Welcome to Routt County
Routt County, Colorado, with a population of over 25,000, is located in beautiful Northwest Colorado and comprises the Steamboat Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area. Routt County covers over 1.5 million acres, including approximately 755,000 public acres (50%) and approximately 710,000 agricultural acres (47%).
Routt County is known for its skiing and outdoor tourism, but it is also an agricultural county with strong family values. Natural resource development is an important component of the county’s economy. The county offers distinctive western lifestyle, community character and many business opportunities. The City of Steamboat Springs is the county seat and home to over 12,000 residents. It is an employment center, well-known tourist destination and a growing location-neutral workforce. The towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa comprise other incorporated communities within the County. Each has their own unique character and history. Numerous attractions and activities occur year-round in those areas. Routt County has significantly limited unincorporated development, with a few small unincorporated communities that celebrate their own uncrowded rural lifestyle, natural beauty, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Routt County is well known for its outdoor recreation and home to the Steamboat Ski Resort with multiple other hiking, biking, hunting and motorized recreation areas. Access to several state parks and national forest land within Routt County offer other diverse recreational benefits. In addition, Routt County has a healthy and diverse business community, with a wide range of resources to meet the needs of employers and their employees. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is owned and operated by Routt County and offers both commercial flights as well as a vibrant general aviation service to the entire region. The airport is located in Hayden, approximately 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs.