to the Yampa Island Park and across the bridge back to the Health and Recreation Center for a well-earned soak . Enjoy!!
These documents and introduction were created by the good work of George Tolles, a long time local Mineral Springs Expert, and Susan Peterson of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department. The map's graphic design was done by local artist Sue Schneller.