Things To Do In Steamboat Springs Colorado
Ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill and enjoy The Howler, a 2,400-foot long alpine slide near downtown Steamboat that is lots of fun for the whole family.
One of the most exciting and scenic ways to enjoy the great outdoors is to take an ATV tour at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. Explore Routt National Forest on the mining roads on and around Hahn’s Peak, and ascend to an outstanding Steamboat Lake overlook.
If you would like to get out on the open water, you have two very scenic options. About 15 miles south of Steamboat there is a marina at Stagecoach Reservoir, and 30 miles north of town is the Steamboat Lake Marina. Both marinas offer hourly or daily rentals for pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. In addition, the reservoir and the lake are both surrounded by plenty of great hiking and mountain biking paths that you can enjoy on a beautiful summer day.
A beautiful place to take a break from your recreational adventures in Steamboat is the Yampa River Botanic Park, which is free to the public. Its beautifully sculpted gardens, benches, walkways, and grassy knolls are perfect for taking a walk, picnicking, bird watching, or just relaxing. The gardens attract a wide variety of native butterflies and birds. Throughout the summer, free hour-long Music on the Green concerts are offered in the center of the gardens, along with other family-friendly entertainment.
Steamboat has an abundance of lakes and streams that are ideal for fly fishing. If you would like the services of a guide we recommend Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, who will arrange an unforgettable half-day or full-day fly fishing trip for your group that you will never forget. You can choose to fish at either a public-water location or pay additional access fees to visit the private waters of a local ranch.
Steamboat Ski Resort offers a 9-hole frisbee golf course at the base of Mt. Werner. It is open to the public from dawn to dusk all summer long.
Steamboat has 3 great public golf courses. Haymaker Golf Course is a spectacular links-style course that was recently selected as one of the top 20 in the state. Then there is the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club, which is dramatically contoured and was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. And finally, the Steamboat Golf Club is a 9-hole course that is quite affordable and very nicely groomed. All three courses are highly recommended.
If you would like to enjoy majestic views from the top of Mt. Werner without the hassle of hiking all the way to the top, Steamboat’s 8-passenger gondola will transport you to the peak in 10 minutes flat! From the top, you can hike or bike either a short loop or a more ambitious trek in order to traverse the many faces of Storm Peak and Mt. Werner. The mountain features a spectacular array of wildflowers in the summertime as well as outstanding views in every direction of the Flat Tops, Sleeping Giant, and the Zirkels.
For a once-in-a-lifetime aerial tour of the Yampa Valley, Zephyr Helicopter Company offers customized helicopter tours to the general public. The views are breathtaking!
The area surrounding Steamboat is absolutely packed with fantastic hiking adventures. Right out our back door are Mt. Werner and Storm Peak, which are covered with trails. Adjacent to town is the ever-popular Fish Creek Falls hike, which also accesses a longer scenic hike to Long Lake. Further outside town is the Mad Creek trailhead, which serves as a portal into the endlessly explorable Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. For more ideas on our endless hiking possibilities, visit this Yampa Valley informational site.
There are more horseback riding options in the Steamboat area than for perhaps any other summer activity. We recommend Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch, Elk River Guest Ranch and Saddleback Ranch, each located 15 to 25 miles outside Steamboat in pristine ranch country, surrounded by wilderness. If you would like a more convenient if slightly less scenic horseback riding option, Sombrero Ranch is located 3 miles from The Porches.
Hot Air Ballooning
If you ever dreamed of floating quietly above Steamboat in the comfort of a hot air balloon, Wild West Balloon Adventures offers early-morning flights over the Yampa Valley, complete with a complimentary breakfast and a glass of champagne!
Just 7 miles outside of Steamboat is one of the most popular and attractive hot springs facilities in Colorado. Strawberry Park Hot Springs is truly a can’t-miss Steamboat experience that is open year-round. It features hot spring pools of varying sizes and temperatures, with the warmest hovering around 105 degrees. The sculpted masonry surrounding each pool is fabulously designed. Strawberry Park is also perfect for hiking, picnicking, and achieving complete serenity. NOTE: Clothing is optional after dark.
Just For Kids
There is a good reason why Steamboat is consistently ranked as one of the most family-friendly resort towns. Yampatika offers a wonderful summer program of 2-hour nature activities and week-long nature-themed camps for children 3-11. Steamboat offers the Kids’ Adventure Club weekdays from mid-June to mid-August, giving your kids a wide array of activities to enjoy while you pursue your own Steamboat adventures. At the base of the mountain is the Gondola Square Adventure Zone, featuring the Slingshot Bungee Trampoline, the Shoot ‘n Shower, the Human Gyro, a climbing wall, and a small miniature golf course. Another great kid-friendly activity is Strings in the Mountains’ series of weekly youth concerts, featuring all sorts of fun music-oriented performances.
