Steamboat Summer Activities
Hot Air Balloon Rides
If you’re visiting Steamboat Springs and you decide to add a hot air balloon ride to your itinerary, you won’t be disappointed. Balloon rides make it incredibly easy to take in all the natural beauty of the area. Weather patterns are calmest in the morning hours, so you will have to get up early to enjoy the scenery. But, trust us – it will be well worth it. (As an added bonus, you’ll be treated to a continental breakfast and a champagne toast.) Hot air balloon rides are wonderful vacation activities whether you’re visiting with family, friends, or that special someone in your life.
Mountain Biking & Cycling in Steamboat
The Rocky Mountains provide riders with some of the most ultimate cycling conditions. Riders of all abilities will get to experience stunning panoramas that accompany nearly every switchback, trail, paved road, or bike path that they’ll encounter. The higher elevation makes climbs more difficult, but ultimately, more rewarding. In-town bike rentals make commandeering any type of bike, from Specialized full-suspensions to tandem bikes, easy and convenient. If you’re interested in cycling or mountain biking while in Steamboat, click on the button below for trail maps and bicycle rental businesses in the area. As always, have a good ride and be safe!
Steamboat Hiking Trails
It doesn’t take long for locals to hit the hiking trails once the snow melts in Steamboat Springs. There are miles and miles of trails in and around town. So, whether you’re looking for a trail that’s perfect for the little ones or you want to challenge yourself with a strenuous, high elevation hike, you’ll have no problem finding a trail that meets your needs. While you may have a difficult time choosing which trail to take during your Steamboat vacation, rest assured that once you make that decision, you’re sure to be greeted by stunning scenery, fresh air, and bright blue skies.
Guided Hikes in Steamboat
If you’ve never been to the Steamboat Springs area before, we highly recommend taking a guided hike. Guided hiking tours provide you a more in-depth look at the area’s history and ecology. A number of guided hikes are available during the summer months and they’re all led by friendly, local experts. You’ll get a bit of a workout while also learning a bit about the area.
Get ready for your mountain adventure with our helpful summer tips, which can be especially useful if you’ve never visited Steamboat Springs during the summer. With our tips, you’ll learn what to expect from the weather, how to pack for your vacation, steps to take to prevent altitude sickness, the symptoms of altitude sickness, and more.
Summer Festivals in Steamboat
There’s no shortage of amazing festivals in town during the summer months. Visitors won’t be disappointed with any of the town’s offerings as each summer festival brings with it incredible events and fun times. There are festivals that cater to wine, art, and music lovers – so there’s a little something for everyone. If your Steamboat vacation happens to coincide with one of the summer festivals, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the events.
Concerts & Live Music
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch live music while you’re in Steamboat. From concert series to local venues, live music abounds during the summer months. Heading to a concert after a long day of hiking, biking, or whitewater rafting is a great way to complement your Steamboat adventures.
Steamboat Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater rafting is an amazing activity! Not only is it thrilling, but it makes it easy to see some beautiful scenery. While in Steamboat Springs, you’ll have your choice of several guided whitewater rafting trips. Half- and full-day trips are available as are multi-day excursions that take you deep into the wilderness. Whether you’ve never been rafting before or you’re an experienced pro, you’re sure to find a whitewater trip that you’ll enjoy.
Boat Rentals Near Steamboat
Steamboat Springs boasts the beautiful Yampa River as well as two lakes that are just a short drive away. In town, there are a number of local outfitters that rent kayaks and canoes that you can use to explore the Yampa River or that can be transported up to local lakes. At both Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach Reservoir, they have motorized and non-motorized, pontoon, and fishing boats available for rent. There’s nothing quite like spending a sunny afternoon on a mountain lake or river!
Steamboat Springs Fishing
If a day spent on a river or lake casting your line sounds like a dream come true, you will love Steamboat Springs! The Yampa and the Elk Rivers are prime fishing spots. Even better, it’s extremely easy to go fly-fishing on the Yampa as it runs right through downtown. Nearby lakes also provide some great fishing opportunities. There are several outfitters in town that have all the rental gear you might need. Most of these also offer guided walk and wade trips, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on the perfect spot.
ATV Tours & Rentals
Explore the natural beauty of the area surrounding Steamboat Springs by way of ATV. With an ATV, you’re able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, which makes it easy to see all that stunning backcountry scenery. Around Steamboat, you’ll find the option to either rent an ATV and head out on the trails or take a guided ATV tour through Routt National Forest. Perfect for families and groups, an ATV ride through the wilderness is sure to provide you a number of picture-perfect memories.
Horseback Riding In and Around Steamboat Springs
Embrace the Old West feeling of Steamboat and enjoy a horseback trail ride while you’re in town. You’ll find a variety of guided trail rides, horseback rides for children, riding lessons, and even cattle drives in the area. Horseback riding is perfect for the entire family. It gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the area’s natural beauty and experience it as the settlers did so long ago.