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Winter Adventures

Looking for something unique to do during your winter vacation in Steamboat for the days you’re not skiing or snowboarding? How about a snowmobile tour, horse-drawn sleigh ride or dogsled tour? These fun and adrenaline-fill adventures are the perfect way to see hidden areas of the Yampa Valley.


One of the best ways to explore the Routt County backcountry & wilderness is on a powerful snowmobile with experienced guides to show you the ropes. It’s time to explore our winter wonderland!

  • Steamboat Snowmobile Tours – Discover the Continental Divide over Rabbit Ears with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, plus check out their moonlight dinner tour.
  • Elk Mountain Adventures – 5-hour private tour company based out of Hayden, CO offering snowmobile & UTV trips.
  • Colorado Sled Rentals – Full day adventure covering the Steamboat backcountry and ending with fireside food & drinks.
  • Saddleback Ranch – Offering guided snowmobile tours over groomed trails and open free ride meadows on private land. Enjoy views of the Flattops, Mt. Werner, Sleeping Giant and the Zirkels.
  • Thunderstruck Adventures - The only outfitter in Steamboat Springs & Colorado that provides a true backcountry snowmobiling experience on a fully-privately owned mountain. Their exclusive mountain offers terrain that is suitable for first-time riders, as well as some of the best professional snowmobile riders in the industry. 
  • Lucky 8 Ranch - What's more, Colorado than a day spent snowmobiling in Steamboat Springs with bison? If the idea of taking on some freshly groomed trails excites you, then this 20-mile tour around a private bison ranch is for you. 

Sleigh & Horseback Rides

There is something so peaceful about a sleigh ride at night with the sounds of the horses dashing through the snow, their bells jingling and the dark starry night surrounding you.

  • Steamboat Resorts – Typically offering a few different sleigh ride options, but make sure to call to see what the current availability is this season.
    • Haymaker Sleigh Ride Dinner – Bring your entire group for a horse-drawn sleigh ride dashing through the snow and ending with a four-course dinner.
    • Ragnars Sleigh Ride Dinner – Ride up the Gondola and take a snowcat-driven sleigh to Rendezvous Lodge for a five-course Scandinavian inspired dinner.
    • Four Points Snowcat Dinner – No horses in this sleigh ride! Cruise to 9,000 feet in an authentic snowcat and enjoy a traditional Italian dinner at Four Points Lodge.
  • Del's Triangle 3 Ranch - Take in the north country, just 30 minutes from Steamboat with a horseback ride tour and/or snow buggy tours. 

Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing is a fun, family-friendly way to get the adrenaline pumping, day or night. 

  • Saddleback Ranch - One of the best places to tube in the valley. Take their shuttle (a fun school bus) out to the Ranch and enjoy snacks and drinks while taking a ride on the 3+ tracks.
  • Howelsen Hill - One never forgets the exhilaration of sledding growing up! Tube Howelsen shares that same excitement and brings tubing thrills to the slopes while enjoying Steamboat Springs' hometown ski hill. Families and kids of all ages will slide into winter in a new way creating memories that will last a lifetime! 

Dogsled Tours

This is definitely one for the bucket list! Get to know the fun-loving and hard-working dogs & guides while touring Routt County & beyond!

  • Snowbuddy Dog Sled Tours – Family owned & operated dog sled tour company offering guided tours, learn to mush trips or couples trips. All trips take place on Dunkley Pass, about one hour south of Steamboat.
  • Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works – Learn how to mush with the best! Run by an Iditarod athlete & his dogs, Grizzle T offers trips to the West & South of Steamboat.