Balancing work and recreation has become a lifestyle in Routt County as the area has a robust and diverse business community with close proximity to an abundance of outdoor activities. Skiing, snowboarding, biking, fishing, kayaking, and hiking keep locals and visitors happy, along with more than 60 bars and restaurants to choose from. Steamboat also offers museums, art galleries, festivals, rodeos, concerts, marathons, and shopping.
Steamboat Springs is the largest employment center in the county, with additional economic activity generated in the incorporated towns of Oak Creek, Hayden, and Yampa, and in the unincorporated areas of the county, where mining and agriculture are key sectors. The entire area offers a wide range of resources that meet the needs of both employers and employees, and Steamboat Springs has the services necessary to support new and existing businesses. Job availability in a variety of industries is a key component that sets Steamboat and Routt County apart from other mountain towns in Colorado.