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 and places to see this summer.

1. View Fish Creek Falls

Take in the view of a 280 ft. scenic 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 dirt trail, or access another viewing point on the flat, paved overlook. More on Fish Creek Falls

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2. Soak in the Hot Springs Pools

Soak in the natural hot mineral springs at Old Town Hot Springs and Strawberry Park Hot Springs, historically known by the Ute Indians as the “Medicine Springs”.

Enjoy a fun and relaxing soak for the whole family; please note children under 18 are not allowed after dark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. More on Hot Springs

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3. Go for a Gondola Ride

Take the gondola to the top of Mount Werner where 360 degree mountain and valley views await. Hike or mountain bike on the newly updated terrain with options for all levels. Have a delicious lunch or snack at Hazie's or Oasis Sundeck.

Gondola Open Dates

The Gondola is now open for summer operations. To view dates of operation, please click below.

More on the Gondola and Base Area

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4. Explore by Bike

With hundreds of miles of singletrack steps away, grab your bike and experience the wonder and adventure of Bike Town USA®.

From scenic cross country trails to white-knuckle downhill riding to leisurely downtown cruiser paths, get to know Steamboat Springs from two wheels. More on Biking

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5. Tube the Yampa River

The Champagne Powder® that falls into winter melts into a wildly fun family adventure on the Yampa River in summer.

Tubing companies can take you for a completely unique inner-tube ride down the Yampa River that runs right through the heart of downtown: a laid-back but fun float with a few rapids and loads of laughs. Tubing Tips and Companies

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6. Go for a Hike

There’s a reason why hiking is a favorite summertime activity in Steamboat. You can visit iconic landmarks - like the Rabbits Ears on the namesake pass – via a vast network of hiking trails throughout the valley.

You can walk along bubbling creeks, scale and scramble rocky inclines and watch the expanse of the Yampa Valley open up before you from the top of the world. View Hiking Trails

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7. Cast a Line & Try Fly Fishing

Steamboat Springs is home to world class fishing. With seven miles of public fishing stretching through downtown, the Yampa River offers convenient access for phenomenal trout fishing.

Stop by a local fishing shop and check out the private water and guide options as well. Take a scenic drive to any of the three Colorado State Parks (Steamboat Lake, Stagecoach Reservoir, or Peal Lake) for more lake and river fishing. More on Fly Fishing

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8. Saddle Up at the Pro Rodeo Series

Add it to your “must do” weekend list in Steamboat Springs. The award-winning Pro Rodeo takes place every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. from the third weekend in June through the third weekend in August. The kiddos can participate in the Calf or Ram Scramble. More on the Rodeo

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9. Go for a Walk through the Botanic Park

Open all summer and into the fall, this high altitude garden celebrates the trees, shrubs, plants and birds of the Yampa River Basin.

Free admission. Located between downtown and the mountain - on US 40 turn west onto Trafalger Drive and follow the signs or access via the Yampa River Core Trail. More on the Botanic Park

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10. Listen to the Sound of Music at Strings Music Festival

Music can take you down a path you’ve never traveled before. Strings Music Festival’s 27th season offers a variety of musical genres that allow you to enjoy the beauty and fun of live music performances by new and old friends, from a 12-year-old jazz pianist to 90-year-old Menahem Pressler, from country to rock and flamenco to classical.

Concerts take place June through August. Calendar of Events

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

Do your children prefer the indoors? Follow this link to discover art opportunities in Steamboat for your children this summer.