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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
Steamboat Springs is typically 3 to 4 hours away from [[Denver]] by car in good winter conditions. If heavy snow, there are a couple of passes (including Rabbit Ears Pass) which become much more difficult and slow going. The most direct route from Denver to Steamboat is I-70 west to [[Silverthorne]]. From there, take Highway 9 North to Kremmling where you meet up with US 40. Then drive west on US 40 over Rabbit Ears pass to Steamboat. With no traffic or snow, the drive can be as quick as 2.5 hours.  
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Steamboat Springs is typically 3-4 hr away from [[Denver]] by car in good winter conditions. If heavy snow, there are a couple of passes (including Rabbit Ears Pass) which become much more difficult and slow going. The most direct route from Denver to Steamboat is I-70 west to [[Silverthorne]]. From there, take Highway 9 North to Kremmling where you meet up with US 40. Then drive west on US 40 over Rabbit Ears pass to Steamboat. With no traffic or snow, the drive can be as quick as 2.5 hr.  
  
The Local Airport is only 22 miles from Steamboat (Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, CO). Many major airlines, including Continental, American and Delta, provide direct service from hubs and major cities during the winter, It is only a 30 minute flight from Denver on United.
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The Local Airport is only 22 miles from Steamboat (Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, CO). Many major airlines, including Continental, American and Delta, provide direct service from hubs and major cities during the winter, It is only a 30 min flight from Denver on United.
  
*'''Powderhound Transportation''' provides [http://www.ridethepowder.com/info/denver-to-steamboat-springs shuttles to Steamboat Springs] from Denver International Airport
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Numerous bus and shuttle services are available from Denver airport.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
The City of Steamboat Springs provides free municipal bus service year round. Buses arrive approximately every 20 minutes in the winter and every 30 minutes in the summer. The Steamboat Springs Transit stops along every major route with service from downtown to the mountain condos and ski area.  
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The City of Steamboat Springs provides free municipal bus service year round. Buses arrive approximately every 10 min in the winter and every 20 minutes in the summer. The Steamboat Springs Transit stops along every major route with service from downtown to the mountain condos and ski area.  
  
 
Alpine Taxi is Steamboat's taxi Service. They provide in-town taxis as well as shuttle service to and from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Hayden) and the Denver International Airport.
 
Alpine Taxi is Steamboat's taxi Service. They provide in-town taxis as well as shuttle service to and from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Hayden) and the Denver International Airport.
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Storm Mountain Express also offers shuttle service to and from Hayden.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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The Town of Steamboat Springs is essentially separated into several areas. One is the mountain area (known simply as "the mountain" or "the base area") surrounding the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Mt. Werner, there are multiple shops as well as dining and nightlife. The area also includes many hotels, condominiums, and rental homes. The area is relatively easy to navigate on foot, but driving can be more difficult.
 
The Town of Steamboat Springs is essentially separated into several areas. One is the mountain area (known simply as "the mountain" or "the base area") surrounding the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Mt. Werner, there are multiple shops as well as dining and nightlife. The area also includes many hotels, condominiums, and rental homes. The area is relatively easy to navigate on foot, but driving can be more difficult.
  
The other major area is downtown, around 4 miles from the Ski Area. Downtown Steamboat is located along Lincoln Avenue (US 40) and stretches 8-10 blocks between Third street and Eleventh Street. This is the historic area of town. Shopping, dining and nightlife are here as well. Most of Steamboat's better restaurants are located downtown, and the area is much easier to navigate in a car than the mountain area. Parking on Lincoln Avenue is limited, but there are several parking lots on the numbered side streets.
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The other major area is downtown, around 4 miles from the Ski Area. Downtown Steamboat is located along Lincoln Avenue (US 40) and stretches 8-10 blocks between Third Street and Eleventh Street. This is the historic area of town. Shopping, dining and nightlife are here as well. Most of Steamboat's better restaurants are located downtown, and the area is much easier to navigate in a car than the mountain area. Parking on Lincoln Avenue is limited, but there are several parking lots on the numbered side streets.
  
 
West Steamboat is west of downtown and houses more locally-oriented businesses (like hardware stores, mechanics, and specialty shops).
 
West Steamboat is west of downtown and houses more locally-oriented businesses (like hardware stores, mechanics, and specialty shops).
  
Steamboat is long known for its legendary "Champagne Powder" snow, western heritage, and Olympic Tradition which gives Steamboat the name of  "Ski Town USA."  Steamboat is know for its reputation as a breeding ground for US Winter Olympic Athletes, who often participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that practices and trains athletes on Howelsen Hill. Howelsen Hill is Steamboat's second, smaller ski area, and is located near the downtown area.  Howelsen Hill is the oldest continuous operating ski area in Colorado.  Tickets here are much cheaper than at the Steamboat Ski Area, but terrain is also much smaller and includes one lift that operates on weekends, a pomma, a halfpipe, and several runs.
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Steamboat is long known for its legendary "Champagne Powder" snow, western heritage, and Olympic Tradition which gives Steamboat the name of  "Ski Town USA."  Steamboat is also known for its reputation as a breeding ground for US Winter Olympic Athletes, who often participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that practices and trains athletes on Howelsen Hill. Howelsen Hill is Steamboat's second, smaller ski area, and is located near the downtown area.  Howelsen Hill is the oldest continuous operating ski area in Colorado.  Tickets here are much cheaper than at the Steamboat Ski Area, but terrain is also much smaller and includes one lift that operates on weekends, a pomma, a halfpipe, and several runs.
  
