When the area now known as Steamboat Springs was originally settled, the only way to get around was on skis. Now when you deplane at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, you don’t have to strap on a pair of skis or snowshoes to make your way to your accommodations—though you may want to.
Steamboat Springs offers visitors a charming slice of mountain life during every month of the year. If your visit coincides with cooler temperatures, there’s no shortage of snow-bound adventures. If you’re interested in skiing and snowboarding, 18 lifts and 2,965 acres of different trails will keep you busy. Visiting the summer months? Hiking up to North Routt, tubing down the Yampa River, and exploring the peaks on mountain bike are favorite outdoor activities among visitors and locals alike. After a long day outdoors, settle into a delicious dinner at one of the many charming local eateries downtown. When your head hits the pillow, it will be in the peaceful quiet of the mountains, far away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas. Wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the trails again.
You may not find steamboats coming down the river in Steamboat Springs, though early settlers thought they might. What they thought was the churning, chugging, steaming sound of a steamboat steam engine turned out to be the natural hot springs in the area, and the name stuck. What surprises will you discover on your visit?