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.
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.
Black Diamond: Eagle-Vail Airport Transportation (EGE) and Denver Airport Transportation (DEN) to Steamboat Springs Resort Hotels. 24/7 Transportation Service: Shuttle, Taxi, Limo, Car Service. Call: (970) 261-6509. 
Powderhound Transportation provides shuttles to Steamboat Springs  from Denver International Airport
The City of Steamboat Springs provides free municipal bus service year round. Buses arrive approximately every 10 minutes in the winter and 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.
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 Steamboat, 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. View this Steamboat Dining Guide for restaurant suggestions and pricing. 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 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.
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.
Routt National Forest
Flat Top Mountains
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
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.
Steamboat Winter Carnival The oldest winter carnival in the United States west of the Mississippi river.
Hiking Fishcreek falls, Mt. Werner, Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears pass
Kayak, raft, and tube the Yampa river
Hot air balloon rides
Night time rodeos at Howelson Hill
Mountain biking on Mt. Werner
Flyfishing on the Yampa River and Elk river
Camping in the Zirkels Wilderness
Day time rides up the ski mountain ski gondola
Steamboat Lake Outfitters
Golf at many of the areas Golf Courses
Ski Mt. Werner
Ice climb Fishcreek falls
Snowcat ride and powder skiing
Night tubing at the ski base area
Romantic dinner on the top of the mountain
Strawberry Park Hot springs (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
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
Strawberry Park Hot Springs, hot springs about 15 minutes 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.
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, . While you're there, purchase a pair--the corporate headquarters are located in Steamboat Springs.
Embellishments, 8th Street,. A beautiful shop of home furnishings and accessories specializing in fair-trade merchandise .
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
One Stop Ski Shop Ltd 970) 879-4754
Ski Haus 970) 879-0385
Sportstalker: Retail-Rental 970) 879-2445
Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare 970) 879-9144
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation 970) 879-6111
Steamboat Ski Touring Center 970) 879-8180
Terry Sports 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)
Breeze Ski Rentals
To view a comparison of the above online rentals stores rates, locations and
Winona's Restaurant 617 Lincoln Ave, (970) 879-2483, Generous portions of food and a local favorite.
Ski Time Square
Market on the Mountain
Slopeside Bar & Grill (kid friendly)
Gondola Pub & Grill
Three Peaks Grill
Ore House At the Pine Grove
Colorado Bagel Company
Blue Sage Pizza
The Egg & I
Rex's American Grill and Bar
Creekside Cafe & Grill
Cantina Fresh Mexican
8th Street Steakhouse
The Tap House
Old Town Pub
Double Z Bar & Barbeque
The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Steamboat Yacht Club
The Shack Cafe
Old West Steak House
Ski Time Square
Slopeside Bar & Grill
Gondola Pub & Grill
Bistro c.v. (not the largest wine selection, but the best)
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.
Double Z Bar & Barbeque
The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar
Simply Steamboat, (970)870-3397 Simply Steamboat offers first class accomodations with great service. Most units (condos & townhomes) are just 2 blocks from the gondola with some being ski-in/ski-out. They pride themselves on running an ecofriendly management company unlike any other one in town.
ResortQuest Steamboat, 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, (866) 634 9616, , manages Steamboat's finest rental condos all around the mountain's base area, from ski-in/ski-out to a short stroll away
Mountain Resorts, 2150 Resort Drive Suite 100, (888) 686-8075, . Steamboat's Lodging Expert - offers a wide variety of attractive, well-maintained accommodations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with rates ranging from economy to luxury.
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.
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 Home Ranch,(800) 979-1780, . Relais Chateau ranch 17 miles NW of town.
Moving Mountains Chalets, 2750 Burgess Creek Rd, (877) 624-2538, . Luxury full-service catered chalets and private vacation rental homes> A turnkey solution for family, group and corporate ski vacations.
The Ranch at Steamboat, Ranch Road, (800) 525-2002, .
Storm Meadows at Steamboat, Storm Meadows Drive, (888) 262-5150, . A collection of vacation condominiums located on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Pioneer Ridge Management, 1355 South Lincoln Ave, (888) 672-6938, . 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.
Condos in Steamboat (Steamboat Springs Condo Rentals), 63 Park Place Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, ☎ (970) 879-5351, . Condos available in Steamboat Springs, CO with locations slopeside, in the village, or downtown.
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