Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history!
Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history! Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history! Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history!
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Hours: Tues - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
970-879-2214 - Hours & Admission

Past Events, Tours & Programs

Author Andrew Gulliford: The Woolly West
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave)
Cost: FreeTales of cowboys and cattlemen dominate western history—and even more so in popular culture. But in the competition for grazing lands, the sheep industry was as integral to the history of the American West as any trail drive.Author and historian Andrew Gulliford explores the sheep industry’s place in the history of Colorado and the American West in his new book, The Woolly West.
Lost Art Revival
Location: Various Locations Steamboat Springs. Lost Art Revival is a week-long event in September that celebrates traditional art forms that capture the spirit of Steamboat's Western heritage, unique sense of place and natural environment. Sign up for individual workshops, historical walking tour, and events or come for the full week and sign up for the Whole Hog. In partnership with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Creates and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour with Historian Jim Stanko
Location: Steamboat Springs Cemetery
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 1 1/2 HoursThe Steamboat Springs Cemetery, established in 1882, offers a unique perspective on the people and events that shaped the town of Steamboat Springs and ...
An Artist’s View: Exhibit opening reception during first Friday Artwalk.
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free Please join us for "An Artist’s View" exhibit opening reception during rst Friday Artwalk on May 4 from 5:00-8:00pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Meet the artists!

Honoring the deep connection between art and history in the Yampa Valley, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is proud to host seven local artists who through their artwork, pay tribute to the Yampa Valley and its remarkable history. This mixed media exhibit reveals their individual styles and responses to this tapestry of our local landscape and culture.
Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
A night of storytelling: Longtime perspectives on growing up in the Yampa Valley. A special program in honor of Celebrate Agriculture Week, following up on our wildly successful 2015, 2016 and 2017 historic ag storytelling sessions which are now available in the archives at Tread of Pioneers Museum.
“The Go-Backer” with author and historian Peter Decker
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: FreeAfter the Civil War, thousands of Americans and Europeans trekked west to secure a new home and farm under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862. But as historians have discovered, only three out of ten of these adventurers succeeded in achieving their dream. The other 70 percent—called the “go-backers”—either turned back toward home after one or two years, or if they “proved up” on their 160-acre homestead, they quickly “starved out.”
Snowshoe Through History Happy Hour for Adults
Location: Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch (35435 East Highway 40)
Cost: Free
Join Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika at the Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch (35435 East Highway 40) for an informative snowshoe around the historic Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch. Then come inside and warm up with a complimentary happy hour and history talk. FREE event for adults over 21. Registration required--call or email Yampatika to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151.
Snowshoe Through History with the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika!
Location: Legacy/Hutchison Ranch (35435 East Highway 40)
Cost: Free
Join Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika and explore the history and winter ecology of the Yampa Valley on snowshoes. Then enjoy indoor storytelling and pioneer family activities. This is a family friendly event with all ages welcome though activities are focused on ages 8- 12. Registration required--call or email to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151
Lost Lodges of Rocky with Dave Lively
Location: Library Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library Memorial Library (1289 Lincoln Ave.) Tales of the historic lodges of Rocky Mountain National Park, presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Did you know there have been over 30 lodges in Rocky Mountain National Park? Why is lodging now limited to outside the Park’s boundaries? What happened to the camps and resorts that used to be in the National Park? Lost Lodges of Rocky explores the transitions in lodging for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park. Engaging storyteller Dave Lively invites you to share the thought provoking search for balance between wilderness and hospitality unique to America’s first automobile-based National Park.
Meet an Olympian talks at the Steamboat Ski Area
Location: Second floor Thunderhead/upper gondola building at Olympian Tribute Display
Cost: Free
Meet Steamboat Olympians and hear their stories of triumph and hardship on their road to Olympic dreams. Presented by the Steamboat Ski Resort and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature With Author Dagny McKinley
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Join author Dagny McKinley as we celebrate her book Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature. In 1914, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield envisioned a secluded institution nestled in the mountains, where art and nature could intersect. By the 1920s, their remote school & camp in Steamboat Springs was serving as a hub for top dancers of the time. In addition to training thousands of dancers, the school showcased equestrian jumping and performed plays by the masters. The theater program eventually attracted many of today’s leading actors and actresses. Author Dagny McKinley presents the story of America’s longest continuously running performing arts camp
Voices of the Past: Quilts and Soddies
Location: Steamboat Springs Community Center
Join the staff from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a walk through history as they share their insights into the pioneer experience of women who homesteaded the American West. The RMQM presenter, in period costume, will reveal the 1880s-1920s womens' experience utilizing the journals of women who lived during this time. Come hear from the diaries of pioneer women and see the beautiful textile creations that were made in their humble sod homes. $3 suggested donation
Ute Indian Pow Wow Dance Performance and Presentation
Location: Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium (45 Maple St.)
Cost: FreeThe youth leadership coalition of the Ute Indian Tribe of Fort Duchesne, Utah, will share their Ute customs, pow wow dances, music, and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation not to be missed.
Senior Tea in the Trees
Don't miss this very special event for seniors during the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees. Come to the Tread of Pioneers Museum to enjoy refreshments and live music while mingling in the beautifully decorated trees. Don't miss the fun! No RSVP required.
History Happy Hours
Location: Butcherknife Brewery (2875 Elk River Rd.)
Cost: FreeJoin the Tread of Pioneers Museum the first Tuesday of every month, October through April, at 5:30pm at the Butcherknife Brewery for our most popular event series called “History Happy Hours.” The event takes the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history out to the community and into beloved happy hour. To sweeten the deal, each attendee receives one free craft beer compliments of Butcherknife Brewery. See next page for topics.
Tours of the Historic Crawford Home
Cost: $5 donation for adults; kids and museum members FREE!
Location: Crawford Home
Step back in time and tour the historic Crawford home. Built in 1894, the stately stone landmark at 1184 Crawford Avenue was the home of Steamboat’s founding family, the Crawfords.
Tours will begin on the half hour starting at 4:00pm–
last tour begins at 5:30pm. No RSVP– space is limited

Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum ( 800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free | Duration 1 1/2 Hours
Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy walking tour highlights the historic buildings and development of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils the stories of the town's founding ...
Olympic Heritage Tour
Location: Howelsen Hill Lodge (845 Howelsen Hill Parkway)
Cost: Free | Duration 1 1/2 Hours, Meet at Howelsen Hill Lodge
Starts at Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. This tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl ...
Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Collections
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., Steamboat Springs, CO Cost: FreeGo behind-the-scenes with our Curator to see the thousands of artifacts being preserved in our on-site collections care facility (1/2 hr. tour).
A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Featured Recipes and Tastings for the Audience: Elaine Gay’s Sarvisberry Cobbler, Nancy Mucklow’s Buckle, and a surprise kringle. Local Steamboat coffee will also be served.
Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater
Location: Chief Theater (813 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns to the historic Chief Theater on select dates December through March at 6pm. Everyone’s invited to come out of the cold and into the warm and cozy Chief Theater to see all the fascinating films we have in store for you.
4th of July Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free | Duration: 3 Hours
Don’t miss this favorite 4th of July tradition. After the 4th of July parade on Lincoln Ave., come to the Museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids’ activities, our famous Routt Beer Floats, and free museum admission for all.
Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40)
Cost: Free | Duration 2 Hours
Step back in time! Tour the historic Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40) and experience student and teacher life at the turn-of-the-century in this ...
Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek - SOLD OUT!
FREE
Join historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum. Space is limited so RSVP to Candice at cbannister@treadofpioneers.org or 879-2214 by June 24; fee: $25 for adults/non-members; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.
Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors Kid's Program
Location: Yampa River Botanic Park (1000 Pamela Ln.)
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 1 Hour
Join us at the Yampa River Botanic Park to explore our area’s wildflowers and create your own watercolor painting of them, just like pioneer Lulie Crawford ...
Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40)
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 2 Hours
Join us at the historic Mesa School for pioneer activities and crafts for kids ages 5 and up with adult. Activities include a Mountain Man demonstration showing ...
Mineral Springs Walking Tour
No Tour On July 4th
Location: Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot (1001 13th Street)
Cost: Free | Duration 2 Hours
Starts at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot on 13th St. Find out about the curative properties of the springs and why Steamboat was slated ...
Festival of Trees
November 17-27, 2018, 11am - 5pm
Don't miss the 24th Annual Festival of Trees from November 17-27 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The museum is transformed into a magical forest of beautifully decorated trees by local school students, nonprofits, and businesses. Featured events are the Senior Tea and Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids (dates TBD). Free for all Routt County residents! Regular fees for out of town visitors.
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free | Duration 1 Hour
Each one-hour program features a lecture topic that reveals the unique history of our area presented by the locals who lived it. Check back for speakers ...
113th Annual Routt County Pioneer Picnic
Past Event
Bring a covered side dish or appetizer to share. Meat, drinks, dessert, and all tableware provided.
Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event
A night of storytelling: Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching and agri-business in the Yampa Valley.
“Steamboat Round the Bend” Is Back In Print
Past Event
Steamboat Round the Bend,” a local history book by the late Dee Richards, is back in print through a partnership between the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Celebrate Three Wire Winter: Launching Routt County history into the digital age
Past Event
Join Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum for the digital launch of the Three Wire Winter Oral History and Magazine collection.
SKI INC.
Past Event
My journey through four decades in the ski-resort business, from the founding entrepreneurs to the mega-companies.

