Experience a new side of the Yampa Valley
Just head 45 minutes north of Steamboat Springs, down winding roads, over hills and through pastures and you’ll think you’ve taken a step back in time. Welcome to northern Routt County where the ranching community and Western heritage of the Yampa Valley is present everywhere you turn.
The Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse located in Clark just 25 miles north of Steamboat, at the core of North Routt, is a one-stop shop. Stop in to their general store to stock up on snacks and supplies while you fuel your car. Wander in on a Saturday night to eat dinner and dance the night away to live music. Escape the hustle and bustle of the town to stay in one of their cozy cabins. Or plan a day of adventuring; snowmobiling, horseback riding, ice fishing, sleigh rides, wagon rides, ATV and ranger tours and rentals. No matter your destination you’re sure to find everything you need at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse.
A family owned and operated business we caught up with Carroll and Darren Zamzow to talk about life in North Routt and what the Yampa Valley means to them.
Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse
Tell us about yourselves:
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and Darren is from New Hampshire. We both moved to Colorado for school and Steamboat was each of our first stop once we finished and we both ended up staying. Back in 1989 I started The Lawn Lady, a local landscaping company, which I sold before we moved to North Routt and Darren worked as an electrician. We were both also ski patrollers, Darren for Howelsen Hill and I for Steamboat Ski Resort. In 1996 we met on a private raft trip on the Grand Canyon and were married in 2000.
How did you end up in North Routt?
Shortly after marrying in 2000 we bought property in North Routt and built a small cabin in Hahn’s Peak Village that we used as our vacation home. Over the years we began spending more and more time there. Once we had children we continued to spend an increasing amount of time in our cabin and in 2012 decided as a family to make that our permanent home.
How did Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse come to be?
In 2012 when we decided to move to North Routt we purchased what was then known as Steamboat Lake Outfitters and turned it into the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. Since then we have added amenities to better serve our guests and visitors and today we have a general store, gas station, restaurant and lodging.
Our restaurant is open everyday for lunch and dinner and for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturday nights we offer live music and light a bonfire. We have 10 cabins and 12 hotel rooms with access to hot tubs that we recently put in.
What activities do you offer at the Roadhouse?
During the summer we offer daily horseback rides, ATV tours and rentals as well as wagon ride dinners. During the winter we offer snowmobile tours and rentals, ice fishing, sleigh ride dinners, and daytime sleigh rides as well. We have built a great relationship with Steamboat Lake so all of our tours are through National Forest land or around the lake.
A few years ago we were able to purchase the Hahn’s Peak Inn and have since turned it into employee housing for 10 of our staff members. We are lucky to have a fabulous staff and offering housing has helped us to maintain that.
What do you love about living in North Routt?
It is so beautiful and quiet up here and everything that we outdoor enthusiasts love to do is right outside our door. North Routt is also a strong community where we have created great relationships. Through the Roadhouse we have been given the means to support and give back to the community as well. Throughout the year we host various fundraisers that benefit the preschool, charter school, and other organizations.
What activities does your family enjoy?
From our home we are able to dirt bike, four wheel, and snowmobile. With the lake just right across the street we can surf, water ski, fish, and ice fish. Hunting season is almost upon us and that’s also something that we enjoy. Living where we live… when we wake up it’s a good day every day.