A ski town with a wild west heritage, Steamboat Springs has a unique mix of sun, spurs and ski slopes. The laid-back atmosphere and an appetite and appreciation for the arts has given rise to a robust arts district in Steamboat. Designed to bring out the artist in everyone, Steamboat Springs' creative district, called Steamboat Creates, welcomes every kind of creative, from composers and cooks to bakers and brewers - and everyone in between. The district itself is made up of more than 17 art galleries; the Steamboat Art Museum; the Depot Art Center; the Perry-Mansfield Performing
Arts School & Camp, which is the nation's oldest operating performing arts camp; as well as festivals of all kinds throughout the year.
Photo: Austin Halpern