Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Things to Do!

Soak in the hot springs

Steamboat Springs was named by early settlers who thought its gurgling hot springs sounded like steamboats. Soak for yourself at Old Town Hot Springs (oldtownhotsprings.org) at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, which harbors a variety of hot pools, a lap pool, plunge-if-you-fall climbing wall and a pair of 230-foot water slides. For a more rustic soak, head to Strawberry Park Hot Springs (strawberryhotsprings.com) seven miles north of town on Routt County Road 36 (clothing optional after dark). Head east on Fish Creek Falls Road and take a left onto Amethyst Drive to connect to C.R. 36. Local tip: Try the waterfall back massage.

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Hang out at Howelsen

That little mountain rising up from downtown is home to some of Steamboats best summer activities. The Howler Alpine Slide is a favorite for families; Howelsen Ice Arena offers ice skating, hockey and more; amenities let you play Frisbee, softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and more; barbecue by the play park; or hit the skate park or BMX course. Its a real gem of the town,says local Olympian Nelson Carmichael. 

Play a round

Hit the links at any of Steamboats four beautiful and varied courses. Haymaker is a hybrid links-style course set on the valley floor. Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club and the members-only Catamount Ranch & Club offer true mountain golfing at its finest. For a quick nine, try Steamboat Golf Club on the west side of town. You can play every day and not get tired of any of them,says local Olympian and Mooses Loose Golf Tournament founder Moose Barrows.

Tube the Yampa

Tubing the Yampa River is one of Steamboats most popular summertime activities. You can go on your own or with one of several commercial outfitters offering tube use and transportation. Bonus: Try to make it through the C-hole by Bud Werner Memorial Library upright. Its a big part of the Steamboat summer experience,says local river guide Kent Vertrees. Please, no glass, littering, Styrofoam coolers, nudity, dogs or alcohol.

Visit the Botanic Park

Smell the roses, and take in other blooms at the Yampa River Botanic Park along the Core Trail. The outdoor oasis features 30 gardens and a variety of ponds and is home to a spectacular array of plants and flowers. The free park also hosts Music on the Green concerts at 12:15 p.m. every Thursday. Take a picnic and a blanket but not your dog.   

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Take in Fish Creek Falls

For a great stroll with the family, head to Fish Creek Falls, the iconic, cascading 283-foot waterfall originally pictured on cans of Coors beer. Its a three-mile drive from downtown and a ¼-mile walk to the bridge at the fallsbase or to an overlook above. Its one of the most spectacular places in Steamboat,says local Blair Seymour. Its close to town and you can dunk your whole body in its cool waters.

Fish the river

The town stretch of the Yampa River carries as many as 2,000 trout per mile in the city limits (catch-and-release with flies and lures only; Colorado fishing license required for anyone 16 and older). Other hotspots include the Stagecoach tailwaters, Chuck Lewis Wildlife Areas, Elk River and Caseys and Fetcher ponds. The Yampa has great public access to incredible fishing water all within city limits,says local Olympian Johnny Spillane.

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Farmers Market

Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? Hit the Farmers Market, held downtown along Yampa Street and Seventh Street every Saturday. Its a great location, right in the middle of downtown and offers something for the whole family,says MainStreet Steamboat manager Lisa Popovich, whose weekly event has more than 100 vendors. Filled with live music, food booths, arts and crafts kiosks and more, the market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from June to September.

Art scene

Steamboat is a premiere art destination, showcasing acclaimed work at an array of venues. Downtown boasts an art museum and a dozen galleries, with a great way to see it the First Friday Art Walk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month with drinks, appetizers and live music.

Shop downtown

Steamboats historic shopping district combines the nostalgia of old-time storefronts with boutique shops, galleries and more. Downtown youll find such venerable establishments as F.M. Light & Sons (look for the plastic horse on Lincoln Avenue), founded in 1905, as well as such other longtime favorites as Allens and All That. 

Stroll Yampa Street

Grab a cocktail on a deck overlooking the Yampa River. Yampa Street downtown has become a true beehive of activity, with parks, restaurants, bars and more. A $10 million renovation project is making it even better, with a new promenade and other pedestrian-friendly features.

Bike and hike

Steamboat voters recently approved more than $5 million in new trail building funds, meaning theres no better time to ride or hike area pathways. From Emerald Mountain to Mount Werner, the region has a host of trails for riders of all walks. Plus, the seven-mile Yampa River Core Trail paralleling the river downtown is a perfect ride for families. For a more wilderness setting, head to the lakes and mountains of the Mt. Zirkel  or Flat Tops wilderness areas.

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Embrace an event

Joining the Farmers Market and rodeo are a host of other events to put on your calendar, from the Steamboat Marathon and 4th of July Parade to the Art in the Park

Festival, Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Movement Festival, Wine Festival, Tour de Steamboat, Literary Sojourn and more.

Visit a state park

Steamboat Springs has two great state park lakes where you can waterski and wake-ski, stand-up paddleboard, swim or wade off sandy beaches. North of town, 1,053-acre Steamboat Lake (www.steamboatlakemarina.com) has a full-service marina and carries the Colorado Wildlife Commissions Gold Medal rating for fishing. Camp, swim at a beach and rent everything from speed boats to house boats. South of town, 780-acre Stagecoach Reservoir (www.stagecoachmarinastore.com) stocks 35,000 rainbow trout and offers a swimming beach, motor boat rentals, and a 10-mile trail around its perimeter.

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