When the weather turns chilly, you feel like cozying up next to a fireplace. What better place to do that than in the beautiful Rocky Mountains? Steamboat Springs is the perfect destination for a mountain vacation in any season, but fall is particularly magical as the leaves turn and the weather cools down. Check out all the fun you can have in Steamboat Springs this fall!
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Our Places to Stay in Steamboat CO
When you want to stay right near all the fun, our places to stay in Steamboat CO are just the thing. We offer Steamboat places to stay that are just as affordable as a hotel stay but come with so many more perks! Instead of needing separate rooms, the whole family can stay together in one unit; we’ve got a place for you no matter how many bedrooms you need.
Enjoy the convenience of having your own fully equipped kitchen; it’s one of the things that makes a vacation rental truly feel like home. Prepare your own meals and snacks any time of day or night, or just heat up some restaurant leftovers! Sit down for dinner in a well-appointed dining area; stretch out on a comfortable sofa and catch your favorite shows on the flat-screen TV; cuddle in front of the fireplace. Enjoy beautiful vistas right outside your window and sleep easy on our super-comfortable beds at night. Our Steamboat places to stay make your visit to Steamboat Springs complete!
Although there may not be snow on the ground, Steamboat Springs has no shortage of fun activities to explore. Steamboat Resort offers some great options on their mountain range: go flying downhill on the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, the longest in North America; hit a round or two of mini golf with the family; take a scenic ride in a gondola, marveling at the fall colors. You can also make use of a variety of well-maintained trails for hiking and mountain biking while you’re here!
Similarly, Howelsen Hill, the famous ski-jump spot, offers great activities right in town. It’s quite a hub for local outdoor activities, so if you have any questions about what’s going on, feel free to ask their knowledgeable staff. Enjoy options like the huge Alpine slide, playgrounds, mountain biking trails, and playing fields at Howelsen Hill.
If it’s fall foliage you’re in the mood for, there are tons of options. Hikes near town showcasing fall colors include Fish Creek Falls, Spring Creek, Emerald Mountain, and Thunderhead Trail on Mount Werner. If you’re willing to take a drive, some spectacular sights can be seen at Buffalo Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, and Dunckley Pass in the White River National Forest. Fall colors usually peak sometime in late September, so if that’s a main attraction for you, plan your visit accordingly.
Explore Steamboat Springs by Bike
Although Steamboat Springs is a major destination for mountain bikers, not everyone is capable or willing to ride the bumpy trails. Luckily for all visitors, there’s a great way to enjoy seeing the town without needing to go off-roading! The Yampa River Core Trail winds for seven miles along the Yampa River, through the heart of Steamboat Springs. Passing numerous parks, including Howelsen Hill and the Yampa River Botanic Park, you’ll find that a gentle ride along this trail will open your eyes to just how easy it is to explore Steamboat Springs without a car. Along the way, you’ll pass by excellent fishing spots, perfect picnic areas, and groves of beautiful cottonwood trees. Of course, it will also be so easy to stop and grab a bite to eat! A bicycle is a must when you visit Steamboat Springs.
Warm Up on the Brew Trail
Another iteration of the Yampa River Core Trail is the Steamboat Brew Trail. At 2.7 miles long, you can easily explore this option on foot, so as not to be biking under the influence. Passing by four local breweries and one distillery, the Steamboat Brew Trail is a great way to sample the local libations. Sample some Alpenglow at Mahogany Ridge Brewery, along with classic American cuisine. Then head to Mountain Tap, for some wood-fired pizza and amazing views of Emerald Mountain. Enjoy a stop at Steamboat Whiskey Company, the only craft distillery in Steamboat Springs, and sample their Warrior Whiskey or Ski Town Vodka. No matter which type of drink you enjoy, you’re sure to find it here on the Steamboat Brew Trail!
Dive into Delectable Cuisine
One of the best ways to get your bearings in a new town is to take a tour from a knowledgeable local, who can fill you in on the history of the area and the best spots to visit. Why not pair that with a food tour, and enjoy some delicious flavors in the bargain? Steamboat Springs Food Tours offers tours that give you an overview of some of the area’s best eats, from the Mediterranean to creative Mexican, as well as the local favorite burger joint. If you do this at the beginning of your trip, you’ll already know where you’d like to eat the next time you get hungry!