Ecclesiastes 4:12 "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

(Lion Chasers Jeph and Jase helping with delivery of the ring.)

Steamboat Springs is Colorado’s playground with plenty of activities to suite every interest. Our hope is that you get to spend some time enjoying your mountain vacation, either relaxing with a round of golf, enjoying the majestic views from the gondola or soaking in the natural hot springs (highly recommended!). Here are a few of our suggestions.

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Alpine Slide

Colorado’s longest continually running ski area, Howelsen Hill, has a variety of summer fun available. The Howler alpine slide is one of its premier summer attractions. First, enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Howelsen Hill, then cruise down the 2,400-foot controlled descent through banked turns on the steep face!

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Fly Fishing

Steamboat has an abundance of lakes and streams that are ideal for fly fishing.  If you would like the services of a guide we recommend Bucking Rainbow Outfitters [], who will arrange an unforgettable half-day or full-day fly fishing trip for your group that you will never forget.  You can choose to fish at either a public-water location or pay additional access fees to visit the private waters of a local ranch.

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Steamboat has 3 great public golf courses.  Haymaker Golf Course is a spectacular links-style course that was recently selected as one of the top 20 in the state.  Then there is the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club, which is dramatically contoured and was designed by Robert Trent Jones II.  And finally, the Steamboat Golf Club is a 9-hole course that is quite affordable and very nicely groomed.  All three courses are highly recommended.

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Gondola Rides

If you would like to enjoy majestic views from the top of Mt. Werner without the hassle of hiking all the way to the top, Steamboat’s 8-passenger gondola will transport you to the peak in 10 minutes flat!  From the top, you can hike or bike either a short loop or a more ambitious trek in order to traverse the many faces of Storm Peak and Mt. Werner.  The mountain features a spectacular array of wildflowers in the summertime as well as outstanding views in every direction of the Flat Tops, Sleeping Giant, and the Zirkels.

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The area surrounding Steamboat is absolutely packed with fantastic hiking adventures.  Conveniently located next to The Torian Plum are Mt. Werner and Storm Peak, which are covered with trails.  Adjacent to town is the ever-popular Fish Creek Falls hike, which also accesses a longer scenic hike to Long Lake.  Further outside town is the Mad Creek trailhead, which serves as a portal into the vast Mt. Zirkel Wilderness.

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Horseback Riding

There are more horseback riding options in the Steamboat area than for perhaps any other summer activity.  We recommend Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch, Elk River Guest Ranch and Saddleback Ranch, each located 15 to 25 miles outside Steamboat in pristine ranch country, surrounded by wilderness.  Ride through aspen trees and valleys and enjoy the beauty of the Yampa Valley.

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Hot Air Ballooning

If you ever dreamed of floating quietly above the mountains in the comfort of a hot air balloon, Wild West Balloon Adventures offers early-morning flights over the Yampa Valley, complete with a complimentary breakfast and a glass of champagne!

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Hot Springs

Just 7 miles outside of Steamboat is one of the most popular and attractive hot springs facilities in Colorado.  Strawberry Park Hot Springs is truly a can’t-miss Steamboat experience that is open year-round.  It features hot spring pools of varying sizes and temperatures, with the warmest hovering around 105 degrees.  The sculpted masonry surrounding each pool is fabulously designed.  Strawberry Park is also perfect for hiking, picnicking, and achieving complete serenity.  NOTE: Clothing is optional after dark.

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Kid’s Fun Zone

Each summer the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone has fun activities and games for the whole family to enjoy. Located at the base of the ski area, you’ll find a climbing wall, mini-bounce, mechanical bull and more!

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Massage & Spa Services

If you would like to be taken care of while you’re on vacation, there are many great options for massages, acupuncture, body wraps and all sorts of other spa treatments.  Some of our favorite spas are Waterside Day Spa, Life Essentials, and Bear River Spa.

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Mountain Biking

Steamboat is a fantastic place to ride a bike in the summertime!  Whether you prefer mountain biking on Mt. Werner’s challenging and extensive trail system or taking a relaxing bike ride on the Yampa River Core Trail, there’s something for everyone.  If you need to rent a bike, we recommend either Ski Haus, which has a more extensive inventory, or Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, which is a bit more affordable.

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Floating through town on the Yampa River is easily one of the most iconic and truly relaxing of all the summer activities in Steamboat.  Tubing is an excellent way to cool off as you float down the lazy rapids and catch some warm rays of sunshine.  You can either procure your own inner tubes and explore the river on your own terms, or you can rent tubes from Backdoor Sports, in downtown Steamboat, float a few miles of the river, and have Backdoor’s shuttle pick you up and bring you back to your starting point.

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Whitewater Rafting

Among the greatest recreational assets Steamboat boasts are the wonderful rivers in its vicinity.  Because of this, there are wide-ranging rafting opportunities available, from the easygoing stretches of the Yampa River close by to the intermediate rapids of Elk River and Arkansas River to the whitewater gauntlet of the harrowing Cross Mountain Canyon.  Several outfitters offer many rafting trips of varying duration and difficulty in these and other locations.  This will likely end up as one of your most unforgettable Steamboat memories!

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