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Notable Steamboat sites:
  
Notable Steamboat sites and events include:
 
 
*'''Fish Creek Falls''' Waterfall located in the town of Steamboat Springs. These falls are also pictured on the label of Coors Beer.
 
*'''Fish Creek Falls''' Waterfall located in the town of Steamboat Springs. These falls are also pictured on the label of Coors Beer.
 
*'''Routt National Forest'''
 
*'''Routt National Forest'''
 
*'''Flat Top Mountains'''
 
*'''Flat Top Mountains'''
 
*'''Continental Divide Trail'''
 
*'''Continental Divide Trail'''
*'''Strings in the Mountains''' Regular classical performances in the summer made by touring (as well as local) musicians.
 
 
*'''Steamboat Lake State Park'''
 
*'''Steamboat Lake State Park'''
 
*'''Stagecoach State Park'''  
 
*'''Stagecoach State Park'''  
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*'''Yampa River Core Trail''' A beautiful paved trail that follows the Yampa River through downtown Steamboat Springs.
 
*'''Yampa River Core Trail''' A beautiful paved trail that follows the Yampa River through downtown Steamboat Springs.
 
*'''Howelsen Hill''' The oldest continuous operating ski area in Colorado.
 
*'''Howelsen Hill''' The oldest continuous operating ski area in Colorado.
*'''Steamboat Winter Carnival''' The oldest winter carnival in the United States west of the Mississippi river.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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===Summer===
 
===Summer===
* Hiking Fishcreek falls, Mt. Werner, Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears pass
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* Kayak, raft, and tube the Yampa river
 
* Kayak, raft, and tube the Yampa river
* Hot air balloon rides
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* <see name="Wild West Balloon Adventures" alt="" address="42415 E Deerfoot Ln" directions="located behind the Village at Steamboat" phone="(970) 879-7219" email="" fax="" url="[http://www.wildwestballooning.com/Home.html]" hours="" price="">A Hot Air Balloon ride over Steamboat Springs</see>
* Night time rodeos at Howelson Hill
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* <see name="Romick Rodeo" alt="" address="501 Howelsen Parkway" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
* Mountain biking on Mt. Werner
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* <see name="The Howler Steamboat Springs Alpine Slide" alt="" address="645 Howelsen Parkway" directions="turn off Lincoln Ave in downtown Steamboat on 5th street to cross the Yampa river. Turn right after the river and railroad tracks on Howelsen Parkway. Turn Left at the stop sign. " phone="970-819-8010" email="" fax="" url="[http://www.steamboatalpineslide.com/]" hours="" price="">You take a chairlift to the top of Howleson Hill and then using a sled you go down 2400 feet of winding curves </see>
*Alpine slide
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*Flyfishing on the Yampa River and Elk river
 
*Flyfishing on the Yampa River and Elk river
 
*Camping in the Zirkels Wilderness
 
*Camping in the Zirkels Wilderness
 
*Day time rides up the ski mountain ski gondola
 
*Day time rides up the ski mountain ski gondola
*Steamboat Lake Outfitters
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* <do name="Zephyr Helicopter Company" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="970.846.4677" email="" fax="" url="[http://www.zephyrhelicopter.com/]" hours="" price="">Helicopter Rides over the area that surronds Steamboat Spings</do>
* Horseback riding
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*Rock climbing
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* Swimming in the Steamboat Hot Springs
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===Horseback Riding===
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===Golfing===
 
* Golf at many of the areas Golf Courses
 
* Golf at many of the areas Golf Courses
*Helicopter tours
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*Rockclimbing
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===Hiking===
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* <do name="Fish Creek Falls" alt="" address="" directions="Located approximately 5 miles from Steamboat Springs, Fish Creek Falls is located on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the main street in the town of Steamboat Springs, head north on 3rd Ave. and then turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. The facilities offer both a lower and upper parking lot. It is 5 Dollars for parking at the parking lots and just follow the signs to the Upper and lower tails" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A 2.5 Mile one way hike that brings you up to 9000 Feet Elevation. It is only 1/4 of a mile to the First Falls </do>
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* Mt. Werner,
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*Buffalo Pass
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* Rabbit Ears pass
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===Summer Events===
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* Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series
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* Hot Air Balloon Festival
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* Steamboat Running Series
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* Steamboat Springs Soccer Tournament
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* Steamboat Marathon and Triathlon
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*'''Strings in the Mountains''' Regular classical performances in the summer made by touring (as well as local) musicians.
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* Triple Crown Sports Tournaments
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* USA Pro Cycling Challenge - the largest Steamboat bike race
  
