Posts From The Road: Northwest Colorado

Steamboat Springs: The Steamboat Ski Resort makes a beautiful back drop for a view of downtown Steamboat Springs. The town offers many activities for the outdoor enthusiast in all seasons. Downtown offers many restaurants, galleries, and shops for visitor’s enjoyment. Photo by Gary Warren/

Yampa River: Shown is a view of the Yampa River, which flows through northwest Colorado. The river flows for about 250 miles before flowing into the Green River near the Utah border. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

When not traveling on extended trips, we enjoy “local” jaunts, which may last a weekend or a week but usually not much longer. One of our favorite locations for these trips is Steamboat Springs, Colo. Steamboat Springs is in northwest Colorado about 160 miles from Denver.

Steamboat Springs offers a variety of activities around town and in the local mountains, but it is also a great area of the state to roam around and explore. Northwest Colorado is very sparsely populated. The northwest region of the state is made up of Routt County and Moffat County. The combined geographical area of the counties is over 7,100 square miles and the combined population of the two counties is less than 40,000. There are only two towns of significant size, which are Steamboat Springs in Routt County and Craig in Moffat County.

We spent a few days in Steamboat Springs recently and did some exploring in the area. We drove west from Steamboat Springs to Craig and admired the late summer colors and beauty of the Yampa River, which runs through both counties. Another day we drove north from Steamboat Springs to the tiny towns of Clark and Columbine. Steamboat Lake State Park and Pearl Lake State Park also are popular destinations north of Steamboat Springs.

We did not have enough time on this trip to travel the western side of Moffatt County where you can explore the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Management Area, which is home to hundreds of wild horses. Dinosaur National Monument and the Gates of Lodore on the Green River lie in western Moffat County near the Utah border. We have visited these areas in the past, but it has been a few years. Time for a return trip!

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country, and he shares his photographs, which appear in the “Posts from the Road” series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Yampa Views: Puffy white clouds reflect in the clear waters of the Yampa River in northwest Colorado. The lush greenery of the surrounding grasses and trees will soon reflect the yellow and gold hues of fall. Photo by Gary Warren/

Ranch Land: Many ranches are scattered throughout the area of Steamboat Springs and Craig, Colo. Seen are barns and an unusual windmill in one of the ranches north of Steamboat Springs. Photo by Gary Warren/

Grazing: A few of the horses graze on a ranch west of Steamboat Springs recently in Routt County, Colo. There are also a number of cattle ranches and sheep ranches throughout northwest Colorado. Photo by Gary Warren/