When settlers arrived in the town of Steamboat Springs, a chugging noise led them to believe that a steamboat must be approaching. Instead, they discovered a gurgling hot spring and a perfect name for their new home. Today, thousands of sports enthusiasts ski or snowboard the region's champagne powder in winter and horseback ride through meadows of wildflowers in summer. In addition to activities on Mount Werner, Steamboat beckons with a bevy of things do—from cross-country skiing to a raring Friday-night rodeo. There's a suggestion in mountain towns that travelers, "Come for the winter and stay for the summer." Develop a taste for Steamboat's endless rush of activity and you just might find yourself following suit.
Surrounded by snowy peaks and foothills that bubble with geothermal activity, the Steamboat region is divided into the dueling areas of Old Town and Steamboat Village. Distribute your time between the two, and your vacation is bound to feel complete. For additional scenic vistas, visit the residential enclave of Fish Creek Falls.
Steamboat's Old West attitude reigns supreme along wide streets dotted with red-brick buildings in Old Town. Lincoln Avenue serves as the main thoroughfare, leading travelers past finger-licking burger joints, swanky farm-to-table affairs, and upscale cowboy stores specializing in silver belt buckles.
Skiers skate their way home andsnowboarders send it into mounds of fluffy snow in Steamboat Village at the base of Mount Werner. In addition to its sprawling luxury hotels, Steamboat Village is the region's après-ski destination in winter and a post-hike hotspot in summer.
Locals like to joke that "there's no off-season at Fish Creek Falls," an idyllic residential neighborhood where cascading rapids put on a show, 365 days a year.
Looking for things to see in Steamboat Springs? Begin by discovering live music and dance bars like Schmiggity's and the Old Town Pub and Restaurant, which showcases local musicians inside one of the town's original structures. If you're visiting in summer, the outdoor mountain concert series is a must, while the Strings Music Festival appeals to orchestra, chamber, blues, jazz, and rock lovers. History buffs can get their fix any time of year at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, which documents the region's founders, while the Steamboat Art Museum displays masterpieces with a focus on the culture and heritage of Northwest Colorado.
Travelers to Steamboat Springs often wonder, "What isn't there to do?" In this cowboy town-turned-ski resort, countless activities await. If you're visiting in winter, spend your days on the hill and your nights at the Old Town Hot Springs, a recreation site where you can luxuriate in the town's natural springs. Or, take to the cross-country trails at Latigo Ranch, which provides unparalleled access to the neighboring national forest. For those who simply want to relax, indulge in a soak at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs followed by a massage in one of their private huts. If you’re traveling in summer, launch your adventures with an inflatable kayak adventure or full-day whitewater float on the Colorado River. Then, continue the thrills during a zipline tour at Steamboat Zipline Adventures. Fly fishing on the Yampa River and hot-air balloon rides in the Colorado Rockies can also be arranged.