"You can't make this stuff up." Chris Diamond heard that refrain regularly during his 44-year career in the ski-resort industry, when he guided major ski resorts from Vermont to Colorado and was intimately involved in the most significant issues shaping the sport.
Meet David Moffat
Past Event
Storyteller and performer Dave Naples reveals the multimillionaire Moffat’s major contributions to Colorado’s development. Moffat was the builder of one of the most important and challenging railroads in the country (known as the Moffat Road), president of the First National Bank of Denver, and one of the wealthiest and most important businessmen in the West.




Yampatika‘s Fall Festival
Past Event
This June will mark the 16th annual Wild Edible Feast – Yampatika‘s signature fundraising event. Freshly harvested wild plants, local meats, and awesome silent auction items – all of which are uniquely available this night only. Funds raised will stay in Routt County and go towards connecting people to nature by providing environmental education.
Dollar-a-Day Boys
Past Event
Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson presents a multi-media storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's federal works program created during the heart of the Great Depression. During its nine-year run beginning in 1933, over 57,000 men, known as the "dollar-a-day boys," served in Colorado, where they constructed hundreds of miles of roads, built bridges, worked on soil erosion control...
The History of the Utes in Northwest Colorado and the Utes Today
Past Event
A free community talk with Roland McCook, an Uncompahgre Ute, the great great grandson of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, former chairman of the Northern Ute Tribe, and a revered Ute historian.
Watercolor Artist Gary Hawk
Past Event
These limited edition fine art prints by renowned Western and Wildlife watercolor artist, Gary Hawk, capture the mood, quality and simplistic lifestyle that is uniquely our local heritage. The prints bequeathed to the Tread of Pioneers Museum by the Vernon Summer estate feature Vernon Summer, the quintessential cowboy, working on his Sidney ranch, just south of Steamboat Springs.
Quilts of the 1930s: Hard Times, Great Quilts
Past Event
Join the staff from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a walk through history as they share their insight into the revival of quilting during the hard times of the 1930s. Learn about fabrics and prints and how to recognize a 1930’s era quilt. View approximately 20 quilts from the Quilt Museum's Collection.
Legendary Ladies of the West
Past Event
Tread of Pioneers Musueum's Newest Installment of the Foundation of Steamboat Exhibit.
Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event
Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching & agri-business
People of the Kawuneeche Valley with Dave Lively
Past Event
Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present a FREE interpretive talk celebrating the west side of 100-year-old Rocky Mountain National Park
Pioneer Christmas Storytime & Craft
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 | 11:00am & 2:00pm
Tread of Pioneers Museum - 800 Oak. St.
879-2214
Ages 4 and up with adult | No RSVP | Free! | treadofpioneers.org
Pioneer Christmas Story-time and craft for Kids
Kids will hear about pioneer and Victorian holiday traditions and stories and will create a special Victorian holiday craft to take home. While you're here, see the museum's holiday decorations and get some holiday shopping done in the Museum Store! Don't miss the fun! Ages 4 & up with adult. FREE!
History with the Locals - Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Friday September 11 at NOON
Tour the Historic Brown Ranch
Saturday, June 27 11:00am-1:00pm (Open House)
Celebrate the Centennial of the Historic Brown Ranch! Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Mary Walker (descendant of Margaret Duncun Brown, the Sherpherdess of the Elk River Valley) for a personal tour of Brown's home in Clark.
FREE! no RSVP Required.
Apron Strings: The Ties That Bind
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00am
Celebrate National Apron Day with the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Rugged Ranch Women: From Dawn to Dusk
In celebration of National Agriculture Week and Women’s History Month, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Community Agriculture Alliance present.
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: Noon
Cost: Free
History in a Jar
Food preservation over the last century and its importance today.
Friday, Feb. 27 at Noon at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Victorian Valentines Kids Program
When: Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11:00AM and 3:00PM
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th & Oak
Kids will examine antique Victorian Valentines from the museum collection, read the love notes inside, and make their own Victorian Valentines to take home. All materials included. Ages 4 and up with adult. 
Pioneer Christmas Story-time and Craft
When: Saturday, Dec. 20 11:00am
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th and Oak  Bring your children of all ages to hear Pioneer Christmas stories and tra- ditions from Routt County and the Old West. Holiday craft for kids fol- lowing the stories. Ages 3 and up with parent. FREE! NO RSVP required. 879-2214
Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Front Range & Northern Mountains
Author Talk with Caryn and Peter Boddie
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 PM
Tread of Pioneers Museum & Chief Theater Winter Film Series 2016-2017
Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian
Tuesday - 03/14/2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave

