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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM
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800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Jun
29
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jun
30
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Jun
30
Thu
Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections…
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Jul
1
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jul
5
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jul
6
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jul
7
Thu
Mad Creek Geology and History Hike…
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Jul
7
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Jul
7
Thu
Back to the Barns: Ag Talks at the More & Arnold Barns…
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Jul
8
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jul
12
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jul
12
Tue
Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections…
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Jul
13
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jul
14
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Jul
15
Fri
Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse …
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jul
15
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jul
18
Mon
Back to the Barns: Ag Talks at the More & Arnold Barns…
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Jul
19
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jul
20
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jul
21
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Jul
22
Fri
Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors…
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jul
22
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jul
26
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jul
27
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jul
27
Wed
Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse…
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jul
28
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Jul
28
Thu
Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections…
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jul
29
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Aug
2
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Aug
3
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug
4
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aug
4
Thu
Back to the Barns: Ag Talks at the More & Arnold Barns…
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Aug
5
Fri
Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections…
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Aug
5
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Aug
6
Sat
Iconic Steamboat Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aug
8
Mon
Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse …
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug
9
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Aug
10
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug
11
Thu
Downtown Historical Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aug
11
Thu
Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors…
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug
12
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Aug
13
Sat
Iconic Steamboat Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aug
15
Mon
Back to the Barns: Ag Talks at the More & Arnold Barns…
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Aug
16
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Aug
16
Tue
Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse…
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Aug
17
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug
19
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Aug
20
Sat
Iconic Steamboat Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aug
23
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Aug
23
Tue
Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections…
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Aug
24
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug
26
Fri
Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series …
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Aug
27
Sat
Iconic Steamboat Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Aug
30
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Aug
31
Wed
Mineral Springs Walking Tour…
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sep
1
Thu
Mad Creek Geology and History Hike…
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Sep
1
Thu
Back to the Barns: Ag Talks at the More & Arnold Barns…
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sep
6
Tue
Olympic Heritage Tour…
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Past Events, Tours, & Programs


History Happy Hour
Past Event
Location: Howelsen Hill’s Olympian Hall – 845 Howelsen Parkway.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost Free, but donations appreciated.
Don’t miss the perfect pairing of local craft beer and the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County and Western History.

“Skiing Off to War with the 10th Mountain Division” with Flint Whitlock
Past Event
Location: Howelsen Hill’s Olympian Hall – 845 Howelsen Parkway.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost Free, but donations appreciated.
A lively, fast-paced visual history of the 10th Mountain Division — America’s only division (14,000 men) that was specially trained for mountain and winter warfare, their rugged training in Colorado’s high country, their late-in-the war deployment for combat in Italy, and their contributions to the winter sports industry after the war.

Snowshoe Through History
Past Event
Location: 35435 Highway 40, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487
Cost: FREE
Age Ages 16+
Registration required at yampatika.org
Learn about Yampa Valley's geologic past on an easy snowshoe tour of the historic Legacy Ranch, just three miles from downtown. Then come inside the warm historic ranch house where the Tread of Pioneers Museum will have expert speakers come and uncover the unique history of the Yampa Valley.

Family Night at the Museum presented by Steamboat Art Museum & Tread of Pioneers Museum
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Art Museum - 807 Lincoln Ave.
Cost Free
Please join us for a fun and educational evening filled with various activities centering around our current exhibit ‘Portrayals of the American West’. These photos were taken by 5 photographers at the turn of the 19th century and captured our rapidly changing West. These artists depicted the Native Americans, pioneers and cowboys during their daily lives. Featured activities include hands-on art projects, Native American games, artifacts, storytime, scavenger hunt and more. FREE admission and a prize drawing.

Pioneer Christmas Story-time and Craft for Kids
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: Free, but donations appreciated.
Kids will hear about local pioneer and Victorian holiday traditions and stories from museum staff in period costume. Create a fun Victorian holiday craft to take home!

Annual Yule Log Hunt
Past Event
12/8/2021 - 12/17/2021
This year’s 42nd Annual Yule Log Hunt, presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 8. 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 and its website. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to eight days, unless the log is found sooner.

