Steamboat 101

A few tips and tricks to provide a seamless experience from what to bring, to how to get here, and how to make the high altitude manageable.
Photo by Hillary Moore Photography

Mountain weather is known for its unpredictability – rain, sunshine, sleet, hail, freezing winds and balmy breezes are just a few of the weather conditions in Steamboat Springs on any given day. Layers are key. In summer, pack a light jacket, raincoat, sweaters, jeans and t-shirts to make the transition between temperatures easy. For a winter wedding, bring warm snow boots and a thick winter coat. If outdoor excursions are on the itinerary, toss in good gym shoes with deep tread that will make hiking through mud, snow and gravel seem like a walk in the park.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is the closest airport to Steamboat Springs. Just 30 minutes from town, United Airlines offers direct flights daily from Denver; during ski season direct flights arrive from 16 major cities across the United States on a variety of airlines. Upon arrival, rent a car or use a local car service like Steamboat Express to get into town. Denver International Airport is also an option. After landing in Denver, rent a car and drive about three hours through the mountains to get to Steamboat. If you’re not familiar with driving in mountainous terrain — especially in the winter – book a shared or private ride via Steamboat Express, which shuttles between DIA and Steamboat.
(Photo courtesy of Zach Taylor)

1) The drive from Denver International Airport takes about 3 1/2 hours.
2) Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 25 miles from Steamboat, offers direct flights during ski season to 16 locations across the country on six major airlines. Summer service is growing rapidly, too.
3) Shuttle services run daily from DIA, or go by limo, car service or rental car.
4) Bus service within the city is free. Lodges offer shuttles, and taxis are available.

The Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office issues marriage licenses by appointment. Call to schedule an appointment anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The fee is $30 plus $1.25 per certified copy. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted. Make sure to bring identification and the transaction number from the submittal of the marriage application online. The office is located in the Routt County courthouse in downtown Steamboat (522 Lincoln Ave., Suite 21).

Being situated at an elevation of 6,867 feet, Steamboat is exposed to the elements. Because of that, be sure to lather up with sunscreen every morning – even in the winter and on cloudy days. To increase sun protection further, always have a hat and sunglasses on hand. Along with being shaded from the sun, staying hydrated is essential – making an effort to drink one to 1.5 liters of water per day helps. Pack lotion and chapstick to protect your skin from getting dry. And, take it slow – if you feel signs of altitude sickness (headache, nausea, dizziness), stop and rest.