Ever since I was little boy, a Sunday morning stroll has been a staple in my house. Whether it’s a leisure drive out to the beach or a walk in the woods, spending time with my family has always been most important. In Steamboat, our favorite family outing is the Yampa River Core Trail. This 7.5 mile paved bike path not only connects one end of the city to the other, but also ties our community together.
The early morning sun peers through the aspens as I dance my way up the Lupine Trail. Still tacky from last night’s thunderstorm, this pure singletrack winds from the base of historic Howelsen Hill and climbs its way up to the beautiful vantage point known as “the Quarry.” The views of Steamboat Ski Resort and the quaint mountain town below are breathtaking and the ride is worth every pedal stroke. [Read more…]
Full face helmet … check.
Shoulder pads … check.
8-inch travel mountain bike … check.
Nerves of steel … double check.
I’ve been riding a bike for more than 40 years. I’ve ridden to the top of some of the greatest mountain passes in the country, and I’ve ridden from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in one summer.
I’ve even ridden most of the epic trails of Fruita and Moab, but when it comes to putting on pads and letting gravity take over, I get very nervous. There is something scary about downhill riding and flying at a high rate of speed, going over jumps and taking drops that I can’t get used to. I’m a rider that loves cross country riding. Give me a rolling single track trail and I am happy as a pig in mud. Climbing has always been my favorite aspect of riding, but when the trail turns and it starts to go downhill, I get bent out of shape.
I decided this past summer to conquer my fears. The Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Ski Resort plays host to more than 50 miles of built and maintained trails for all ability levels. These trails can be accessed from the gondola and with a bike pass you can load your two-wheeled buddy onto the lift and experience a fun-filled day of riding the newly created downhill and freeride terrain. [Read more…]
The cool breezes, stunning vistas and glowing colors make fall in Steamboat a magical time to enjoy all your favorite activities.
The Steamboat Chamber Resort Association staff shares a few of our secrets to soaking up fall in Steamboat Springs.
Mountain biking is at its best in the fall. The cool air and changing leaves around town mean a chance to take in the scenic vistas all while enjoying a high-energy adventure on world-class trails.
A fun, challenging loop from the Mad Creek trailhead takes you up to the historic Mad Barn, winds through a thick grove of aspens, and ends with a moderately technical descent on the startlingly beautiful Red Dirt Trail. View more on our biking trails.
Savoring every last drop of fall, I love to get out on the golf course as often as possible before winter arrives. The ranch-like setting of Haymaker Golf Course offers stunning views and a challenging links-style course and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club is a gem with golden-leaf aspen trees lining many holes. View more on golfing in Steamboat.
Ashley Reed, Admin
I love to get the most out of the beautiful fall days by enjoying even my meals outdoors. Steamboat is filled with patios and decks that offer a relaxing atmosphere for drinks, apps, or a hearty, comforting meal.
Sara Tlamka, Membership
The Strawberry Park Hot Springs are a must-see any time of year, but there’s nothing quite like a soak in the fall, nestled among a golden aspen grove in the late afternoon hours.
It’s one of the most spectacular spots in the world to catch a sunset or a moonrise, and is the perfect date-night destination. View more information on our hot springs.
Morgan McDougald, Web
Fall is a photographer’s dream. The best way to capture Steamboat’s golden season is to take a scenic drive up Buffalo Pass – 4-wheel drive or high clearance recommended – to the quiet, remote aspen groves eight miles up at the Continental Divide.
I started with two simple questions: What is your favorite thing about Steamboat in the Summertime? And what is your favorite Chamber event? Some answers didn’t surprise me—who doesn’t like floating down the Yampa River with friends under a blanket of sunshine or enjoying a cold drink outside on a restaurant patio? I also received a few answers, which I wasn’t expecting.
With the nice sprinkling of rain that we received yesterday and the forecasted rain for today I am a happy camper! Most of you are probably asking why and I have a number of reasons. Our lovely green valley will become even more vibrant, the fire danger will be less, I love the smell of rain, and most of all the conditions of our trails well become above and beyond the already excellent conditions. My favorite time to ride my bike is shortly after the rain. Don’t be worried I am not talking when it is so wet it erodes and destroys the trails. I am talking about when the trail is the perfect amount of tackiness. When my tires stick to the ground making windy trails extra fun and when roots have a little dampness adding a little more challenge. This is my favorite time to ride, the smells are intense, the temperatures are great and I am out enjoying one of my favorite things to do!
There is nothing I love more than waking up early in the morning in Steamboat and going outside to enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air. It is so refreshing to ride my bike to work along the Yampa River Core Trail. As I cruise along, watching all the wildlife along the Yampa, I take pleasure in the coolness, knowing, however, that the day will warm up and will soon be the perfect temperature for swimming or perhaps boating on Stagecoach Reservoir. By nightfall it will once again be cool and there will be no need for air conditioning when I go to bed.