Festival of Trees
Past Event
November 12 - November 27, 2021
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 5pm
Closed Thanksgiving

Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: FREE to all Routt County residents; regular admission prices for out of town visitors.
Don't miss the 27th Annual Festival of Trees from Nov. 12 - Nov. 27 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Yampa Valley Bank and Steamboat Ace Hardware are once again showing their devotion to the museum and our heritage by generously underwriting all of the costs for this fundraising event.

Pioneer Christmas Storytime in the Festival of Trees
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Duration: 1 hour
Cost Free
Kids will hear about local pioneer and Victorian holiday traditions and stories from museum staff in period costume.

Ute Indian Pow Wow Dance Performance and Presentation
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Springs Community Center - 1605 Lincoln Ave.
Cost: Free
Members of the Ute tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservations will share their pow wow dances, music, and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation not to be missed. The Ute Indians were the original native inhabitants of the Yampa Valley, and the Tread of Pioneers Museum is thrilled to host these performers who will share their beautiful culture.

Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour with Historian Jim Stanko
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Springs Cemetery
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 1 1/2 Hours
The Steamboat Springs Cemetery, established in 1882, offers a unique perspective on the people and events that shaped the town of Steamboat Springs and ...

Talk with artist Chula Beauregard and Perry-Mansfield historian and author, Dagny McKinley
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: Free
“Inspiration – Four Seasons at Perry-Mansfield” is a collaborative exhibit showcasing the artwork of Chula Beauregard at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Award-winning artist Beauregard created her work during a year of artistic study at the century-old Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp outside of Steamboat Springs, CO.

First Friday Art Walk: Inspiration – Four Seasons at Perry-Mansfield
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs
Cost: Free
“Inspiration – Four Seasons at Perry-Mansfield” is a collaborative exhibit showcasing the artwork of Chula Beauregard at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Award-winning artist Beauregard created her work during a year of artistic study at the century-old Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp outside of Steamboat Springs, CO.

First Friday Art Walk: Lens to the Landscape: The Photography of John Lanterman
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs
Cost: Free
Join us for First Friday Art Walk. This exhibit illustrates the history and settlement of Routt County through the lens of historic structures, landscapes, and other elements of the built environment. The history of Routt County and Northwest Colorado is explored through photographic images that tell a story of early ranch life, the evolution of towns, and the influence of the natural systems on the development of the Yampa Valley.

Author Talk with Ray Heid
Past Event

Ray Heid is a 4th generation local legend sharing stories of growing up in Steamboat Springs in the early 1940s in his new book, "Ray Heid: Man Behind the Duster."

Fighting for Flight: Three Steamboat Women Make History in Nordic Combined
Past Event
Virtual Event
The sport and three local athletes, Annika Malacinski, Tess Arnone, Alexa Brabec, debuted at the World Cup level and in the World Championships this year, the latest benchmarks toward the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) goal to get the sport in the 2026 Winter Olympics.

VIRTUAL A Taste of History - Historic cooking Methods, Recipes, and Food Tastings.
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: Free
Take a culinary journey through the past with the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the tasty three-part series, “A Taste of History.” We invite you to ...

VIRTUAL: History of Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event

History of Agriculture in the Yampa Valley. Presented by the Community Agriculture Alliance in partnership with Tread of Pioneers Museum and Bud Werner Memorial Library for Agriculture Appreciation Week! Recorded on 3.23. 2015 at the Bud Werner Library Speakers: Rita Herold, Dean Look, Sam Haslem, CJ Mucklow, Todd Hagenbaugh

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series
Past Event
Location:
Youtube and Facebook.
Cost: Free

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series is back this winter! This year's events will take place virtually/online for COVID-19 safety. Tune in to our Facebook page or our Youtube Channel on the second Wednesday of each month. If you miss it, the recordings will live in both of those places permanently!

Ute History Kids Program
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St. )
Cost: Free
The Tread of Pioneers is launching small group history programs in the month of February to support in-person student learning! These hands-on, engaging programs will be offered to 2nd - 5th graders for free.

