What are the must-dos for locals and visitors alike in Steamboat Springs? In no particular order, check out our top 10 activities and places to see this summer.
1. Fish Creek Falls
Take in the view of a 280 ft. scenic waterfall just a short drive from downtown Steamboat Springs. Head north on 3rd Street. At first stop sign, make a right on Fish Creek Falls Road. Continue 3.5 miles to parking area.
The Falls are a quarter mile hike down the dirt trail, or access another viewing point on the flat, paved overlook.
2. Hot Springs Pools
Soak in the natural hot mineral springs at Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Park Hot Springs, historically known by the Ute Indians as the “Medicine Springs”.
Enjoy a fun and relaxing soak for the whole family; please note children under 18 are not allowed after dark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
3. Gondola Ride
Take the gondola to the top of Mount Werner where 360 degree mountain and valley views await. Hike or mountain bike on the newly updated terrain with options for all levels. Have a delicious lunch or snack at Hazie’s or Oasis Sundeck.
Gondola Open Dates
Open June 12 through August 30, Labor Day Weekend (Fri. – Mon.), and weekends through September 27.
With hundreds of miles of singletrack steps away, grab your bike and experience the wonder and adventure of Bike Town USA®.
From scenic cross country trails to white-knuckle downhill riding to leisurely downtown cruiser paths, get to know Steamboat Springs from two wheels.
5. Tube the Yampa River
The Champagne Powder® that falls into winter melts into a wildly fun family adventure on the Yampa River in summer.
Tubing companies can take you for a completely unique inner-tube ride down the Yampa River that runs right through the heart of downtown: a laid-back but fun float with a few rapids and loads of laughs.
6. Hiking Trails
There’s a reason why hiking is a favorite summertime activity in Steamboat. You can visit iconic landmarks – like the Rabbits Ears on the namesake pass – via a vast network of hiking trails throughout the valley.
You can walk along bubbling creeks, scale and scramble rocky inclines and watch the expanse of the Yampa Valley open up before you from the top of the world.
7. Fly Fishing
Steamboat Springs is home to world class fishing. With seven miles of public fishing stretching through downtown, the Yampa River offers convenient access for phenomenal trout fishing.
Stop by a local fishing shop and check out the private water and guide options as well. Take a scenic drive to any of the three Colorado State Parks (Steamboat Lake, Stagecoach Reservoir, or Peal Lake) for more lake and river fishing.
8. Pro Rodeo Series
Add it to your “must do” weekend list in Steamboat Springs. The award-winning Pro Rodeo takes place every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. from the third weekend in June through the third weekend in August. The kiddos can participate in the Calf or Ram Scramble.
9. Botanic Park
Open all summer and into the fall, this high altitude garden celebrates the trees, shrubs, plants and birds of the Yampa River Basin.
FREE admission. Located between downtown and the mountain – on US 40 turn west onto Trafalger Drive and follow the signs or access via the Yampa River Core Trail.
10. Strings Music Festival
Music can take you down a path you’ve never traveled before. Strings Music Festival’s 27th season offers a variety of musical genres that allow you to enjoy the beauty and fun of live music performances by new and old friends, from a 12-year-old jazz pianist to 90-year-old Menahem Pressler, from country to rock and flamenco to classical.
Concerts take place June through August.