Steamboat Springs offers a wealth of fun summer activities to participate in with the family. Here is our top ten list of our favorite family activities you can find here in the ‘Boat!
1. Go Hiking in or Around Steamboat
-Prepare accordingly: Bring plenty of water, a packable rain jacket for all, a small first aid and blister kit, and snacks to keep the appetite down and spirits high.
-Check the forecast: On most summer afternoons showers and thunderstorms pop up, although most are short-lived, some can be severe with plenty of lightning. If possible, when there is potential for storms either don’t go or try to be done before noon.
-Wear appropriate footwear: Sturdy sneakers with good ankle support at a minimum. Steamboat Shoe Market has a wide selection of hiking footwear.
Yampa River Core Trail (paved)
Emerald Mountain Bluffs
Spring Creek Trail
Mad Creek Trail
Thunderhead Hiking Trail
Fish Creek Falls trail to Lost Lake
2. Go Biking
3. Hang Out Downtown
We believe that hanging out is considered an activity, especially on vacation and especially with your family! The first thing you will notice about hanging out in downtown Steamboat is the inviting and laid back feel in the air. Choose from ample shops and restaurants to lighten your pockets and fill your bellies. Art galleries, clothing boutiques, breweries, family parks and
Be careful tho, this is said to be where the Yampa Valley Curse takes its final hold on you. You may just drop everything and move to Steamboat after a summer day hanging out in downtown Steamboat Springs.
4. Tube the Yampa River
This is Steamboat’s favorite summer past time and rightfully so, it’s extremely relaxing and anybody can do it. You must wait until early to mid-July when the spring runoff subsides enough for tubing to become safe. Many places along Yampa street provide tube rentals and you can drop right in the river there. Backdoor Sports even provides a shuttle back to town when you are through. For a longer float, buy tubes at a sporting good store around town and use the city’s free bus to shuttle you up to Rotary or Fetcher park and float back to town.
Local Tip: Please respect the Yampa. Flip flops, sunglasses, cans, and water bottles are all easily lost while tubing and result in lots of trash in our most cherished Steamboat resource, the Yampa River. Do not wear flip-flops that can easily fall off your feet but instead sandals with straps, secure your sunglasses, leave the beer and plastic water bottles at home (alcoholic beverages are not permitted). Instead, bring a reusable water bottle that you can clip to yourself or your tube.
5. Hang Out at Howelsen Hill
This goes hand in hand with hanging out downtown. Just walk over the Yampa ninth street footbridge and follow the Yampa River Core Trail to Howelsen Hill. Here there are volleyball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, grills, gazebos, and the Howler, Steamboat’s alpine slide.
6. Visit Fish Creek Falls
It is a short, 1/4 mile walk on a gravel path down to the 280 ft Fish Creek Falls. In the Spring, witness the once soft powder blast over the falls like an oversized firehose as Fish Creek runs hard with snowmelt runoff.
7. Go Out To Eat
Steamboat’s dining scene is second to none. From pizza places to French cuisine, appetites of all sizes and ages can be satisfied by the selection of Steamboat’s downtown restaurants. In the summer, we recommend restaurants along Yampa street with riverside seating. We also recommend hitting the places unique to Steamboat. Visit Eight Street Steakhouse for the best steaks in Steamboat with a unique twist, you grill them yourself while the restaurant prepares your sides and servers bring your drinks to the grill, what a great family activity! You can also ride the gondola to mid-mountain and dine with a view at Hazies Restaurant. Finally, whatever you do, don’t miss Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, your kids and significant other will never forgive you. Neither will your dentist.
8. Visit The Pro Rodeo
9. Take Family Horseback Ride
If you were motivated by the rodeo, become a cowboy or cowgirl yourself by enjoying a horseback ride through the country with the family.
10. Spend the Day on the Mountain
When you think of Steamboat resort you automatically think of skiing but there is endless summer family fun that can be had right at the base. There are activities for kids barely able to walk to full-grown adults who still want to be kids. Burgess Creek is diverted through the base area creating shallow pools for the littlest ones to splash and play in. The Coca-Cola adventure zone activities span from water walking, summer tubing, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, ropes course, mini-golf and a brand new mountain coaster. You can also take a scenic gondola ride and look out over the green Yampa Valley and the Flattop Mountains. Mountain bikes and even mountain bike guides can be rented to take you on a downhill thrill ride. Ride the gondola up, bike back down, no pedaling required. The base area opens on weekends only May 26-June 10th, 2018, Sept 3rd-Oct 14th, 2018 and seven days a week from June 15th, 2018 to September 3rd, 2018.