Steamboat Springs Vacations

Known as Ski Town USA, this charming resort village in Colorado’s Routt National Forest offers outdoor activities throughout the year.

Steamboat Springs is a resort town in northwest Colorado. Its legendary “champagne powder” snow and reputation for producing Olympic athletes have given it the nickname “Ski Town USA.” In summer the area offers great hiking, fishing and kayaking opportunities. 

Originally, skiing was the only transportation option in Steamboat Springs during harsh Rocky Mountain winters. Today, the resort is still a famous ski and snowboarding destination. 

Hit the slopes at two ski areas. Steamboat Ski Area is the largest and most popular. It is located on Mount Werner, the town’s main mountain. Explore more than 150 trails spread over several thousand acres. The area caters to all skill levels. Experienced snowboarders and skiers can test their skills in the notoriously challenging Mavericks Superpipe. 

Howelsen Hill is the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado. The area is a smaller and more affordable option to the Steamboat Ski Area. Winter Olympic athletes frequently practice and train here.  

The area surrounding the base of Mount Werner and the Steamboat Ski Area has shops, dining and nightlife. Downtown is Steamboat Spring’s cultural hub located 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the Steamboat Springs Ski Area. Downtown stretches for eight blocks along Lincoln Avenue. Go shopping here or enjoy dinner and a movie.

The Yampa River offers endless entertainment during the warmer months. Go rafting, tubing or kayaking down the river and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Fishermen also flock to its shores in the hopes of catching one of the area’s famously large trout. Routt National Forest, which surrounds Steamboat Springs, is worth a visit in any season. Visit Fish Creek Falls, a waterfall that gushes water from a height of 283 feet (86 meters).

In good weather, you can drive to Denver from Steamboat Springs in under 4 hours. A local airport in nearby Hayden offers direct flights to many major cities. Once you’re in Steamboat Springs, use the frequent local bus service that connects the ski areas with downtown. 

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