Steamboat Springs is a world-class ski resort in northwest Colorado known for its friendly western hospitality and “champagne powder” snow. However, Steamboat has much to offer throughout every season, with people flocking to the mountain to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, too.
Steamboat Springs was named for the way the gurgling springs resemble the sound of a steamboat engine. While it’s really famous for its ski slopes, there are plenty more activities to enjoy in Steamboat. The town boasts one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado, with 2,965 acres of skiing terrain (suitable for all abilities) and over 70 bars and restaurants. In the summer, enjoy golf, tennis, mountain and road biking, hiking, and fishing. And don't forget the hot springs to soak away the day’s activities. Easy driving access from Denver (3 hour drive) or flying into Hayden, just 20 miles from Steamboat.
The town has two ski areas. The Steamboat Springs ski resort has six peaks and covers 2,965 acres. Many of these ski runs become hiking and biking trails in the summer. Take a gondola to the top of Mount Werner for a glorious view. The second and oldest ski area, Howelsen Hill ski area, boasts the honor of having sent more skiers to international competition than any other area in North America. They also offer snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow-biking and cross-country skiing.
The hot mineral spring pools pump 102 to 103 degrees Farenheit water out at about 220 gallons per minute. They are open for bathers all year round to enjoy (note: If the weather drops below -10 F, they are closed). In warmer weather months, Old Town Hot Springs' offers fun for all ages with two 230 foot water slides, an aquatic wall, eight pools, and much more.
In the summer, you can rent tubes, paddleboards, kayaks or rafts and enjoy the beautiful views of the Yampa River right from the water. In the winter, you can go dog sledding! Drive your own sled or take a tour. Either way, this will be an adventure to remember.
Saddleback Ranch offers wagon dinner rides all summer long. Take a thirty minute wagon ride to the Double Dollar Lodge, where you can enjoy steak, pork tenderloin, salmon or chicken dinners, with all the fixings. (It also offers a kid's menu and adult beverages.) Once the snow flies, trade in the wagon ride for a horse-drawn sleigh at one of many locations.
Go in search of the perfect souvenir. Get a massage. Relax with a cup of coffee. You can even taste the craft of a local brewery (or two). Visit Main Street and Lincoln Avenue to find what you need, and maybe even a few things you didn't know you needed.