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Lifestyle: Recreation

Steamboat Springs is known as one of the top skiing destinations in the entire country, which is why it was nicknamed “Ski Town USA.” Hitting the slopes, however, isn’t the only thing you can enjoy in the city – it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, offering a myriad of unforgettable activities, no matter what season.

With so many choices, it can be quite difficult to decide where to head to for your next adventure. In this page, we’ll show you some of the best activities and locations to check out.


Steamboat boasts a network of scenic biking trails for road bikes and mountain bikes. Bikers of all ages and skill levels can cruise through family-friendly trails, while experienced bikers can enjoy a challenging ride at some of the many XC trails located around the area.

One of the best destinations for biking is the Steamboat Bike Park, which is home to a sprawling 50-mile trail network of trails, including lift-assisted downhill only tech and flow trails as well as a variety of multi-directional trails.

Take a look at this page for biking shops, tours, and rentals.


Steamboat Springs is a haven for skiing, offering superb skiing opportunities for visitors and residents of all ages. The Steamboat Ski Resort is known as one of the top ski areas in Colorado, with 165 trails spread across nearly 3,000 acres. There are trails for every skill level from beginner to advanced, as well as a Mavericks Superpipe for skiers and snowboarders.

Horseback Riding

See Steamboat Springs’ stunning shades of fall like never before by exploring the area on horseback! You can go for a short two-hour trip, a single-day horseback trail ride, or a longer experience by joining a multi-day pack trip.

Some of the best areas you can explore on horseback include Howelsen Hill, Mount Zirkell Wilderness, Flat Tops Wilderness, and the Routt National Forest.

Water Sports

Water sports are especially popular during the summer – head to the Yampa River for activities such as kayaking, tubing, rafting, or fishing. The four-mile river runs across the entire area, ending with two surfable holes, known as the D-Hole and Charlie’s Hole, or C-Hole.


Catch some Z’s under a canopy of stars by going on a camping trip. Camping is best enjoyed during the fall, when the evenings are typically cooler compared to most of the year.

There are various camping opportunities offered throughout Yampa Valley, from amenity-filled campgrounds to designated wilderness areas such as the Routt National Forest. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature, going on a camping trip is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Visit this page to view the camping directory for Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley.

Winter Activities

In addition to world-class downhill skiing, you can also enjoy a plethora of fantastic winter activities in Steamboat Springs, including snowboarding, biking, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice climbing, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snow tubing, and winter driving.

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