Steamboat Springs is not only a fun destination for outdoor lovers, but also home to great attractions and restaurants. Hiking is a must in the summer, along with horseback riding and romantic walks through the beautiful Yampa River Botanic Park. Known as Ski Town, USA, the town offers great skiing and Champagne Powder snow. Top things to do in Steamboat Springs include Strawberry Park Hot Springs, the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Steamboat Art Museum and performances at the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls

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Take a short walk from downtown Steamboat to reach true mountain wilderness, where the clear alpine water from Fish Creek Falls spills down 280-ft Fish Creek Canyon in spectacular fashion.

Vacationers enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, photography, and ice climbing. During the summer a picnic with a view is a given.

The Routt National Forest requires a longer hike and is well worth the extra effort. Once the falls are frozen in the winter, they attract ice-climbers.

Many great tours are available in the area which will take you to the best spots. Browse our Weekend Getaways in Colorado guide for more ideas.


Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat Ski Resort

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Steamboat Ski Resort, located on Mount Werner Park Range in the Routt National Forest, is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation in Steamboat Springs operates this popular resort located just outside Steamboat Springs. Its fine snow has been dubbed Champagne Powder and is the major draw. Skiing at this resort will give you access to seven mountain peaks with views of the Yampa Valley.

The ski area has 165 main trails on 2,965 acres. Almost twenty percent are suitable for beginner skiers, while the rest are designed for intermediate and advanced skiers. In addition to skiing, you can go exploring on snowshoes, go on a romantic sleigh ride, try snowmobiling, snow kiting, snowcat skiing, and ice fishing. Non-skiers can take a gondola ride for a very different view of the slopes.

2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, Phone: 970-879-8000

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Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum

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Located in downtown Steamboat Springs on Lincoln Avenue near the Yampa River, the Steamboat Art Museum was established in 2005. Housed in the historic First National Bank building, the museum’s goal is to collect and show artwork to the public.

It's a great Steamboat Springs attraction for couples and families interested in the art and culture of Northwestern Colorado.

Museum exhibits include paintings, photographs, watercolors and quilts. Education programs like the children’s “Student Gallery,” classes, workshops and museum tours are also offered. More info

801 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-870-1755

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

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A modest community ensemble became the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra started in 1991. Since then, it has been transformed into a thriving, well-respected orchestra by the members’ talent and enthusiasm. Made up of local professionals with plenty of talent and experience, SSO also includes a String Quartet and a Woodwind Quintet. Performances can be enjoyed at various events in Steamboat Springs and elsewhere. If you are looking for great things to do this weekend, check the performance schedule.

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra has a well-organized music education program for both children and adults, and is well loved by the community. Programs include Youth Music Immersion Weekend and traditional string education programs which have scholarships available.

Art Depot, 1001 13th Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-9008

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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path

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Off the Beaten Path in downtown Steamboat Springs is a charming bookstore where you will find a good selection of books and excellent coffee. They stock all book genres: NY Times best sellers, fiction, memoirs, history, young adults, Indie books. There is a cute kids’ book corner for their youngest readers and a large selection of children literature.

You can also purchase greeting cards, puzzles, candles, chocolates, games, and other items which make great gifts. Off the Beaten Path brews some of the best coffee in town. You can also get pastries, soups, smoothies, quiches as well as beer from the local Butcherknife Brewery.

68 9th Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-6830

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Steamboat Scenic Gondola Rides

Steamboat Scenic Gondola Rides

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There is no better way to see Steamboat and its stunning scenery than from the Scenic Gondola - it's a great trip to take for families and couples. This 8-passenger comfortable and enclosed gondola rises up the slopes of Mount Werner and is one of the top tourist attractions in Steamboat Springs. Along the way, you can see how the vegetation changes with altitude, and look for a deer or rabbit. In the fall, admire how the aspens turn colors.

At the end of the ride, there is a spectacular view from the Oasis Sun deck of the Yampa Valley and see Sleeping Giant Mountain and Flattops Wilderness. Hike along one of many trails, rent a mountain bike, or find a scenic spot for a romantic picnic.

2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-6111, (website)

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Yampa River Botanic Park

Yampa River Botanic Park

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The Yampa River Botanic Park is a six-acre botanical garden situated at an altitude of 6,800 feet on Pamela Lane just outside of Steamboat Springs. The park contains a number of unique gardens that thrive in the region, including the Butterfly Garden, the Culinary Herb Garden, the Children’s Garden, the Hummingbird Garden, and many more.

The Trillium House houses the park’s headquarters, including the Emerald Room and the patio which can be rented out for special events. Music events, children’s stories, and special classes are offered while the park is open from April 15 to October 30.

1000 Pamela Lane, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-846-5172

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Yampa River Core Trail

Yampa River Core Trail

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Yampa River Core Trail is 7.5 miles long and located along the Yampa River and runs from one side of Steamboat Springs to the other. The trail is paved and appealing to people of all ages: you can either walk or ride a bicycle on the scenic trail.

