Spring is a great time to visit Steamboat for many reasons: it’s not very crowded, the weather is warming up, there is plenty to do and, since it’s the off season, prices are lower! If you’re coming to visit in the spring, here’s a suggested itinerary for your trip.
Take a walk
If you’re just arriving, you might want to stretch your legs after a long drive or flight. Take advantage of the Core Trail which runs from one end of town to the other. Hop on at any point and walk by the river, enjoy the fresh air and get the wiggles out.
Stop for happy hour
Pause your walk for a happy hour beverage at one of Steamboat’s many bars or restaurants. If it’s warm enough, sit outside by the river, grab a drink and a snack, and let the kids explore. Try Aurum; their grassy lawn is great for kids who need to run around and the river views are spectacular. While prices can be high during dinner, they’re very reasonable at happy hour.
Grab an early dinner
Steamboat is full of family-friendly restaurants – just make sure that they’re open first. Many restaurants close for a few weeks during Mud Season, typically from mid-April to Memorial Day. But there are plenty of local’s favorites that stay open year round: try Back Door Grill for burgers, Fiesta Jalisco for great Mexican food or Carl’s Tavern for classic American fare. Then head to bed early and get a good night sleep!
Start with donuts
When on vacation, it’s always a good idea to start the day with donuts! Powder Day Donuts has a great selection of tasty donuts (and great coffee!) that kids are sure to love.
Head to the lake
Grab picnic provisions (try picking up sandwiches from Cruisers) and hop in the car to head to Stagecoach Lake for bird watching, walks, paddle boarding and a picnic. In the spring, birds start appearing at the west end of the lake. Park by the bird sanctuary and watch for bald eagles and American white pelicans. Or, walk part of the 11 mile trail that hugs the edge of the lake. Kids will enjoy discovering hidden beaches and dipping their hands and feet into the lake (the lake typically melts at the end of April). If you have paddleboards, launch one into the water at either the Southshore boat dock or the marina on the north end of the lake.
Relax at the library
After a long morning at the lake, spend the afternoon relaxing and reading books at the local library. With a great children’s section (complete with a fish tank!), there is something for everyone. Grab a magazine and curl up in a cozy spot while you read the afternoon away.
Keep dinner easy
Vacations can be tiring, especially when you’re outside all day! Keep dinner easy with pizza which is always a fan favorite. Try How Ya Doin Pizza n Eatz on the west side of town. Kids will love the colorful atmosphere and yummy pizza, and adults can grab a local beer from Storm Peak Brewing Company right next door. Don’t feel like a pizza? Try one of their calzones instead.
After dinner, stop by Snow Bowl for a few rounds of bowling. The local bowling alley features a bar if you need an extra drink and guarantees fun for the whole family.
Hike it out
Find a dry hiking trail – this will be easier to do later in the spring – and get outside for a hike. Consult an app like AllTrails to figure out a great trail for the whole family. Remember to layer up – spring mornings can be cold but will thaw into a much warmer midday. You might consider packing extra clothes or socks in case the ones you’re wearing get wet or muddy on the spring trails.
Mad Creek is an easy hike a little ways out of town. Fish Creek Falls can be a great hike for kids – they love the falls & you can go for as far or little as you want!
One last lunch
Enjoy one last lunch in town. If the weather is nice, grab takeout, sit down by the river and watch the fishermen try to reel something in.
Have a swim
While temps may be cooler in April and May, that doesn’t stop Steamboat kids from swimming! Head to the Old Town Hot Springs right downtown to swim in the warm water of our natural hot springs. There are multiple pools with varying temperatures so there is something for everyone!
Make dinner at home
Tired of eating out all the time? If you have a kitchen in your condo or hotel, stop by Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company to pick something up to make at home. They have a delectable selection of meat, fresh seafood and homemade pasta. If you don’t feel like going all out, grab one of their prepared meals to heat up in the oven. Super easy and delicious!
Remember to check our visitor’s book to find coupons and savings for your trip!