Anyone who spends time in downtown Steamboat Springs has probably navigated through some of its alleyways.

Oftentimes, these passageways are cluttered with dumpsters, trash cans and empty wooden palettes, but there are a few bright spots — a sunset over Rabbit Ears Pass on the back of the Natural Grocers building, a psychedelic elk on the side of Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., a patriotic eagle behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall and a summertime forest of aspens on the side of Pine Moon Gallery.

The murals, which showcase the work of local artists, provide pockets of color in unexpected places and brighten downtown's more hidden spaces. Several of these murals were created as part of a Steamboat Springs Arts Council initiative, and we wholeheartedly support the idea of more projects like these in the future.

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