By Darian Armer
Assistant Editor, RV Daily Report
Nestled in the mountains is a quiet ski resort town, often overlooked for more high-profile locations like Vail and Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Colo., offers year-round entertainment for the entire family.
Steamboat Springs is about three hours Northwest of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. Known best for its ski-resort, Steamboat Springs is a unique town with a charm all its own.
Steamboat Ski Resort is located on Mt. Werner in Steamboat and features multiple runs for all levels. The resort offers rentals and lessons for all ages, with lodging available on the mountain at the Steamboat Grand Hotel, condominiums and townhomes. The mountain often features many local bands and concerts. Check out their website for more information concerning winter hours and ticket prices. http://www.steamboat.com/the-mountain.aspx
Steamboat Springs Downtown Hot Springs
Warm up after skiing in the downtown hot springs. Used as a gathering and bathing place for Ute Indians in the early 1800s, the downtown spring is now a family-friendly area featuring waterslides, a rock-climbing wall, a kiddie pool, a lap pool, fitness-center and adults-only spring.
Another option for relaxation is the Strawberry Park hot spring, which is located 15 minutes out of town. A more natural setting, several pools of various temperatures are fed by the natural spring water and Hot Spring Creek. In the summer, campsites, wagons and cabins are available for a camping experience, as well as heated cabins in the wintertime.
Shopping and Dining
Steamboat offers plenty of local dining and shopping in Downtown and throughout the city. From sushi to burgers, there is something to satisfy every appetite in your group. Specialty shops for ski and snowboard, cycling and hiking are found all over as well as western wear and cowboy chaps.
Unique dining experiences include eateries along the Yampa river, with patio seating with views of the river. A gondola to the top of the mountain offers diners a chance to enjoy Sunday Brunch on the Mountain with views from 9,000 feet. An evening version features happy hours on Thursday and some Sundays.
For the athletic ones who happen to visit Steamboat in June, don’t miss out on the annual marathon, half marathon and 10k. The route travels through most of beautiful Steamboat, ending with the finish line in Downtown Steamboat. Celebrate afterward with a local beer downtown.
Fish Creek Falls
If visiting in the winter time, visit Fish Creek Falls to view a 280-foot frozen waterfall just a short drive from downtown Steamboat Springs. The falls are a quarter mile hike down a snow packed trail. The more adventurous can attempt to ice-climb the walls. Summer visits create equally as beautiful of scenery, with the falls rushing. The falls are open year round from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and costs $5 per vehicle.
If skiing or snowboarding isn’t quite your thing. try out some snow tubing with the whole family. Inflatable tubes are sent down the mountain in place of skis or sleds. Operators load visitors on a special life that sends visitors down the mountain. Tubes can be rented or visitors can take a trip to a local ranch where hot chocolate waits at the end of the ride.
Where to Stay
The Steamboat Springs KOA is open year-round. A free bus or rental bike will take visitors the three miles to downtown for all the activities Steamboat has to offer. The max pull-through is 60 feet. To make a reservation, visit http://koa.com/campgrounds/steamboat-springs/.
Steamboat Lake State Park also offers camping. One hundred and eighty-eight campsites offer accomodations for trailers, motorhomes, campers and tents. To make a reservation, click here.
There are not as many campground options available in Steamboat, however, there are several national parks in the area, to camp at.