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Lifestyle: Climate

There are four seasons in Routt County. The cold months are November to March, while the warm months are June to September. At an elevation of 6,695 feet, Routt County has an average temperature of 40.66°F, which is much lower than the 46.26°F which is average in Colorado. The national average is 54.45°F.

Summers are dry, warm, and mostly clear, while winters are partly cloudy, with snowfall averaging 155 inches each year throughout.

However, the Steamboat Ski Area has a 10-year average snowfall of 347 inches, with a record high of 489 inches in the winter of 2007-2008. The ski area is also famed for dry and very smooth snow called Champagne Powder®, which is ideal for skiing.

On average, Downtown Steamboat Springs receives an annual snowfall of 170 inches.

The warmest month is July, with an average high of 82° F. The coldest month is January, with average temperatures of 28°F.

The county gets just 26 inches of rainfall each year, lower than the national average of 39 inches.

Check weather updates for Steamboat Springs here. Keeping track of the weather will help you pack the right kind of gear and clothing.

Staying Comfortable in Routt County Weather

Buying a home in Routt County? Bear in mind that sufficient heating and insulation are a must if you want to stay comfortable indoors. The county ranks 17th for heating costs in Colorado based on the average temperature, as well as duration of warm and cold days in the area.

Other factors, such as equipment efficiency, insulation conditions, and the size of the home also affect heating costs.

Luxury homes in Routt County often have gas log fireplaces, radiant floor heating, double-pane windows, and other features to help ensure comfort.

If you’re interested in local real estate, I’d be happy to assist you. Call me, Mike Stine, at (970) 879-7883 or send an email to mark(at)markstine(dotted)com.

Year-Round Activities in Routt County

Routt County is a premier winter destination, with Travel + Leisure magazine naming the Steamboat Ski Area as one of “America’s Most Visited Ski Resorts.” But there’s more to the place than its celebrated ski slopes.

Year-round activities include hiking, biking, tubing, shopping, and dining. Check out these local attractions:

  • Downtown Steamboat Springs is lined with fantastic shops, bars, and restaurants. Shop for handmade soap and other artisanal goods or book a table at any of the locally owned restaurants that serve Italian, Japanese, and New American cuisine.
  • Old Town Hot Springs in Downtown Steamboat Springs promises a relaxing dip in their mineral springs. These pools were known as “Medicine Springs” among the Ute people for their therapeutic effect.

  • Fish Creek Falls lures visitors to the unpaved trail leading to a 280-foot waterfall. This hiking spot just 20 minutes away from Downtown Steamboat Springs. One of the best times to visit is during the fall, when the trees start to change color.

  • Yampa River is a great place to catch trout or go on an inner-tube ride in the spring or summer.
  • Strings Music Festival showcases rock, country, and classical music in a summer and winter concert series featuring Grammy winners and world-renowned acts. Other concerts in Routt County take place from June to August.