Summer Programs

Yampatika Summer Programs: 2016

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Summer Weekly Programs:

Mineral Springs Tour: 9-11 am

Tuesdays from June 28th – Aug. 30th, 2016

FREE, no registration required, meet in the parking lot of the Art Depot; offered in partnership with Tread of Pioneers Museum


Guided Gourmet Lunch Hike with a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador and Yampatika Naturalist: 10:30 am-1:00 pm

Wednesdays June 15th – Aug. 24th, 2016

$49 includes lunch and a ride to the top of the Gondola, provided in partnership with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation and USFS. Call Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation at 970.871.5444 for more information and to sign up.


Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls: 10 am-12 pm

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 23rd – Sept. 3rd, 2016

FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS

OTHER WEEKLY PROGRAMS OFFERED (by the Tread of Pioneers Museum):

Olympic Heritage Walking Tour: 9:00-10:30 am;  Wednesdays from June 29-Aug. 31, 2016
Starts at Olympian Hall/Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. This tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl Howelsen; and the history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Winter Carnival, Howelsen Hill, and ski jumping.

Downtown Historical Walking Tour:  9:00-11:00 am;  Thursdays from June 30-Sept. 1, 2016
Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy walking tour highlights the historic buildings of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils detailed stories of the town’s founding and early settlers. Participants walk to and learn about the original town square, power plant, newspaper building, courthouse, and more.

ADULT FIELD SCHOOLS: (Advanced Registration Required for these Programs!)

Windy Ridge Archaeology Hike:  September 17th, 2016

At least 8,000 years ago Native Americans in the area “mined” valuable quartzite from Windy Ridge on Rabbit Ears Pass. Join a US Forest Service Archaeologist on a walk through time to learn about this unique and historic site.

FREE- Registration required, Sponsored by the USFS, please call Yampatika:  970.871.9151.

Wild Mushroom Hike – Late August, location and date TBC

Join a local expert on a hike in search of a variety of wild mushrooms! The date of this program is dictated by the weather – sign up now to hold your spot.  Registration required, $50 fee; call or email:  970.871.9151 or

Mountain Wildflower Hikes and Medicinal Herb Walks (Advanced registration is required!)

Join Karen Vail or Mary O’Brien for educational hikes around the Yampa Valley! Locations and times vary and registration is required. These FREE Programs are sponsored by the Over The Hill Gang, call or email:  970.871.9151 or


Mountain Wildflower Hikes Time: (Meet at the USFS Building; 925 Weiss Drive) Destination:
July 2, 2016 9 am – 2 pm South Fork
August 6, 2016 8 am – 4 pm Zirkel Wilderness
August 20, 2016 8 am – 4 pm Flattops Wilderness
 Medicinal Herb Walks  Time: (Meet at the USFS Building; 925 Weiss Drive)  Destination:
June 11, 2016 9 am – 1 pm Red Dirt Trailhead
July 23, 2016 9 am – 2 pm Dry Lake
August 27, 2016 8 am – 4 pm Aspen Flats, Flattops Wilderness


Bird Walks offered in Partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

$10 fee or Free for members of either organization. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED

These bird walks are for anyone interested to join! No experience or expertise needed. Call the office to sign up and join in the fun:  970.871.9151 or


Bird Walks Time: Destination: (Meeting places vary- call the office to register and learn more!)
May 31, 2016 8 – 10 am Stehley Park
June 7, 2016 8 – 10 am Steamboat Botanic Park
June 14, 2016 8 – 10 am Emerald Mountain
June 21, 2016 8 – 10 am Skyline Trail

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