Both the Yampa River and the Elk River provide excellent water for kayakers of all levels. If you’re a beginner or would like to brush up on your kayaking skills, the Mountain Sports Kayak School offers 3-hour group lessons every day of the summer.
Massage & Spa Services
If you would like to be taken care of while you’re on vacation, there are many great options for massages, acupuncture, body wraps and all sorts of other spa treatments. Some of our favorite spas are Waterside Day Spa, Life Essentials, and Bear River Spa. And for your utmost convenience, we also know some highly qualified people who will come and give you a massage right in the comfort of your Porches unit!
Steamboat is a fantastic place to ride a bike in the summertime! Whether you prefer mountain biking on Mt. Werner’s challenging and extensive trail system or taking a relaxing bike ride on the Yampa River Core Trail, there’s something for everyone. If you need to rent a bike, we recommend either Ski Haus, which has a more extensive inventory, or Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, which is a bit more affordable.
For a relaxing activity that parents and children might enjoy together, The Potter’s Wheel is a do-it-yourself pottery studio where you are the artist. This is a great change of pace if you’ve begun to burn yourself out on all of Steamboat’s outdoor excitement!
For summer excitement, it doesn’t get much better than rock climbing in the wilderness around Steamboat. You can arrange an expedition through Rocky Mountain Ventures for you and your family or for a large group. They will customize your trip for all skill levels and ages, including children as young as 6. Rise above your fear of heights!
Steamboat’s very own Pro Rodeo Series is the most successful weekly rodeo in the USA. The series has been the heart and soul of the Steamboat summer calendar since the 70s and has now been expanded to include a rodeo event at Romick Arena every Friday and Saturday evening from mid-June to mid-August. The best family-friendly event in town!
One of the most unique diversions available in Steamboat is the sporting clays shooting range just west of town at Three Quarter Circles. The range includes twelve shooting stations that can be modified to accommodate beginners or seasoned sportsmen looking to hone their craft. Sporting clays is great for individual or team play, for camaraderie or competition. 3QC’s property also includes a driving range for golfers.
Strings in the Mountains
Steamboat’s cultural landscape has been greatly enhanced for the past 19 years by the extensive and eclectic musical schedule arranged by Strings in the Mountains. Over the course of the summer, Strings will host over 30 concerts featuring artists ranging from Kathy Mattea to Riders in the Sky to Kris Kristofferson. The 2007 summer calendar also features many chamber concerts featuring a wide range of classical music, and weekly youth concerts spotlighting various kid-friendly performers.
You can take a dip in either scenic Steamboat Lake, the lazy Yampa River, or you can head to Old Town Hot Springs, which is the primary rec center in Steamboat. It features an Olympic-sized pool, several jacuzzis, and a kiddie pool with fun animal toys.
There are three tennis facilities in Steamboat. The most notable is The Tennis Center, one of the finest indoor/outdoor tennis facilities in the country. It is open year-round and offers high-quality court rentals as well as tennis lessons. Steamboat’s main rec cente, Old Town Hot Springs, rents out its courts for a more affordable hourly rate. And there are a few free tennis courts next to Howelsen Hill that are first-come, first-served.
Floating through town on the Yampa River is easily one of the most iconic and truly relaxing of all the summer activities in Steamboat. Tubing is an excellent way to cool off as you float down the lazy rapids and catch some warm rays of sunshine. You can either procure your own inner tubes and explore the river on your own terms, or you can rent tubes from Backdoor Sports, in downtown Steamboat, float a few miles of the river, and have Backdoor’s shuttle pick you up and bring you back to your starting point.
Wagon Ride Dinners
If you would like to go back in time and experience a taste of what it was like to ride in a horse-drawn wagon, you can visit Saddleback Ranch or Elk River Guest Ranch and enjoy a family-friendly wagon ride complete with a hearty home-cooked dinner. And as an added bonus, at Saddleback you will also enjoy kick up your heels with some western musical entertainment and even get a chance to learn the art of calf-roping!
Among the greatest recreational assets Steamboat boasts are the wonderful rivers in its vicinity. Because of this, there are wide-ranging rafting opportunities available, from the easygoing stretches of the Yampa River closeby to the intermediate rapids of Elk River and Arkansas River to the whitewater gauntlet of the harrowing Cross Mountain Canyon. Blue Sky West offers many rafting trips of varying duration and difficulty in these and other locations. This will likely end up as one of your most unforgettable Steamboat memories!
