About Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation provides an environment that promotes and anticipates the recreational, open space & cultural needs of all citizens. It acts as a catalyst for innovative programming in conjunction with civic, private and business sectors and remains committed to being accountable for the maintenance, preservation, and development of the natural resources entrusted to us.

Parks & Recreation Commission

The Parks & Recreation Commission serves as an advisory board to City Council to promote an enhanced quality of life by offering a broad range of safe and accessible resources including parks, open space, trails, recreational services and facilities which invite all to Explore, Play, Learn and Preserve.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering for the Parks & Recreation Department, please contact our front office at 970-879-4300 for additional information and current volunteer opportunities. You may also reach out to our volunteer coordinator via e-mail (send e-mail). 


With new guidance from the state regarding outdoor and personal recreation, public playgrounds in city parks reopened on June 6.

Playground with COVID Signage 


There is NO camping allowed in any of the City of Steamboat Springs Parks or Parking Lots. 

Visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber website for a list of camping locations in and around Steamboat Springs.

Park Restrooms

Park / Restroom Status
Yampa River Botanic Park OPEN
Dr. Rich Weiss Park Portable Toilet
Emerald Park OPEN
Bear River Park OPEN
Fetcher Park OPEN
Howelsen Hill Lodge CLOSED
Howelsen Hill Ballfields CLOSED
Whistler Park OPEN
West Lincoln Park OPEN
Rodeo Grounds / Practice Arena CLOSED
Rodeo Grounds / Sombrero Stables Portable Toilet
Little Toots CLOSED
River Creek Park Portable Toilet
Blackmer Trailhead Portable Toilet
Spring Creek Ponds Portable Toilet


8 AM-5 PM