Steamboat Springs is considered to be a world class destination area mostly for skiing, family friendly community, and consistent good service anywhere you go in town. The big secret to Steamboat Springs is the Summer.
Summer in Steamboat has just about everything an outdoors oriented person would want. Mountain biking, tubing, fishing, mountain climbing, alpine and valley hikes, the Continental Divide, hot springs, rodeo events, free music concerts, and more and more. In my case, I have to watch how much gear I purchase because there is only so much time in a week to fit in each sport I like.
What makes it so nice here is the weather. Rarely does it get over 90 degrees, with nights in the 50 degree range, it is easy to find oneself elated with sunshine and cool breezes.
A few things that attract my attention, outside of the Yampa River activities of rafting, tubing, and fishing, are hiking and visiting a few places downtown. The Yampa River Botanic Park is a favorite place for me to visit. It is well cared for by volunteers. There are flowers blooming from the start of Spring to the end of Fall. The uniqueness of the park comes from it’s great design, which invites a person to stroll through the grounds slowly.
Visiting Off the Beaten Path Bookstore is something I do year round, and Summer is one of my favorite times to visit. Consistently busy, this bookstore has most of the contemporary fiction and non-fiction books on the market. As well, there are specialty sections devoted to Colorado and Steamboat Springs lifestyles. They have a coffee bar that serves excellent drinks, and captures my attention whenever I find my way to 9th street.
Steamboat Resort operates it’s gondola through the Summer. It takes riders to Thunderhead lodge where views stretch 60 miles or more. Hiking trails from this vantage wander around the resort. Moose and elk are often seen. Alpine flowers bloom throughout the season, and, if one is lucky, a patch of berries might need someone to pick ripe fruits ready for snacking. The gondola ride is very scenic. The town of Steamboat Springs lies below and can be observed riding up and down. During the Summer, Sunset Happy Hour can be enjoyed twice a week. A very popular event, this happy hour is relaxing with live music and a view of the sun sinking behind Emerald Mountain.
These are just a few of the great opportunities of what to do in Steamboat Springs in the Summer. Enjoying time in Steamboat is easy to do. Choosing what fun to have is the most difficult part!