The Park has almost 200 coniferous trees (cone-bearing) of 16 different species and 300 deciduous trees (lose their leaves in winter) of 20 different species.
The Park is in an environment that is challenging for trees because:
Native trees that have adapted to this harsh environment are the predominant trees in the Park. The largest populations among the Park's evergreens are:
Engleman spruces naturally live above 9,000 feet at this latitude, while ponderosa pines naturally live in a drier climate on the East side of the divide but both species will live here when planted. In addition the Park has other pines, spruces and firs native to neighboring environments that will tolerate our climate.
Pinyon pines are prolific in the southern parts of this county but they will not tolerate the heavy snows of the Steamboat area.
The largest populations among the deciduous trees are:
Some of the native cottonwoods were growing on the land before the Park was built and were saved. There are some non-native crab apples that have been cultivated to withstand a rigorous climate as well as native birches, alders, choke cherries and service berries.
Many trees get unintentionally watered when flowers and grasses are irrigated, sometimes more than they would prefer.
As of Spring 2014, 43 evergreen trees and 92 deciduous trees have been sponsored.