Wooden bridges cross over the Yampa River along the way, and visitors often stop on the bridges to see rainbow trout in the river. Floating down the river on an inner tube is another popular activity in this area. Along the trail, you can view the Alpine Slide and the Yampa River Botanic Park.

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a collection of natural hot springs where people can swim year-round. You will find the springs on County Road #36 along Hot Springs Creek just outside of Steamboat Springs. The mineral water is 104 degrees, and it is enjoyable after a long hike and in the winter when snow is falling.

Many people head to the hot springs after mountain hikes or a day of skiing.

Hot springs facilities include heated changing rooms, picnic areas, and a concession stand that sells beverages. If you want more cool stuff to do after, you can also get a relaxing massage after a soak. The park also offers a variety of unique lodgings such as the “Covered Wagon,” the “Train Caboose” and campsites. More info

44200 County Road #36, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-0342

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Mountain Tap Brewery

Mountain Tap Brewery

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Mountain Tap Brewery is a delightful Steamboat Springs brewpub, owned and operated by Wendy and Rich Tucciarone since 2016. The brewery and restaurant taps 12 of its own housemade beers, including its German-style Locals' Lager, Mountain Macaroon nutty brown ale, Current IPA, and robust Paddler's Porter, also available on nitro. A wide variety of wines are also served up, along with Colorado-produced hard ciders and a lineup of non-alcoholic selections. Delicious wood-fired fare includes 12-inch Neapolitan-style pizzas and hearty rustic entrees such as Cornish game hens and whole Rocky Mountain trout. Children's entrees such as mac and cheese and pepperoni wheels are also served up, along with delectable desserts such as campfire-style s'mores and cookies a la mode.

910 Yampa St #103, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, Phone: 970-879-6646

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Howelsen Ice Arena

Howelsen Ice Arena

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The Howelsen Ice Arena is an Olympic size ice arena that is home to the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club and other organizations. It is located on Howelsen Parkway near Howelsen Hill Ski Area just across the Yampa River.

This is Colorado’s only arena that allows visitors to ride in bumper cars on ice, a fun thing to do with the family. Skating classes are available for everyone from two and half years old and up. Hockey classes are offered as well as summer youth hockey camps. The arena can be rented for private functions.

285 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-0341

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Aurum Food & Wine

Aurum Food & Wine

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Aurum Food and Wine in downtown Steamboat Springs is an elegant restaurant with spectacular views of the Yampa River. You can ask to be seated in the comfortable and modern main dining room or on the large outdoor deck with an open fire pit and deep cushion sofas.

The menu features new American cuisine. Let executive Chef Chase Wilbanks surprise you with some of his interesting and refined interpretations. Treat yourself to the Buffalo Double Double burger and sweet potato fries. They also have a great wine list, including wines from their own vineyard.

811 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-9500

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Saddleback Ranch

Saddleback Ranch

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Saddleback Ranch is a working ranch located in a valley next to Saddle Mountain, the inspiration for the ranch’s name. You will find it on Country Road #179 about 17 miles west of Steamboat Springs. The 8,000-acre ranch offers activities for everyone: ride horses and join the morning cattle drives when cattle are moved from one location to another.

The Two-Hour Photo Opportunity Ride is a great way to take in the ranch’s beauty and allows guests to learn interesting facts about cattle. Visitors can go horseback riding or a ride in a horse-drawn wagon to the ranch’s Double Dollar Lodge for dinner. The ranch is also available for weddings.

37350 County Road #179, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-3711

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Truffle Pig

Truffle Pig

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Truffle Pig in the One Steamboat Plaza, on the base of Mt. Werner is a fun, friendly place where you can eat at a table, in a booth, or at the huge bar. The restaurant has a very popular outdoor area and fantastic views of the ski slopes and the mountains, perfect for a lunch stop.

The restaurant serves “American Alpine Cuisine,” and it is much more sophisticated than you would probably expect. Try Lobster crostini with avocado or Bacon-wrapped dates. They also have a great kids menu and frequently feature live entertainment.

2250 Après Ski Way, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-7470

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Tread of Pioneers Museum

Tread of Pioneers Museum

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The Tread of Pioneers Museum on Oak Street is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Steamboat Springs. It is housed in a Queen Anne style Victorian house that was built in 1908. Exhibits cover topics such as the local area’s history of pioneer life, agriculture , town development, Native Americans, and mining.

Children can enjoy hands-on exhibits and scavenger hunts. There is a gift shop, a library, and a research center. Visitors can join one of the walking tours, bicycle tours and lecture.

800 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-2214

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Grizzle-T Dog Sledding

Grizzle-T Dog Sledding

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Grizzle-T Dog Sledding offers guests rides on dog sleds and gives them the opportunity to learn how to drive a dog sled team of Alaskan Huskies. The rides take place along scenic backcountry trails through the mountainous ranch areas near Steamboat Springs.

The outdoor adventure company’s guides are highly trained and experienced. The “Drive Your Own Team Tour” includes pre-ride instructions before starting on the 12.5-mile trail. The “Guide Driven Tour” allows for two people on each sled and lasts about two hours. After the tours, guests are invited into a warm cabin for snacks and hot drinks. Grizzle-T Dog Sledding operates every day between Thanksgiving and March.