For a truly epic winter adventure, you can take a guided backcountry snowcat skiing trip with Steamboat Powdercats. One of their skilled guides will escort your group out to an area of pristine untracked powder near Buffalo Pass, and you will be treated to a day of backcountry skiing that you will not soon forget!
Cross-country skiing is both a great workout and a relaxing pastime, and offers an enjoyable change of pace from downhill skiing. There are hundreds of miles of cross-country ski trails in and around Steamboat Springs, including at the fantastic Steamboat Ski Touring Center, just up the hill from The Porches.
Fly Fishing & Ice Fishing
If you are interested in winter fishing, Bucking Rainbow Outfitters offers guided fishing excursions that are customized to your preferences and your skill level.
If you’d like to see the Steamboat area from a bird’s-eye view, Zephyr Helicopter Company offers helicopter tours of the spectacular Yampa Valley.
For scenic winter horseback rides, we recommend Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch and Saddleback Ranch, each located within a 20-30 minute drive of The Porches. Free shuttle service is offered by Saddleback for your convenience.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
One of the most unique winter experiences you can take part in is to float high above The Porches in a hot air balloon. Wild West Balloon Adventures offers early morning flights over the Yampa Valley, with breakfast and champagne included!
Just 10 miles away from The Porches is Strawberry Park Hot Springs, one of the most beautiful mineral springs in Colorado. Featuring pools of varying shapes, sizes, and temperatures, it is the perfect place to unwind after an intense day on the slopes. Please be aware that clothing is optional after dark! In addition, Old Town Hot Springs is located in downtown Steamboat and offers access to 3 hot mineral pools along with a fitness center, waterslide, sauna, and much more.
Have fun and adventure in a spectacular mountain setting while climbing a frozen waterfall! Rocky Mountain Ventures is the only permitted guided ice climbing outfitter in Steamboat. Expeditions are very safe and no experience is necessary, although all climbers must be at least 13 years of age. If you love the mountains, don’t miss this uniquely exhilarating experience.
Colorado’s premier indoor ice facility is Howelsen Ice Arena, featuring an Olympic-size indoor ice rink for hockey, ice skating, figure skating, and broomball.
Massage & Spa Treatments
Our favorite local spas include Rocky Mountain Day Spa & Life Essentials. Please consult their websites for full spa treatment menus, and don’t hesitate to contact the front desk if you’d like to reserve an appointment.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Steamboat Springs is known as “Ski Town USA” for very good reason! Steamboat Ski Resort is a world-class 3,000 acre ski resort that is getting better every day due to an impressive slate of upgrades and new projects. Our private shuttle will drop you off at our very own ski-in/ski-out location near the base of the gondola, and you will be amazed at how good Steamboat’s ultra-dry, ultra-light champagne powder is! In addition, Steamboat Springs is the home of Howelsen Hill, the oldest continually-operating ski area in the U.S., which offers skiing as well as numerous opportunities to watch Olympic hopefuls strut their ski-jumping stuff.
There are a handful of local ranches that offer scenic sleigh ride dinners on winter evenings, most notably Saddleback Ranch, Dutch Creek Guest Ranch, and Elk River Guest Ranch. You will enjoy a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner served in either a tepee or a lodge, depending on your preference, for a rustic and charming winter experience that is perfect for the whole family.
There is a nearly endless supply of spectacular snowmobile trails criss-crossing the Steamboat area, many of which are concentrated around Rabbit Ears Pass and north of Steamboat in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours and High Mountain Tours both offer guided snowmobile tours to let you explore the mountain corridors winding high above The Porches.
There are thousands of acres of land that are perfect for snowshoeing in and around Steamboat.Yampatika and Rocky Mountain Ventures each offer guided snowshoe tours if you’re not quite sure where to go to explore. Or just rent some snowhoes, head to the top of Rabbit Ears pass, and strap ‘em on!
Adjacent to our property is one of the finest indoor/outdoor tennis facilities in the country, The Tennis Center. During the winter, you can enjoy the use of their 6 newly-renovated indoor cushioned hard courts, by reservation only.
Snow tubing is available at Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Hill. Tubing reservations often fill up months in advance, so be sure to let us know if you’d like to reserve a time slot. Saddleback offers a free tubing shuttle for your convenience.
If you’ve always wanted to learn the fine art of professional winter driving, the Bridgestone Winter Driving School offers winter driving instruction for all ability levels. Their ice- and snow-covered courses are world-class, and their skilled guides will soon have you navigating winter terrain like a pro!
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