Editor’s pick: Top 10 things to explore July 6 to 8 in Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — No matter where this weekend takes you, Explore Steamboat has you covered on what to do and where to go.
Friday, July 6
Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour with Historian Jim Stanko
Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Steamboat Springs Cemetery, Cemetery Road
The Steamboat Springs Cemetery, established in 1882, offers a unique perspective on the people and events that shaped Routt County. Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and renowned local historian, Jim Stanko, as he tells the stories and visits the graves of the prominent citizens, determined pioneers and brave veterans.
Directions: Heading west on Lincoln Avenue from downtown Steamboat Springs, take the first right on Conestoga after the stop light at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, then first left on Cemetery Road. Look for parked cars and people gathered for the tour.
First Friday Artwalk
5 to 8 p.m. | Downtown, Lincoln Avenue
Find out what local artists have been working on at this month’s First Friday Artwalk, the free self-guided tour of local art galleries, museums and alternative venues along Lincoln Avenue.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series
7:30 p.m. | Brent Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Parkway
Professional rodeo series featuring bull riding, bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and kids’ events.
Saturday, July 7
8:30 a.m. | Hahn’s Peak, Quarry Lot, Forest Service Road 550 and Routt County Road 129
This trail race started in 2017 at the base of Hahn’s Peak in North RouttCunty based on the combined efforts of a few locals who would be at the Historic Columbine Cabins each year and wanted to make the run a Fourth of July tradition. From there, they would race to the summit and fire outlook of Hahn’s Peak, once an active volcano with an elevation of 10,839 feet. The course is an 8-mile out and back trail run that starts at the Quarry Lot north of Hahn’s Peak Village.
Register at Twisted Trails on Lincoln Ave. between Sixth and Seventh Streets on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Day-of registration will be available from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the race start line.
Yampa River Clean Up
9 a.m. to noon | Little Toots Park, 12th Street
Yampa River State Park – Hayden | 9 a.m. | Yampa River State Park office, 6185 U.S. Highway 40, 970-276-2062
Yampa River State Park – Craig | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Meet at Pebble beach behind golf course, 970-629-5417
The Friends of the Yampa, the city of Steamboat Springs, Yampatika, the Yampa River State Park and the Northwest Colorado Chapter of the Parrotheads are organizing their annual river clean up for Saturday. This event is an annual river-wide clean up effort that engages volunteers to give back to the Yampa River and to remind us all to respect the Yampa by keeping it clean and trash free. There will be three locations for participants to volunteer this year in Steamboat Springs, Yampa River State Park near Hayden and in Craig.
Note: Wear adequate footwear for walking along the riverbank, bring gloves and other clothes that match the weather. Expect mosquitoes, long sleeve shirts and bug spray is suggested. Trash bags will be provided.
Main Street Steamboat Springs Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Seventh and Yampa streets, between Sixth and Eighth streets
The Main Street Steamboat Springs Farmers Market features fresh fruit and vegetables each week. The market focuses on food and offers a variety of local and cottage industry products. Entertainment is provided by local musicians.
Free Summer Concert Series: Keller Williams’ Petty Grass featuring the Hillbenders
5 p.m. | Howelsen Amphitheater, 845 Howelsen Parkway
This special performance pays homage to Tom Petty, while bringing a new perspective to his time-honored songs in rollicking bluegrass style alongside eclectic bluegrass quintet The Hillbenders.
9:30 to 10 p.m. | Steamboat Lake State Park, 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark
The Fourth of July festivities continue in North Routt County as the community hosts its annual Independence Day parade followed by Hahn’s Peak Historical Society’s craft fair and ice cream social at the old schoolhouse. Then at 9 p.m. fireworks begin.
Directions: Head north to Steamboat Lake State Park for their July 4th fireworks celebration. Beginning around 9:30 p.m. there will be a 20 minute fireworks display. This event is free to the public donation to Friends of the Steamboat Lake help the event to continue each year.
10 p.m. | Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 | Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave.
A pure and raucous funk party for any kind of music lover.
There’s a Steady Flow of funk coming from Peoria, Illinois that will make its way to Steamboat. Thanks to the group that formed in 2012 known as Steady Flow who, according to their bio, are known for hard-hitting, raucous funky rock compositions that reverberate through the room instigating any crowd to get up and dance.
Sunday, July 8
Sunset Happy Hour
5 to 8 p.m. | Thunderhead Lodge, 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday will feature Shawn David Allen. Gondola loading starts at 5 p.m. as you head up to Thunderhead while taking in the view. $15 includes Gondola Ride and $5 off food or beverage. Season pass holders and one guest ride for free.
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Prost! The popular OktoberWest festival will return to Steamboat Springs on Saturday for its 12th year, this time in a new location at Wildhorse Marketplace.