 
===Winter===
 
===Winter===
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* <do name=" Ice Climb Fish Creek Falls" alt="" address="" directions="Located approximately 5 miles from Steamboat Springs, Fish Creek Falls is located on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the main street in the town of Steamboat Springs, head north on 3rd Ave. and then turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. The facilities offer both a lower and upper parking lot. It is 5 Dollars for parking at the parking lots and just follow the signs to the Upper and lower tails" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A 2.5 Mile one way hike that brings you up to 9000 Feet Elevation. It is only 1/4 of a mile to the First Falls </do>
 
* Ski Mt. Werner  
 
* Ski Mt. Werner  
* Ice climb Fishcreek falls
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* Snowmobiling
* Snowmobile rentals
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* Snowcat ride and powder skiing
 
* Snowcat ride and powder skiing
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* Winter fly fishing
 
* Dogsledding
 
* Dogsledding
 
* Night tubing at the ski base area
 
* Night tubing at the ski base area
 
* Romantic dinner on the top of the mountain
 
* Romantic dinner on the top of the mountain
* Strawberry Park Hot springs (clothing optional after dark)
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* <see name="Strawberry Pak Hot Springs" alt="" address="44200 County Rd#3" directions="" phone="(970) 879-0342 " email="" fax="" url="[http://www.strawberryhotsprings.com/2005/]" hours="" price=""> Sit in 104 degree Mineral water, also offers lodging in cabins or even a locomotive (clothing optional after dark)</see>
 
* sitting in hot tubs when it snows
 
* sitting in hot tubs when it snows
 
* Winter Concert Series
 
* Winter Concert Series
 
* try to be there for the last day the ski mountain is open for business, the place is one big party. meet some locals and have a good time.
 
* try to be there for the last day the ski mountain is open for business, the place is one big party. meet some locals and have a good time.
 
* Check out the Olympic Ski jumping hill at Howelson hill, its a great thing to watch
 
* Check out the Olympic Ski jumping hill at Howelson hill, its a great thing to watch
* Go star gazing on a clear night, then check out the snow cats doing their work on the mountain
 
 
* Cross country ski on many of the nordic tracks surrounding the area
 
* Cross country ski on many of the nordic tracks surrounding the area
 
* The Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill
 
* The Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill
* Steamboat Activities (Snowmobiling, Sleigh Rides, Winter Fly Fishing, Snowcat Skiing), [http://www.steamboatactivities.com].
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===Winter Events===
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* Coureur Des Bois
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* '''Steamboat Winter Carnival''' The oldest winter carnival in the United States west of the Mississippi river.
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* Winter Concert Series
  
 
===Ski===
 
===Ski===
*'''Strawberry Park Hot Springs''', [[Hot springs | hot springs]] about 45 minutes outside of town (more or less depending on weather).  If it's snowy, the road up to the springs requires by law AWD and snow tires or chains.  Note that is AWD/4WD with snow tires, some have had severe problems with the hill with AWD and all season tires when it was snowing.  A fantastic set of hot springs, though the facilities could be better.  Clothing is optional after dark.
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*'''Strawberry Park Hot Springs''', [[Hot springs | hot springs]] about 15 min outside of downtown (more or less depending on weather).  If it's snowy, the road up to the springs requires by law AWD and snow tires or chains.  Note that is AWD/4WD with snow tires, some have had severe problems with the hill with AWD and all season tires when it was snowing.  A fantastic set of hot springs, though the facilities could be better.  Clothing is optional after dark.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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=== Shops ===
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Several shops are located downtown Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue. Additionally, there are stores on the mountain near the ski area in Ski Times Square.  
 
Several shops are located downtown Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue. Additionally, there are stores on the mountain near the ski area in Ski Times Square.  
  
 
*''' SmartWool Socks''', [http://www.smartwool.com/]. While you're there, purchase a pair--the corporate headquarters are located in Steamboat Springs.  
 
*''' SmartWool Socks''', [http://www.smartwool.com/]. While you're there, purchase a pair--the corporate headquarters are located in Steamboat Springs.  
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*'''Embellishments''', 8th Street,[http://www.embellishyourhome.com]. A beautiful shop of home furnishings and accessories specializing in fair-trade merchandise .
 
*'''Embellishments''', 8th Street,[http://www.embellishyourhome.com]. A beautiful shop of home furnishings and accessories specializing in fair-trade merchandise .
  
==Equipment Rental==
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===Equipment rental===
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There are many places in Steamboat where you can rent ski and snowboard equipment for your stay in Steamboat.  
 
There are many places in Steamboat where you can rent ski and snowboard equipment for your stay in Steamboat.  
  
