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Posted on: May 8, 2023

Orders In for Mobile Food Vendors in City Parks This Summer

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Applications Available For Permitted Mobile Food Service in Six Park Locations

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-May 8, 2023-Potential merchants need to strike while the gridle is hot to obtain a permit as a mobile food vendor to provide food and/or non-alcohol beverages in various city parks through the summer. 

“Cities across the country have seen a proliferation of mobile food options and Steamboat Springs is no different and also enjoying their popularity,” said Parks, Open Space & Trails Manager Craig Robinson. “These locations see a steady stream of users throughout the summer and could be a prime area for mobile food vendors to share their culinary creations.” 

Individuals who wish to operate a mobile food establishment (food truck, tricycle, cart, trailer, wagon, etc.) for walk-up customers in one of six city parks must fill out an application and secure one of the limited numbers of mobile food permits. 

Permitted vendors may conduct business between 7am and 9pm at the following parks: River Creek (2 spots), Emerald (1 spot), Ski Town (1 spot), Howelsen (2 spots), Dr. Rich Weiss (bike only), and Little Toots (bike only). Mobile Food Vendor licenses are issued for a period of one year and may be renewable for successive periods of one year upon payment of the annual $250 license fee.

In addition, special events permitted by the city may restrict access to mobile vendors not associated with the event. Currently, mobile food vending is prohibited during the following events:

  • Ski Town Park, Cowpie Classic Rugby Tournament, July 
  • Ski Town Park & Emerald Park, Soccer Tournament, July 
  • Howelsen Park, Tour de Steamboat, July 
  • Howelsen Park, Emerald Epic, August
  • Howelsen Park, High School MTB Race, September 
  • Howelsen Park, Free Summer Concert Series, Dates TBD

Applications, vendor requirements and maps of each park can be found HERE and must be returned to Parks & Recreation. All food vendors also need to obtain a permit from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. The permit cost $30 and an inspection of the food truck is required annually. Don’t wait because these permits will be 86’d from the menu due to the limited availability. 


Craig Robinson, Parks, Open Space & Trails Manager, 970.871.7034 or email
Jenny Carey, Parks, Open Space & Trails Supervisor, 970.871.7014 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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