VIDEO – Steamboat Horses Frolic in Fresh Snow. Watch and Enjoy
VIDEO – Steamboat Horses Frolic in Fresh Snow. Watch and Enjoy
Water, water everywhere! The pure water that flows through the Medicine Bow National Forest is just one of the reasons why people say the Yampa Valley is such a magical place. After all, how many towns are founded and built around bubbling hot springs and a river? Once you get on the water here, you’ll understand why we love it- and there’s something for everyone.
If you alpine ski to practice for water skiing, then you better get out to Steamboat Lake. The marina rents out water ski boats with a driver for up to 10 people. Rentals include your trusty driver (or coach, as you may need), gas and water toys. For those of you who want to stay rowdy but maybe not risk a bathing suit malfunction in the water, the pontoon boat might be for you. Ice up the cooler, throw your sunscreen in your beach bag (because you are 7,000 feet closer to the sun) and snatch up one of the 20- or 22-foot pontoons at the Steamboat Lake Marina or the Stagecoach Marina in South Routt County.
Those who revel in peace and quiet may want to head north to Pearl Lake. A fraction of the size of nearby Steamboat Lake, Pearl is less crowded and is wakeless. Pearl Lake is really just, well, the pearl of the North Routt lake system, if you please.
Colorado is famous for its namesake river, which is so epic it’s cut out the Grand Canyon over a millennia. Check out our local rafting company Bucking Rainbow, as well as Mad Adventures and Adventures in Whitewater an hour away in Kremmling. Each of them will take you for a float you’ll never forget, whether you decide to take an intermediate trek on the Colorado, Eagle, or Elk rivers; raft as a family down the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs; or prove your worth with an adventure through Class V Gore Canyon (experts only). You may even get to stop at a river hot spring or cliff jump! Hearing your guide call “Forward 2!” in the rapids is an experience like no other.
Make a splash and plenty of memories in Steamboat Springs this summer enjoying all the watersports at the body of water of your choosing.
Summer in the mountains means sunshine, and outdoor activities at Colorado ski resorts. Although there’s no snow, there’s plenty to do. After all, we live for the summer after shoveling for seven months! Whether you’re into music, looking to attend a special event, or even extreme sports, the mountains in Colorado have the festival or trail to offer.
If you’re seeking an extreme Colorado adventure, mountain biking is just as scenic as it is challenging. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, there are trails to captivate you. A number of ski resorts in Colorado have lift-serviced trails or you can climb from the bottom and be rewarded with a sweet run down a flow trail. If you are a beginner, you can arrange for rentals and lessons with a guide. Be prepared to see the ski areas in a new light and find yourself ripping across one of your favorite ski runs but on two wheels.
If you’d like to try something a little less daring, a scenic gondola ride or a hike through the wildflowers might be more up your alley. From top to bottom, there are trails ranging in terrain so you can pick based on your ability and time available.
The bar has been set high for on mountain dining in the winter, why not give it a whirl in the summer? The scenery is just as stunning in the warmer temperatures and there is nothing better than toasting to a summer sunset at 9,000+ feet.
Head up to the high country to enjoy a wide variety of events in the summertime. Festivals celebrating culture, beer, hot air balloons, barbeque, wildflowers, film and more are the perfect excuse to break away to the mountains. Live music is practically canon for every mountain town’s summer event lineup. Ranging from resident orchestras, chamber recitals and soloists, dance festivals, jazz, bluegrass and free concert series, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
No matter what your pleasure is, get up to the mountains this summer and experience the ski areas covered in vibrant green and endless sunshine.
Crisp mountain air, dancing wildflowers, and calm waters welcome visitors to Steamboat Lake State Park, located at the base of historic Hahn’s Peak. A 25-mile drive north on Routt County Road 129/ Elk River Road will lead you to the heart of the Zirkel Wilderness. The state park offers breathtaking views and year-round recreational opportunities for every type of traveler.
There’s no place quite like Steamboat Lake State Park in the summertime. The reservoir spans over 1,053 acres and provides a place for all forms of water-based activities. Some coves and inlets are restricted to wakeless boating for kayaks and standup paddle boarding, but a vast portion of lake is zoned for wake boating, water skiing, and jet skiing. There is a full service marina as well as a swim beach for the kiddos.
There are 188 campsites located within the park. Electric and non-electric sites are available as well as water hydrants, showers, and vaulted toilets. Reservations are available online and by phone three days – six months in advance. Reservations are highly recommended as this is a very popular spot in the summer months.
Not much of a camper? Make a day trip to go on a scenic hike on one of the several trails in the area. Tombstone Trail is a short 1.1 mile loop that wraps around the shoreline into expansive wildflower meadows and is listed as one the best short trails in Colorado.
The lake also offers cold-water lure, bait, and fly fishing. Anglers can find sizeable rainbow trout, brown trout, and the occasional brook trout. End your day of fishing or hiking with a family picnic at one of the 25 different picnic tables located around the park.
Steamboat Lake State Park is one of the best places to experience autumn in Colorado. A great way to take in all of nature’s beauty is on horseback. Horseback riding is restricted to undeveloped areas of the park around the southeast corner of the lake. Guided rides are available through Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse.
