Welcome to North Routt County and the town of Clark, a hidden gem nestled in the picturesque mountains of northwestern Colorado, just a short drive from the resort community of Steamboat Springs. This idyllic outlying community offers the perfect blend of tranquility and adventure, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you will find that captivating landscapes, recreational opportunities, and the warmth of rural living come together to create an inviting haven for local residents.
The communities in northern Routt County trace their roots back to the 1800s when the area was established as a ranching and mining community. The area's rich history is still evident in the preserved homesteads and old barns, lending a nostalgic charm to the surroundings. Over the years, Clark has evolved into a sought-after residential area for those looking to embrace a serene mountain lifestyle without compromising on convenience. You’ll find the locals take pride in their friendly and helpful community, and their strong community spirit is evident wherever you look. From the early days of the pioneers it's been a community where neighbors become friends and friendships are cherished.
Nestled at an elevation of approximately 7,500 feet, Clark provides residents access to the amenities of the vibrant mountain town of Steamboat Springs while still enjoying the peacefulness of a rural retreat. The Clark General Store acts as a community hub and offers basic groceries, a liquor store, a cafe and post office. A few miles to the north, near Steamboat Lake, you’ll find the town of Hahn’s Peak, and old gold mining town that now offers some additional dining options a convenience store and gas station.
There are year around options for air transportation to the area. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden(HDN) is nearby, ensuring easy commercial connections to major cities and facilitating an accessible gateway to the wider world. Additionally, the Bob Adams airport in Steamboat(SBS) offers access for private aircraft.
The area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a plethora of recreational opportunities throughout the year. During the warmer months, the surrounding landscape transforms into a verdant playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The Routt National Forest, which envelops Clark, boasts an extensive network of trails that lead explorers through dense aspen groves, wildflower meadows, and evergreen forests. The stunning vistas of the Zirkel Wilderness Area, part of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, provide a perfect backdrop for these adventures.
Fishing enthusiasts will find thrills in the abundant angling opportunities that northern Routt County has to offer. The nearby Elk River, meandering through the valley, is renowned for its exceptional fly-fishing experiences. Casting a line into the crystal-clear waters of the Elk River is a calming and rewarding experience, as it is teeming with trout, including brown, rainbow, brook, and cutthroat. For those who prefer to fish in a serene alpine setting, high-mountain lakes dot the landscape, offering a chance to catch a variety of species amidst breathtaking surroundings. Two nearby Colorado State Parks, Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake also offer terrific opportunities to fish for trout and grayling or to spend the day out on the water on a paddle board, kayak, canoe, small fishing boat or pontoon boat.
The area's strong equestrian culture is also noteworthy. Horses are an integral part of the community, and horseback riding trails crisscross the landscape. The annual Routt County Fair held in nearby Hayden showcases the area's agricultural heritage and brings the community together in a festive atmosphere.
As a neighboring community to Steamboat Springs, Clark enjoys a unique advantage. Steamboat Springs is widely celebrated for its world-class skiing and snowboarding at the Steamboat Ski Resort, famous for its Champagne Powder® snow. Winter sports enthusiasts flock to the area to experience the legendary snow conditions, while summer visitors revel in the endless array of activities.
The Ikon Pass offers access to skiing at many of the best ski areas in the world and Steamboat offers unlimited access to Ikon Pass holders. In addition, the ski area is in the process of completing it’s $200 million expansion plan that includes a new gondola from the base area all the way to the top of Sunshine Peak, additional snowmaking, and a terrain expansion that will make Steamboat the second largest ski area in Colorado!
Beyond its renowned winter sports offerings, Steamboat Springs is also a year-round destination brimming with cultural events, art galleries, and vibrant dining options. The historic downtown area exudes a welcoming ambiance, and the nearby Strawberry Park Hot Springs provide a rejuvenating escape for those seeking relaxation.
North Routt County stands as a serene haven in the heart of nature. With its captivating landscapes, ample recreational opportunities, and close proximity to the vibrant town of Steamboat Springs, the area offers the perfect blend of solitude and community. Embrace a lifestyle where the great outdoors becomes your playground, and the warmth of small-town living welcomes you home.