You came to Steamboat Springs for some much-needed time away and some summertime fun. No matter how long you’re in town, there’s plenty to see and do. You’ll enjoy a mix of fun, excitement, adventure and activities on your trip, but you’ll also want to take a break from the fast pace. There are plenty of places in and around Steamboat Springs in the Summer where you can enjoy a romantic picnic for two or an outdoor meal a large group can enjoy together. Pets are welcome at many locations, with leash laws enforced.
The Gazebo at Spring Creek
Spring Creek Park has it all for a serene Steamboat Springs Summer picnic. There’s a log gazebo with picnic tables to keep you and your meal protected from sun, while there are also plenty of shade trees and flat areas where you can spread out your picnic blanket and unpack a delicious meal, along with other picnic tables where you can soak up the sun. Make a day of it and bring your fishing gear along to fish in the pond or bring your hiking boots and set out for some adventure on the surrounding nature and hiking trails. There are convenient trash receptacles and port-o-lets so you can enjoy the area without having to leave for basic services. The area is free of admission and open to the public.
Located just off the side of Highway 40 near the Rabbit Ears Motel is a local hidden gem. Pack your bathing suit and beach bag as well as your picnic basket. There’s plenty of green grass, shade trees, and picnic tables. Lace up your hiking boots and take a hike along the Yampa River Core Trail to work up an appetite. BBQ grills are available for a hot meal off the grill. There is also a natural hot springs pool adjacent to the Yampa River. Take a hot soak, then use the easy access to the river to cool down before heading back to your accommodations. Kids and dogs will love the area’s open play area, too. Restrooms are available.
Horseback Ride & Picnic
Gather your group and saddle up for a horseback ride through Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area. There are ranches around Steamboat Springs that will guide you through the scenic trails that Old West cowboys used to follow. Horseback riding is fun for people of all ages and ability levels. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the end of the trail before heading back or ask whether the tour company provides a meal with a longer journey. Make sure to book in advance and ask about any restrictions or guidelines and make any special requests.
Yampa River Botanic Park
The park opened in 1995 and is cultivated from a flat horse pasture to what is now a six-acre retreat of ponds, berms, and over 60 different gardens. Paths wind past beautiful trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and more at 6,800 feet above sea level. The use of “microclimates” allows both alpine and desert plants to thrive. The park is divided into “neighborhoods,” each one with its own unique mix of plants. Pick up a map and brochure for a self-guided tour ending at a beautiful picnic space or take a guided tour. The park is open dawn to dusk from early May through the end of October. Groups of nine or less should preregister online for guided tours. A donation to the park is always appreciated.
A breathtaking picnic spot, you’ll want to spread your blanket and unpack your basket surrounded by fresh mountain air and a historic spot. An in-and-back three-mile adventure follows Mad Creek into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area north of Steamboat Springs. The two-hour journey only gains 440 feet in elevation, making it an easy hike. Hike through over 100 types of alpine flowers surrounded by beautiful canyon views. Anywhere along the trail is a beautiful spot, but you’ll also want to take in the history at the Mad Creek bar, built in the early 1900s as a U.S. Forest Service homestead. Explore the barn, including the loft. Plan a longer hike and head upstream from the barn and taking a left at the Y down to Red Dirt Trail, which ends about a mile up the road from the Mad Creek trailhead, turning the hike into a ten-mile loop that includes a nearly 1,900-foot elevation gain and a five-hour trek.
Summer Picnics in Steamboat Springs
You chose Steamboat Springs for a getaway with the ones you love. Make sure your first step is booking a vacation rental with Elevated Properties. Prepare a tasty meal for the picnic or a group meal at home in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in the open living area for some TV or a movie.
We have units as small as one-bedroom, all the way up to units as large as six-bedrooms! Choose a premium unit for upgrades and perks like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more!
Contact us today to start planning your getaway to Steamboat Springs in the Summer!