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Submitted on Jun 09, 2021 Useful Info

3 Best Summer Activities In Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Visiting Steamboat Springs this summer? You're in for a real treat!

Steamboat Springs is a ski town located in northern Colorado near the Wyoming border. And while skiing is what draws most tourists into this idyllic town, locals know that the best time to visit Steamboat Springs is in the summer.

After having lived in Steamboat Springs for many years, I've been able to compile a list of the best things to do during your summer holiday:

Hiking

You can't go to Colorado during the summer without exploring the mountains. And Steamboat Springs is the perfect place to do it.

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Venture out onto the trail in Mount Zirkel Wilderness, up to the top of Emerald Mountain (for the best view of the town of Steamboat, or through the meadows of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Luckily, Steamboat is the perfect place to hike for any skill level. Whether you want an epic challenge or a short jaunt through the mountains, the Yampa Valley has it all.

For a more difficult hike, consider completing the Zirkel Circle in Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

For an easier hike, take a nice stroll to Fish Creek Falls where you're able to turn back anytime you'd like.

Sunset Happy Hour

We all know that the top of Mount Werner (the ski hill) in Steamboat Springs is the place to be in the winter. But did you know it's an amazing excursion to add to your summer itinerary, too?

Steamboat Springs hosts what we call "Sunset Happy Hour" every Thursday and Sunday during the summer months.

Take the gondola up to the top of the peak and enjoy a few cocktails or local craft beer while watching the sunset over the valley.

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You'll also love the live music that occurs during each sunset happy hour. Local bands and Colorado favorites perform at the venue with some amazing tunes.

Insider Tip: You can hike up Mount Werner before sunset happy hour and take the gondola down for free. This way you won't have to pay for the gondola trip if you're on a budget.

Hot Springs

Hot springs are a traveler's favorite activity in "the 'Boat". Strawberry Park Hot Springs is an awesome and unique experience to add to your Colorado itinerary this summer.

To enter these incredibly scenic hot springs, prepare to pay $20 per person. But, make sure that you arrive with cash.

The hot springs do not accept credit cards or checks and there is no ATM on site. In order to take out cash for the entrance fee, you'll need to drive 25 minutes back to downtown.. not ideal!

Insider Tip: Check the stargazing forecast before going. Visiting Strawberry Park Hot Springs during a meteor shower is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For even more fun ideas on what to do in Steamboat Springs this summer, check out the post: 21 Unforgettable Steamboat Springs Summer Activities