View of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in winter

Steamboat Springs Guide

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Why you should visit Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is a skier’s wonderland, with the Steamboat Ski Resort stretching across seven Rocky Mountain peaks. With 18 lifts and 169 named trails, it’s the largest ski resort in Colorado. Olympians like Buddy Werner and Billy Kidd consider Steamboat Springs, with its famed “Champagne powder”, home, fondly referring to it as Ski Town, U.S.A.

While skiing is Steamboat Springs’ primary draw, this small, friendly Colorado community has plenty to offer beyond the slopes. Its mountainous setting is ideal for hiking and biking in the summer months, while those in need of relaxation will find it in the region’s natural mineral springs or along the scenic Yampa River, which flows right through the middle of this historic town. With a thriving arts culture and a dining scene that is on fire, Steamboat Springs makes a great vacation destination even when there’s no snow on the ground.

Ski Resorts Near Steamboat Springs

What to do in Steamboat Springs

Embrace the natural beauty of Steamboat with a hike to the cascading Fish Creek Falls or Long Lake. If you are up for the challenge, try your hand at ice climbing at the falls during the winter.

For a more laid-back experience, spend the day relaxing at the area’s two geothermal hot springs, Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Park Hot Springs . The Old Town Springs is a bit more lively as it hosts a water slide, while Strawberry Park is more serene and secluded. Meanwhile, with six acres of ponds and 50 gardens on site, Yampa River Botanic Park is a great place to spend the afternoon. The park even holds live music for the public to enjoy between May and October.

Get to know the history of the Steamboat Springs area at the Tread of Pioneers Museum , celebrating Western heritage with its exhibits on mining and pioneer settlement. Steamboat Springs has a buzzing certified arts district. Pop in and out of the various art galleries in Steamboat and make sure to check out the First Friday Artwalk hosted every first Friday of the month.

Need a drink after a long day on the slopes? Visit Steamboat Whiskey Company , the only craft distillery in the region.

Where to stay in Steamboat Springs

Whether your lodging need is direct access to the slopes or a place to relax and unwind, Steamboat Springs has a hotel option that will suit.

Ski-in/ski-out lodging options are crucial if you are spending most of your time on the slopes. Torian Plum Condominiums is the premier spot to stay thanks to its location next to the Christie Peak Chairlift and just skiing distance to the gondola. Dulany at the Gondola Vacation Rentals is another good option. These condo rentals offer easy access to the slopes, the ski school, and various shops and restaurants.

The Steamboat Grand , located in the center of the village, accommodates the skier with its ski equipment storage and it’s easy commute to the Steamboat Ski Area. If you still need to snag lift tickets, staff at the reception desk can help.

For a more rustic lodging experience, spend the night at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs facility, just outside of town. After rejuvenating all day in the park’s thermal pools, you can choose to bunk down in a tent, a rustic cabin or, for a unique experience, a covered wagon or train caboose.

Where to eat in Steamboat Springs

Mexican and New American cuisine, to brunch and après-ski, eats, Steamboat Springs boasts a collection of restaurants for every palate and occasion.

Take the most important meal of the day to the next level at Freshies , a local favorite for wholesome and fresh food. Indulge in their legendary cinnamon rolls, homemade granola or eggs Benedict. If you are more of a brunch person, The Paramount is the place to go. Sip on a mimosa while chowing down on stuffed French toast or pulled pork and brie sandwiches.

What’s better than tacos and tequila for lunch? Taste the twist on classic Mexican flavors with colorful tacos, margaritas, and a bright, vibrant atmosphere at Salt+Lime . For some mid-day après-ski fun, head over to TBar , a ski-in/ski-out mountainside dive bar and restaurant with ramen, empanadas and a lot of beer. This spot is the place to go if you are looking to embrace the local ski culture.

As dinner rolls around, Aurum is a local favorite for its new American eats, waterfront views and a side of live music. After dinner, make your way over to Ciao Gelato for some yummy gelato.

Family-friendly activities in Steamboat Springs

You’ll find activities for the family all year round in Steamboat Springs.

We all know bumper cars, but have you experienced it on ice? Try it at Howelsen Ice Complex . Or, you can stick to the familiar and ice skate around the rink. Choose from the thrills of sledding, snowmobiling and sleigh rides with Saddle Ranch . In the summer, Saddle Ranch also offers horse-back riding and dinner wagon rides.

On Saturday nights during the summer, catch a feature film with the stars, under the stars at Coca-Cola Movies on the Mountain . Ride a chairlift up to the top of the historic Howelsen Hill and wind down the exhilarating HowlerAlpine Slide , catching glimpses of downtown Steamboat Springs and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

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