Update: November 2018
Having survived years of neglect and an uncertain future, the Arnold Barn is being saved! Thanks to grassroots efforts and a strong public-private partnership, the historic barn was recently relocated 1,000 feet up the road to a more visible, accessible location. Before year’s end, the barn will be rehabilitated in its new location, where it will serve as an iconic landmark welcoming residents and visitors to the mountain area of Steamboat Springs.
Long before Steamboat Springs was known as Ski Town USA, it was a humble, isolated agricultural community. This project celebrates the agricultural roots of this valley and showcases the unique ties that bind our authentic skiing and ranching heritage.
Over the past three years, the Urban Renewal Area Advisory Committee, Save Arnold Barn, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Steamboat Grand Homeowners Association, Historic Routt County, and the Tread of Pioneers Museum have collaborated to save this irreplaceable symbol of rural NW Colorado. The project is funded by the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority and generous contributions from community members.
Save Arnold Barn (SAB) is a community action group whose aim is to work constructively with the City entities, URAAC, Steamboat Ski Corporation, and other interested parties to preserve and rehabilitate the iconic Arnold Barn and enable it to serve the Steamboat Springs community in the future.
- To preserve and rehabilitate the Arnold Barn as an important piece of Steamboat history that honors the ranching community and is used as a vehicle for educating the public about local ranching
- To serve as a demonstration of historic preservation’s economic benefits to our community
- To be a teaching tool for how rehabilitation and material conservation are done in the field and to build the capacity to do this work with local talent
- To be used as a wayfinding tool for the businesses, property owners, and guests in the ski base area.
The preservation/rehabilitation work on the Arnold Barn will be guided by the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and the associated Guidelines for Historic Preservation.
Thank you for your interest in this important community initiative to Save Arnold Barn.
Photo credits to the Arnold Family, Fred Hodder, the Rodd Hanna collection, and Arianthe Stettner for the use of their photos in the Gallery of this site.