Vacation Ideas for Steamboat Springs
Nicknamed "Ski Town USA," Steamboat Springs is an authentic, true Colorado cowboy town. The locals—which include more than 50 summer and winter Olympians—treat visitors like family and are ecstatic to showcase the nostalgia of this charming ski town. Steamboat Springs boasts unique countryside and snow so light and pure that it has been coined "Champagne Powder" because of its consistency.
Welcome to Ski Town USA
It’s not easy to get the nickname "Ski Town USA" but Steamboat certainly earns it with almost 3000 acres of skiable terrain. Arguably home to some of the best tree skiing in the west, skiers and snowboarders enjoy a wide open mountain with terrain and runs for all skill levels. Visit Morningside Park on the back side of the mountain for some amazing tree skiing, or try one of several terrain parks with beginner to expert half pipes. After a few days of skiing, try snowmobiling to heights of 10,000 feet where local wildlife roams, snowshoeing through the quiet forests or simply riding a horse-drawn sleigh through fresh powder.
Non-skiers flock to Steamboat in the winter for its legendary après-ski events and its extraordinary restaurants, art galleries and natural hot springs. With 150 hot springs, Steamboat offers a unique winter experience. At Strawberry Springs, hot mineral water flows out of the mountainous valley into five cascading pools. With an indoor water park, Old Town Springs is a great family retreat.
When the snow melts Steamboat Springs remains an outdoor paradise. Visitors can hike and bike around Rabbit Ears Pass or Fish Creek Falls and enjoy the cooling mist of the rushing water. Haymaker Golf Course and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club offer champoinship courses with stunning views of Yampa Valley. Thrill-seekers will enjoy viewing the valley from above in a hot-air balloon, on the 2400-foot decent of the Howler Alpine Slide or from a gondola to Hazie’s mountaintop restaurant.
For those who would rather stay at ground level, start with a stroll through the town center's old-timey saloons and craft shops. Then soak in the crisp mountain air while tubing down Yampa River, kayaking through her bends and twists or fly fishing in her cool waters.