All properly licensed hunters are welcome in the park during all legal seasons after Labor Day weekend. Set up camp in the park, put on your best camo and safety orange and get out there.
At 8,100’ elevation, three surrounding mountain peaks, expansive forests, and views of the Continental Divide, Steamboat Lake State Park is a photographers dream. Capture lifelong memories of diverse wildlife, foggy mornings, bluebird skies, aspen trees, and breathtaking sunsets behind the lense of your camera. This scenic view could be the perfect backdrop for your next family portrait.
Bike Events Round-up
By Amy Stern – Director, Bike Town, USA
Spring has finally arrived in Steamboat Springs, and that means it is time stow the ski gear and tune up the bicycles. Whether your biking plans include scenic tours, challenging hill climbs or downhill thrills, there is something for you in Bike Town, USA this summer.
The season kicks off with Bike Week 2016 offering a line-up of racing, touring, bike clinics and social events that will appeal to every style of rider. A Bike Week visit is a great way to experience biking in Steamboat. Here is the list of Bike Week events:
All Week long – June 13-19
Monday, June 13
Tuesday, June 14
Wednesday, June 15
Thursday, June 16
Friday, June 17
Saturday, June 18
Sunday, June 19
If Bike Week does not suit your calendar, check out the full list of summer events in Bike Town, USA.
Want to make a splash in Steamboat Springs this summer? There are plenty of on-water activities to partake in. To get you into the spirit, the 36th annual Yampa River Festival and SUP Cup will kick off the season June 3-5. This family-friendly weekend starts with the Paddling Life Creek Kayak Race on Fish Creek on Friday followed by rafting, kayak, and SUP events on Saturday and Sunday at Charlie’s Hole directly in front of the Bud Werner Memorial Library. More information available on the festivities here.
One thing to make sure you check off your Steamboat bucket list this summer is tubing. As the river hits prime tubing Backdoor Sports and Bucking Rainbow Outfitters are located right on Yampa Street and will be happy to help with rentals.
Remember, here in Steamboat we like to keep our rivers clean and free of garbage, so make sure to pick up anything that you may have dropped in and around the river. More information on tubing outfitters and what to bring on the river.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a great way to cruise the waterways in Steamboat. From touring around on flatwater or taking your SUP down the Yampa River, you are definitely in for an exciting day. Check out Steamboat Paddleboard Adventures to take a lesson or try out a rental board.
Want to learn to kayak but don’t have any of the equipment? Don’t worry, Mountain Sports Kayak School has all the gear and offers instruction for kayakers. Start off getting to know your kayak then head down the Yampa to get the feel for waves and river currents.
The arts community in Steamboat Springs is bubbling with interesting cultural events and arts programing this summer. We don’t discriminate when it comes to art forms that we celebrate including literary arts, performing arts, music, and visual arts throughout the entire summer.
Steamboat Art Museum’s Plein Air Event (June 11-18) Plein Air Event
Artists from near and far will convene in Steamboat Springs for a week-long event featuring live painting throughout Routt County. This non-juried event takes place at the peak of wildflower season and the finished pieces will be displayed and sold at the Steamboat Art Museum from June 17 to July 30.
42nd Annual Art in the Park (July 9-10) Art in the Park
A weekend full of creativity and approachable art from 160 artisans. The 2016 event will feature a new food court and interactive kids’ area to provide fun for the whole family. Free to the public, this event coincides with the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo making this the most colorful weekend of the summer.
National Dance Week (July 25-29) Steamboat Springs Art Council
Steamboat Dance Theatre is partnering with the Depot Art Center and dance studios to offer a week of free dance and movement classes finishing with a community performance at the Depot on July 30.
All Arts Festival (August 15-21) Steamboat All Arts Festival
Awake your senses at the All Arts Festival. This year’s theme, Creative Circus, features an unbridled collection of events encompassing the rich culture of Steamboat’s visual, musical, literary and performing arts. The week-long event culminates August 20-21 with an Art Stroll on Yampa Avenue.
Young at Art Creativity Camps Steamboat Springs Art Council
Offering a full range of creative endeavors for ages 4-18 at the Depot Art Center. There is something for everyone at these kids’ camps including fly tying, dance, world music, printmaking and outdoor theater productions.
Live Western Melodrama Chief Theater
Join the fun at the historic Chief Theater every Thursday in July and August for a night of family-friendly entertainment. Live piano accompanies the show and it is all about audience participation. Kids and adults alike get to boo the villain, cheer the hero and sing along to some hysterical tunes!
Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series Free Summer Concert Series
Now featuring five concerts per season and boasting nationally recognized artists in various genres including pop-rock, reggae, bluegrass, blues, and funk. The series is a gathering for all ages and has become one of the pinnacle family events of the summer.
Literary Events Off the Beaten Path
You can find Steamboat’s literary headquarters at our beloved independent bookstore, Off the Beaten Path. Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry and is hosted by the bookstore every month in the summer. Also enjoy a hand-selected Local Author Showcase during All Arts Festival in August.