The Yampa River Botanic Park is an innovative, perhaps unique, experiment in private/public development and maintenance of a public botanical facility. The 6 acre park sits on land donated to the City of Steamboat Springs. The Park is maintained by an Association, a volunteer organization that was set up to manage the Park, raise funds, hire staff and design and create gardens.
The Park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk, May 1 through October 31. Free entry encourages people to visit often, to feel ownership in the Park, and encourages donations.The Park does not receive any tax dollars from the City, but it helps in many other ways. The Park is high on the Chamber's list of tourist attractions. It is estimated that the Park gets 25,000 visits a year.
Each summer one or two gardens are re-designed and replanted, as well as making improvements to the infrastructure. These projects are paid for by grants and capital development funds supported by members. However, the Park's operating budget comes from individual donations for memberships and garden sponsorships.To donate to the park send a check to YRBP, PO Box 776269, Steamboat Springs, CO , 80477; or online with Visa or MC by: CLICKING HERE