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Annual Yule Log Hunt


Read Mother and son find Steamboat yule log for 2nd year in a row from the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Yule Log Clue #1 - Wed., Dec. 9

Along the road, the log was found.
Hidden from view, upon the ground.
Glide and shoot, slip and slide,
Mother and son were full of pride.

Yule Log Clue #2 - Thursday, Dec. 10

Olympic dreams begin here.
Norwegian vision, we hold dear.
Push the button, hear it play,
Join the hunt, follow the way.

Yule Log Clue #3 - Friday, Dec. 11

Summer brings lazy days.
Sit on down, join the craze.
Cross on over, pass the stable.
Solve the clues, if you are able.


Yule Log #4 - Monday, Dec. 14

“Watch Us Grow,” shed some light.
Towering stack, what a sight.
Burn some coal, blow off steam.
Come together, lead the team.

Clue #5 - Tuesday, Dec. 15

Share the news, a mighty blow.
All survived, despite the glow.
Take a sip, know the names.
Solve the clues, play the game.

Clue #6 - Wednesday, Dec. 16

Take the way toward morning’s light.
Once CB’s spot, and a chain’s site.
Straight ahead along the way,
Follow the path, don’t delay.

Clue #7 - Thursday, Dec. 17

Catch and release, just down below.
Merge into one, increase the flow.
Game and Fish, the big day.
Find the log, time to play.

The 41st Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Wednesday, December 9. Each weekday’s clues will be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page, air on local radio stations, and will also be printed in the Steamboat Pilot/Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to eight days, unless the log is found sooner.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every year, the clues take you on a path towards the log’s hiding place; the clues do not describe the hiding spot itself until the last few clues of the hunt. We will not physically place the log in its hiding place until after the release of clue #6, in an effort to prevent hunters from randomly stumbling upon the log without using the clues.

The 2020 hunt starts at the site of last year’s hiding place: Howelsen Ice Arena. Clues, written each year by museum staff, often include information that refer to community history or past events. Unless the log is found sooner, the 8th and final clue will be released by the media on Friday, December 18.

Background: The Yule Log Hunt has been a traditional holiday event in this community for over 41 years! The three-foot long, 25-pound log is hidden within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. It is distinctively marked with the words “Yule Log” (in RED letters) and at least a portion of it will be visible from its hiding place. The log will not be on private property, inside of buildings, or in areas that charge fees to enter.

When the log is found: When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Museum staff will announce the end of the hunt so that others on the hunt do not keep searching. The log must be physically presented to a Tread of Pioneers Museum staff person before the winner will receive the $150 Steamboat Chamber gift card (generously donated by the Steamboat Chamber). Solve the clues, find the log and join the winners’ circle of Yule Log fame!
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.