Smitten With Steamboat: Rankings Show Steamboat Springs Nothing But Love

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Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a private community just 7 minutes from Downtown Steamboat and the ski resort.

It’s easy to become smitten with Steamboat Springs, and recent rankings in a national publication are nothing short of a love letter to this charming Colorado mountain town.

Steamboat locals already know how special of a place their town is. It’s got everything a person seeking the mountain lifestyle could want: skiing, fishing, hiking, biking, horses, views and more – all set in an idyllic Western community.

With such rave reviews, a growing audience is becoming aware of Steamboat’s allure and its authentic Western vibes rooted in a rich history.

Living options at AMRC include custom homes from $4.5M and 5-acre homesites from $1.5M.

Take a glimpse at the rankings, compiled by U.S. News and World report, the premier publication for such lists:

Owner benefits at AMRC include access to a 1.5-mile private section of the trout-rich Yampa River.

Best Places to Visit in Colorado? Third. Best Ski Vacations in the United States? Fourth. Best Places to Visit in February – on the entire planet? Fifth. Best Ski Vacations – on the entire planet? Seventh. Best Small Towns to Visit in the United States? Eighth. Best Summer Vacations in the United States? Nineteenth.

The Lake at AMRC is a great place to pass on some wisdom to the next generation.

The magazine gathers all sorts of data to determine these rankings, with industry experts, editors and users all providing opinions to make the lists as unbiased as possible.

Famous for it’s Champagne Powder, the rankings reflect what an incredible impression the winter months Steamboat leaves on people. Topping the likes of Aspen, Vail and Salzburg, Austria, the snow at Steamboat is hard to beat anywhere on Earth.

The AMRC Lake is stocked and ready for action.

But the rankings go beyond the snow. They show what a lovable, livable place Steamboat is throughout the year. Of all of the small towns to visit in the U.S., it’s remarkably ranked No. 8, ahead of Moab, Laguna Beach, Sonoma and Martha’s Vineyard.

In the summer, with unparalleled fishing opportunities on the Yampa River, weekly rodeos and limitless outdoor pursuits, Steamboat sits among the likes of Seaside, Oregon, on the West Coast and Newport, Rhode Island, along the Eastern Seaboard.

Now imagine starting – or continuing – your own Steamboat story.

AMRC offers the benefits of a ranch lifestyle without the hassles of ranch chores.

Imagine being minutes from your own ski locker in a plush club at the base of the ski hill, shredding the snow every day in the winter. Imagine landing huge trout along a private stretch of the Yampa. Imagine having horses out your door, with miles and miles of trails waiting to be explored.  Imagine having the benefits of living on a working ranch without any of the ranch work.

The 1200-acre AMRC includes five miles of riding trails.

All of this, and more, are available at Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, a 1,216-acre land preservation community featuring 63 five-acre home sites and 900 acres specifically dedicated to wildlife preserve.

Equestrian facilities at AMRC include a community barn, tack room and staging area surrounded by wood-post fenced pastures.

Incredible views of the South Valley, the Flat Tops Wilderness, Emerald Mountain and the ski resort surround AMRC. Five miles of trails meander throughout the property, and it also features equestrian facilities, an owners’ lodge, a guest cabin and a private backcountry retreat. There’s also an on-site lake for fishing, paddle boarding or relaxing on the dock enjoying the views.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado made the U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Places to Visit, Best Ski Vacations, Best Small Towns and more. Credit: Larry Pierce.

New listings available for purchase at the Ranch include two, custom, market homes from $4.5+ million, as well as home sites from $1.5 million. For more information, visit and then schedule a visit to saddle up and explore AMRC.

For more information on the U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit