The Elk River valley near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat is a mountain town in the northern Colorado Rockies, founded by ranchers, but developed by skiers.
Its residents call it 'Ski Town
The drive up County Road 129 into the Elk River valley outside Steamboat Springs had taken a little more than a half hour. The road hugged the river as it climbed gently through a
gorgeous high-country valley that was blessed with wide expanses pasture and rolling hillsides that were covered with spruce, fir, and aspen. It was difficult to believe that we were high in the Rockies.
This didn't even feel like the same mountain systems that spawned the Gore Range, the Maroon Bells, or the San Juans.