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Posted on: June 29, 2017

[ARCHIVED] July 4th Holiday Weekend Closures & Additional Services

The City of Steamboat Springs is preparing for the festivities surrounding the July 4th holiday weekend and the 114th Cowboys’ Roundup Days and will be closing several roads to accommodate these special events. Closures could start to go into effect as early as Monday, July 3rd.  The following outlines the anticipated closures for the July 4th holiday. 

Closed from 5AM to 1PM
Lincoln Avenue and side streets between 5th and 11th Streets and Yampa Street between 5th and 11th Streets will be closed from 5AM to 1PM.  The city encourages people to walk, bike or take the free transit 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 and walk downtown from there. The parade runs from 10AM to around NOON. 

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, which moves from Little Toots Park this year.  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 1:00pm.  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

Closed from 8AM to 11PM for Howelsen Hill & 4PM to 11PM for Emerald Mountain
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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 Bluff Loop to Mile Run.  All other trails on Emerald Mountain will remain open to the public until 4PM and may be accessed via the Blackmere 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. 

SST will operate additional service during the Fourth of July parade and fireworks. Extra unscheduled buses will run during the day and night to help move people to and from the events.  

While Lincoln Avenue is closed, buses will use the Oak Street detour. Temporary bus stops will be located at 5th and Oak, 7th and Oak and 9th and Oak.  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.

Buses depart the Stockbridge Center at :00, :20 and :40 past the hour headed toward town and the mountain. Buses will pick up at 7th and Lincoln at :04, :24 and :44 past the hour until the final scheduled departure at 10:44pm.  Buses will depart continuously from downtown toward the mountain and west end until the crowds are dispersed from the downtown locations. SST bus stop locations and times can be obtained at or by calling (970) 879-3717.  

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.

Howelsen Hill base area parking typically fills to capacity early for the fireworks especially with the ProRodeo also taking place that evening.  Once the Howelsen Hill 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 Arena and the 5th Street Bridge. There will be no left turns permitted out of the Howelsen Ice Arena 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 4th weekend can be found at   

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Craig Robinson, Parks, Open Space &Trails Manager, 970-871-7034 or
Scott Schaffer, CSO Supervisor, 970-879-4344, or 

Tyler Kern, Transit Operations Supervisor, 970-879-3717 or

Winnie DelliQuadri, Assistant to the City Manager, 970-871-8257 or
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