Somewhere between the late 1800s and 10,000 feet up, peaks met west in Steamboat Springs to create an exceptional mountain experience of unbridled recreational options, soaring ranges and bubbling hot springs, all with a distinctive western flair.
Roam through ancient woods clothed by freshly fallen snow from a horse-pulled wagon. Walk to the town's namesake hot springs or venture to those in nearby Strawberry for renewing soaks, imagining those appreciative sojourners before stepping onto the same smoothed rocks. Or explore timeless trails with the modern horsepower of an ATV, marveling at the rapidly growing distance between you and your daily life. Whatever season or adventure you choose, you're sure to create unforgettable vacation memories that will be cherished for years to come.
Ski Town, USA
Catch a chairlift or gondola just outside your villa to your backyard playground, the world-class Steamboat Ski Resort, where a wonderland of winter recreation awaits, including alpine skiing, snowboarding and telemark skiing amid Steamboat's famed Champagne Powder.
Warmer-weather recreation peaks with vibrant blooms of mountain biking, horseback riding and alpine sliding to fly-fishing, rock climbing and hot air ballooning. Hiking up to Rabbit Ears Peak or tubing down the Yampa River, you'll savor Steamboat summers.
Steamboat's original attractions are its relaxing natural mineral springs, first valued for their healing properties by the Ute Indians, who called them medicine springs. Modern amenities now complement rustic to luxurious outdoor springs in hot-spots around town.
A rich and long-standing ranching heritage bucks alive each weekend night throughout Steamboat's summer season, with rousing rodeo competitions in a modern arena built on the same spot as cowboy-era challenges held for more than a century before.
From the time a former circus acrobat named Carl Howelsen enthused Steamboat residents with his stunning ski feats here, this winter hub has continued as the longest running ski area in the Rockies, even transforming into a 2,400-foot alpine slide in summer.
Winter Carnival (February)
Originally organized to relieve cabin fever, this carnival endures as a cherished, festive tradition bringing together both neighbors and visitors for snow sports events and celebrations rated a "Top 10 Winter Carnival in the World" by National Geographic.
Strings Music Festival (June – August)
The Strings Music Pavilion hosts its signature summer festival, orchestrating more than 80 performances from classical masters to contemporary Grammy-winners within the sliding glass walls of this intimate 550-seat venue overlooking the mountains and valley around.
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo (July)
At the highly anticipated Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, more than 40 colorful hot air balloons lift off from Bald Eagle Lake to dot the skies over the Yampa Valley.
Wild West Air Fest (August/September)
Labor Day weekend brings fleets of vintage and warbird aircraft displays, classic cars, radio-controlled airplane shows, an interactive Wings Over the Rockies KidSpace, cycling stage race, and the thrilling Rocky Mountain Bull Bash PBR, which features professional cowboys and top-ranked bulls.
Oktoberwest (Late September)
Steamboat's unique version of Oktoberfest means distinctly western food and festivities, such as a bicycle parade through historic downtown, a pie-eating contest and mechanical bull riding challenge, plus free rockin' mountain concerts and locally brewed beer.