Steamboat Springs History & Museums: Hahns Peak Colorado Ghost Town

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Hahn's Peak Ghost Town

Hahns Peak Ghost Town was once a booming town with its own county seat. Now it's a residential historical district in the area of Steamboat Springs. Founded in 1865 as a camp for gold mining, the town was the location of the first post office and School in Routt County. Read More

  • Hahns Peak was the location for the counties first school and post office.
  • Famed for a jail called the Bear Cage, Hahns Peak once housed Butch Cassidy, an American outlaw.


Hahns Peak Ghost Town was founded in 1865 during the mining boom and was considered the original county seat of Routt County. Currently, the area serves as a quiet residential town where residents can experience the historical past.

Location / Directions

Located 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Hahns Peak Ghost Town is a popular destination for travelers.

From Steamboat Springs, 6th and Lincoln (US 40), head northwest on US 40 1.7 miles. Turn right on Elk River Road (county road 129) & go 24.4 miles. Turn right on Main Street (county road 113).

Little Green Schoolhouse Museum: 970-879-729


Museum is open summer season: May-September

Although the Little Green Schoolhouse, housing a local museum, is only open through the summer season, recreation is available year round.


The area of Hahns Peak Ghost Town offers a wide variety of historical and recreation activities.

The Little Green Schoolhouse, a national historic site, offers a unique view of the history of the village. A self-guided walking tour is also available via brochure in which travelers can view many of the original buildings that are still in operation.

As Steamboat Lake State Park surrounds the area of Hahns Peak, activities such as camping, fishing, hiking and mountain biking are also available. The Crane Park/Elkhorn Mountain Loop is a popular mountain biking loop in the area. The loop, 14.5 miles round trip, also has shorter variations available.

Throughout the winter seasons, winter sports abound at the nearby Steamboat Springs Ski Resort.

Additional Info

To preserve the historic value of the area, no snowmobiles, dirt bikes or ATVs are allowed within the town of Hahns Peak.