Seven Ways To Get Your Adrenaline Fix In Steamboat This Summer

Steamboat Springs is known for its wide range of extreme activities that would be sure to satisfy any adrenaline junkie! Here are some of the more popular heart-pounding activities you can participate right here in The Boat!


One of the most popular activities during the Steamboat summer, downhill mountain biking will definitely get your blood pumping, the thrill of racing down the mountain is exhilarating! With trails fit for beginners, to the best riders in the world, Steamboat has a trail for everyone! Just hitch a ride up the gondola and let gravity bring you back down from the top.  Downhill bike rentals and services are available at Ski Haus and Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare.

2018 Summer Gondola Hours
May 26 – 28Sat-Mon10 am – 4 pm
June 2 – 10Sat/Sun10 am – 4 pm
June 15 – Sept 3Daily9 am – 5 pm (Friday 7:30 pm)
Sept 7 – 30Fri-Sun9 am – 5 pm (Friday 6 pm)
Oct 6 – 14Sat/Sun9 am – 5 am

Local’s choice bike shopWheels


Everybody knows how thrilling riding on a rollercoaster can be, now Steamboat Springs has its very own rollercoaster right on the base of the mountain! Officially known as the longest roller coaster in North America, the family is sure to love this one!


Most people consider fly fishing an easy and calming sport, that is until they have a wild trout on the end of their line! Fly fishing can really be an adrenaline-filled experience, with rushes of highs and lows, excitement and heartbreak. The average fish in the Yampa River would be a trophy in most other places in the country.  Many anglers believe that the trout of their lifetime live in the Yampa River.  If you want to give this low impact, high adrenaline sport a try we recommend hiring a local guide so you can skip the boring/frustrating parts and get right to the goods.

Locals Favorite Guide Service: Yampa Valley Anglers

Rainbow Trout

This “average” trout will be sure to get the heart pounding


Hanging onto a rock ledge hundreds of feet in the air is an experience unlike any other. Home to plenty of high peaks and steep rock faces, Steamboat has terrain for all skill levels. 

Local Pro’s: Rocky Mountain Ventures


Or “SUPing” is Colorados fastest growing water sport. Beginners can try their luck at the calm water of the Yampa or in Fetcher Pond.  Once you think you have your balance and really want to get the heart rate up, head for the rapids of downtown Steamboat. Helmets and PFD’s are a must.

Local Lessons and Rentals: Mountain Sports Kayak School and Paddle Board Adventure Company.



Zip Lining alongside the scenic view of Rabbit Ears pass is an experience packed with heart racing drops and scenic views of Steamboat and the green Yampa Valley.  Book your family trip with Steamboat Zipline Adventures Open May through October.

Local Zippers: Steamboat Zipline Adventures


The Sun is hot and the waves are big. Cool off with the thrill of whitewater right through downtown Steamboat Springs. The Yampa River is class III whitewater during the runoff season. “Town runs” as they are locally known, are about 1:30 minutes long and cover around 4 miles of river distance. If you are trying it by yourself, river experience and familiarity are necessary.Don’t worry, local outfitters, Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, run three town runs a day. With experienced guides at the helm, the whole family can find their adrenaline pulse. Trips run daily and meet at Bucking Rainbow Outfitters at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm, $50 per adult $45 per child.  Transportation is included. Spots must be reserved ahead of time.  If you would like more than just a taste you can sign up for a full day adventure rafting nearby rivers ranging from class II-V (depending on water levels).

Cross Mountain Canyon

Adrenaline surges just like the whitewater in Cross Mountain Canyon.

Rafting Options Within 90 Minutes Of Steamboat Springs:
Family (Class II-III)Adventurer (Class II-III+)Thrill Seeker (Class III-V)
Yampa Town RunElk RiverEagle River
Colorado RiverNorth Platte RiverCross Mountain Canyon (Yampa)

Local Professional River Guides: Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

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