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Top Tips for Visiting Steamboat Springs on a Budget

You’ve probably already realized that visiting Steamboat can get quite pricey. Adding up the lodging, dining, and activities, you can rack up quite a bill FAST. But no worries. We’ve got tips & tricks to save you time and money … and you’ll still enjoy all that Steamboat has to offer! You can still adventure, relax, explore, shop, eat, drink … or whatever else trips your trigger! Here are a few tips that can help you save some money and still enjoy the best Steamboat has to offer.

Travel during the “Off Seasons”

Typically, winters and summers are incredibly busy here, so visiting during the Spring & Fall, you can enjoy more discounts & less crowds. While most people love the peak seasons (that’s why they’re ‘peak’ seasons, right?), we tend to really enjoy the Spring & Fall in Steamboat. Fall, particularly, has a LOT to offer for the outdoor enthusiasts and some of the most beautiful views you can imagine.

Our Visitor’s Coupon Book is an incredible way to save some serious $s while in Steamboat.

Look for Discounts.

The best way to get discounts is here or sign up for our Steals & Deals emails – we’ll send you great discounts monthly. Or when you get to town, find a VISITORS COUPON BOOK (at over 150 locations throughout the Yampa Valley) to get some great deals too!

Happy Hour!

You can find killer deals around Steamboat to enjoy a great Happy Hour! During those special early evening hours, you can get the same mouth-watering food & drink at a far cheaper price.

Enjoy the Outdoors as much as possible.

Nature is free, and Steamboat has a lot to explore. Staying away from typical tourist activities, you’ll save a ton of money! Here are a few free/low-cost ideas to take advantage of:

  • Small ‘runoff’ pool on the river … this has become increasingly popular over the years, so try to choose times of day that aren’t off-peak.
  • Rent a tube and float the river!
  • Hike a nearby trail
  • Old Town Hot Springs day pass is reasonable or an entire day of swimming, rock climbing, and soaking.
  • Strawberry Park Hot Springs day pass is fairly reasonable, considering you could spend the day there. This also gets quite busy, so try to go on weekdays.
  • My girls could spend all day at Old Town Hot Springs!

    Kids can scoot & ride all day on the Core Trail!

Choose activities that require little equipment

($0 for rentals). Hiking, swimming (small park fees at Stagecoach & Steamboat Lake), tubing the river (small rental fee), or paddlboarding (small rental fee).

Tubing the Yampa is fun for all ages (except the tiny ones!)

Bring Your Own!

If you’re driving here, bring whatever equipment you have. With endless trails, you’ll never get bored and it would all be FREE!


Although there are limited campgrounds in/near Steamboat, disperse camping in the Rocky Mountain National Park is a great option!

You really get to enjoy Mother Nature under the stars when you camp

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