Summer Activities

Up here, the mountain biking is second to none. Up here, the trout are hungrier. Up here, Colorado gets more colorful. Up here, the beauty of the American West is alive and well. Up here, under a blanket of stars, we have a vacancy for you. Get up here.

See below for a directory of Steamboat Springs Chamber members that provide a variety of activities to make your Colorado Rocky Mountain vacation full of memorable experiences. No matter if you crave an adrenaline rush or you're more on the tame side of adventurous, Steamboat in the summer has activities for all ages and types.

Alpine Slide

A unique Rocky Mountain experience, the Howler Alpine Slide features a side-by-side course with a 2,400 foot descent - the steepest of its kind in the nation.

Enjoy the scenic views of downtown as you wind down Howelsen Hill. The sleds are controlled individually making this a fun ride for all ages.

The Alpine Slide will open May 24 for summer 2014.

 Alpine Slide Summer Activities

Art Classes and Workshops

Release your inner artist with classes and workshops that explore everything from photography to the performing arts.

Enjoy a creative evening with friends and family by signing up for a wine and canvas night and take home your own homemade souvenir.

 Art Classes Workshops Summer Activities

Biking

Grab your bike -- whether it’s a cruiser, a carbon fiber road bike, or your fully suspended mountain bike, and get up here.

We’ve got trails all around town, along the river and up on the mountain just waiting for you. View Bike Shops and Rentals

 Biking Summer Activities

Boating & Rafting

All three Colorado state parks with lakes surrounding Steamboat offer camping, fishing and hiking; two have marinas where you can rent everything from kayaks to pontoons and water-ski boats.

The Elk River is a thrilling early season option for whitewater rafting. Later, the mighty Colorado runs all summer through canyons southwest of Steamboat.

 Rafting Summer Activites

Bowling

Head over to Steamboat's bowling alley, Snow Bowl, on the west end of town for a night of fun for the whole family.

Snow Bowl features Cosmic Karaoke bowling on the weekends as well as other specials and unique entertainment throughout the week.

 Bowling Summer Activities

Camping

Hike into the backcountry with your supplies on your back, or camp just down the road from your car.

Wherever you choose, you’ll sleep in the cool mountain air of Steamboat Springs under a blanket of stars. View Campground Directory

 Camping Summer Activities

Canoeing, Kayaking, & Paddleboard

Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach State Park are great locations to canoe and paddle board. Head to Pearl Lake State Park (22 miles north of Steamboat), if wakeless is more your style.

Dip your kayak paddle in spring whitewater or mellow mid-summer flow on the Yampa River. Try standup paddle boarding on flat water on one of Steamboat’s local lakes or up the ante and coast down the Yampa River rapids.

Paddle Boarding Summer Activities

Children's Activities

Get ready to lay out a full itinerary for the kids! Browse through everything from mini golf and the Kid's Adventure Zone, to the alpine slide and the only bumper cars on ice in Colorado at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Steamboat has such an assortment of fun for kids they'll be counting down until summer vacation year after year.

 Childrens Summer Activities

Climbing

Routt County has great beginner to intermediate rock climbing, where never-evers or those with indoor wall experience can enjoy the thrill and the view from several single-pitch or multi-pitch climbs near Steamboat. Rocky Mountain Ventures offers guided half-day and full-day trips to thrill-seekers ages 6 and up. Most climbs are “top-rope,” meaning climbers are belayed by a guide from bolted anchors.

 

Events

Whether it's the arts, recreation, or one of Steamboat's many traditional events, we've got more than a few organizations to keep you entertained during your visit.

Also browse our Arts and Culture directory or our calendar for a full list of events.

 Events Activities

Fishing

The Yampa River is famous for fly fishing, and catch-and-release restrictions apply throughout town. There is free public access all along the river- but you need a fishing license ($9/ day or $26/ year for Colorado residents). Only artificial flies and lures are allowed, and all fish must be returned to the water.

Kids will like fishing at Casey’s Pond (US 40 and Walton Creek Road), where the water is still and the catches are plentiful.

Fishing Summer Activities

Golf

Steamboat Springs has three 18-hole golf courses that challenge every club in your bag.

The Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club offers public play on its Robert Trent Jones II-designed course. The back nine follows Fish Creek Falls.

The 233-acre public Haymaker Golf Course preserves the open pastoral feel of the Yampa Valley by incorporating rolling hills, native grasses and wetlands.

Catamount Ranch & Club is an 18-hole private course at the edge of the valley floor.