 
Here are just a few of the many equipment rental stores found in Steamboat
 
Here are just a few of the many equipment rental stores found in Steamboat
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* Black Tie Ski Rentals
 
* Black Tie Ski Rentals
 
* Breeze
 
* Breeze
 
* Christy Sports
 
* Christy Sports
* One Stop Ski Shop Ltd 970) 879-4754
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* One Stop Ski Shop Ltd. ☎+1 970 879-4754
* Ski Haus 970) 879-0385
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* Ski Haus. ☎+1 970 879-0385
* Sportstalker: Retail-Rental 970) 879-2445
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* Sportstalker: Retail-Rental. ☎+1 970 879-2445
* Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare 970) 879-9144
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* Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare. ☎+1 970 879-9144
* Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation 970) 879-6111
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* Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. ☎+1 970 879-6111
* Steamboat Ski Touring Center 970) 879-8180
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* Steamboat Ski Touring Center. ☎+1 970 879-8180
* Terry Sports 970) 879-8414
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* Terry Sports. ☎+1 970 879-8414
  
 
If you arriving in Steamboat without a car it is probably easier to rent your gear closer to your hotel or even better the lifts as most offer over night storage, saving you the hassle of lugging your skis back to your accommodation every day. Or to secure special boot size or your preference for equipment rental.
 
If you arriving in Steamboat without a car it is probably easier to rent your gear closer to your hotel or even better the lifts as most offer over night storage, saving you the hassle of lugging your skis back to your accommodation every day. Or to secure special boot size or your preference for equipment rental.
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* Christy Sports  
 
* Christy Sports  
 
* Breeze Ski Rentals
 
* Breeze Ski Rentals
* Rentskis  
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* Rentskis
 
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* [http://www.steamboatskirentalsnowboardrental.com/ Steamboat Ski Rentals]
To view a comparison of the above online rentals stores rates, locations and
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equipment [http://www.steamboatskirentalsnowboardrental.com]
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*'''Winona's Restaurant''' 617 Lincoln Ave, (970) 879-2483,‎ Generous portions of food and a local favorite.
 
  
===On Mountain===
 
*Ski Time Square
 
  
**Cafe Diva
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===On the mountain===
**Market on the Mountain
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**Saketumi
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**The Tugboat
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**'''Slopeside Bar & Grill''' (kid friendly)
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**Jade Summit
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**Gondola Square
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**Gondola Pub & Grill
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**Bear River
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**La Montana
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===In Between===
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* Three Peaks Grill
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* Ore House At the Pine Grove
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* '''Cafe Diva'''
* Fiesta Jalisco
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* Colorado Bagel Company
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* '''Market on the Mountain'''
* Freshies
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* Blue Sage Pizza
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* '''Saketumi'''
* The Egg & I
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* Rex's American Grill and Bar
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* '''The Tugboat'''
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* '''Slopeside Bar &amp; Grill''' (kid friendly)
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* '''Bear River'''
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* '''La Montana'''
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* '''Enzo Pizzeria Italiano''' (Steamboat Grand Complex)
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* '''Fiesta Jalisco'''
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* '''Colorado Bagel Company'''
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* '''Rex's American Grill and Bar'''
  
 
===Downtown===
 
===Downtown===
*Bistro c.v.  
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*Mahogany Ridge
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*'''Winona's Restaurant''' 617 Lincoln Ave, ☎+1 970 879-2483,‎ Generous portions of food and a local favorite.
*Creekside Cafe & Grill
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*Cottonwood Grill
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* '''Bistro c.v.'''
*Backcountry Provisions
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*Cantina Fresh Mexican  
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* '''Mahogany Ridge'''
*Cuginos
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*8th Street Steakhouse
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* '''Creekside Cafe &amp; Grill'''
*Mazzola's
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*Giovanni's
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* '''Cottonwood Grill'''
*Antares
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*The Tap House
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* '''Backcountry Provisions'''
*Old Town Pub
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*Sunpies
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* '''Cantina Fresh Mexican'''
*Mambo Italiano
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*Double Z Bar & Barbeque
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* '''Cuginos'''
*The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
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*Steamboat Smokehouse
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* '''8th Street Steakhouse'''
*Steamboat Yacht Club
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*The Shack Cafe
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* '''Mazzola's'''
*Old West Steak House
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*Azteca Taqueria
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* '''The Tap House'''
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* '''Sunpies'''
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* '''Mambo Italiano'''
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* '''Double Z Bar &amp; Barbeque'''
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* '''Steamboat Smokehouse'''
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* '''Sweetwater Grill'''
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* '''The Shack Cafe'''
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
===On Mountain===
 
===On Mountain===
*Ski Time Square
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**The Tugboat
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* '''Ski Time Square'''
**Slopeside Bar & Grill
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**Lupos
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* '''The Tugboat'''
**Gondola Square
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**Gondola Pub & Grill
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* '''Slopeside Bar &amp; Grill'''
**Bear River
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**Pirates Pub
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* '''Lupos'''
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* '''Gondola Square'''
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===Downtown===
 
