Yes, today is Wednesday. The hump of the week when we all start to think about the upcoming weekend, start planning what we would like to do and even researching new activities. An added benefit of being in Steamboat Springs in the summertime is having so many outdoor recreational activities literally at you fingertips. The possibilities are endless and it really is fun to try new things in this outdoor playground. Whether you envision water sports, hiking or camping in your weekend plans the Yampa Valley has something for everyone.

For me this weekend, I am hoping to find new camping spots to take advantage of before summer is over. Here are 3 campsites that have been recommended to me, all state parks and all less than a half hour drive from Steamboat.

Stagecoach State Park – Located 17 miles south of Steamboat Springs; US 40 east 4 miles, Colorado 131 south 8 miles, Routt County Road 14 south 7 miles. At 7,250 feet with 92 campsites, priced between $7-18 a night and with amenities like drinking water, electric hook-ups, hiking trails, showers, stores and a trailer dump station this is looks like a must-try campsite.

Steamboat Lake State Park – Located 27 miles north of Steamboat Springs; Routt County Road 129 north to visitor center. At 8,000 feet with 193 campsites, priced between $14-18 a night and with amenities like drinking water, electric hook-ups, laundry, showers, stores and a trailer dump station this is campsites is on my to-do list.

Pearl Lake State Park – Located 22 miles north of Steamboat Springs; Routt County Road 129 north, east on Routt County Road 209. At 8,065 feet with 38 campsites, priced at $14 a night and with amenities like drinking water, this is campsites sounds very different than the other two, more private and secluded.