On my way into Steamboat Springs on US 40, traffic slowed to a crawl. A big construction project in the middle of downtown Steamboat was causing the problem. As I inched along, I noticed a sign for the Yampa River Botanic Park. With hopes that the bottleneck would ease up after a while, I turned down a side road and headed out to see the flowers.
I was visiting in early June, just at the beginning of the growing season for Colorado’s flowers, and not everything was in full bloom. At an elevation of 6,900 feet, and with a frost-free growing season of only about 60 days a year, growing a garden in Steamboat Springs is a challenge.
In the middle of all the flowers, there’s Peter’s Pond. That’s Peter, overlooking the lake. Next to the water, there’s a large, open green space, where concerts and other events are held.