YOUR STEAMBOAT SPRINGS VACATION WON’T INCLUDE A STEAMBOAT
Your Steamboat Springs vacation may be disappointing – if you come for a Steamboat! (The town’s name actually refers to the bubbling sound of the hot springs. Early trappers thought it was the chugging of a Steamboat.) But that’s the only thing disappointing about Steamboat. Steamboat Ski Resort offers unparalleled skiing and incredible mountain biking. Meanwhile, its namesake hot springs provides recreation and relaxation for weary visitors. Additionally, Steamboat Springs restaurants will surprise you. And you’ll have a hard time choosing between all the outdoor activities available.
Steamboat Springs restaurants offer surprising diversity – of both flavor and concepts. New restaurants give a cosmopolitan feel to a town famous for cowboy hats. And a recent surge of craft breweries offer both good flavor and an energized nightlife scene. Meanwhile, the longtime dining favorites aren’t going anywhere! After all, they’ve drawn visitors for decades with quality ingredients and satisfying recipes, so why stop now?
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
The Yampa River, Steamboat Lake and nearby Stagecoach Reservoir provide a gorgeous setting for water sports like kayaking, fishing, rafting, tubing and standup paddle board. Water lovers can also enjoy – you guessed it – gorgeous natural hot springs! Outside town Strawberry Park is a gorgeous natural hot springs with riverside pools. On the other hand, Old Town Hot Springs is family-friendly and centrally-located.
Steamboat stands out from other Colorado resorts for blending its Western heritage with contemporary vacation activities. Annual events like the Cowboy Downhill and Balloon Rodeo combine seemingly incongruous things like cowboys and skis and delight spectators of all ages. Have you ever heard of Ski Joring? It’s a ski competition, but nothing like the Grand Slalom. It involves horses pulling ski racers on an obstacle course – through town. In short: “Lindsey Vonn meets rodeo barrel racing.” And, speaking of rodeos… Did you know Steamboat Springs hosts its own summer pro rodeo?
More “modern” sporting events also draw millions of visitors every year, such as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a multi-stage professional cycling race. Other popular events include holiday celebrations, free concerts and cultural programming. Cyclists will love riding in Steamboat. Firstly, in 2011, Steamboat was recognized as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Additionally, the Steamboat Ski Resort recently added an out-of-this-world downhill mountain bike park, rounding out the year-round attraction of this amazing vacation gem.
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Activities in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs vacation activities will satisfy outdoor enthusiasts of all interest. Take advantage of secluded hiking trails, steep single track, exhilarating whitewater rapids, a scenic horseback ride or Gold Medal fishing. Read More!
Steamboat Springs Hotels
Steamboat is too far from Denver’s “Front Range” (the urban corridor from Fort Collins and Boulder to Colorado Springs) for a day trip. It’s easiest to stay overnight. But you won’t find any shortage of hotels, vacation rentals, condos and lodging! Read more…