As winter turns toward spring and temperatures begin to rise, you might be looking for a getaway. Pack your bags, load up your vehicle, and gather your friends and family for a fun and exciting vacation that starts with a road trip to Steamboat Springs, CO! Set your sights on Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area and the many fun and unique offerings you’ll find there to build a vacation that keeps everyone happy and busy during your stay.

Hot Springs

No road trip to Steamboat Springs is complete without a visit to the hot springs that gave the town its name. The multi-use complex of Old Town Hot Springs is located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs. It boasts eight natural mineral water hot pools, two water slides, fitness center, aquatic rock-climbing wall, kid’s area, and more. Strawberry Park Hot Springs is located on the edge of the Yampa Valley and features thermal pools ranging in temperature from 101-106 degrees Fahrenheit. COVID-19 restrictions include both locations operating at limited capacity and reservations are required at this time. Please wear a mask whenever not in the water and observe social distancing when possible. Restrooms are still available, but changing rooms are limited. Only cash will be accepted for entry fees. No credit or debit cards.

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Saddleback Ranch

After all the travel to get here, you may want someone else to show you around. Gather your group and book an experience with Saddleback Ranch. Enjoy a 1–2-hour experience over the hills and through the trees and mountain scenery of Saddleback Ranch. You’ll see the Flattops, Sleeping Giant, and Mt. Werner, and many other Steamboat Springs breathtaking landmarks. When you reserve online, you can opt to be picked up at the Mt. Werner Transit Center. There are no reservations and it’s first-come, first-served if you choose to drive yourself.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

For a different view of the area, head up, up, and away in a hot air balloon with Wild West Balloon Adventures.  Due to wind and weather conditions, flights only take place in the early morning. Included in the experience is a continental breakfast, champagne toast, and each group member will receive a flight certificate to commemorate the ride. Ask about group, senior, military, and child discount rates when booking. Flights may be canceled due to weather or other safety risks.


Once you’ve spent some time in the car on your road trip here, get out and stretch your legs. Known as “Bike Town, USA” Steamboat Springs offers plenty of biking opportunities. Locals bike for exercise, to experience the beauty of the area, and even bike to work! With all the biking culture in Steamboat Springs, it’s no surprise there are plenty of opportunities for all types of biking, including downhill biking, cross country routes, road biking, cruising, gravel biking, and more. There is even a jump park with various hills and ramps with areas for riders of every skill level from beginner or intermediate, to advanced dirt bikers. Come back in the winter for a “fat tire” snow biking experience.

Water Sports

Make sure your bathing suits and sun gear make the road trip packing list. You’ll want to head to one of the three Colorado state parks with lakes that surround the Steamboat Springs area. Enjoy a myriad of water activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Surrounded by Colorado’s beautiful mountain terrain, you can take a break from the water and enjoy a picnic on the shore.


The golfers of the group will want to make their clubs part of the packing list. The Steamboat Springs area boasts three nearby golf courses where you can challenge yourself. Share the course with wildlife like elk, eagles, or blue herons. Steamboat Golf Club is a nine-hole course perfect for a quick game or choose one of the more challenging courses. If your clubs didn’t make the packing list, ask about a rental set when booking your tee time.

Tread of Pioneers Museum

While the mountains, springs, and trails will keep you outdoors for hours during your Steamboat Springs road trip, there is indoor fun to be had, too. Learn about Steamboat Springs and its roots. The heart of the museum is a 1901 Queen Anne-style Victorian home featuring turn-of-the-century furnishings. You’ll enjoy interactive exhibits of local and regional Native American history, skiing, agriculture, mining, pioneer settlement, town development, and more.

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Road Trip to Steamboat Springs CO

You chose Steamboat Springs for a fun spring road trip with loved ones. Extend the fun to your accommodations by booking a vacation rental with Elevated Properties. When you’re not out experiencing Steamboat Springs, prepare a tasty meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in the open living area and relax with a book, or watch a favorite TV show or a movie. For an intimate experience, choose a one-bedroom unit. If everyone is piling into the car, there are units as large as six bedrooms! Choose a premium unit for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs and more!

Contact us today to start planning your road trip to Steamboat Springs!