Things to do in Steamboat Springs
Variety is a good word to describe the outdoor recreational options in Steamboat Springs. Thanks to Steamboat's diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking through valleys and mountains, biking through open meadows or aspen-filled hills, kayaking class I to class V rivers, fishing and boating mountain lakes, and golfing with a lush mountain backdrop.
Here are just a few ideas for what to do outdoors in Ski Town USA® after the snow has melted:
Horseback Rides and Llama Treks
Saddle up and enjoy the beauty of the Yampa Valley while the horse does the walking. Numerous ranches and outfitters in the Steamboat area offer horseback rides for beginners through experts. One ranch even offers llama treks, which means that hikers can use four-legged helpers to carry their gear.
Hiking, Backpacking and Camping
The trails in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas will take hikers as far as their feet will carry them. Steamboat's Yampa Valley has almost 400,000 acres of solitude in the Flat Tops and Mount Zirkel wilderness areas and thousands of acres of multi-use National Forest land. The famous Continental Divide Trail also runs for miles along the backbone of several area mountains. Thanks to Steamboat's relatively-low elevation, trails and peaks are snowpack-free most of the summer and early fall.
Please see the Trail Descriptions at the end of the release for some hikes close to town and further off the beaten path.
Pick your trail - single-track, double-track, dirt road or paved. Pick your setting - woods, meadow, mountainous, rolling hills or urban. Pick your difficulty - easy, intermediate or expert. There are hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails in the Steamboat Springs area, so bikers can tailor rides to their liking. Some trails, such as the paved Yampa River Core Trail, are located within the city, and many others are within a few miles drive of town.
For more information on area mountain bike trails, visit www.routtcountyriders.org/trails.html or see the Trail Descriptions at the end of the release.
Take a walk along the Yampa River Core Trail at any given time of the day or year, and odds are that you'll see a fly fisherman or two or three casting a line. Fishermen also have several other prime fishing holes to choose from, such as the area's many creeks, rivers and lakes, including the Yampa River, Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach Reservoir.
The diversity of golf in the Yampa Valley and the spectacular scenery at its courses draws players from across the country. Steamboat's three public golf courses are open as long as the snow isn't falling (usually May through October).
Haymaker Golf Course Haymaker has been called "a little piece of Scotland tucked into the Yampa Valley." This 18-hole, treeless, links-style course was designed by Keith Foster and has hosted the Colorado Golf Association PGA Eastern Chapter Pro-Am and the Colorado Mid-Amateurs Finals. The course is also a registered member of the Audubon International Signature Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club's 18-hole championship course features stunning panoramic views of the lush Yampa Valley, the Flat Tops Wilderness, Fish Creek Canyon and the Steamboat Ski Area. Fish Creek winds through seven of the holes, and abundant groves of aspen trees protect the bluegrass fairways.
Steamboat Golf Club The Steamboat Golf Club, Steamboat's oldest golf course (founded in 1964), offers a nine-hole course just west of downtown. The Golf Club borders the Yampa River, and cottonwood trees and a small stream add beauty and challenge to the course.
Those who have watched John Wayne movies and wondered what it would be like to be a cowboy or cowgirl can find out firsthand by participating in a cattle drive at one of Steamboat's ranches. Three area ranches can turn city slickers into cowboys: Big Rack Outfitters & Horseback Adventures, 970.871.1427; High Country Guide and Outfitters, 970.824.4178; and Saddleback Ranch/Double $$ Cattle Drives, 970.879.3711.
Jet Skiing, Water Skiing, Sailing and Sailboarding
Colorado may be landlocked, but that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities for water sports. Jet skiers and boaters can cruise around and swimmers can take a dip in Steamboat Lake, a 1,053-acre reservoir, and the 780-acre Stagecoach Reservoir. Both reservoirs have full-service marinas.
Tubing the Yampa River is a great way to see Steamboat's downtown from a different view. People of all ages can enjoy the cool, relaxing experience of floating down the river. Several area retailers rent tubes.
The disc golf course is located at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. Disc rentals and scorecards are available at RideSports in Gondola Square. The ski area's course is free to the public and open daily until dusk. Call RideSports at 970-871-5349 with questions.
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