Things To Do In Steamboat During The Summer

Published on 05/22/2018 by Brad Luth

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Did you think the only time to visit Steamboat Springs was during ski season? It’s not! Summer is an amazing time to visit Colorado and Steamboat. Steamboat Springs got its name from its spring sounding like a steamboat from the bubbling sound. Today, that’s just one of many things to do in Steamboat summer.

Old Town Hot Springs


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Explore its eight spring-fed pools, plus an aquatic climbing wall. Located downtown, it’s something for the entire family to participate in and enjoy. It’s near the free town bus stop at 3rd Street and Lincoln or take a hotel shuttle. There are actually eight different pools with differing temperature degrees, including the 80-degree lap pool. There is no diluting their mineral content as in other nearby springs. One of the pools, The Heart Spring, isn’t chlorinated and contains all natural minerals, including lithium and sulfate, both known for relaxation. There’s also a Main Pool, Waterfall Hot Pool, a Smaller Hot Pool, a Water Slide Pool, Splash Pool, Lap Pool and a Kiddie/Shallow Pool.

Hike the Spring Creek Trail


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It’s about seven miles north of Steamboat. It’s also known as the Buffalo Pass area and is only a 4.2 mile hike, out-and-back, for easy to moderate hikers. You’ll see nature at its best with all the beautiful wild flowers, especially the Blue Columbine. The butterflies are very colorful and fun to watch.

Ride The Outlaw Mountain Coaster


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This roller coaster is the longest mountain roller coaster in North America. It’s 6,280 linear feet and descends more than 400 vertical feet, featuring turns, waves, dips, and 360-degree circles that twists downwards towards the below base. You control the speed using brake technology. It’s open year-round near the Christie Peak Express.

Ride The Alpine Slide

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An exciting event and fun for the entire family, the Alpine Slide offers scenic views of downtown Steamboat, going up the chairlift to Howelsen Hill. This exhilarating ride winds down a 2,400 foot track curving and winding along the mountain in a sled. The lift is located on Howelsen Parkway across the Yampa River from downtown.

Visit Saddleback Ranch


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It’s only 17 miles west from Steamboat. This 8,000 acre ranch is run by three Lacovetto families. During the summer, there is horseback riding, ATV tours, cattle drives, and wagon rides. You can take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the lodge for a delicious dinner, and then ride horseback back to the ranch, watching the sunset. They will also teach you how to rope a calf.

Wakeboarding or Wakesurfing at Stagecoach Reservoir


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Only a few miles east is the spectacular Stagecoach Reservoir. Whether you enjoy wakeboarding or wakesurfing, try them both at Steamboat Lake. Instructions are offered, just in case you are learning. You’ll have the picturesque mountains in the background as you turn, jump and carve the wakes with wakeboarding speed boats, specifically designed with your adrenaline in mind. Water skiing, tubing, and knee boarding are also available.

Shop and Dine in Downtown Steamboat

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Visit a unique boutique downtown, such as Embellishments, Artisans’ Market, or the Blue Moon Trading Company. There are also many restaurants to choose from, depending on your favorite food, including: 8th Street Steakhouse, Back Door Grill, and Johnny B Good’s Diner.

Tour Local Breweries

There are three breweries that offer tours and tasting rooms. After a full day of activities, it might be nice to chill out with a cold brewed beer from Mountain Tap Brewery, Butcherknife Brewing, or Storm Peak Brewing.

Walk through Yampa River Botanic Park

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This is truly a gem of a park and one of the most beautiful parks in the state. Even though it’s only six acres, there are over 50 gardens, ponds, and berms to relax and enjoy. At an altitude of 6800 feet above sea level, both alpine and desert plants are found here. During the summer, there are festivals, weddings, and yoga classes in the park.

Go Tubing Along the Yampa River


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What could be more fun than to tube down the Yampa River? It’s a favorite thing to do for most everyone in Steamboat. Rent an inner tube and spend either an hour or more floating down the river through Steamboat. You can stop at one of the parks, restaurants, or bars along the way. The rapids are small and friendly, so all ages enjoy this fun activity. Most begin tubing at the 5th Street Bridge and a shuttle service will bring you back to your beginning spot.

Ride The Gondola at Mount Werner


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If you really want to see some outstanding views of Steamboat and the surrounding areas, there’s no better way to do so than to ride the gondola. These enclosed gondolas will seat up to eight people. If you’re there for lunch, stop in at the Oasis Sundeck for a relaxing meal,

Visit the Burgess Creek Beach


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This is a really nice and unexpected surprise to find this beach in the mountains. It’s located at the base of Steamboat Ski Area with clear, cool water from Burgess Creek. Children will love the shallow water, just perfect for splashing. Locate one of the Adirondack chairs where you can sunbathe or just enjoy the view of children playing in the water or sand. There are also mini waterfalls and rocks for sitting or climbing on.

Play Maverick Mini-Golf

This 18-hole golf course offers a challenging and fun course for the whole family. It’s located at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area and features some of the area’s most notable landmarks, such as: Nordic ski jumps, Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat barn, and Rabbit Ears rock formation.

Tour the Tread of Pioneers Museum


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One of the best places to learn about Steamboat’s history is this museum. You’ll learn more about the Native Americans, early settlers, ranchers, miners, and outlaws. The exhibits, events, tours, and activities are complete with interactive videos and computers. There’s also a really nice gift shop as part of the museum.

View Fish Creek Falls

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This is one of the most popular destinations for people visiting Steamboat. The Falls are always magnificent! In the summer when the ice has melted from the snow, the clear alpine water flows down Fish Creek Canyon, spilling over and creating the falls. It’s a very short walk to the falls down a gravel path. There are other falls with more of a hiking distance farther away.