===Downtown===
**Bistro c.v. (not the largest wine selection, but the best)
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**Mahogany Ridge
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* '''Bistro c.v.''' (not the largest wine selection, but the best)
**The Cantina (margaritas!)
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**The Tap House
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* '''Mahogany Ridge'''
**Old Town Pub is a legendary Steamboat landmark and a must visit for everyone.  It's family friendly, but also offers great nightlife with a diverse music scene.  
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**Mambo Italiano
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* '''The Cantina''' (margaritas)
**Double Z Bar & Barbeque
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**The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
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**Steamboat Smokehouse
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**Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar
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* '''Old Town Pub''', is a legendary Steamboat landmark and a must visit for everyone.  It's family friendly, but also offers great nightlife with a diverse music scene.
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
*'''ResortQuest Steamboat''', 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, (866) 634 9616, [http://www.resortqueststeamboat.com], manages Steamboat's finest rental condos all around the mountain's base area, from ski-in/ski-out to a short stroll away
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*'''Mountain Resorts''', 2150 Resort Drive Suite 100, (888) 686-8075, [http://www.mtn-resorts.com]. Steamboat's Lodging Expert - offers a wide variety of attractive, well-maintained accommodations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with rates ranging from economy to luxury.
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*''' The Snowflower Condos''',  (888) 235 1231. Reasonably priced and located right at the base of the ski mountain, around 50 yards or so from the Gondola building.
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*'''The KOA Campground''' west of town has great facilities including a very nice hot tub.  They have facilities for large and small campers and motor homes, tent sites, as well as cabins.  $25 per night for a small camper with electric.
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*'''The Home Ranch''',(800) 979-1780, [http://homeranch.com]. Relais Chateau ranch 17 miles NW of town.  
 
*'''The Home Ranch''',(800) 979-1780, [http://homeranch.com]. Relais Chateau ranch 17 miles NW of town.  
*'''Moving Mountains Chalets''', 2750 Burgess Creek Rd, (877) 624-2538[http://www.movingmountains.com]. Luxury full-service catered chalets and private vacation rental homes>  A turnkey solution for family, group and corporate ski vacations.
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*'''Bear Claw Condominiums''', 2420 Ski Trail Lane, (800) 232-7252, [http://www.bear-claw.com].
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*''' The Inn at Steamboat''', 3070 Columbine Drive, ☎+1 970 879-2600, [http://www.innatsteamboat.com]. Nestled in the mountains of Northwest Colorado, the Inn at Steamboat offers a touch of class for those seeking a quiet mountain get-a-way.
*'''Canyon Creek Steamboat Springs Ski Resort''', 2740 Eagle Ridge Circle, (800) 276-6719, [http://canyoncreek.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Colorado Vacation Rentals''', (303) 909-5563, [http://steamboatvacationrentals.net]. Brand New 1-4 Bed Condos, Ski in/out, Private Hot Tubs - Great lodging at Great prices!
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*'''The KOA Campground''' west of town has great facilities including a very nice hot tub. They have facilities for large and small campers and motor homes, tent sites, as well as cabins. $25 per night for a small camper with electric.
*'''Dulany Steamboat Springs Condo Resort''', 2286 Apres Ski Way, (800) 276-6719, [http://dulany.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Kutuk Steamboat Springs Condo Resort''', 2000 Ski Time Square Drive, (800) 276-6719, [http://kutuk.trcdirect.com].
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*'''The Lodge at Steamboat''', 2700 Village Drive, (970) 879.6000. Property has 120 units with two, three and four bedroom condominiums. Accommodations are located at the base of Mt. Werner approximately 200 yards from the Gondola. [http://www.steamboatresorts.com/accommodations/the-lodge-at-steamboat].  
*'''LaCasa Condominiums Steamboat Springs Resort''', 2315 Ski Trail Lane, (800) 276-6719, [http://lacasa.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Pines at Orehouse Plaza - Brand New!''', 440 Orehouse Plaza, (303) 909-5563, [http://www.steamboatvacationrentals.net/the_pines_at_orehouse.htm].
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*'''Timber Run''', 2015 Walton Creek Rd, (800) 276-6719. You can choose between two or three bedroom condominiums. This property offers free guest shuttles during the winter season to and from slopes, shopping, dining, etc. [http://www.steamboatresorts.com/accommodations/timber-run].  
*'''Ptarmigan House - Steamboat Springs Condo Resort''', 2322 Apres Ski Way, (800) 276-6719, [http://ptarmiganhouse.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Saddle Creek Town Homes''', 1775 Latiog Loop, (303) 909-5563, [http://www.steamboatvacationrentals.net/saddle_creek.htm].
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*'''Sheraton Steamboat Resort''', 2200 Village Inn Court, 1-866-716-8134, [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=22].
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*'''Ski Inn - Steamboat Springs Condo Resort''', 2350 Ski Trail Lane, (800) 276-6719, [http://skiinn.trcdirect.com].
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*'''The Antlers Steamboat Springs Resort''', 2085 Ski Time Square Drive, (800) 276-6719, [http://antlers.trcdirect.com].
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*'''The Lodge at Steamboat Springs Resort''', 2700 Village Drive, (970) 879-8000, [http://lodge.trcdirect.com].
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*'''The Plaza Steamboat Springs Condo Resort''', 1870 Ski Time Square Drive, (800) 276-6719, [http://plaza.trcdirect.com].
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*'''The Willows Town Homes, 1172 Natures Lane, (303)909-5563, [http://www.steamboatvacationrentals.net/the_willows.htm].
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*'''Thunderhead Lodge Steamboat Springs Resort''', 1965 Ski Time Square Drive, (800) 276-6719. [http://thunderheadlodge.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Timber Run Steamboat Springs Condo Resort''', 2015 Walton Creek Road, (970) 879-8000, [http://timberrun.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Waterford Steamboat Springs Condo Resor''', 2650 Medicine Springs Drive, (800) 276-6719, [http://waterford.trcdirect.com].
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*'''Yampa View Steamboat Springs Hotel''', 2590 Longthong Drive, (800) 276-6719, [http://yampaview.trcdirect.com].
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*'''The Ranch at Steamboat''', Ranch Road, (800) 525-2002, [http://www.ranch-steamboat.com].  
 
