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Hours: Tues & Sat: 11am-5pm
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

Resources for Students and Teachers



The staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum would like to introduce you to our new standards-based museum tours and programs for your students. Museums offer a dynamic opportunity to expose students to experiences and explore new things in a rich and educational environment. We can tailor our programs and tours to coordinate with state curriculum standards, with your ideas, or with what your students are learning in school, such as local and Colorado history, pioneer life, ski history, etc. Everything listed can be done virtually, in a hybrid form or outdoors with masks and social distancing. In winter months, the museum can accommodate small groups for programs. Call 879-2214 to discuss and schedule.

  • Museum Tours (all grades): Your students can experience the 1901 Queen Anne-style Zimmerman House where turn-of-the-century period-furnished rooms take students back in time to imagine the daily life of our town’s first residents using hands-on elements such as an old-fashioned butter churn to make butter, wool carders, an antique wash board, and replica historic toys.

  • Museum Exhibits (all grades): In our exhibits, students can explore the significant historical themes of our region.

  • Each One Teach One Tour (3rd): We’ve spent many months developing new interactive tours that will make your students’ museum experience fun and educational. Each One Teach One Tour is a scavenger hunt in which pairs of students learn about Routt County history by searching the museum for information, piecing together clues with artifacts about their topic, and presenting this information to their classmates. With the guidance of our experienced tour guides, students learn about our local history and teach their fellow classmates.

  • History Colorado Programs: These three programs, which were developed by Denver’s History Colorado Center, are extensive hands-on learning kits that include large floor maps, artifacts, historical photographs and fact sheets.We can provide these programs in your classroom or at the museum.

    • Western Work: Colorado Industries of the Past - Through objects, photographs and role-playing activities, students become “entrepreneurs” in some of Colorado’s most important industries. The program meets economic, history and geography state standards and explores natural, capital and human resources in state history.

    • Moving Day: Colorado’s Migration Story - Students explore the movement of people across Colorado from prehistory to 1870 and these cultural groups: Puebloans, Mountain Men, Miners, Utes, Plains Indians and Hispanos. This program includes a large floor map upon which students can move.

    • Ute Knowledge: Colorado’s Original Scientists - Students investigate how the Ute Indians used science, technology, engineering and math to survive and thrive in the Rocky Mountains. By examining artifacts and clues students will discover how Ute people solved problems historically and currently.

  • Pioneer Life “Then and Now” Interactive Programs: This is a fun, hands-on way for students to live the life of a real Routt County pioneer by trying a historic job, getting paid, then with an authentic General Store where students can take their merchandise to sell or trade and buy products at 1910 prices.

  • Wagon Trail Game (2nd grade and up): On a large 3’x3’ map of Colorado, this new interactive game traces the wagon trail route the Crawford family took from Denver to Steamboat Springs. Along the wagon trail, players are faced with series of actual trials and tribulations that require problem solving and decision-making. Players’ choices determine if they will make it to Steamboat Springs successfully, or if their journey ends prematurely.

  • Discovery Boxes (K-5th grades): ): We have recently updated our Discovery Kits to meet state curriculum standards. Each box contains hands-on materials, activities, and curriculum guides for teachers. Teachers can check out for use in the classroom on the following subjects: Mining, Utes, Native Americans, Mountain Man, Homesteading, and Archaeology. Full of artifacts, photos, videos, books, and complete lesson plans, you’ll love teaching history with these tools. For descriptions of each box, click here.

  • Ute Program (pre-K-5): Our Ute program covers wikkiups, the Ute Bear Dance, Ute facts, and other activities and crafts, such as beadwork, clay pottery, and basket weaving.

  • Fremont People Program (pre-K-5): Our Fremont People Program covers the unique shelters, pottery, pictographs and petroglyphs of these ancient people. Students get to try their hand at creating their own pictographs, attempting to tell about their lives through pictures.

  • • Warm As Wool (pre-school, Kindergarden): Students will follow the journey of wool from the sheep to clothing. A costumed staff member reads the picture book Warm as Wool by Scott Sanders, passes around wool in its various stages for students to examine

  • Storytime (K-2nd grade): A staff person dressed in pioneer clothing tells a story to your class about: traveling West in a wagon train; life as one of the first pioneers in Routt County; toys and games of pioneer children (with real replica toys to play with!), and more!

  • Go Behind-the-Scenes (3rd grade and up): Go behind the scenes with our museum Curator to learn about artifact preservation and see collections not on display.

  • Other Activities: Ask us about our scavenger hunt for kids and artifact study.

  • New Ideas: What are your ideas? How can we best serve you and your students? Let us know, and we are more than happy to work with you! We can also combine any of the activities above. More programs are continually being developed, so just ask!
We would like to remind you that the museum is FREE to all Routt County residents and students. Please call me at (303) 349-4164 or email me at kkonold@treadofpioneers.org to discuss how the museum can serve you and your students. We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!

Click here to view the Academic Standards met by Tread of Pioneers Museum programming.
Click here for details on all of our available school programs, tours and activities.
Click here for Discovery Kit Information.doc
Click here for School Tours and Programs.
Click here for Colorado History Take Out Kits: Moving Day (Colorado’s Migration Story) and Western Work.
Click here to download the Scavenger Hunt for kids.

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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.