Summertime is the best time in Steamboat Springs, so if you’re visiting us this summer, you’re in luck! From pools and parks, breweries and bars, al fresco dining, hiking and biking, there is truly something for everyone! Read on to see our top 10 things to do in Steamboat this summer….
Take a hike
This time of year, the trails are dry, the wildflowers are blooming and it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. Find a hike (here are some tips on choosing the best hike for your group!) and lace up your boots. Don’t forget the water, snacks and sunscreen!
Enjoy happy hour
With an awesome selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one! We suggest a spot by the river, where you can watch the paddle boards and rafts go by and catch a cool breeze at the same time. Try Aurum; their happy hour runs daily from 4:30-6:00pm and features fun drink specials and tasty apps.
Get Western at the rodeo
The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series returns to town each summer and it’s guaranteed to be a fun event for all ages. Go early, grab some mouth-watering barbecue for dinner and snag a seat in the shade on the bleachers. Pro tip: the sun is bright and hot for the first part of the rodeo; bring extra sunscreen, layers and a blanket to sit on. Buy your tickets online here.
Stroll the farmers market
Every Saturday in the summer, the farmers market is set up along several blocks in downtown Steamboat. This must-not-miss weekly event is packed with local produce and meat, artisan goods, fresh pastries, artwork, food trucks, live music and much more. Browse over 150 booths to find the perfect souvenir or gift.
Tube the river
A local’s favorite thing to do in the summer…but the season is short! It’s dependent on the speed and depth of the river, so make sure you check before you go. Rent a tube from Backdoor Sports and they’ll help you get in the river and then come pick you up at the take-out point. This is an awesome way to cool off during those hot summer days!
With several lakes surrounding Steamboat and a river running through downtown, our fishing is top notch. Post up with a picnic next to the Yampa for a morning of fly fishing or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can hire a fishing guide to take you out on the lake for a full or half day trip.
Hit the trails
Steamboat is known for its world-class biking trails and there’s no better time to bike than an early summer morning. Head up Buffalo Pass or Emerald Mountain for pristine trails, amazing views and an awesome workout.
Rent a pontoon
Stagecoach State Park sits about 20 minutes outside of downtown Steamboat. Featuring a lake with a great trail all the way around it, this is the perfect place to spend a morning. Rent a pontoon boat at the marina (half day or full day prices available) and grab your fishing rod for a day on the lake. The pontoons come equipped with grills so make sure you bring a picnic lunch (and plenty of sunscreen!).
Dine al Fresco
Steamboat locals endure long, snowy winters so when summertime rolls around, we want to be outside for every second of it. Most restaurants offer outdoor dining – our favorite? Somewhere by the river! It’s the best way to enjoy a long summer evening. Check out our post here and pick your favorite spot!
Listen to live music
Let’s face it – we are ALL excited to be hearing live music again, no matter where we live! Many of Steamboat’s happy hours offer live music from local musicians (Rex’s often has live music and so does Aurum). Snow Bowl is hosting a concert series each Friday night this summer and Music on the Green returns to the Botanic Park (for free!) every Wednesday morning.