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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Hours: Tues - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
970-879-2214 - Hours & Admission
800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Local Steamboat Activities & Current Events


Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Past Event
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487)
Cost: Free
Duration 1 Hour
Step back in time and tour this historic gem while learning about student and teacher life in Routt County’s rural one-room schools. Pioneer kids activities and games included.

“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.

Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series
Past Event
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 ...

Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Past Event
Summer 2020
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
Past Event
Summer 2020
Location: Meet at Howelsen Hill Lodge (845 Howelsen Hill Parkway)
Cost: Free
Duration 1 Hour (Tuesdays June 11-Sept. 3)

Tours led by the USA’s only six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick. Starts at Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. This tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl ...

Mineral Springs Walking Tour
Past Event
Summer 2020
Location: Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot (1001 13th Street)
Cost: Free
Duration 2 Hours (Wednesdays June 26-Sept 4)

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 ...

Mad Creek Geology and History Hike
Past Event
Location: Mad Creek Trail Head
Cost: $25.00
Duration 4 Hours
Join Yampatika and Tread of Pioneers Museum for a Mad Creek Geology and History Hike! Take a journey through geologic and local history gaining a new perspective on the Mad Creek area. SPACE IS LIMITED SO YOU MUST SIGN UP AND PAY THE FEE AHEAD OF TIME. Click here to go to Yampatika’s sign up page for the Mad Creek Geology and History Hike

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…

Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors
Past Event
Location: Yampa River Botanic Park (1000 Pamela Ln.)
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 1 Hour
The program is free and takes place at the Yampa River Botanic Park - 1000 Pamela Lane. Participants should meet at the large umbrella in the center of the park. All painting supplies are provided by the museum, and reservations are not required. Families can simply show up and have fun. Parents are also welcome to paint.

Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Past Event
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse: 33985 Hwy 40, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Cost: Free | Event Duration: 2 Hours
Set in the historic Mesa Schoolhouse, kids learn about life as a pioneer through various activities such as candle dipping, pioneer games, panning for gold, making mountain man possible bags, leather crafts, soap making, and more. Kids learn about teacher and student life in a turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse.

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.

This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place
Past Event
On Display June 7, 2019 - Dec. 2019
This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place” is an exhibit featuring the cherished buildings, special places, and community perspectives from the “This Place Matters” campaign during May 2019 for Historic Preservation Month.

“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.

Ute Indian Pow Wow Dance Performance and Presentation
Past Event
Location: Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium (45 Maple St.)
Cost: Free
The Uintah River High School Nah- Na-Mah Culture Club 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.

A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Past Event
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Cost: Free
Last Friday in January, February, and March at noon in the community room.

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.

SNOWSHOE THROUGH HISTORY HAPPY HOUR
Past Event
Location: LEGACY/HUTCHINSON RANCH
35435 HWY 40, Steamboat Springs, CO

Cost: Free
Travel back in time with Yampatika and the Tread of Pioneers Museum as we explore the Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch on snowshoes before we head inside to warm up with some coffee, tea, cocoa, and warm alcoholic beverages

Annual Yule Log Hunt
Past Event

The 39th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 10. 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 ten days, unless the log is found sooner.

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.

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 ...

“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. Registration required--call or email Yampatika to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151.

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.

Snowshoe Through History with the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika!
Past Event

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
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

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


Yampatika‘s Fall Festival
Past Event
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
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
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.

Legendary Ladies of the West
Past Event
Past Event

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

Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Past Event
Past Event

Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching & agri-business

Valentines & Tea Kids Porgram
Past Event
Past Event


People of the Kawuneeche Valley with Dave Lively
Past Event
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

History with the Locals - Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Past Event

Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Friday September 11 at NOON

Apron Strings: The Ties That Bind
Past Event

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00am
Celebrate National Apron Day with the Tread of Pioneers Museum

Rugged Ranch Women: From Dawn to Dusk
Past Event

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
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

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. 

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

Author Talk with Caryn and Peter Boddie
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 PM

Then and Now: A Historical Perspective on Recipes in Routt County
Past Event

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!

Oak Creek Ghost Mine Driving Tour
Past Event

Friday, July 11
9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $25 per person; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.

10th Mountain Division Exhibit Opening
Past Event

Thursday, May 29
5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Family Scavenger Hunt of Downtown's Historic Buildings
Past Event

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
Past Event

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
Past Event

Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:00pm @ Library Hall in the Bud Werner Library 13th and Lincoln Ave., downtown Steamboat Springs

Naked and Hungry
Past Event

Friday, March 28th @ Noon @ the Tread of Pioneers Museum- 8th and Oak Streets, downtown Steamboat Springs

Strength & Heart
Past Event

Saturday, March 22nd 6:00pm @ the Steaming Bean Coffee Shop (7th and Lincoln Ave.)

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
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

Pioneer Christmas Story-time with Lulie Crawford
Past Event

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
Past Event

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!
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