Steamboat Springs - Northwest Colorado
A famous ski center, Steamboat Springs in the Yampa Valley is one of North America's largest ski mountains. Steamboat offers 142 trails and 3000 skiable acres. Located 7,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains, Steamboat is legendary for its six peaks, each contributing tree skiing, bumps, and open meadows that gives Steamboat Springs Ski Resort an international name. However, Steamboat also offers more than winter sports. Fish Creek Falls is a breathtaking 283' waterfall and historic bridge. From the falls you have access to hiking and mountain biking trails that lead to the Continental Divide. From town, drive northeast to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area where the elevation ranges from 7,000' to 13,000' in a 141,000-acre undeveloped area, ideal for hiking, fishing and hunting. The Yampa River Trail System runs adjacent to downtown.
Named Steamboat Springs in 1865, French trappers thought they heard the chugging of a steamboat while riding through the city. But it was the hot springs that chugged until 1908 when the railroad blasted out the rock chamber over the springs. Northern Utes (the Yampsatika) summered in the area as early as the 1300s. Europeans first settled here in 1875 and although they used skis to get around in the winter, it wasn't until 1913 that they started skiing for fun. The rest is history. Be forewarned, however, according to local legend, the "Yampa Valley Curse" means visitors are cast under a spell that compels them to return again and again.
Steamboat Springs Whitewater Park begins with a slalom course on the Yampa River. The course continues with several rapids providing great surfing opportunities. Late May through early July will have ideal river boarding levels and later in the summer, the water levels are lower making it better for tubers and fishermen.
Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.
Featured Steamboat Springs Businesses
In Columbine, a historic gold mining town, rediscover the Colorado of yesteryear. Miner Cabins sleep 2-6. 30 miles north Steamboat Springs in Routt National Forest. Wood fired sauna, and friendly ghosts.
Vacation condos and townhomes in Steamboat Springs that are privately owned with an array of modern amenities. These are our homes, we invite you to come create your own vacation memories in comfort.
Historic 1883 ranch on 10,000 acres in Hayden. A haven for birds: evening grosbeaks, bald eagles, hawks, hummingbirds. Non-smoking, wood fireplace, equipped kitchen. 40 miles to Steamboat Springs.
West of Steamboat Springs in NW Colorado, Elkhead Reservoir is the only flat-water recreation area in Moffat County: State Park campsites, boat, swim, jet ski, nature trails, birding, wildlife watch, bike, fish.
The largest variety of local managed lodging in Steamboat Springs: private homes, condominiums, townhouses and our exclusive Platinum Collection. Pioneer Ridge will help you find pet friendly units.
Quality and Affordable in Steamboat Springs: friendly family motel, modern rooms, comfy beds. Rabbit Ears is a mountain experience in town. Dreams are sweeter by the Yampa River with a private balcony!
Near Steamboat Springs, sits the pearl of state parks, at the base of majestic Hahn's Peak! Stay & Play: campsites, cabins, yurts. Experience premier hiking trails, 2 lakes, fishing, swim beach, boating, marina.
On the trout-filled Yampa River near Steamboat Springs. Full hookup RV sites. Island Tent sites. KOA Cabins some kitchens. Summer pool, indoor hot tub, mini-golf. SKI SEASON -- WINTERIZED RV SITES.
134 mile stretch of the Yampa River is the heart of this State Park, undeveloped camping, canoe, kayak, and raft near Steamboat Springs. The Visitor Center near Hayden has 70 campsites and nature trails.
Steamboat Springs Activities and Maps
Rafting & Kayaking:
Yampa River Rafting & Kayaking
Steamboat Springs Hot Springs
Local Area Maps:
Steamboat Springs Area Map