HC 66 Box 39, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-870-1782, (website link)

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Old Town Hot Springs

Old Town Hot Springs

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Dedicated to the health and wellness of the local community and visitors, Old Town Hot Springs is one of the state’s most beloved and premiere hot springs, which remains to be a non-profit today. These all-natural hot springs are situated in the downtown area and have been proven to contain minerals like potassium, phosphate, boron, lithium, chloride, magnesium, and many more. Water temperatures stay consistently at 102 to 103 degrees and have also been consistently pumping for over a century. The Old Time Hot Springs also offers massages that are conducted by nationally certified therapists. Choose from deep tissue, prenatal, Swedish, and other modalities of massages, and add on additional therapies as you see fit such as cupping, acupressure, and aromatherapy.

136 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477, Phone: 970-879-1828

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Amaze'n Steamboat Family Fun Park

Amaze'n Steamboat Family Fun Park

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Visitors are bound to have a great time at the Amaze’n Steamboat Family Fun Park. Tucked within a park-style plot of land right behind the Chamber Visitors Center, this family-friendly attraction is home to a milieu of attractions. The most popular attraction is the park’s 18-hole miniature golf course which features logs, a mine shaft, and even rocks as its obstacles Amaze’n Steamboat Family Fun Park also features a human maze, a squirt gun battle maze, a humongous laser tag arena, and a gemstone panning attraction where guests can search for authentic gems and fossils from all over the globe. Not to be forgotten is the park's Shoot’n Shower Basketball game, which is much like your typical arcade-style shooting game but with a surprising and splashing twist.

125 Anglers Drive, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487, Phone: 970-870-8682

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Storm Peak Brewing Company

Storm Peak Brewing Company

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With a wide range of brews and beer styles in its arsenal, Storm Peak Brewing Company is a paradise for beer lovers and aficionados who want to try the best that Colorado brewmasters have to offer. This brewhouse is home to 20 barrels, super friendly staff, and a true love for the craft that has them regularly adding new brews to their menu. Visitors to the Storm Peak Brewing Company, which has two locations on each side of Steamboat Springs, will immediately notice two things: a quality-first approach to beer, and community values. The most popular location is undoubtedly on the west side along Elk River Drive, which is where their 20-tap tasting room can be found.

1885 Elk River Drive, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

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One House at the Pine Grove

One House at the Pine Grove

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Ore House at the Pine Grove opens its gorgeous barn doors to the public and beckons hungry patrons to dine on scrumptious offerings that are sure to please any appetite. It’s no understatement to call One House at the Pine Grove a community favorite either, as the restaurant has been serving great meals since 1971. The restaurant is housed in a lovely, converted barn that dates back to 1889, which lends the restaurant a welcoming and rustic feel. Meanwhile, the kitchen proudly serves certified Angus beef exclusively, with popular menu items including various cuts of steaks as well as surf and turf options. Crowd pleasers also include the Raspberry Chipotle Salmon, Beer Battered Shrimp, Seasonal Ravioli, and the Mountain Mud Pie.

1465 Pine Grove Road, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487, Phone: 970-879-1190

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Steamboat Zipline Adventures

Steamboat Zipline Adventures

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Soar through the skies and get a bird’s eye view of Colorado’s gorgeous Rocky Mountains at Steamboat Zipline Adventures. This adventure attraction is perfect for adrenaline junkies as it has an intricate and state-of-the-art system of zip lines that range from 600 to 1,300 feet in length. Rides down the ziplines can have you going up to 40 miles per hour and will take you over the gorgeous Yampa Valley and Flat Top Mountain Range. Construction of the Steamboat Zipline Adventures was reviewed and accredited by Team Synergo, which is qualified to inspect various aerial attractions. Tours of the adventure park are also guided by trained and ACCT accredited personnel who will make your visit a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Other attractions at Steamboat Zipline Adventures include an ATV ride on Rabbit Ears Pass Road, two quick jump belay systems, and easy hiking trails behind each zipline segment.

32075 E. US Highway 40, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487, Phone: 970-879-6500

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The Crooked Key

The Crooked Key

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Known for their indoor and outdoor themed rooms, The Crooked Key will have you and your teammates scrambling to find all the clues you need to solve puzzles and beat the 60-minute clock. The facility has four themed rooms to choose from that are geared towards young adults and adult players. Set in the 1800s, Escape the Old West will have you collecting incriminating evidence and breaking out of jail before you and your group are transferred to a high-security prison. In Flashover, you and your team are local firefighters dispatched to rescue people before the flashover takes place. Taphophobia will you trapped in a dream of Edgar Allan Poe where you’ll have to solve puzzles inspired by the famous writer’s many works, while Key to the City is an outdoor escape room-scavenger hybrid in which you will need to accomplish secret missions to find the key to downtown Steamboat Springs.

435 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487, Phone: 970-367-7619

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