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.
Wintertime visitors to Steamboat Springs should attend the annual Winter Carnival, an events-packed celebration featuring ski racing, ski jumping, dog sled racing, and snow chariot events. The small city’s main street, Lincoln Avenue, shuts down for snow chariot events. Steamboat Springs is a snow sports lover’s paradise. Visitors can explore 18 lifts and 2,965 acres of different trails. Don't worry if your party includes different skill levels: the trails will keep everyone as safe or as challenged as they prefer. After a long day of winter sports, settle into a delicious dinner at a local eatery, and then enjoy a mug of something warm by the fire. 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 slopes 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?