Steamboat Springs, Colorado is by far one of the best “unkept secrets” when it comes to outdoor adventures. This historic town is nestled in the Yampa Valley, which was once the summer hunting ground for the Yampatika Ute tribe. Various tribes visited this sacred area for the numerous mineral “medicine” springs for physical and spiritual ritualistic healing. They say the name “Steamboat Springs” originated around the 1800s. French trappers believed they were hearing the chug of a steam boat along the river. However, it turned out to be the natural mineral spring in the area, which later was named “The Steamboat Spring.”
Steamboat Springs is a picturesque town that has so much to offer – no matter the season. During the warmer months, Steamboat is filled with beautiful, lush vegetation, green valleys, and rivers flowing, and is one of Colorado’s premier ski destinations during Winter. On the water, there’s rafting, kayaking, tubing, fishing, paddle boarding, and relaxing in the hot springs. Whereas you can try hiking, biking, horseback riding, golf, and zip-lining on land. This charming and unpretentious town offers so much, it can be time-consuming trying to figure out what to do. Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite activities in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Have you tried any of them yet??
Explore Downtown Steamboat.
Ever wanted to see what it was like in the old West? Steamboat’s downtown is walkable, with great boutiques reminiscent of an old western town, similar to Telluride. It’s perfect for taking an opportunity to get around, shop, and mingle with the locals.
Stop by Strawberry Hot Springs.
Strawberry Hot Springs is the best and beautiful hot springs in Colorado. These springs are pristine, beautiful, and include three different springs with varying temperatures; hot, warm, and freezing.
Go horseback riding at Saddleback Ranch.
Saddleback Ranch is a fourth-generation working cattle ranch with 8,000 acres to explore. The ranch is a haven for numerous outdoor activities including: horseback riding, ATV tours, hunting, tubing, cattle drives in the warmer months, and sleigh rides, snowmobile tours during the Winter.
Hike the Steamboat Ski Resort Trails, which are ski hills in the Winter.
If you don’t ride, you can also explore Steamboat’s mountains on foot. These trails are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They beautifully transform into stunning ski hills for skiing season come Winter.
Hike up to Fish Creek Falls.
Not in the mood for a lengthy hike? Fish Creek Falls is a quick, 1/4 mile hike down a gravel path leading to and from the falls. Don’t let the short hike fool you, however. These falls offer a breathtaking, scenic view to die for.
With two resort destinations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Legacy Vacation Resorts puts your family just minutes from various mountain activities and the heart of downtown. Come visit and experience Steamboat Springs, Colorado with us, today!