Steamboat Springs is known as the perfect place to take your family on a ski vacation. But it is also a great destination for summer family adventure. Here is a quick look at the top hikes for families in the beautiful Yampa Valley.
- Spring Creek – The trailhead is just minutes from downtown which means a short car ride. The first part of the trail is very flat and wide, perfect for all ages. Just a half mile in you’ll come upon a reservoir where dogs can be off-leash and the family can enjoy a picnic in the pavilion. You can stay on the trail as long as your troupe wishes.
- Vista Nature Trail – Take a scenic gondola ride up to Thunderhead Lodge at the Steamboat Ski Resort. From there venture out on the Vista Nature Trail for a little less than one mile loop. You can split off on one of many other connecting trails or loop back to the Oasis Sundeck for lunch with an incredible view of the valley and Flattop Mountains. After you download the gondola, make a stop at the Burgess Creek Beach to let the kids cool off in the shallow creek water while you enjoy a cold one from the Umbrella Bar.
- Fish Creek Falls – The iconic Steamboat Springs hike that the whole family can do. It is just a quarter mile down to the base of the falls. There is a bit of an incline but the distance is short. Up for more? Head to the second falls, 2.5 miles from the parking lot (2.25 from the first falls). There is also an overlook close to the parking lot with a picnic area.
- Hot Springs Trail – Make it a hike and soak kind of day. Head out to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Before your soak, hike the mostly shaded Hot Springs Trail and then enjoy the beautiful, relaxing springs afterwards.
The great thing about the above (except Vista Nature Trail) is that they are all out-and back-hikes, so you can go for as long as you and your little ones like. Don’t forget to pack some kids’ Honey Stinger chews to keep their energy up. Stop by Backcountry Deli before your hike for delicious sammies to whip out when tummies start to growl. Put a few frozen PowerICE in a cooler in your car for a refreshing, revitalizing treat post-hike.
Whichever trail you and your family end up on, it will be a fun, memorable adventure!