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Author: Jennie Lay

Awesome weekend festivals permeate Steamboat Springs’ summer calendar, celebrating everything from wine to hot air balloons to bikes. Festival agendas fill the days and are primarily self-explanatory for anyone ready to jump into the fun. But the perfect three-day Colorado summer getaway can also be


Horses are at the heart of Steamboat Springs’ roots. Northwest Colorado’s Ute Indians first acquired horses in the mid 1600s, making them among the first North American Indians to do so. The Yampa Valley’s first white settlers used horses to get here, then work the land. Cowboys and cowgirls have

Sweet Cabin Livin’

September 19, 2015 by Jennie Lay


Nothing conjures up a Rocky Mountain escape like the romantic idea of a little log cabin buried in the aspens. Re-imagining life in a cabin makes everything seem simpler, quieter, truly rustic and decidedly Western. Every cabin needs a porch for afternoon reading, a quilt to hunker under on cool

Rush to Calm Waters

August 26, 2015 by Jennie Lay

A little gem known as Pearl Lake glimmers at the foot of Farwell Mountain, a half hour north of Steamboat Springs. The wake-free lake is a cozy Colorado State Park that claims Gold Medal fishing and front-row camp sites along the shoreline.

Pearl Lake is a prime base camp for day hiking in the Routt

Water lovers, head 17 miles south from Steamboat Springs to your boating, fishing, SUPing, water skiing oasis. Navigate south on Colorado Highway 131 toward that awe-inspiring horizon that is the Flat Tops Wilderness; swing left on scenic Routt County Road 14 with all its working ranches; then pull

Experience the West: See Steamboat the Farm Stay Way

Forty-seven. That’s how many baby goats the Wattles family had delivered in the past three days by the time I pulled up their dirt driveway this spring at the Horse & Hen bed and breakfast. Three fresh arrivals were in their arms as the Wattles

The Mad Creek trail is a much-beloved Steamboat Springs standby. Marked as trail #1100 on Routt National Forest maps, it’s iconic for its high mountain scenery and hard-enough hitting terrain that includes an 800-foot elevation gain over the first mile or so. Plus, it follows a steep snowmelt creek

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