The City of Steamboat Springs is preparing for the festivities surrounding the July 4th holiday and the 116th Cowboys’ Roundup Days resulting in closing several roads to accommodate these special events. The following outlines the anticipated closures for the July 4 holiday.
LINCOLN AVENUE & YAMPA STREET – PARADE, July 4
Closed from 5AM to 2PM
Lincoln Avenue and side streets between 5th and 11th Streets and Yampa Street between 5th and 11th Streets will be closed from 5AM to around 2PM. The city encourages people to walk, bike or take the free SST bus, which will see additional buses running before the parade. If driving, additional parking is available at the Steamboat Springs High School or at the Stockbridge Transit Center. The parade runs from 10AM to around NOON.
8th STREET – PANCAKE BREAKFAST & PIONEERS BLOCK PARTY, July 4
Closed from 6AM to 2PM – Lincoln to Oak
Closed from 7AM to 2PM – Oak to Pine
Starting at 6AM, 8th Street between Lincoln and Oak will be closed for the annual Ski Town Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. An hour later, 8th Street between Oak and Pine Streets in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for the annual Pioneers Block Party running from 11AM to 1PM. After the 4th of July parade on Lincoln Ave., come to the Tread of Pioneers Museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids’ activities, famous Routt Beer Floats, and free museum admission. Both closures run until around 2PM
HOWELSEN HILL & EMERALD MOUNTAIN – July 4
Closed from 8AM to 11PM for Howelsen Hill & 4PM to 11PM for Emerald Mountain
All trails that access Howelsen Hill will be closed for public safety from 8AM to 11PM due to crews setting up and launching fireworks for the evening’s fireworks show starting at 9:30PM. This includes access points and the area from Bluffs Trail to Mile Run. All other trails on Emerald Mountain will remain open to the public until 4PM and may be accessed via the Blackmer trailhead.
At 4PM and running until 11PM, all trails and access to Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain will be CLOSED for safety reasons. Security staff and signs will be posted at all trailheads and the city requests that these closures are respected for your safety and that of the crews working in the area.
Remember fireworks that leave the ground, explode or fragment, and similar more powerful fireworks are illegal in Colorado. Leave the fireworks to the professional and refrain from setting off personal fireworks. Please Respect Vets, Pets & Neighbors.
Downtown parking is on-street, in several parking lots as well as at the Steamboat Springs High School and the Stockbridge Transit Center. Please respect residential access and do not block driveways. It is highly recommended that people walk, bike, take the free SST bus or utilize drop off/pick up locations at the west end of Yampa and Oak Streets to access events.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS TRANSIT SERVICE – July 4
SST will operate additional service during the parade and fireworks show. These extra buses will run during normal operating hours to provide extra capacity and help move people to and from the events.
While Lincoln Avenue is closed, buses will use the Oak Street detour. Temporary stops along Oak will be located at 5th, 7th and 9th. Buses will also stop at the Yellow Line’s 10th and Oak stop, next to City Hall. Once Lincoln reopens, buses will return to their normal routes.
Between 6:40am and 8pm buses are scheduled to depart the Stockbridge Center every 20 minutes. That evening from 8pm to 11pm, buses will leave Stockbridge every 30 minutes headed toward town and the mountain. After the firework show, extra buses will depart continuously from downtown toward the mountain and west end until the crowds are dispersed from downtown locations. The last night bus from the 7th and Lincoln location towards the mountain will be at 11:03pm. SST locations and times can be found at steamboatsprings.net/transit or by calling 970.879.3717.
HOWELSEN HILL TRAFFIC & PARKING – Fireworks, July 4
Howelsen Hill base area parking typically fills to capacity early for the fireworks especially with the ProRodeo also taking place that evening. Once the parking lots are full, Howelsen Parkway will be CLOSED to incoming traffic with the exception of ADA access and emergency vehicles. Parking is not permitted along Howelsen Parkway or River Road.
After the fireworks, Community Service Officers (CSO) will direct departing Howelsen traffic down River Road to where it intersects with Mt. Werner Road in an effort to efficiently move vehicles out of this area. The 5th Street Bridge will have intermittent closures and Howelsen Parkway will be closed westbound between the Ice Complex and the 5th Street Bridge. There will be no left turns permitted out of the Howelsen Ice Complex parking lot. Motorists are asked to follow traffic directions and signals, yield to city buses and refrain from blocking intersections. Alternative routes such as River Road as well as Fish Creek Falls to Steamboat Blvd are recommended.
Due to the high volume of spectators, please be patient, alert and follow CSO directions. Designated routes, which may not be your preferred way home, will be used to maintain traffic flow and egress from the venue during this popular event. It is the city’s goal to get everyone on their way quickly and safely.
The City of Steamboat Springs would like to thank residents and guests in advance for their cooperation during these closures and wishes everyone a safe and wonderful Fourth of July celebration. A complete listing of events over the July 4 holiday can be found at www.steamboatchamber.com.
Winnie DelliQuadri, Assistant to the City Manager, 970.871.8257 or email
Annette Dopplick, Police Commander, 970.879.4344 or email
Scott Schaffer, Community Service Officer (CSO) Supervisor, 970.879.4344, or email
Brad Setter, Howelsen Ski and Rodeo Complex Manager, 970.871.7035 or email
Tyler Kern, Transit Operations Supervisor, 970-879-3717 or email