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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! Your top destination to learn about Steamboat Springs history!
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM
Due to COVID-19, masks are still required in the museum and at all events and tours.
Hours & Admission
800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Mad Creek Geology and History Hike

Location: Mad Creek Trail Head parking lot
Cost: $25.00

While the current County mask mandate has been lifted for businesses, masks can still be required for entry by each individual business. Since masks are still recommended for unvaccinated individuals including children, and we do not know who has been vaccinated, we erring on the side of caution and are still requiring masks for the museum and our programs/events.

Three experts, one hike - once a month only! Before we begin the hike, our first historical expert from Tread of Pioneers Museum will share a brief history of the former Mad Creek Guest Ranch and pioneer families of the area.

Then Yampatika's expert Geologist will explore the glacial valley through the lens of Yampa Valley's exceptionally rich geologic past as the group hikes out to the historical sites. Our last stop, Historic Routt County will shed light on the iconic Mad Creek Barn while the group has a chance to eat and take in the views!

Yampatika’s sign up for the Mad Creek Geology and History Hike

What to wear: Dress for the weather (current and future) and dress in layers! You'll most likely want long pants/sleeves to protect yourself from the sun, dirt, and things that might make you itchy (mosquitos etc.). Avoid cotton when you’re able and go with a synthetic material or wool.
Also remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes, good socks, a cool sun hat, and sunscreen!
What to bring in your day pack: 2 Water bottles (2 liters or more), snacks, lunch, extra layers (long sleeve shirt, fleece) and also bring your waterproof jacket!

If you have additional questions or need more information, please email or call the office at (970) 871-9151

Mad Creek History


Tales from the Tread: Mad Creek history discovered, Part 1
In all of my time in Steamboat Springs, few areas have fascinated me more than Mad Creek. The Mad Creek barn, the collapsed cabins on the creek, the views and the raging creek … no matter how many times I hike or bike in the area, I am struck by an unending love and curiosity.
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Tread of Pioneers Museum: Mad Creek History, Part 2
On Aug. 7, my Tales from the Tread column featured Part 1 of Mad Creek area history. I told the story of Donna Heintze Davis coming to the museum in summer 2018, with various artifacts, photos and history pertaining to the area, including the Mad Creek Guest Ranch brochure.
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Click here to hear family history at the Heintze family homestead site.

Mad Creek Guest Ranch Brochure

Mad Creek Ranch Brochure


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The Covid-19 virus is a serious risk. Those visiting the Tread of Pioneers Museum voluntarily assume that risk and expressly waive any and all claims against the Tread of Pioneers Museum in any way related to any illnesses possibly contracted at this venue or any of our events.

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.