Ag Week Storytelling: Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
A special program in honor of Ag Appreciation Week, following up on our wildly successful past ag storytelling sessions, which are available in the archives at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Snowshoe Through History Happy Hour
Past Event
Location: LEGACY/HUTCHINSON RANCH
(35435 HWY 40 Steamboat Springs)
Cost: Free
Travel back in time with Yampatika and the Tread of Pioneers Museum and explore the Hutchinson Ranch and local history.

First Friday Artwalk – "MUSE OF MARBLE"
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: Free
Complimentary wine and appetizers served.
Exhibit featuring 39 antique photogravure prints of sculptures by famed sculptor and creator of Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum. At the apex of his career as the preeminent American sculptor of the early 20th century, Gutzon Borglum, who was commissioned to sculpt Mt. Rushmore, created a collection of select images to record his work. This was accomplished by etching images of the pieces onto photogravure copper plates, which were inked and printed on thin paper, designed to be shown together as a suite.

Artist Talk: MUSE OF MARBLE
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: Free

Exhibit featuring 39 antique photogravure prints of sculptures by famed sculptor and creator of Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum.

At the apex of his career as the preeminent American sculptor of the early 20th century, Gutzon Borglum, who was commissioned to sculpt Mt. Rushmore, created a collection of select images to record his work.

Senior Tea in the Trees
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum ( 800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free
Don't miss this very special event for seniors during the 25th 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.

Postcards from the Past: Travel, Tourism & Scenic Places in Early Steamboat Springs
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., Steamboat Springs, CO
Cost: Free
First Friday Artwalk | Free refreshments.
Discover the places and activities that shaped this wild western frontier town into a beloved Rocky Mountain destination and later, a world-class resort. Many of the scenic vistas, mineral springs, abundant wildlife, and trout-filled mountain streams that drew the Ute Indians and early settlers to this magnificent area also attracted the first tourists as well as the current visitors from around the world.

Postcards from the Past: Travel, Tourism & Scenic Places in Early Steamboat Springs
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., Steamboat Springs, CO
Cost: Free
First Friday Artwalk | Free refreshments.
Discover the places and activities that shaped this wild western frontier town into a beloved Rocky Mountain destination and later, a world-class resort. Many of the scenic vistas, mineral springs, abundant wildlife, and trout-filled mountain streams that drew the Ute Indians and early settlers to this magnificent area also attracted the first tourists as well as the current visitors from around the world.

“How to Paint History” with Artist Chula Beauregard
Past Event
Location: Mesa School House (red school house just west of the base of Rabbit Ears Pass)
Media: All media welcome, but the instructor will be using oil paints
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Cost: $120/student
Ages: 14 and up

Join us for a day at the Historic Mesa School House in Steamboat Springs. This exciting one-day program is made possible by a partnership with the Tread of Pioneers Museum. As artists and historians, we share an appreciation of the rich heritage of Routt County. This workshop is an opportunity to preserve and celebrate our heritage through art, and I will teach you the tools you need to incorporate this built environment into your art.

Family Fun at the museum
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Art Museum ( 8th and Lincoln )
Cost: Free
Duration: 2 Hours
The Steamboat Art Museum and the Tread of Pioneers Museum will take visitors back in time…to pioneer times!

Bring the entire family to experience pioneer life with stories and hands-on activities with the Tread of Pioneers Museum, such as games of the past, and hands-on demos and projects on leather punching and watercolors…

4th of July Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.)
Cost: Free
Duration: 2 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 Brown Ranch
Past Event
Location: The Brown Ranch (26230 RCR 58, Clark, CO 80428)
Cost: Free
Duration 2 Hours
Celebrate the history of the Clark area and the Brown Ranch! Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Mary Walker (descendent of Margaret Duncan Brown from the Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley) for a personal tour of the original log house and property in Clark.
FREE! No RSVP required.

“The Power of Heritage and Place” - An Evening with Dana Crawford
Past Event
Location: 5:30pm at the Chief Theater (813 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
Join us for a special evening with Dana Crawford, notable preservationist, developer and recipient of the Governor’s Citizenship Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon Colorado citizens for their contributions to the vitality of our state.

