Whether it's the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt National Forest, Seedhouse Road, or the little town of Clark, this area is ripe with interesting facts and tidbits. And while I have plenty more to learn about our area's history and culture, I thought I'd go ahead and share with you some of the most intriguing aspects I've discovered as of late.
I receive many questions on the trail, at the supper table, and on the phone from guests about our area, the geography, the history, etc., and a few of the details below may just answer a few of your questions. I hope you enjoy learning new facts about the area as much as I do!
The Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce recently announced their 2016 summer schedule. We're 25-30 minutes outside of Steamboat, and it's worth your while to consider planning your dude ranch vacation around an event if there's something that holds your interest. While we keep guests plenty busy with all we offer at the Elk River Guest Ranch, we do have folks occasionally drive into the western town mid-week to enjoy the shops, hot springs, etc. if they're a bit sore from horseback riding or need a shot of a faster paced life before coming back out to the ranch's serenity.
Also, for the duration of the rodeo dates, we take guests into town on Friday evenings, so we take care of that event for you. Take a look at some of the others, and see if there's something that really floats your boat.
27 - 30 Downtown Steamboat Sidewalk Sale
3 - 5 Yampa River Festival & SUP Cup
5 35th Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K
15 - 19 Bike Week
16 - 19 28th Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup
24 Free Concert: Booker T. Jones
1 - 4 113th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days and
Fourth of July Celebration
2 Free Concert: Karl Denson
9 - 10 34th Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & 42nd Art in the Park
16 Free Concert: Hot Rize
23 Tour de Steamboat
30 Free Concert: Robert Randolph
7 Free Concert: Bruce Hornsby
10 - 14 13th Steamboat Wine Festival
11 - 14 Steamboat Movement Festival
13 - 14 Steamboat Stinger
15 - 21 7th Steamboat All Arts Festival
3 - 4 12th Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration
8 - 11 Yampa Valley Crane Festival
16 - 17 Steamboat OktoberWest
16 - 17 Run Rabbit Run
Pro Rodeo Series
Strings Music Festival
First Friday Artwalk
Steamboat Running Series
As fall nears, every Front Ranger (folks from Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, etc.) wants to get those last few adventurous hikes and mini-vacations in before the leaves drop and the snow takes over our lives. The Steamboat Springs area is a huge draw for those folks with its western atmosphere and outdoorsy mindset. But before you come up to our area there are a few things you need to consider when looking for a place to stay.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Top Four Cowboy Events to Catch While Visiting Elk River Guest Ranch this Summer
1) Professional Rodeo Series featuring roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bronc riding, bull riding and kids' events. Every Friday and Saturday night between June 19th and August 22nd. For more information, check out the Steamboat Chamber's description of Steamboat's rodeo events, ticket information and history.
2) Ranch Rodeo on July 2 - Kick-off of the 112th annual Cowboys' Round Up Days features events such as Wild Cow Milking, Stray Gathering, Team Branding and Trailer Loading. Located in the Brent Romick Arena, the same location as the Pro Rodeo Series, it's bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!
3) National Cattledog Association Finals from June 10-14th at the Flying Diamond Ranch showcases the best cattledogs as they perform different tasks and go through different obstacles to gather and herd cattle.
4) Bull Bash takes place September 6th (Labor Day Weekend) as members of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) go head to head for over $15,000 of prize money.
More information available at the Steamboat Chamber's website for all events.