Steamboat Springs Weather By Month & Season

What do skiing, hiking, white water rafting, horseback riding, snow tubing, brewery tours, mountain biking, and the rodeo all have in common?

Answer: you can do all of this, and much more, throughout the year in Steamboat Springs, Colorado! A former mining town turned world-class destination, Steamboat Springs has a rich history and has evolved into a true year-round destination.

We know the weather forecast and weather conditions can play a big part in deciding when to visit a new destination, which is exactly why we put together this comprehensive post.

Enjoy this free guide to Steamboat Springs weather—plus recommendations on top things to do for each season—and start planning your mountain getaway today!

Winter

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December – February

As a true mountain destination, Steamboat Springs thrives with activity during the winter months. From outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, and relaxing in natural hot springs to indoor favorites like apres ski hour and exploring the town’s eclectic culinary scene, there’s plenty to see and do during winter in Steamboat Springs.

Winter Weather Highlights:

  • Daily highs: 25-30
  • Daily lows: 0 – 10
  • Average snowfall: 60 – 70 inches / month

As expected, winter weather in Steamboat Springs is quite extreme, with daily highs rarely reaching above the freezing point (and don’t forget—these estimates don’t factor in wind chill!). Snowfall is heaviest in December and January with around 40 inches of snow accumulation per month.

Winter Things To Do:

  • Skiing (and night skiing—new! Learn more here)
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice climbing
  • Sleigh ride
  • Hot springs
  • Winter Carnival

Naturally, snow-related activities top our list of winter things to do, though a soak in a hot spring is a great cure for the cold. Other notable favorites include festive horse-drawn sleigh rides and attending the Winter Carnival, an annual event that has over 100 years of history.

Spring

March – May

April showers quite literally bring May flowers in Steamboat Springs. As winter fades and the landscape thaws, the mountain comes to life with activity. Early spring can still be a great time to catch late-season snow, though things typically begin to thaw in April. Temperatures see a major upswing in May, making it an ideal time to explore the great outdoors.

Spring Weather Highlights:

  • Daily highs: 45 – 55
  • Daily lows: 20 – 30
  • Average snowfall: 20 inches
  • Average rainfall: ~2.5 inches

March is the coolest spring month, with temperatures low enough to maintain the snow and even support a few new snow showers. April and May are when spring really kicks into high gear with rising temps and awakening wildlife. Spring is considered the rainiest season, though the area only averages 2-3 total inches per month. Typically, you’ll only encounter light rain, but don’t rule out a stray thunderstorm.

Spring Things To Do:

  • Skiing
  • Tread of Pioneers Museum
  • Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
  • Mountain biking
  • White water rafting
  • Local art museums
  • Shopping
  • Dining

Depending on the weather, March can still be a great time to hit the slopes. When the snow does start to melt, explore Steamboat’s cultural side with a trip to the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra or the Tread of Pioneers Museum. For a taste of fresh air, hit the trails for a thrilling mountain bike ride or

Summer

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Summer is perhaps our favorite time in Steamboat Springs. The weather is quite enjoyable, and visitors can spend most of their days outside enjoying all that the mountain has to offer.

June – August

The weather outlook couldn’t be more appealing than summer in Steamboat. Dry and mild, there’s only a low chance of rain as the area averages only 1.5 inches per month of rain. The afternoons will peak around 80 degrees, but don’t rule out a high temperature closer to 90 degrees.

Summer Weather Highlights:

  • Daily highs: 70 – 80
  • Daily lows: 40 – 50
  • Average snowfall: N/A
  • Average rainfall: ~1.5 inches

How’s that for mountain weather? The temps rise just warm enough to enjoy the mountain rivers and lakes while the evenings provide just enough chill for a bonfire.

Summer Things To Do:

  • Hiking
  • Waterfall hunting
  • Outdoor dining
  • Brewery tour
  • Float the Yampa river
  • Steamboat Pro Rodeo
  • Strings Music Festival
  • Hot air balloon tour
  • Golfing

After viewing the weather preview, it’s not hard to see why our top summer recommendations involve enjoying all of the mountain’s great natural resources. Kick back and relax with a float trip down the Yampa River or fulfill your childhood dream of ‘chasing waterfalls’ by scoping out the area’s top hidden gems—like Fish Creek Falls.

Fall

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September – October

Fall is perhaps the most beautiful time of year to visit Steamboat Springs. Summer slowly shifts to fall and the mountain begins to glow with autumnal bliss.

Fall Weather Highlights:

  • Daily highs: 60 – 70
  • Daily lows: 25 – 35
  • Average snowfall: <10 inches
  • Average rainfall: ~1.5 inches

September and October are quite balmy, though November sees a sharp turn towards winter with noticeably colder weather. Steamboat usually sees its first snowfall in November just in time for the holidays, but it’s not uncommon to see a slight chance of snow showers towards the end of October with a cold snap.

Fall Things To Do:

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Waterfall hunting
  • Outdoor dining
  • Kayaking/paddleboarding
  • Hot springs
  • Helicopter tour
  • Ziplining
  • Oktoberwest
  • Horseback riding

There’s still time to get out and enjoy the outdoors before the snow falls! Activities like hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and even zip-lining are all very popular in the fall. Other highlights include a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring, seeing a bird’s eye view of Mount Werner with a helicopter tour, or attending the annual Oktoberwest celebration.

For the day-to-day forecast or current conditions, check out the local news or weather.com for details.

It’s not hard to see why Steamboat Springs is quickly becoming a top mountain destination! Explore our official Steamboat Springs blog for more tips on top things to do during each season.