Steamboat Springs is located in the northwestern part of the colorful state of Colorado. It is well known for its abundance of outdoor activities and is surrounded by national forests. Steamboat Springs also offers natural pools of spring water to relax in after some world renowned skiing and other winter activities, as well as activities during warmer months.
Visit the Hot Springs
The hot springs are one of Steamboat Spring’s most favorite attractions. This Colorado mountain town is home to a few natural hot springs, but Strawberry Park natural hot springs are the most popular and easiest. This natural hot spring park offers small rustic cabins for rent and therapeutic massages, as well as several different pools to soak in. Clothing is optional once the sun goes down and you must be over 18 years old to soak after dark. Kids and families are welcome during the day though. The park is located about seven miles from Steamboat Spring’s downtown area. It is open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends. Shuttles to and from the park and downtown Steamboat Springs are offered. Old Town Hot Springs is another hot springs pool located in town. Kids and families are welcome. Several pools and slides are offered, as well as yoga classes and massage. This hot springs area is set up more like a swimming pool, and does not offer the spectacular views or privacy that you’ll find at Strawberry Park, but it is still a great option to enjoy some hot springs pools in Steamboat Springs. It is open until 8:45 p.m. on weekdays and 9:45 p.m. on weekends.
Steamboat is most visited during its winter season, which is no surprise given that it is a Colorado winter sport haven for many. Skiing is the most prevalent activity but snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, ski jumping and every other possible winter sport is offered in Steamboat Springs. Most people ski on Steamboat Mountain, but several other ski mountains are within one to two hours, including Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge. Howelsen Hill is also in Steamboat Springs and offers a lot of winter activities as well.
Steamboat Springs is also a great place to visit during the warmer months of the year. Hiking, biking, camping and golf are the most popular summertime activities in Steamboat Springs. There are three public golf courses located in town, with several others within an hour’s drive. The three local public golf courses are Haymaker Golf Course, Steamboat Springs Golf Club and Steamboat Springs Golf Course.
Steamboat Springs is a foodie’s town. A wide range of dishes can be found in Steamboat Springs, from comfort food to international flavors. Over 100 restaurants and bars offer everything from first-class dining to more casual dining and everything in between. The cost of the dishes will also vary widely depending on the restaurant. Visit steamboat-dining.com for a complete dining guide in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs’ nightlife will be sure to give you a second wind after a day of outdoor activities when the sun goes down over the mountains. With several bars and pubs around the town, all visitors are able to relax and enjoy a cocktail while swapping stories about the day’s adventures. For some microbrews and a bite to eat after dark, head to Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill, or visit the Old Town Pub & Restaurant, which is a local favorite.