Tread of Pioneers Museum

#8 in Best Things To Do in Steamboat Springs
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800 Oak St.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Housed in a Victorian home with 20th-century furnishings, this museum features exhibits detailing the history of the region's early pioneers and Native Americans, as well as an overview about the city's skiing, agriculture and mining roots. Hands-on exhibits and a kids scavenger hunt make it a popular stop for families.

According to previous visitors, this museum packs a ton of history into a small space. Families were especially impressed with the property's scavenger hunt and mystery geocache hidden on the grounds. For even more history, travelers recommend joining the free behind-the-scenes tour, which is offered at noon and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, at noon on Thursdays and at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is located on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for kids ages 6 to 12; entrance fees are waived for children 5 and younger. In addition to the property's exhibits, visitors have access to restrooms and a gift shop. Complimentary guided tours of the area are also offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; all visitors who join a guided tour receive discounted rates for the museum. To get to the property, travelers can park on one of the adjacent streets or use the city's free bus. Visit the attraction's website for more information about current exhibits and programs.

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The 7.5-mile Yampa River Core Trail, which connects downtown Steamboat Springs to Bear River Park, is a paved multiuse trail for hikers and bikers. You'll find several playgrounds along the path, as well as scenic overlooks and picnic spots. It also offers prime access to the Yampa River Botanic Park and the Yampa River, where you can fish or float in an inner tube. 

Former visitors loved this trail's picturesque scenery, adding that you'll enjoy views of nearby ski runs, Howelsen Hill and multiple hot springs. Most found it ideal for a family bike ride or a relaxing walk, and some recommended stopping in the city center for a snack or lunch. 

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