The Tread of Pioneers Museum shows professionally produced historical films as well as rare local home movies from the museum’s collection in this winter-time film series. Join us once a month at 7:00 pm at the Chief Theater for a little local history and a lot of fun! Free! Each film is approx. one hour long.
Then and Now: A Historical Perspective on Recipes in Routt County
Featuring Fair Family Favorites: Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair Cookbook
Nancy Mucklow and other cookbook contributors will cook up their favorite recipes for participants to taste and discuss how recipes have changed over the last 100 years.

WhenFriday, Oct. 10 at NOON at the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE!
Downtown Historical Walking Tour - Fall 2014
Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:00am
Friday, Sept. 19 at 5:00pm
Friday, Oct. 3 at 5:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum on 8th and Oak St. for an easy walk through Steamboat’s history and the downtown corridor. After the tour, visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum and enjoy reduced admission for all walking tour participants. Sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Historic Routt County.
Oak Creek Ghost Mine Driving Tour
Friday, July 11
9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $25 per person; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.
10th Mountain Division Exhibit Opening
Thursday, May 29
5:00pm
Cost: FREE
Family Scavenger Hunt of Downtown's Historic Buildings
Saturday, May 24, 2014
2:00pm
Cost: Free
Stop by the museum at 2:00 pm to pick up your scavenger hunt. Allow about 45 minutes for the hunt. Return to museum anytime before 4:00 PM for your FREE PRIZE!
Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek
Friday, July 11, 2014
9:00am – Noon
Leave the driving to us and join historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131 towards Oak Creek. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum with historian Mike Yurich. We will return to Steamboat by approx. noon. Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story” film showing
Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:00pm @ Library Hall in the Bud Werner Library 13th and Lincoln Ave., downtown Steamboat Springs
Naked and Hungry
Friday, March 28th @ Noon @ the Tread of Pioneers Museum- 8th and Oak Streets, downtown Steamboat Springs
Strength & Heart
Saturday, March 22nd 6:00pm @ the Steaming Bean Coffee Shop (7th and Lincoln Ave.)
Meet an Olympian
The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Ski Resort are pleased to present meet “Meet an Olympian” from 1-2 pm on select Saturdays this winter. Hot chocolate will be provided at the Olympian Tribute display on the second floor of Thunderhead lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area for this free event.
Location: Thunderhead Lodge
Tuesday - 03/25/2017, 1-2pm; FREE: Billy Kidd
Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley
“Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley” Presentation by Mary Walker, Brown’s Decedent
Friday, Feb. 21 at Noon & 5:30 p.m. at the Tread of Pioneers Museum—800 Oak St. Beginning in 1918, Margaret Duncan Brown ranched alone for 47 years in the Elk River Valley of Routt County. Brown’s “indomitable spirit, her great sensitiveness, perception and philosophy of life” live in her diaries that are the foundation of the book Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley. Brown’s descendent Mary Walker will discuss the life and diaries of this most tenacious rancher. Call 879-2214 for more info. www.treadofpioneers.org
Victorian Valentines & Tea For Kids
Saturday - 02/04/2017 - 11:30am
Location:Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th & Oak


Kids will discover the significance of Victorian Valentines, examine antique Valentines from the museum collection, and make their own Victorian Valentines to take home. All materials included. Ages 4 and up with adult.

FREE! Call 879-2214 for more information
Pioneer Christmas Story-time with Lulie Crawford
During the Festival of Trees 2014
When: Saturday, Nov. 15
11:00am and 12:00pm; two times
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th an Oak
Call 970-879-2214 for more information
Haunted Tours of the Historic Crawford House
Featuring Ghost Stories from Historic Colorado
When: Saturday, October 25
Three times offered: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 PM
Where: 1184 Crawford Ave.(corner of 12th and Crawford)
Cost: $5 tour fee per person
Ages: 10 and up - bring the family!

 

Site Map | Privacy Policy | Home