Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat: Home of Year-Round Recreation

There are four great reasons to settle in Steamboat Springs besides the family friendly community and award-winning school system: spring, summer, fall and winter.

In short, you won’t find a better town anywhere in the country that offers four seasons of outdoor fun. Outdoor recreation follows the sun here, from countless snow sports to pursue in the winter — including Alpine, Nordic, Telemark and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating and dog sledding — to such summertime pursuits as golfing, fishing, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, paddling, lake-based activities and more. Sandwich these around such spring and fall pursuits as kayaking, rafting, hunting, fly-fishing and fall foliage hikes, and you truly have a home that lets you take advantage of every outdoor activity under the sun, all during lunch break out your back door.

Winter:

• Steamboat Ski Area has nearly 3,000 skiable acres on six peaks, accessed by 165 trails.

• City-owned Howelsen Hill Ski Area is home to the 100-year-old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in North America — 88 and counting.

• Steamboat Ski Area features three lifts, a complete ski jumping complex and world-class cross country ski trails, and regularly hosts international Nordic events.

• Steamboat Springs has five world-class Nordic ski areas within a 30-mile radius, offering more than 120 kilometers of groomed trails.

• The city-owned Howelsen Ice Arena features an Olympic-sized sheet of ice, offering programs and open-to-the-public sessions for figure skating, hockey and more.

Spring

• The Yampa River through the heart of downtown offers some of the best kayaking, canoeing and tubing in the state (other nearby rivers include the Colorado, Elk, Eagle and Green).

• Spring also is the time to wet a line in the Yampa with nymphs or streamers for world-class trout fishing (many locals fish and ski in the same day).

• With trails often too damp for mountain biking, many locals take to the region’s meandering county roads for world-class road biking.

Summer

• Warm days and cool nights are ideal for mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing, golf, tennis, boating, swimming, horseback riding, waterskiing, tubing the river, stand-up paddleboarding, Gondola rides, scenic drives and more.

• Steamboat has two sets of natural hot springs to soak in, including the Old Town Hot Springs fitness center downtown and Strawberry Park Hot Springs 7 miles out of town.

• Steamboat hosts many large-scale bicycling events, including the Steamboat Stinger, Tour de Steamboat, USA Pro Challenge, Steamboat Enduro, Steamboat Stage Race and more.

• The Steamboat Springs Running Series is Colorado’s biggest, with 13 runs, including the popular Steamboat Marathon and Steamboat Stinger half- and full mountain marathons.

• Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, Stagecoach and Yampa River state parks offer abundant camping, boating and fishing.

Fall

• Changing aspen leaves make for picturesque drives and hikes.

• Hunters come in search of plentiful elk, deer and antelope (Routt County has one of the largest elk herds in the nation). • Anglers hit area waters for world-class fly-fishing.

• The mountain and road biking often stays great through October and into November. At 10,000 feet, Bruce’s Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass offers the earliest cross country and skate skiing trails in the country.

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