Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. John Muir
Boredom is not really an option in Steamboat Springs. If you like to be outside, then you have come to the right place! Whether you are a skier, cyclist, hiker, angler, hunter...you will not be disappointed. With over 2,000 miles of surrounding national forest and wilderness area punctuated by the variety of outdoor activities found on Mt. Werner, you will fall in love with the Yampa Valley. We also have a vibrant art community with dozens of galleries and our ArtWalk, held the first Friday of every month where new artists are showcased and a great social gathering for the community and visitors.
Steamboat Ski Area
Steamboat was established in 1963 and has been focused on several on-mountain improvements. Recently, a mountain coaster and mini-golf were installed at the base area. Four Points Lodge is the place to be on a blue-bird ski day for good eats and drinks and chilaxin on the adirondack chairs outside. They also offer snow-cat dinners, which are out of this world. The mountain continually improves its snow-making efforts, lift-service, culinary offerings and has been updating several of the facilities.
Over the past few years, the mountain has also been improving its mountain biking trails to offer an incredible lift-served bike park. For those of you wishing to power up yourself, there is plenty of room to roam on the mountain.
Howelsen Hill/Winter Carnival
Howelsen Hill is the oldest, continuously operating ski area in Colorado (since 1915) and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. It is also home to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and has been training ground to more Olympians than any other city in North America. Whether you are cross country skiing, tubing, snowboarding or ski-jumping this little hill in Steamboat Springs has it all! The ski jumpers even train during the summer!
Another hallmark event for Steamboat Springs is the annual Winter Carnival. Every year in February, they close HWY 40/Lincoln Avenue and bring in over 400 tons of snow to put on one heck of a show! The Winter Carnival began in 1914, to alleviate the winter woes of enduring the cold and sometimes too lengthy winters in Routt County. Approximately 150 individuals from the community volunteer their time, energy, and horses to participate in the street events which showcase our western heritage and Olympian spirit. On Saturday night at Howelsen Hill, the Night Show Extravaganza and the "Lighted Man" light up the sky. In 2012 the Steamboat Winter Carnival was named a Top 10 Winter Carnival in the World by National Geographic.
Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing/Fat Bikes
There are thousands of miles of backcountry just minutes from Steamboat. Whether you are looking for groomed trails or setting off on your own adventure, there are more than enough options. If you are looking for nearby groomed trails there is Steamboat Ski Touring Center which in the summertime is Rollingstone Golf Course. Other nearby facilities are at Lake Catamount, Haymaker Golf Course, Howelsen Hill and Mt. Werner. If you are year-round cyclist then you will be happy to know that Catamount and Haymaker offer Fat Bike riding in the winter. Rentals available and on certain days, so are your doggies! The backcountry is so accessible, whether you want to scoot up to Rabbit Ears Pass or Steamboat Lake the trail system is incredible here! For a great list of where to go, click here.
Just as we have Ski Town USA in the winter, we have Bike Town USA in the summer. Whether you enjoy mountain biking or road cycling, this area has some of the best trails and roads in the state. Biking is a way of life here and everyone can join in, whether you want to take a gentle cruiser ride down the Yampa River Core Trail or bust out a 25 mile mountain bike ride on Emerald Mountain we have something for everyone. The latest rage is Fat Bikes during the winter, because some people just can't get enough! Local bike shops have rentals for you to take up Emerald and there are also rentals and plenty of trails to ride at Haymaker Golf Course and Lake Catamount.
Travelers in the early 1900s visited Steamboat Springs in the summer months for the natural hot springs and vast hunting and fishing opportunities. It is one of the reasons why Steamboat is here. Upon first hearing a chugging sound, early trappers believed that a steamboat was coming down the river. When the trappers saw that there was no steamboat, and that the sound was coming from a hot spring, they decided to name the spring Steamboat Springs. You can soak in town at the Old Town Hot Springs or venture out of town a bit to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
The Yampa River flows through our valley and town and is the last “Wild” River in the Colorado River Basin, since it has only a few small dams and diversions. Anglers can be seen year-round fly-fishing. Kayakers, paddle-boarders and rafters revel in the springtime flow. The Yampa is formed from the confluence of the Bear River and Phillips Creek just east of the town of Yampa. Tributaries such as Fish Creek, Elk River, Soda Creek, Sarvis Creek feed into it along the way and eventually joins up with the Green River in Utah.
There are several retail shops that provide rentals for kayaking, paddle-boarding, canoes, rafting and of course there is always the ever-popular tubing down the Yampa. One of the best ways to cool off in the summer is to grab your tube and have a gentle float down the river.
If you are seeking larger bodies of water, then head south to Stagecoach State Park or north to Steamboat Lake State Park or Pearl Lake. Larger water craft is allowed on these lakes and there are abundant trail systems surrounding them.
Steamboat Springs is home to some beautiful golf courses surrounded by the mountains and rolling vistas. There are three public courses, Haymaker Golf Course and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, and a 9-hole course west of town Steamboat Golf Club. The private course Catamount Ranch and Club was designed by Tom Weiskopf and is perched on the hill and surrounded by luxurious homes, as you make your way towards Rabbit Ears Pass.
Steamboat Springs is home to some very creative and talented artists. It is home to several galleries and we have some amazing traveling exhibits at our museum and an abundance of local artists featured in local galleries, shops and restaurants. Steamboat is also home to the free concert series which has brought us some world re-known bands. These are always fun events for the locals and visitors in our awesome summer nights! The Chief Theater, built in 1926 has had quite the history in Steamboat Springs and is now home to cultural and performing arts. Strings Music Festival is an amazing venue for live music. Strings presents over 65 performances of classical, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms and many other genres throughout the summer and winter seasons.