Come for the Steamboat Marathon and enjoy all the area has to offer
Each summer, Steamboat Springs kickstarts the season with its annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, renewing its reputation as an ideal mountain destination for runners.
With an extensive trail network, a web of rural roadways, a paved path that parallels the Yampa River from one end of town to the other, and a manageable high altitude location, options for both road and trail runners are exceptional. Looking for additional mountain running challenges this summer? Steamboat also is home to the nationally recognized non-profit Steamboat Springs Running Series: 13 races incorporating both road and trail options, a range of different lengths, and a variety of spectacular settings. Oh, and after all of that running around, check out the fringe benefits of a Steamboat stay: sightseeing, shopping, sipping and soaking.
Rest those legs after a long run with a cruise around Steamboat Springs on an electric bike from Pedego Electric Bikes. Rent a cruiser, specialty, or multi-passenger style e-bike to explore the Yampa River Core Trail or cycle three miles to the Fish Creek Falls trailhead. You can even opt for one of three guided tour options: explore town and learn about the history of the area; cruise between three local craft breweries; or gawk at the local vistas as you travel along rolling hills and ranch lands to Lake Catamount (includes lunch at the Catamount Lake House).
Looking for more excitement? The Yampa River Festival is taking place June 4-5 this year and is free to spectators! You can watch kayak racing, paddle boarding, rafting competitions, and more. This is a great way to also check out the art inspired by the river while soaking up the summer sunshine.
For a slower pace, explore Yampa River Botanic Park, featuring 50 different gardens. Relax and listen to free Music on the Green concerts or participate in a morning yoga session. Or dive into local history at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Along with excellent exhibits, the museum also offers walking tours. During the hot springs walking tour, visit and learn about seven of the springs on a downtown jaunt (or pick up a map at the museum).
Meander around downtown Steamboat Springs’ historic shopping district and explore some of the boutique shops, galleries and more. You might even find sidewalk sales still taking place. A stop into F.M. Light and Sons is a must to get a true taste of Steamboat’s western heritage, along with the most authentic ranch and cowboy apparel in town.
An added bonus – the Steamboat Farmer’s Market returns this June on Saturday mornings. Browse artwork from makers, check out local agriculture products and food, and taste some of the best bakes in town. This is a great place to find all of Steamboat’s best products in one stop!
Steamboat boasts three breweries and a distillery, any of which offer ideal post-run celebratory beverage options.
- Storm Peak Brewing Company offers an ever-rotating 20-tap selection along with kombucha on tap and free popcorn (you can also grab food from Moe's Original BBQ, located next door).
- Mountain Tap Brewery serves up great wood-fired pizza and apps along with 12 house-brewed beers on tap (there's also hard cider and non-alcoholic offerings). Try the Chasing Gold IPA, brewed to celebrate the Olympics and honor Steamboat's Olympians and Team USA; or the Passionate Pedal.
- Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill offers a great happy hour (half price in-house brewed beers and $1 tapas). Try the Alpenglow, a full-bodied amber that local’s love to toast.
- Steamboat Whiskey Company, located downtown, serves up free tastings of their lineup — Warrior Whiskey, Sleeping Giant Gin, Ski Town Vodka, Whiskycello, Orangecello, Alpine Nectar Honey Spirit and Steamboat Springs Territorial Moonshine. Find select craft cocktails on the happy hour menu, served daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and all day Sundays. There’s also a shared plate menu if you’re hungry
There’s nothing like a good soak after a long run. Soothe those weary muscles in natural hot springs at the newly renovated Old Town Hot Springs, conveniently located downtown. Complete with waterfalls, a pool-plunging climbing wall and a pair of 230-foot water slides, this is a must-visit when staying in Steamboat Springs. This world-class facility now features a new 15,000-square-foot addition with a new and improved fitness area, a climbing wall, an indoor walking track, and more.