Steamboat Springs didn't start out as a resort community. Located nearly 7,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains of northwest Colorado, the town was settled largely by ranchers whose hale and hearty pioneer spirit still lingers today. Things are relatively low-key here—especially in summer—with miles of rolling hill country to serve as the setting for all kinds of open-air pursuits. Mountain Resorts is one of the oldest property-management companies in the area, providing spacious, family-friendly condominiums and concierge services from a staff mostly made up of Steamboat Springs natives.
The property encompassed in this deal, the Ranch at Steamboat, lies in the Yampa Valley. The Ranch is distinctly rustic, surrounded by 36 acres of tree-studded hills and featuring wooden decks and wood-burning fireplaces in each condo. Guests enjoy access to outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, and the spacious two-bedroom suites include full kitchens and living rooms with pullout sofas.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Historical Ranch Town in the Rockies
Steamboat Springs was named after its roiling mineral springs, which sounded to some early pioneers like a chugging steamboat. It's known as the birthplace of recreational skiing in Colorado thanks to a ski jump built in 1914 by cross-country champion Carl Howelsen. The slopes continue to draw visitors to town, but there's plenty to do in warmer weather. There are more than 50 miles of nature trails and wildflower fields for hiking, several mountain-view golf courses, and high-country lakes and streams that provide ample fishing. One network of rivers even flows through the downtown area, with launch points along the way for seasonal tubing.
Steamboat Springs retains vestiges of its history as a ranching center. Spur-clad cowboys still stroll the main streets, which are lined with western art galleries and clothing boutiques. Throughout the summer, the town hosts a pro rodeo series that includes traditional shows and Wild West–themed block parties. During the 32nd annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on July 13 and 14, ranchers will try to one-up each other by performing airborne tricks such as dipping into the lake and hogtieing clouds.