Hot Springs & Health in Steamboat
Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 at 9:23am.
PHOTOS: Grilled Palisade peaches from Bistro CV, cruiser bike on the Yampa Valley Core Trail, Yoga Mats inspired by the scenic riverside Yoga Center of Steamboat, Hot springs pools in Wagner Park, Steamboat's first hospital & "Doc" Willett, Ahi Tuna salad at Old Town Pub (town's historic first hospital building)
A commitment to wellness in Steamboat Springs goes back long before the term was fashionable all around the nation. One could say that Steamboat locals were pioneers of relaxation and rejuvenation. The early settlers named our town after the "chug chug chugging" sounds that the flow of the many hot springs make as they pour into rock pools throughout town. The sound of the springs reminded them of a "Steamboat" and hence the name, "Steamboat Springs" was born. But the French fur trappers weren't the first to discover the healing powers of the Yampa Valley. The Ute Indians, who hunted here, considered the natural hot springs to have extraordinary medicinal properties and soaked often to restore their weary selves.
The town's most famous doctor, "Doc Willett", started Steamboat's first hospital in 1914, in the historic building at 6th & Lincoln (now the Old Town Pub). Doc still traveled far and wide to treat patients who couldn't trudge through the snow to make it into his care. And his legacy and dedication lives on with the high quality health professionals who have built our current hospital campus at the base of Mt. Werner. The upcoming "Doc Willett Awards" sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley will celebrate the individuals who keep us in tip top shape here in Steamboat.
A healthy lifestyle is nearly synonymous with living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our locals spend their days mountain biking, soaking in the springs and enjoying organic foods at in town eateries. We invite you to get a little taste of our mountain air and see how fantastic you feel while spending time in our valley.
Get your "om" on while taking a yoga class overlooking the Yampa River, taste juicy Colorado produce from Steamboat's Sweet Pea Market, try a mountain bike ride on Emerald Mountain, enjoy miles of road biking or just cruise to your destination along the bike path. And then be sure to soak your muscles at one of the many hot springs outposts (Strawberry Park Hot Springs, the Old Town Hot Springs Pool and Wagner Park along the Yampa River are a few of our favorites).
And, of course, please visit our office at Colorado Group Realty downtown and ask for Jon. We can show you how life in Steamboat Springs really is THE best medicine.
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