Top 10 Things to Do

What are the must-dos for locals and visitors alike in Steamboat Springs? In no particular order, check out our top 10 activities, events, and things to see this winter.

1. Fish Creek Falls

Take in the view of a 280 ft. frozen waterfall just a short drive from downtown Steamboat Springs. Head north on 3rd Street. At first stop sign, make a right on Fish Creek Falls Road. Continue 3.5 miles to parking area.

The Falls are a quarter mile hike down the snow-packed trail. Catch a glimpse of the icy wall, or try out ice climbing for an out-of-the-box afternoon. More on Fish Creek Falls

 Fish Creek Falls Winter Top 10

2. Snowshoe on Rabbit Ears

A great alternative to fun on the slopes, snowshoeing offers a look at the great outdoors at a more leisurely pace. Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 13 miles to the West Summit parking area on Rabbit Ears Pass. Begin on the north side of the road.

Views of the Yampa Valley and the Flat Tops are spectacular. View All Snowshoe Routes

 Snowshoe Rabbit Ears Top 10

3. Night Skiing

The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Steamboat Ski Resort's night skiing experience is back for the second season and has visitors enjoying the slopes day or night. Make a few turns, grab dinner at the base, and take full advantage of your winter vacation!

For more hours and ticket pricing visit Steamboat Ski & Resort's night skiing and riding page.

 Night Skiing Top 10

4. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Nothing beats the view of the Yampa Valley coated in white from a hot air balloon. This is truly an adventure for all ages and a unique way to experience Steamboat Springs even in the winter.

The early morning takeoff will leave you with plenty of time in the day to tackle the rest of the top 10 list! View More on Hot Air Ballooning

 Hot Air Ballooning Winter Top 10

5. Bike Emerald Mountain

We bike year-round in Steamboat. Join us by renting a fat tire, snow bike at one of the local bike shops. Then head up to Emerald Mountain where singletrack and groomed trails await. More on Biking

 Snow Biking Top 10

6. Soak in the Hot Springs  

What sounds better than a relaxing soak in natural hot springs after a day on the mountain? Old Town Hot Springs is right downtown and has swimming pools and a fitness center as well as four spring-fed pools.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a short drive (four-wheel drive cars only) or ride via Hot Springs Adventures to the springs nestled in the woods. View More on Hot Springs

 Hot Springs Winter Top 10

7.  Snow Tube

Tubing in Steamboat will leave you rolling in laughter with the whole family. Catch a ride on the magic carpet to the top of the hill and then hold on tight for an exhilarating ride down on a snow tube.

Saddleback Ranch offers snow tubing. See More on Snow Tubing.

 Tubing Winter Top 10

8. Snow-Cat Ski Our Backcountry

Give Steamboat Powdercats a call for an unforgettable day skiing untouched powder.

Not to mention the gourmet lunch that will refuel you for an afternoon full of snowy face shots.

 Backcountry Skiing Top 10

9. Winter Carnival

Celebrate 102 years of winter tradition in Steamboat Springs. Mention a parade and fireworks and people say that’s typical. Talk about adults on shovels being pulled down mainstreet behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops and people stop to listen.

In Steamboat Springs we do things differently, and with the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, this event is certainly no different.

 Winter Carnival Top 10

10. And of course, Fireworks!!

Fireworks are a staple of winter in Steamboat Springs. What better way to celebrate holidays and heritage than with a spectacle in the sky?

New Year’s Eve, Winter Carnival, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, are just a few of the times fireworks will light up the sky in Steamboat this winter season.

 Fireworks Top 10

If you didn't get enough, check out our summer and fall lists to get a jump start on planning your Rocky Mountain getaway anytime of year.