A Long Summer Weekend in Steamboat Springs

A Long Summer Weekend in Steamboat Springs

Imagine waking up to fresh mountain air, strolling to a majestic waterfall, hiking in nature, then sinking into a rejuvenating hot spring… Any time is a great time to visit Steamboat Springs, but summer brings with it a laid-back vibe and gorgeous warm weather for outdoor adventures.  Hike the surrounding mountains, or bike on the ski hill, then there’s historic downtown, where you can unleash your inner cowboy and experience a fantastic culinary scene at the same time. The town is small so everything’s easily accessible, you can do as little or as much as you like!

Ready to don your Stetson?

Day One

You can still hit the slopes in summer, when you visit Steamboat. Instead of packing your skis though, it’s mountain biking that takes center stage. The Steamboat Bike Park offers a 50 mile trail network, with lift assisted downhill-only tracks, multi-directional trails and instructors to enhance your skills.

Then, soak your weary bones in a steamy, geothermal pool, on a backdrop of Aspen trees. Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers 104 degree mineral water to relax in, with massages and watsu therapy onsite. With eight natural mineral pools, thrilling water slides, a fitness center and spa facilities, Old Town Hot Springs is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.

There’s nothing like fresh mountain air to work up an appetite, so head to Aurum Food and Wine along the Yampa River to dine on seasonal, new American cuisine, as night falls. Look forward to a peaceful sleep in a creekside townhouse or luxury condo, close to all the attractions, but bathed in mountain serenity.

Day two

Whether you want the challenge of a marathon climb or a gentle stroll, be sure to pack your hiking boots when you visit Steamboat Springs. After waking up refreshed, take a short walk from downtown to find Fish Creek Falls, with pristine alpine water roaring down Fish Creek Canyon.

For a more challenging, 10 mile round trip, check out the Elk Run Trail in Stagecoach State Park and spot a moose or two. Trek to the summit of Hahn’s Peak, once an active volcano, to immerse in evergreen forests, lake views and rocky ascents. If you love fly fishing after a long hike, check out seven miles of public fishing areas, stretching along the Yampa River.

From the third weekend in June to the third weekend in August, your weekend entertainment is covered with the award-winning Pro Rodeo. The famous Steamboat tradition includes bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and a large dose of fun for cowgirls and cowboys alike.

Day Three

Now that you’ve experienced the adventures on the ground, wake up early for a bird’s eye view of the Yampa Valley, on a hot air balloon ride. If that’s not enough of a thrill, come back down to earth and jump on board the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, which descends more than 400 vertical feet, dips, waves and circles 360-degrees. Then, experience Rocky Mountain whitewater on an adrenaline-boosting rafting adventure.

Are you tired yet? Of course not! Before you head home, step back in time to discover the spirit of the West, downtown. To get your cowboy on or stock up on sports equipment and souvenirs, stroll down Lincoln Avenue. On Oak Street, tour the Tread of Pioneers Museum to learn about Native American History and early pioneers.

Visit Steamboat Springs on a summer long weekend and the only problem you’ll have is choosing from so many adventures to pop on the itinerary. However, it’s also the kind of place where you can just sit back, relax and embrace the unique vibe of the West, in the midst of nature’s artwork.