Tread of Pioneers Museum & Perry-Mansfield Present - Wise Women: A Historical Evening at Perry-Mansfield
Past Event
Location: At Perry-Mansfield (40755 CR 36, Steamboat Springs)
Space is limited - RSVP: cbannister@treadofpioneers.org
Join Friends of Perry-Mansfield and the Tread of Pioneers Museum for an intimate evening at the oldest camp of its kind in the nation.

AG Week Heritage Story Telling Event
Past Event
Location: Howelsen Hill Lodge (845 Howelsen Pkwy)
Dates: 6:30-8:00pm
In celebration of agriculture appreciation week, community Agriculture Alliance & Tread of Pioneers Museum presents AG Week Heritage Story Telling event. Longtime perspectives on farming and ranching with with Bill Gay, Connie Wagner and Linda Long.

“The History and Skiing in Colorado” with Professor Duane Vandenbusche
Past Event
Winter Carnival Presentation Time & Location: 7PM at Olympian Hall
Cost: FREE but all attendees must have a Winter Carnival button. Buttons can be purchased at the door.

Vandenbusche has been a professor of History at Western State College since 1962. He is the author of 11 books on western Colorado. He has deep knowledge and love of Colorado and skiing and is excited to share his passion with Steamboat Springs during Winter Carnival. www.treadofpioneers.org

Who Was the Sculptor in Buckskin?
Past Event
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
Alexander Phimister Proctor: His life was his art. His living was his love for his wife, family & hunting in the West. An evening with historian & storyteller Dave Lively.

Lost Art Revival
Past Event
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.

Author Andrew Gulliford: The Woolly West
Past Event
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave)
Cost: Free
Tales 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.

“The Go-Backer” with author and historian Peter Decker
Past Event
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
After 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.”

Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event
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.

Snowshoe Through History Happy Hour for Adults
Past Event
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.

Meet an Olympian talks at the Steamboat Ski Area
Past Event
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.

Lost Lodges of Rocky with Dave Lively
Past Event
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.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature With Author Dagny McKinley
Past Event

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
Past Event

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

Tours of the Historic Crawford Home
Past Event

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


Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek
Past Event

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.

Haunted Tours of the Historic Crawford House
Past Event
Featuring Ghost Stories from Historic Colorado


Then and Now: A Historical Perspective on Recipes in Routt County
Past Event
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE!
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.


Family Scavenger Hunt of Downtown's Historic Buildings
Past Event

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!

Oak Creek Ghost Mine Driving Tour
Past Event

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.

10th Mountain Division Exhibit Opening
Past Event

You’re invited to our Annual Meeting and the opening of our newest exhibit, “Soldiers on Skis: Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division.” Enjoy free refreshments and more.

“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story” film showing
Past Event

To honor the 50th anniversary of Olympian Buddy Werner’s un-timely death, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Bud Werner Memorial Library proudly present

Naked and Hungry
Past Event

In celebration of National Agriculture Week, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Community Agriculture Alliance proudly present: Naked and Hungry: Where would we be without agriculture?

Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley
Past Event
“Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley” Presentation by Mary Walker, Brown’s Decedent 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

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...

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.

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

Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event

Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching & agri-business

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.

Legendary Ladies of the West
Past Event

Tread of Pioneers Musueum's Newest Installment of the Foundation of Steamboat Exhibit.

History in a Jar
Past Event

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
Past Event

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. 

Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Front Range & Northern Mountains
Past Event

Author Talk with Caryn and Peter Boddie

Apron Strings: The Ties That Bind
Past Event
Celebrate National Apron Day with the Tread of Pioneers Museum

Strength & Heart
Past Event

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Spellbinders proudly present: Strength & Heart:

Portrayals of the American West
Past Event

The Steamboat Art Museum is pleased to present “Portrayals of the American West,” showcasing the work of renowned historic Western photographers Roland Reed, Edward Curtis, A.G. and Augusta Wallihan and L.A. Huffman who all worked at the turn of the 19th century. Possibly the first time the works of these five photographers have been displayed together, the exhibit opens Friday, Dec. 3, and continues through Saturday, April 2, 2022.
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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.