Bike Town USA here we come! Steamboat Springs just awarded The Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance’s plan to transform the city into a world-class biking and hiking destination. 90% of the local Lodging Tax, which will generate an estimated $600,000 – $800,000 of tax revanue for the next decade, is now officially dedicated to helping improve the bike trails in Steamboat.
“This potential revenue source is a game changer for the community,” Trails Alliance representative Grant Fenton said after the committee announced the recommendation. “It will open up a lot of opportunities to leverage this revenue stream to make the entire community a world-class cycling destination.”
The group outlined 46 trail projects that span from the construction of a signature 20-mile, multiuse Walton Rim Trail to extending the Yampa River Core Trail.
Merry Mainstreet in Steamboat Springs was a bit extra special this year. With many in town going to extremes in their superstitions in how to get snow to fall (burning skis as an offering to the ‘gods’, putting trailmaps in their freezers to encourage the trails themselves to freeze, to rather elaborate, and entertaining dances) it was a welcome change for large snowflakes to be heavily falling throughout shopping. For those unfamiliar, Merry Mainstreet in Steamboat is an evening where Lincoln Ave is closed between Fifth and 11th streets from 5 until 8 p.m., and downtown stores are decorated in the theme of various holiday songs like “Frosty the Snowman” or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
The event gives holiday shoppers the opportunity to shop in a low-key, fun environment while enjoying some fun downtown activities. The event features a Santa Light Parade, Gingerbread House Contest, Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt & for the adults, a Santa Pub Crawl.