So you want to go to Steamboat?! There’s no time like the present! There are perks to every season in Steamboat: fun events in the summer, world-class skiing in the winter, beautiful scenery in the fall and fewer crowds in the spring. Here are a few things to think about while planning you next trip:
Consider the time of year
Summer and winter are the two busiest seasons in Steamboat so make sure you reserve early! Also, remember that prices will be at their peak during these seasons. In the spring, many restaurants will be closed due to “mud season”, that time of year when town slows wayyyy down – but on the flip side, you’ll have most places – and trails – all to yourself! Fall is beautiful but can be temperamental (think snow in October!) so plan accordingly.
Location, location, location
If you’re coming to ski in the winter, you’ll likely want to stay closer to the mountain for easier access. If you’re looking for adventure, you might want to reserve a yurt up north! Or, the downtown scene may be more your style. Do some research to think about what the season is, what your planned activities are, and then search for local rentals or hotels based on that. No matter where you end up, Steamboat is relatively small and everything is a stones throw away!
What to pack
Layers! No matter what the season is, you’ll want light layers that you can add or subtract as the heat of the day (or the cold!) comes and goes. Consider bringing your own water bottle for quick refills – remember, we’re at high altitude so it’s important to stay hydrated. Sunscreen is a must no matter the time of year. And don’t forget your swimsuit! Steamboat is known for its natural hot springs which are accessible in every season.
Plan your activities
Do some research in advance to find your perfect hiking trail, figure out which playground to hit up after brunch and scope out which happy hour spot looks the best to you. You’ll find tons of itineraries, guides and suggestions right here on our website! A few favorites: Strawberry Park Hot Springs, beautiful mountain bike rides, browsing the shops on Lincoln Avenue and in the summer, dinner by the river.
If you’re planning to visit during the height of the winter or summer, keep in mind that you will need reservations! Book them early for restaurants or to reserve things like bikes or skis. If you found an activity that suggests a reservation, definitely make one!
Grab a guide
Snag one of our visitor’s guides to get the best deals and discounts for things like shopping, dining and activities during your stay. We know vacations can be expensive and we’re here to help. Find the guides in hotels and racks downtown and start saving!