*'''The Ranch at Steamboat''', Ranch Road, (800) 525-2002, [http://www.ranch-steamboat.com].  
*'''Storm Meadows at Steamboat''', Storm Meadows Drive, (888) 262-5150,  [http://www.stormmeadows.com]. A collection of vacation condominiums located on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.
 
*'''Pioneer Ridge Management''', 1355 South Lincoln Ave, (888) 672-6938, [http://www.steamboat-springs.com]. Private homes, condominiums, and cabins for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
 
*''' The Inn at Steamboat''', 3070 Columbine Drive, (970) 879-2600, [www.innatsteamboat.com]. Nestled in the mountains of Northwest Colorado, the Inn at Steamboat offers a touch of class for those seeking a quiet mountain get-a-way.
 
*<sleep name="Condos in Steamboat" alt="Steamboat Springs Condo Rentals" address="63 Park Place Steamboat Springs, CO 80487" directions="" phone="(970) 879-5351" url="http://www.condosinsteamboat.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Condos available in Steamboat Springs, CO with locations slopeside, in the village, or downtown.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Steamboat Lodging Properties" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+18006413115" url="http://www.steamboatlodgingproperties.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Moderate to luxury homes and condo rentals, and incredible service! All rentals are 1-mile or less to the Gondola.</sleep>
 
  
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*'''Sheraton Steamboat Resort''', 2200 Village Inn Court, 1-866-716-8134, [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=22].
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*<sleep name="Bella's Wine Bar" alt="" address="Lincoln Ave 7th and 8th" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Best wines in town and live jazz/blues/afro cuban weekly</sleep>
  
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Steamboat Springs is a ski resort in the state of Colorado in the United States of America.

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Get in

Steamboat Springs is typically 3-4 hr away from Denver by car in good winter conditions. If heavy snow, there are a couple of passes (including Rabbit Ears Pass) which become much more difficult and slow going. The most direct route from Denver to Steamboat is I-70 west to Silverthorne. From there, take Highway 9 North to Kremmling where you meet up with US 40. Then drive west on US 40 over Rabbit Ears pass to Steamboat. With no traffic or snow, the drive can be as quick as 2.5 hr.

The Local Airport is only 22 miles from Steamboat (Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, CO). Many major airlines, including Continental, American and Delta, provide direct service from hubs and major cities during the winter, It is only a 30 min flight from Denver on United.

Numerous bus and shuttle services are available from Denver airport.

Get around

The City of Steamboat Springs provides free municipal bus service year round. Buses arrive approximately every 10 min in the winter and every 20 minutes in the summer. The Steamboat Springs Transit stops along every major route with service from downtown to the mountain condos and ski area.

Alpine Taxi is Steamboat's taxi Service. They provide in-town taxis as well as shuttle service to and from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Hayden) and the Denver International Airport.

Storm Mountain Express also offers shuttle service to and from Hayden.

See

The Town of Steamboat Springs is essentially separated into several areas. One is the mountain area (known simply as "the mountain" or "the base area") surrounding the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Mt. Werner, there are multiple shops as well as dining and nightlife. The area also includes many hotels, condominiums, and rental homes. The area is relatively easy to navigate on foot, but driving can be more difficult.

The other major area is downtown, around 4 miles from the Ski Area. Downtown Steamboat is located along Lincoln Avenue (US 40) and stretches 8-10 blocks between Third Street and Eleventh Street. This is the historic area of town. Shopping, dining and nightlife are here as well. Most of Steamboat's better restaurants are located downtown, and the area is much easier to navigate in a car than the mountain area. Parking on Lincoln Avenue is limited, but there are several parking lots on the numbered side streets.

West Steamboat is west of downtown and houses more locally-oriented businesses (like hardware stores, mechanics, and specialty shops).