Golf Summer Activities

Gondola Rides

View of the Yampa Valley via an eight-passenger gondola car. The gondola will take you to the mountain mid-point where you can hike, bike, or simply enjoy lunch while taking in the spectaulor panoramic views.

Whether it's wild flowers in the summer, or the changing aspen leaves during the fall, this is a memorable way to experience Steamboat.

 Gondola Rides Summer Activities

Helicopter Sightseeing

Take in a bird's eye view of the Yampa Valley with a helicopter tour! Zephyr Helicopter Company offers scenic tours of the Steamboat area year-round.

Whether you want to scout out the best place to ski, view the fall color, or enjoy the most scenic view of the day, a helicopter ride is your best bet.

 Helicopter Sightseeing Summer Activities

Hiking and Backpacking

Take a day hike with the family or fill the backpack and head deep into the mountains.

Steamboat offers a seemingly endless number of hiking trails for you to explore with unique  features such as water falls, majestic alpine lakes and a cabin preserved from the early 1900s.

Grab your gear and your camera and let's hit the trails!

Hiking Backpacking Summer Activities

Historical Tours and Museum Visits

Steamboat Springs is known for its great apprecation of cultural hertitage.

Don't miss this opportunity to explore the history of the Yampa Valley through various avenues, as well as the arts and culture of this beautiful region.

 Museums Summer Activities

Horseback Riding

Single-day horseback trail rides and multi-day pack trips are everyday business for local cowboys.

Visit the Flat Tops Wilderness, Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt National Forest, or Howelsen Hill on horseback. Go for two hours, an all-day photo safari or dinner on the trail. You can even ride a horse-drawn wagon for dinner on a ranch.

 Horseback Riding Summer Activities

Hot Air Ballooning

Nothing beats the view of the Yampa Valley from the oldest form of flight transportation. Green mountain views will stretch for miles on end with a bright blue-sky overhead.

A Hot Air Balloon ride is truly an adventure for all ages and a unique way to experience Steamboat Springs.

 Hot Air Ballooning Summer Activities

Hot Springs and Tours

One of the reasons the Ute Indians fell in love with this area was the abundance of natural hot springs and the medicinal effects they believe they possess.

We invite you to experience the ultimate in relaxation in our conveniently located downtown hot springs, or our rustic location outside of town.

 Hot Springs Summer Activities

Hunting

Hunters come from all over to hunt elk in the Steamboat Springs area. Venture out on your own or setup a hunting trip through a local ranch.

 

Miniature Golf

Amaze’n Steamboat offers a challenging 18-hole miniature golf course with rocks, logs, and the famous “Oak Creek Mine.”

 Minature Golf Summer Activities

Recreational Vehicle Tours

There's so much to explore in the Steamboat area, and a great way to take in the views is to get your adrenaline going on an ATV or Jeep off-road tour.

 

Rodeo

Sit your Wranglers in the bleachers and socialize with the local cowboys during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

There are bulls, barrels, bucking broncos, roping and even a calf scramble for aspiring cowboys and cowgirls, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (June 13 - August 16), plus a special Fourth of July event.

 Rodeo Summer Activities

Scenic Drives

Winding country roads and scenic vistas are all within your reach from the comfort of your car. Within a day’s drive are famous landmarks, secluded aspen forests, high peaks and mountain passes.

During the summer, drive to secluded mountain lakes for a day fishing trip, or view the stunning gold aspen and cottonwood leaves in the fall. From paved roads to four-wheel drive adventures, your mountain getaway is just a short drive away.

Scenic Drives Summer Activities

Tennis

Steamboat Springs is home to the 2011 USTA National Tennis Facility of the Year, the Steamboat Tennis Center with six outdoor hydrocourt clay courts, four outdoor hard courts, and 6 brand new RSS 500 cushioned-indoor hardcourts.

Old Town Hot Springs and Howelsen Hill also have outdoor courts.

 Tennis Summer Activities

Tours

There are so many amazing ways to explore Steamboat Springs. Go by jeep, balloon, ATV, or by water to name a few, but make sure you enlist the proper guide to show you all the hidden treasures the Yampa Valley has to offer.

 Tours Summer Activities

Tubing

One of the most popular activities the Yampa River provides is tubing. Whether you're a family, a couple, or vacationing with your friends, tubing through downtown Steamboat Springs is a summer opportunity not to pass up.

Buy or rent a tube from one of our local shops and head to the closest drop in point!

 Tubing Summer Activities