Summer

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Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, photo by Shannon Lukens

Summer in Steamboat

 

When our snowy white blanket melts into a sea of green, a whole different side of Steamboat emerges. Many people who live in Steamboat year round say that they came for the winter but stayed for the summer. Summertime is full of activities, Steamboat really does have something for everyone. Activities abound throughout our beautiful valley and the mountains that surround it.


EVENTS

Steamboat Springs keeps the summer weekends full with events, here are a few signature events to check out. Be sure to visit the Chamber’s event calendar for a complete listing of events.

Steamboat signature events:

Summer-Long Events:

Steamboat Keepin’ It Free Summer Concert Series – June 23-Sept 3

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo – June-Aug

Strings Music Festival – June – Aug

June:

Steamboat Marathon – June 4. All you runners out there, join us for the Steamboat Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 10K, ranked as one of the “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America”. Run along the Elk River and past beautiful pastures on County Road 129 and into downtown Steamboat.

Mustang Roundup – June 15-18. Almost 500 Mustang owners from around the Rocky Mountains gather in Steamboat each June for a weekend of events. Fun for participants and spectators alike. Events include a scenic mountain auto tour and autocross in the Meadows Parking lot. Car lovers be sure to check out the Show N Shine event where all of the cars are on display on Lincoln Ave in downtown Steamboat. Events are free and open to the public.

Red, Whites & Brews in the ‘Boat – June 24. New to Steamboat this year, the Red, Whites & Brews festival brings live music, craft beer and wine tasting to downtown Steamboat on Yampa Street along the river. Discounted tasting and VIP tickets available through Resort Lodging Company when you book lodging for the weekend. Check out information here.

July:

Cowboys’ Roundup Days & 4th of July – July 1-4. Steamboat does 4th of July in true western style. Come join in the celebration and don’t miss events like the Pro Rodeo Series, Pioneer Day block party, free concerts, parades and more. To top it all off, stay for one of the best fireworks displays in Colorado (and we think one of the best in the country!)!

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo – July 8-9. Check out 30-40 hot air balloons taking off from Bald Eagle Lake competing in events like dipping into the lake and more, always a good show. Be sure to check out the famous breakfast burritos made by the local Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club. On Saturday evening, head to the base of the ski area for an upclose look and beautiful colors of the balloon glow.

August:

Steamboat Wine Festival – August 9-13. Wine masters, wine connoisseurs, and every day wine lovers gather to enjoy great wine and fun time.  Enjoy 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Steamboat Wine Festival offers cooking demonstrations, seminars, and a relaxing wine time.  Visit http://www.steamboatwinefestival.com for more information.

All Arts Festival – August 11-13. Artists from across the country come to Steamboat
to celebrate the arts. You can attend live theater shows, learn about photography or painting workshops and attend talks and demonstrations held by various artists.

September:

Yampa Valley Crane Festival – Aug 31 – Sept 2. The festival celebrates the magestic Sand Hill Cranes as they migrate through the Yampa Valley and features guided Crane viewings, nature & bird walks, expert speakers, films, bird art, workshops, children’s activities, a picnic and more! Book lodging through Resort Lodging Company and 5% will be donated back to the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition to support the conservation of these beautiful birds. Check out information here.

Wild West Air Fest  – September 2. A Labor Day tradition filled with aerobatic Oohs and Awws. Take
a plane ride on a vintage military airplane or a scenic helicopter ride while gazing out the window at the beautiful western landscape that makes up Steamboat Springs and the surrounding communities. This a great family event, kids can play in Wings over the Rockies and build their own plane or play in the adventure zone. In addition to the Wild West Air Fest, downtown Steamboat will host the Chili Challenge cook-off and if that’s not enough stroll through all the stores and enjoy the Steamboat sidewalk sale.

Steamboat Oktoberwest – September 15- 16. Join over 40 Colorado brewers at the bast of the Steamboat ski area while enjoying some beer and live music. In addition to the great tasting ales, Saturday features the I Love Beef Cook-Off featuring the chefs in the area cooking up some wonderful eats.


Activities

Golf

Haymaker Golf Course – A public golf course that plays from from 5,059 to 7,308 yards.  It’s a great golf course with 365 degrees of mountain views, no distractions, no residential development, just good golf in the Yampa Valley. It has a nice practice area with a driving range, sand trap, chipping and putting green.

Call (970) 870-1846 for tee times.

Steamboat Golf Club – established in 1964 provides generous fairways and small target greens. The course is open to the public, boarders the Yampa river and offers views of the Steamboat ski area and surrounding area. The Steamboat Golf Club is family oriented and an affordable option to enjoy a round of golf in the valley.

Call (970) 879-4295 for tee times

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club –  Opened in 1974 this spectacular 18-hole course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, features incredible views of the Yampa Valley, while Fish Creek winds its way through seven of the holes. The 70 bunkers and large, undulating bent grass greens make this a truly championship-caliber course to be enjoyed by players of all skill levels.

Call (970) 879-1391 for tee times

Tubing

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Tubing the Yampa photo by Shannon Lukens

Time to relax? tubing the Yampa river that flows through the heart of downtown Steamboat and has become a summertime treat for visitors and residents of Steamboat. It’s a lazy ride down the Yampa and you can rent a tube from a local store then jump in with your friends and family and enjoy a unique mountain activity that few towns can offer.

Hiking 

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Fish Creek Falls

A great adventure to do in Steamboat is to hiking. You can go in any direction in this town and find a hiking trail. People love to visit Fish Creek Falls, located a couple miles outside of the town limits or hike Emerald Mountain which is located close to downtown. Outside of town are so many great hikes like Rabbit Ears, Hahn’s Peak or the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area. Ask the front desk and they will tell you a favorite or two depending on the season. When you go, pack plenty of water and snacks so you can enjoy the scenery and take your time. One word of caution, once you start hiking in Steamboat it will be hard to stop as you have so many choices.

 

Biking

It’s hard to argue that some of the best biking, road or mountain, happens in and around Steamboat. It seems like biking effects 1:5 adults in Steamboat and an equal number of kids. You can ride to work, ride the core trail, steer towards some single track on Emerald Mountain, Mt. Werner or get crazy and ride the downhill course built on Mt. Werner in The Steamboat Bike Park which features over 50 miles of downhill and free-ride bike terrain for all ability levels.  Road bikers love to do the Coal Mine loop, Catamount out and back, Rabbit Ears West Summit out and back are a few rides.

Biking is such a fabric of the community that Steamboat Springs was one of 18 cities nationwide to earn a gold level Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2013. Check out Steamboat Springs Trails to get an idea on where you should ride next.