Steamboat is long known for its legendary "Champagne Powder" snow, western heritage, and Olympic Tradition which gives Steamboat the name of "Ski Town USA." Steamboat is also known for its reputation as a breeding ground for US Winter Olympic Athletes, who often participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that practices and trains athletes on Howelsen Hill. Howelsen Hill is Steamboat's second, smaller ski area, and is located near the downtown area. Howelsen Hill is the oldest continuous operating ski area in Colorado. Tickets here are much cheaper than at the Steamboat Ski Area, but terrain is also much smaller and includes one lift that operates on weekends, a pomma, a halfpipe, and several runs.

Notable Steamboat sites:

  • Fish Creek Falls Waterfall located in the town of Steamboat Springs. These falls are also pictured on the label of Coors Beer.
  • Routt National Forest
  • Flat Top Mountains
  • Continental Divide Trail
  • Steamboat Lake State Park
  • Stagecoach State Park
  • Strawberry Park Hot Springs Natural hot springs just outside of Steamboat.
  • Yampa River Core Trail A beautiful paved trail that follows the Yampa River through downtown Steamboat Springs.
  • Howelsen Hill The oldest continuous operating ski area in Colorado.

Do

Summer

  • Kayak, raft, and tube the Yampa river
  • Wild West Balloon Adventures, 42415 E Deerfoot Ln (located behind the Village at Steamboat), (970) 879-7219, [1]. A Hot Air Balloon ride over Steamboat Springs
  • Romick Rodeo, 501 Howelsen Parkway.
  • The Howler Steamboat Springs Alpine Slide, 645 Howelsen Parkway (turn off Lincoln Ave in downtown Steamboat on 5th street to cross the Yampa river. Turn right after the river and railroad tracks on Howelsen Parkway. Turn Left at the stop sign.), 970-819-8010, [2]. You take a chairlift to the top of Howleson Hill and then using a sled you go down 2400 feet of winding curves
  • Flyfishing on the Yampa River and Elk river
  • Camping in the Zirkels Wilderness
  • Day time rides up the ski mountain ski gondola
  • Zephyr Helicopter Company, 970.846.4677, [3]. Helicopter Rides over the area that surronds Steamboat Spings
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming in the Steamboat Hot Springs

Horseback Riding

Golfing

  • Golf at many of the areas Golf Courses

Hiking

  • Fish Creek Falls, (Located approximately 5 miles from Steamboat Springs, Fish Creek Falls is located on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the main street in the town of Steamboat Springs, head north on 3rd Ave. and then turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. The facilities offer both a lower and upper parking lot. It is 5 Dollars for parking at the parking lots and just follow the signs to the Upper and lower tails). A 2.5 Mile one way hike that brings you up to 9000 Feet Elevation. It is only 1/4 of a mile to the First Falls


  • Mt. Werner,
  • Buffalo Pass
  • Rabbit Ears pass

Summer Events

  • Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series
  • Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • Steamboat Running Series
  • Steamboat Springs Soccer Tournament
  • Steamboat Marathon and Triathlon
  • Strings in the Mountains Regular classical performances in the summer made by touring (as well as local) musicians.
  • Triple Crown Sports Tournaments
  • USA Pro Cycling Challenge - the largest Steamboat bike race

Winter

  • Ice Climb Fish Creek Falls, (Located approximately 5 miles from Steamboat Springs, Fish Creek Falls is located on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the main street in the town of Steamboat Springs, head north on 3rd Ave. and then turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. The facilities offer both a lower and upper parking lot. It is 5 Dollars for parking at the parking lots and just follow the signs to the Upper and lower tails). A 2.5 Mile one way hike that brings you up to 9000 Feet Elevation. It is only 1/4 of a mile to the First Falls
  • Ski Mt. Werner
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowcat ride and powder skiing
  • Winter fly fishing
  • Dogsledding
  • Night tubing at the ski base area
  • Romantic dinner on the top of the mountain
  • Strawberry Pak Hot Springs, 44200 County Rd#3, (970) 879-0342, [4]. Sit in 104 degree Mineral water, also offers lodging in cabins or even a locomotive (clothing optional after dark)
  • sitting in hot tubs when it snows
  • Winter Concert Series
  • try to be there for the last day the ski mountain is open for business, the place is one big party. meet some locals and have a good time.
  • Check out the Olympic Ski jumping hill at Howelson hill, its a great thing to watch
  • Cross country ski on many of the nordic tracks surrounding the area
  • The Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill

Winter Events

  • Coureur Des Bois
  • Steamboat Winter Carnival The oldest winter carnival in the United States west of the Mississippi river.
  • Winter Concert Series

Ski

  • Strawberry Park Hot Springs, hot springs about 15 min outside of downtown (more or less depending on weather). If it's snowy, the road up to the springs requires by law AWD and snow tires or chains. Note that is AWD/4WD with snow tires, some have had severe problems with the hill with AWD and all season tires when it was snowing. A fantastic set of hot springs, though the facilities could be better. Clothing is optional after dark.

