Exploring Yampa River Botanic Park

Once a horse pasture, Yampa River Botanic Park is now a popular Northwestern Colorado destination for locals and tourists alike. It is home to a variety of local events and weddings and is the perfect place for exploring both alpine and desert plants. The land the park sits on was donated to Steamboat Springs, and a board of citizens oversees the park operations. Yampa River Botanic Park is run entirely through donations, grants, and sponsorships, without relying on any tax dollars.

Park Environment

The Yampa River Botanic Park sits in valley at the base of Mt. Werner, which is also the Steamboat Ski Mountain. It is 6,880 feet above sea level and only has about 60 days per year without frost. Despite the frequent frost, dry conditions, and intense levels of ultraviolet lights, plants thrive in the botanic park. You will find both native species and plants from similar climates. Most of the plants in the park are perennials. Volunteers manage the garden, and gardening classes are offered on site.

Music on the Green

Music on the Green is one of the park’s most popular events. Since 1999, this series of classical and contemporary lunchtime concerts has been held, and thousands of guests attend each season. These free concerts are made possible by local donors and a partnership with the String Music Festival.

Other Park Features

Yampa River Botanic Park is a popular place for weddings, field trips, and summer camps. You can always find yoga and gardening classes happening on the grounds. Plenty of visitors simply like to explore the gardens and enjoy the outdoors, including the Children’s Garden, which features bird nests and playhouses.

Steamboat Springs Parks & Recreation is committed to creating outdoor spaces for recreation and cultural events for citizens across the area and providing a catalyst for innovative programming. Learn more by calling the park service in Steamboat Springs at (970) 879-4300.