The Insider Guide to Planning a Trip to Steamboat Springs

If you’re planning a trip to Steamboat Springs, it’s time to get excited.

One of Colorado’s most beautiful destinations, Steamboat Springs is known for its skiing, idyllic Main Street, nice people, awesome shopping and its to-die-for eateries, breweries and drinkeries.

If you’re planning a trip to Steamboat Springs for yourself or your companions, here’s the complete guide to everything you’ll need to consider:

How to Get Where You’re Going

If you’re driving to Steamboat Springs, the easiest route is to head in through Denver.

Pop down on I-70 West and you’ll be there in a few hours. If it’s winter (and it should be — you’re skiing, right?), be aware that Rabbit Ears Pass can be snow-covered and difficult during the depths of the season, so check the road report before you go.

If you’re flying into Steamboat Springs, you’ll likely land at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which sits 22 miles West of Steamboat Springs in Hayden.

Once you land, you can grab a shuttle up to Steamboat Springs (the cost is about $60 for adults and $30 for kids, round-trip), rent a car or get a taxi. There’s also a stout network of Uber drivers to choose from, and Steamboat Springs is adding more ride-sharing drivers on a monthly basis.

Once You Arrive in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs is a popular tourist attraction, so it’s smart to ensure you’ve got your must-dos mapped out before you drop in. If you don’t, you could easily miss out on something because it’s too busy or overbooked.

With this in mind, it’s important to note that there are essentially two different versions of Steamboat Springs: there’s the ski resort (rent some gear and ride it if you’re there during the winter), which goes by the name of Steamboat Village, and the downtown, historic portion of Steamboat Springs, which is about two miles southeast.

While Steamboat Springs has a few dozen great attractions, here are a few you’ll want to hit up at various times of the year:

  • Mountain Bike the Resort: Steamboat Village is open to mountain biking, and it’s a great way to spend a nice afternoon. Grab a ticket at the resort office and ride the lifts to your heart’s content.
  • Soak in Mineral Hot Springs: Steamboat Springs is home to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Only about seven miles from Downtown Steamboat, this fun attraction offers stone-lined pools and nice views. There’s also Old Town Hot Springs, which offers eight natural pools and is just outside of the downtown area.
  • Local Festivals: Depending on which time of year you arrive, you can partake in Wild West Air Fest, OktoberWest, All Arts Festival, the Yampa Valley Crane Festival and more. Be sure to check the local calendar of events before you arrive for more information on local attractions.
  • Dude Ranches: Steamboat Springs is famous for its cowboy heritage and horseback riding tours, so get a little Western by hitting up Saddleback Ranch or by picking up a nice set of Levis from F.M. Light & Sons, a downtown establishment.
  • Yampa River Botanic Park: If you love the birds, bees, flowers and everything that goes along with them, you’ll love Yampa River Botanic Park. Open seasonally, the park is a great place to take in the scenery and get some fresh air. Best enjoyed during the summer, this is a family-friendly destination everyone will love.
  • Hot Air Balloon Tours. Get a bird’s eye view of Steamboat Springs with a hot air balloon tour! While this is not for the faint of heart, it’s a great way to create an unforgettable view.

Get Excited – You’re Going to Steamboat Springs!

Whether you’re looking for Colorado vacation rentals or simply want a creative way to visit Steamboat, this trip itinerary is sure to please everyone in your group.