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To the northwest, Steamboat Springs exudes the West with wide-open ranches, yellow Burma-Shave-style signs along the highway promoting a longtime downtown Western store, and a laid-back vibe. Two hot springs make catching a soak after a day in the saddle (bike or horse) or on the Yampa River pure pleasure, and Tread of Pioneers Museum tells the story of a town rich in heritage since the late 1800s. It’s no surprise that a summer rodeo series is ongoing, but it is astonishing to find out that the town has produced nearly 90 winter Olympians. Yet, Steamboat Ski Resort, Nordic skiing facilities and Howelsen Hill — the state’s oldest, continuously used ski area — keep snow sports at the forefront of life in Steamboat Springs. The central business district is filled with one-of-a-kind local shops, restaurants and attractions that shouldn’t be missed!