Self-Guided Tour of Sandhill Crane Art in the Yampa Valley

Check out Sandhill Crane art throughout the Yampa Valley. There are 4 pieces of art along the Core Trail in Steamboat Springs but other crane murals are visible at Steamboat Lake State Park and the Hayden Granary. Read below to learn more about the art. Rent a bike from one of the bike shops listed below and tour the art along the Core Trail by bike!

“The Yampa is Wild” Mural

On the two sides of the Routt Co. Search & Rescue building at 911 Yampa St., this beautiful 850 square foot mural depicting all 250 miles of the Yampa River was designed and drawn by artist Jill Bergman, executed by 120 volunteers, and sponsored by Friends of the Yampa, Steamboat Creates, and the City of Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Cindy Kinnear


On an exterior wall of Freshies restaurant, 145 Trafalgar Drive, is this colorful 35-ft long mural of the Yampa Valley and some of its beloved residents, created by artist Julia Dordoni.

Photo by Cindy Kinnear

Snow Bowl Mural

Located on the interior walls of the Snow Bowl bowling alley, 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, are two 80-ft long murals by artist Julia Dordoni created out of sheet metal, mirrors, and plexiglass. The murals show our local elk, Fish Creek Falls, Mt. Werner, and two dancing sandhill cranes.

Photo by Julia Dordoni


This bronze sculpture by artist Jack Stevens was created as part of the Art in Public Places program sponsored by Steamboat Creates.

Photo by Cindy Kinnear

About the Artists

Jill Bergman

A local Steamboat Springs artist known for her colorful prints created by carving images of nature, landscapes and wildlife into a sheet of linoleum, then inking and printing the image before painting.

Julia Dordoni

A Colorado artist who specializes in painting wedding ceremonies as well as landscapes, animal portraits and street scenes.

Bike Rental Options

Pedago Electric Bikes
345 Lincoln Ave
(970) 761-5312

Ski Haus Bike Rentals
1457 Pine Grove Road

Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
442 Lincoln Ave
(970) 879-9144

Switchback Sports
35 11th Street (After Oct 1: 402 Lincoln Ave)
(855) 720-2280

Wheels Bike Shop
841 Yampa Street
(970) 819-4805

Additional Crane Art within driving distance:

Hayden Granary Crane Mural

Two crane murals on the Hayden Granary silos were painted by artist Dan Toro from Laramie, Wyoming. This two-story high mural was a joint project between the Historic Hayden Granary and Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition.

The Granary is located in Hayden west of Steamboat Springs by about 40 minutes.


Steamboat Lake State Park Visitor Center

This mural inside the visitor’s center was by artist Julia Dordoni.

Steamboat Lake is located north of Steamboat Springs by about 45 minutes near Hahn’s Peak.


Additional Info

Yampa River Core Trail info for additional enjoyment – The Core Trail is 7.5 miles long

MAP of Core Trail and Bike Rental Shops

Crane Art of the Yampa Valley” – a short video from Yampa Valley Virtual Crane Festival 2020