Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 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. Top things to do in Steamboat Springs, CO, include Strawberry Park Hot Springs, the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Steamboat Art Museum and performances at the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.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. If you are looking for great things to do in Steamboat Springs with kids, this is a beautiful spot to visit.
2.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.
1847 Ski Time Square Dr, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-8000
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3. Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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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.
801 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-870-1755
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4.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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5.Off the Beaten Path, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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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. More Colorado destinations
68 9th Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-6830
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6.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
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7. Yampa River Botanic Park, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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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. If you are looking for romantic things to do in Steamboat Springs, don't skip this park.
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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8.Yampa River Core Trail, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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If you are looking for free things to do in Steamboat Springs, 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.
9. 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.
44200 County Road #36, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-0342
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10.Mountain Tap Brewery, Steamboat Springs, CO
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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
11.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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12. 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
13.Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Springs, CO
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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
14.Truffle Pig, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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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
15. 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. Read more
800 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Phone: 970-879-2214
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16.Grizzle-T Dog Sledding, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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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
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16 Best Things to Do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- Fish Creek Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Gary - Fotolia.com
- Steamboat Ski Resort, Photo: Courtesy of Marco Regalia - Fotolia.com
- Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Photo: Steamboat Art Museum
- Steamboat Symphony Orchestra , Photo: Courtesy of stokkete - Fotolia.com
- Off the Beaten Path, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Photo: Off the Beaten Path
- Steamboat Scenic Gondola Rides, Photo: Courtesy of Marco Regalia - Fotolia.com
- Yampa River Botanic Park, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Photo: Courtesy of panaramka - Fotolia.com
- Yampa River Core Trail, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Photo: Courtesy of na9179126124 - Fotolia.com
- Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Photo: Strawberry Park Hot Springs
- Mountain Tap Brewery, Steamboat Springs, CO, Photo: Mountain Tap Brewery
- Howelsen Ice Arena, Photo: Howelsen Ice Arena
- Aurum Food & Wine, Photo: Aurum Food & Wine
- Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Springs, CO, Photo: Saddleback Ranch
- Truffle Pig, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Photo: Truffle Pig
- Tread of Pioneers Museum , Photo: Tread of Pioneers Museum
- Grizzle-T Dog Sledding, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Photo: Grizzle-T Dog Sledding
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More Ideas: Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Tucked between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, CO, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort has much to offer. Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is the perfect getaway for couples looking for a weekend away, families in search of a new, adventurous location or a company looking to have their business retreat at an affordable location.
At Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort there are five different lodging locations and options.
Creekside – These cabins opened recently in 2018 and is made up of 25 different units. Creekside can be found in three locations throughout the resort. Creekside visitors have easy access to the nearby Chalk Creek. These units include brand new amenities, a modern design and reliable Wi-Fi access. Guests have the choice of a king-size bed or two queen-size beds. The rooms are approximately 350-500sf. Many of the new suites include a fireplace and kitchenette. Creekside rooms can accommodate up to four adults.
Mount Princeton’s Cabins – Guests find that these cabins are also a popular choice. These Cabins include a private patio. They are conveniently located a short walking distance from the major attractions the resort has to offer, including the hot springs and spa areas. The cabins include a fireplace, stovetop, stereo, satellite television, spa passes, covered porch, and fully stocked bathrooms. Full-size cabins include one king-size bed, two queen-size beds in the loft and a queen-size sofa sleeper and will can accommodate up to six people. Guests can upgrade this style of cabin to The Large Cabin, which sleeps up to eight people with two bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed, two queen-size beds in the loft and a queen-size sofa sleeper. Or, they can upgrade to The Condo Cabin, which sleeps two to four people, and has a king-size bed and a queen-size sofa sleeper.
Visitors may also choose to stay in the Lodge. Located directly in the center of the Resort, patrons have easy access to all the main attractions and amenities. The Lodge offers nine different room configurations, designed uniquely to fit the needs of their guests.
Cliffside - Guest room options include one king-size bed or two queen-size beds, with an open layout and bathroom. Patios provide guests with a daily panoramic mountain view. Like many of the other lodging options, Cliffside is a short distance from all other resort conveniences.
Hillside - Hillside offers double, queen and king-size bedroom layouts. Many rooms also include a sofa sleeper. The visitors that stay in the Hillside cabins are closest to the recently renovated upper pool and water slide.
Mount Princeton Club Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Club Restaurant includes specialty plates on every menu. The Club Restaurant is conveniently located in the main lodge. Guests can enjoy the mountainous scenery just outside the window as they dine.
There are approximately 20 different hot springs located around the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort that are available to all guests. However, due to cooler temperatures, this attraction is not open year-round. The hot springs season is May through August.
At the Resort’s Spa and Club, guests 16 and older can completely unwind by taking a dip in the popular Cascading Hot Springs and Chalk Creek Hot Springs. Surrounding the Chalk Creek Hot Springs are smooth, circular stones that provide natural warmth to guests. They are approximately one foot in depth, with a sand covered bottom.
Vacationers can then choose to cool off in the exercise pool that sits at a comfortable 95 degrees. Guests could also go to a more historic location such as the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort Bath House. The relaxation pool and soaking pool are available for visitors’ enjoyment, maintained at a comfortable temperature of 100+ degrees. All pools located at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort are open until the late hours of the night. Guests can enjoy taking a late-night dip under the Rocky Mountain stars.
