Parks and Recreation

Nordic skiers photo courtesy Alex Johnson / Vista Verde Ranch 

The League of American Bicyclists named Steamboat Springs, aka Bike Town USA, a gold-level bicycle friendly community in terms of bike-ability, safety and community support. Steamboat has also been designated as a bronze level IMBA Ride Center®, one of less than 30 in the world.

Steamboat, long been nicknamed Ski Town USA, is home to the oldest continually operating ski area in the country - Howelsen Hill - which started in 1915.

The city has been a home or training home of more Olympians than any other town in the U.S.

Plenty of recreational opportunities close to home undoubtedly is the number one reason people come to visit and then stay to live and work in Steamboat Springs. Sure the town has produced a record number of Olympians and is home to enough hard-core athletes to inspire and motivate anyone, but the recreational choices are so varied that everyone can have fun at their own level.

Steamboat’s trail system allows year-round opportunity to explore the outdoors.

The City's recreation program provides the chance to participate in many activities, ranging from after school programs and summer camps to ice hockey, softball and volleyball.

The Steamboat Ski Resort, the fifth largest ski area in Colorado based on skiable acres, has terrain and lessons for every ability level.

Steamboat Lake State Park, located 25 miles north of Steamboat, is a beautiful 1,053-acre lake surrounded by mountains and views of the Continental Divide. The lake is open to boating May 1 through Nov. 1 each year.

The local recreation choices run from A to Z, with almost every letter of the alphabet represented. Anyone who finds an activity that starts with X – let us know.

  • Alpine skiing; ATV riding
  • Ballooning; boating; backpacking; bowling
  • Cross-country skiing; camping; canoeing
  • Dog sledding; dog parks; dancing; dirt biking
  • Extreme sports (for the hardy few)
  • Fly-fishing; Frisbee football; figure skating
  • Golf; gymnastics; gardening at the botanic or community sites
  • Hot springs pools; hiking; horseback riding; hunting
  • Indoor tennis center; ice hockey; ice climbing
  • Jeep trails for 4-wheel driving
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse; llama treks
  • Mountain biking
  • Nordic skiing
  • Outdoor studies classes at Colorado Mountain College
  • Qigong classes
  • Parks and playgrounds; paddle boarding
  • Road bike races; rodeos; rugby
  • Sledding; snowmobiling; swimming; soccer and softball leagues; skateboard parks; ski jumping; snowshoeing; sleigh rides; sailing
  • Tubing on the Yampa River; tandem biking riding; tee-ball leagues; tubing hills in winter
  • Uphill running during race series
  • Volleyball on the sand court
  • Walking on the river trail; waterskiing; wildflower hikes
  • Yoga; youth football
  • Zumba classes

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