Buy

Shops

Several shops are located downtown Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue. Additionally, there are stores on the mountain near the ski area in Ski Times Square.

  • SmartWool Socks, [5]. While you're there, purchase a pair--the corporate headquarters are located in Steamboat Springs.
  • Embellishments, 8th Street,[6]. A beautiful shop of home furnishings and accessories specializing in fair-trade merchandise .

Equipment rental

There are many places in Steamboat where you can rent ski and snowboard equipment for your stay in Steamboat.

Here are just a few of the many equipment rental stores found in Steamboat

  • Black Tie Ski Rentals
  • Breeze
  • Christy Sports
  • One Stop Ski Shop Ltd. ☎+1 970 879-4754
  • Ski Haus. ☎+1 970 879-0385
  • Sportstalker: Retail-Rental. ☎+1 970 879-2445
  • Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare. ☎+1 970 879-9144
  • Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. ☎+1 970 879-6111
  • Steamboat Ski Touring Center. ☎+1 970 879-8180
  • Terry Sports. ☎+1 970 879-8414

If you arriving in Steamboat without a car it is probably easier to rent your gear closer to your hotel or even better the lifts as most offer over night storage, saving you the hassle of lugging your skis back to your accommodation every day. Or to secure special boot size or your preference for equipment rental.

You can also book your ski or snowboard rental online which may save you some money and less time in the rental store. The main companies in Steamboat that offer this service are;

  • Black Tie (Which also offer full delivery service to your accommodation)
  • Christy Sports
  • Breeze Ski Rentals
  • Rentskis
  • Steamboat Ski Rentals

Eat

On the mountain

  • Ski Time Square
  • Cafe Diva
  • Market on the Mountain
  • Saketumi
  • The Tugboat
  • Slopeside Bar & Grill (kid friendly)
  • Gondola Square
  • Gondola Pub & Grill
  • Bear River
  • La Montana
  • Enzo Pizzeria Italiano (Steamboat Grand Complex)

In between

  • Three Peaks Grill
  • Ore House At the Pine Grove
  • Fiesta Jalisco
  • Colorado Bagel Company
  • Freshies
  • Blue Sage Pizza
  • The Egg & I
  • Rex's American Grill and Bar

Downtown

  • Winona's Restaurant 617 Lincoln Ave, ☎+1 970 879-2483,‎ Generous portions of food and a local favorite.
  • Bistro c.v.
  • Mahogany Ridge
  • Creekside Cafe & Grill
  • Cottonwood Grill
  • Backcountry Provisions
  • Cantina Fresh Mexican
  • Cuginos
  • 8th Street Steakhouse
  • Mazzola's
  • The Tap House
  • Old Town Pub
  • Sunpies
  • Mambo Italiano
  • Double Z Bar & Barbeque
  • The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
  • Steamboat Smokehouse
  • Sweetwater Grill
  • The Shack Cafe
  • Old West Steak House
  • Azteca Taqueria

Drink

On Mountain

  • Ski Time Square
  • The Tugboat
  • Slopeside Bar & Grill
  • Lupos
  • Gondola Square
  • Gondola Pub & Grill
  • Bear River
  • Pirates Pub

Downtown

  • Bistro c.v. (not the largest wine selection, but the best)
  • Mahogany Ridge
  • The Cantina (margaritas)
  • The Tap House
  • Old Town Pub, is a legendary Steamboat landmark and a must visit for everyone. It's family friendly, but also offers great nightlife with a diverse music scene.
  • Mambo Italiano
  • Double Z bar & barbecue
  • The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
  • Steamboat Smokehouse
  • Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar

Sleep

  • The Home Ranch,(800) 979-1780, [7]. Relais Chateau ranch 17 miles NW of town.
  • The Inn at Steamboat, 3070 Columbine Drive, ☎+1 970 879-2600, [8]. Nestled in the mountains of Northwest Colorado, the Inn at Steamboat offers a touch of class for those seeking a quiet mountain get-a-way.
  • The KOA Campground west of town has great facilities including a very nice hot tub. They have facilities for large and small campers and motor homes, tent sites, as well as cabins. $25 per night for a small camper with electric.
  • The Lodge at Steamboat, 2700 Village Drive, (970) 879.6000. Property has 120 units with two, three and four bedroom condominiums. Accommodations are located at the base of Mt. Werner approximately 200 yards from the Gondola. [9].
  • Timber Run, 2015 Walton Creek Rd, (800) 276-6719. You can choose between two or three bedroom condominiums. This property offers free guest shuttles during the winter season to and from slopes, shopping, dining, etc. [10].
  • The Ranch at Steamboat, Ranch Road, (800) 525-2002, [11].
  • Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, 1-866-716-8134, [12].
  • Bella's Wine Bar, Lincoln Ave 7th and 8th. Best wines in town and live jazz/blues/afro cuban weekly


Get out

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