Location: 800 Oak St.
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome to The Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs!
Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history!
What exactly makes Steamboat Springs such an incredible place to visit and live? Is it the stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, unparalleled Olympic skiing tradition, limitless outdoor recreation opportunities, western charm and hospitality, world-class ski resort, friendly community, vibrant arts and culture, or the endless open spaces that go on as far as the eye can see? Or is it the unique combination of all of these things that makes Steamboat….well, simply…Steamboat.
As Executive Director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, I have the privilege and honor of working to collect, preserve and share the unique history and heritage that makes Steamboat Springs a place like no other. Some of the same special qualities that drew the Ute Indians and early settlers to this beautiful area, like the abundant mineral springs and Yampa River, beckon people from around the world today.
We invite you to experience all that Steamboat has to offer and discover the people and events that shaped this once wild western frontier outpost into a beloved Rocky Mountain destination resort town. Visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum on 8th and Oak Street downtown, to explore the ways of the Native Americans, early settlers, miners, ranchers, skiers, outlaws, and lawmen. While you’re here, find out why Steamboat Springs is home to more Olympic athletes than any other town in North America. Digging deeper into the history of the area is sure to grow your love of Steamboat, and show you a place you will always call home.
-Candice Bannister, Executive Director, Tread of Pioneers Museum
Step back in time! The recently expanded Tread of Pioneers Museum offers year-round fun and exploration for the whole family. New exhibits
, and activities for kids
celebrate our distinct Western heritage that draws visitors from around the world. The museum is a "must do" for visitors and locals alike and offers something for all ages and interests. We are sure you will enjoy the historical experience at the Tread of Pioneers Museum!
Engaging and interactive exhibits feature our local and regional American Western history:
The heart of the museum is a 1901 Queen Anne-style Victorian home with turn-of-the-century furnishings. Explore exhibits that tell the local story of Native Americans, the history of skiing, agriculture, mining, pioneer settlement, town development, and much more! View this list of all our current featured exhibits
. In addition, our Western Heritage Exhibit
, home of an extensive firearms collection, traces our agricultural history and the story of an infamous outlaw, Harry Tracy.
Special Museum features and activities include:
Computer and video interactive exhibits, hands-on exhibits for kids, Kids Scavenger Hunt
, oral history library, and a local history research center. Take a look at our current events, program, and tours!
Visit The Museum Gift Shop
Purchase historical books and unique gifts
such as locally made jewelry, postcards and photographs. Our extensive photography collection includes images of Native Americans
, surrounding landmarks and towns
, cowboys, stagecoach, and western horse images
. The photo collection is extensive, view and purchase photos online