1. Hiking Rabbit Ears
Instead of viewing Rabbit Ears from your car driving over the pass, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and make it to the base of this iconic rock structure. Best hiked June through September, this out and back totals 5.2 miles. A meandering meadow trail—with only the last few hundred yards proving to be a difficult scramble—will take you to breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and Park Range.
2. Tubing the Yampa
Enjoy town from a different perspective as you float down the Yampa. Tubing is best enjoyed June through August, although this year’s early spring weather may mean an early floating season. For a short float, park around the Library and take the bus with uninflated tubes to Fletcher Park. You can shorten or lengthen your shuttle, according to the water’s flow and how much time you want to spend on the river. Be sure the water level is safe before you venture out; too fast or too low makes for a rough trip. As always, leave no trace and respect the Yampa!
3. Gravel Biking
Cycle miles of quiet gravel roads without traveling far from town. Depending on the length of your ride, bike or drive north on Elk River, park on County Road 44, and venture from there. These county roads wind around beautiful ranches and you can find plenty of climbs to get your hill workouts in as well.
4. Botanic Gardens
This public space is vibrant with fresh gardens maintained by local organizations and individuals. The parking lot is located off Emerald Park Lane, or you can stop in directly from the Core Trail. Throughout the summer there are fun events such as live music, yoga, children’s activities and more. An up-to-date calendar of events can be found here.
5. Farmers Market
From June 5th through September 18th, the Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market will be running every Saturday during the 2021 summer season. Vendors from across Colorado line Yampa Street to offer fresh produce, baked goods, hot food, art, jewelry, and more!
6. Camping in the Flat Tops
Drive under an hour south of Steamboat for your camping getaway. Follow Service Road 900 roughly 10 miles outside of Yampa (turn right past Antlers Cafe & Bar) to Bear Lake Campground, or other campsites managed by the Forest Service. Sites are landed on a first come first basis. The popular Devil’s Causeway hike, fishing, and biking are all accessible from this area to make your camping trip complete.
7. Sunset Happy Hour
Take the Thunderhead hiking trail up, or save your legs and opt to ride the gondola. Sunset Happy Hour takes place at the top of the gondola Thursdays throughout the Summer. Pass the night with live music, drinks, good company, and incredible views as the sun sets over the valley.
8. Pearl Lake
Swim, paddle board, kayak, or fish on a peaceful lake north of Steamboat. You’ll see Farwell mountain from the waters, and have the option to hike along a singletrack trail on the perimeter of the lake. If you want to make a longer trip of it, there are also campsites and yurts available to reserve.
9. Cross-Country Mountain Biking on Mt. Werner
The ski resort looks very different in the summer, but it contains just as much fun and adventure via bike. Take your bike over 30 miles of trails from the base of the mountain, without even having to purchase a lift ticket. Avoid the lift and get your workout in, but be sure to take note of trail closures and directional signs along the way to avoid collisions.
Rain or shine, Steamboat’s rodeo provides entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Various events showcase the talent of riders and their animals. Arrive between 6:30 and 7pm for the best seats in the arena. Tickets go on sale May 1st but can be purchased at the door as well (covid-permitting).