For those traveling with kids, the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort offers a 400-foot long water slide. Guests take a short walk up to the top of the slide and then come down on the mats that are provided by the Resort. There are six big turns before the slide empties into one of the cooler 75-degree upper deck pools. The Upper Pools are located directly in front of the Main Lodge. Connected to these pools is the lazy river. Surrounding the entire water slide and Upper Pools area are meadows and towering mountains.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort Spa includes an impressive variety of spa packages, massages, body treatments, facials, acupuncture, and private soaks for all guests searching for ultimate relaxation, rejuvenation, and recovery.
The Fitness Center is located on the lower level of the Spa and Club. It has cardio machines, free weights, music, and televisions. There is also a vast selection of fitness classes available daily at the Spa and Club, including indoor cycling, piyo, yoga, water classes, Pilates, kickboxing, tai chi, etc. After finishing a workout, patrons can cool down with smoothie or drink at the Juice Bar located right inside the fitness center.
15870 County Road 162, Nathrop, Colorado 81236-9703, Phone: 719-395-2447
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More Ideas: Yampa River Botanic Park
The Yampa River Botanic Park is a six-acre botanical garden in the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Tucked away in a valley next to the Yampa River at an altitude of 6,800 feet, the Park experiences a frost-free growing season of just 60 days, with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Due to the high altitude, vastly different temperatures in summer and winter, and elevated levels of ultra-violet, the park features an array of native species, mostly perennials that thrive in these harsh conditions, as well as various other high and low altitude species from around the world.
The Yampa River Botanic Park is home to 50 different gardens, ranging from herb and hidden to pioneer and pond gardens. The Park is a popular venue for weddings and other special functions and events, including classical and contemporary music concerts held at lunchtimes known as ‘Music on the Green.’ The Green is also used for yoga, live theater, opera and other activities, and a popular Children’s Garden features a playhouse, an amphitheater, bird nests and hands-on garden activities.
The Yampa River Botanic Park’s headquarters are based at Trillium House, which houses restrooms for the public, a small office, and a meeting room with a kitchen with beautiful views of Emerald Mountain and the Yampa River. The conference room can seat up to 30 people inside and over 100 on the patio and can be used for intimate weddings and public functions.
The Yampa River Botanic Park is home to 50 different gardens, including an Iris Garden, a Medicinal Herb Garden, a Children's Garden, a Tranquility Garden, a Rainbow Garden, a Rose Garden, and a Spring Bulb Garden, among many others.
The Botanic Walk Garden rests at the northern entrance to the Park and features native red osier dogwoods, narrow leaf cottonwood trees, and riverine Hawthorns, while the Blue Garden is one of six Rainbow Gardens that produces sweet-smelling grape hyacinths in spring, blue iris, monkshood and balloon flowers in summer.
The Crevice Garden can be found in the Hummingbird Neighborhood and uses flat rocks for creating crevices in which alpine rock plants grow, and the Lily Garden (located in the Sundial Neighborhood) puts on a stunning show of lilies all summer long.
The Medicinal Herb Garden is an elegant garden with dry-stone beds and a lovely patio and features medicinal herbs from all over the world, and the Coreopsis Corner is a beautiful three season garden with pasque flowers in the spring, Columbine in June, and coreopsis in the summer and the fall.
The Garden for All Seasons has an array of plants, shrubs, and trees growing amongst massive sandstones that bloom continuously between spring and fall, while The Hidden Garden is a sheltered cove surrounded by tall cottonwoods, and features an array of beautiful shade-thriving flowers, a beautiful trillium and the ‘Little Bear’ sculpture.
The world’s only garden dedicated to the genus Penstemon, the Penstemon Garden honors the plant, which originates in the Rocky Mountains, with over 273 species, of which 60 are native to Colorado. Jeff's Garden is a lovely south-facing garden that boasts volcanic rocks found on the sides of the Flat Top Mountains and containers filled with seasonal plants and shrubs.
The Spring Bulbs Garden is full of crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulip bulbs that burst into bloom during the spring, while the Foliage Garden is a shady grove that focuses on leaves instead of flowers, such as Lungworts, Hostas, and Ornamental Grasses.
Sascha's Rock Garden overlooks the Yampa River and features alpine blooms from around the world, and the Annuals Garden is home to a variety of annuals that are replanted every year. The Rose Garden has a variety of shrub roses grown in a manicured garden of raised beds next to West Creek, and Dorothy's Garden is a dry xeric garden with an array of native plants which attract a variety of pollinators.
The Stumpyland Fairy Garden is a beautiful place for children to explore, discover and use their imagination to learn more about plants and the environment in which they live.
The Yampa River Botanic Park is also home to an array of sculptures which are dotted throughout the Park, including The Turtle, The Frog, Peter, Cherish, The Trumpeter, Nammu, Wings, Buddha, The Stag, and the Apollo Armillary Sundial.
The Yampa River Botanic Park is located at 100 Pamela Lane in Steamboat Springs and is open to the public for free from dawn to dusk from May through October.
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1000 Pamela Lane, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, Phone: 970-846-5172
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