Steamboat Springs Travel Guide

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Steamboat Springs Things to Do

  • Summertime

    One of Steamboat's best kept secret is the summertime. There is little humidity here, so even if the temperatures are high, it's cool in the shade and it always cools down at night. Remember to bring a long sleeved jacket or sweatshirt for summer nights. Free concert series: Check the local papers for these events, usually held at Howelson Hill or...

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  • Strawberry Park

    As stated by many, the springs are a must when visiting Steamboat, winter or summer. Know that they are clothing optional after dark, and only 18 or older after dark because of that. The local papers, both free, have listings of happenings about Steamboat (The Pilot, and The Local) Both papers are usually found at the post office, or in many other...

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  • Madama Butterfly

    The opera's largest production to date-- Puccini's greatest dramatic work will be sung in Italian (with surtitles) by a fabulous cast of stars from the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and your local favorites.

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  • SNOWBOARD, or ski.

    Snowboarding here is a premier place. Something like 100 trails. Well 160 I think it says. We maybe did 30? Maybe.. I find it hard to believe by looking at the map . But whatever. Was pretty good. Some icey spots, wasnt as much snow as had hoped even after a huge snowstorm the week before. It did do some snowing so we found some spots with fresh...

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  • Hiking to Fish Creek Falls

    Fish Creek Falls was just a couple of miles outside of downtown. From the location were you leave your car at the self service pay station to the Falls is only about a quarter of a mile. The walk is very easy and short, just be careful because the altitude makes you feel like you are out of breath.The falls were beautiful and like i said, not too...

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  • Snowmobiling

    Day 4, everyone went skiing..we went snowmobiling. For 20 dollars more than a one day lift ticket, it was a blast, beautiful and a welcome change from the mountain. The skiers only lasted an hour on the slopes and wish they had joined us for an afternoon of snowmobiling fun. Get your own snowmobile, stand up on it and have fun. Get 5 dollar off...

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Steamboat Springs Hotels

Steamboat Springs Restaurants

  • Owners lack respect for customers!

    As a Restaurant connoisseur… I was really looking forward to a nice dinner with my friends as we celebrated my friend’s engagement. After much research on the city of steamboat and the many wonderful restaurants it has to enjoy we selected no other then the Cottonwood Grill. Upon arrival the staff was actually very accommodating. Lead us to the bar...

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  • "Cafe Diva -Fine Dining in a Friendly...

    Very nice, casual wait-staff serve some of the finest meals I've ever had here. You absolutely must have dinner here at least once during your stay.If you visit off season, during May, June and September on Sunday nights they offer "Date Nights", where you are served multiple courses for less than $20. The menu changes; however, my favorite dish...

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  • "Antare's Offers Elegant, Delicious...

    This wonderful restaurant is housed in a victorian building and is decorated with stone walls, stained glass windows and a beautiful fireplace. (Hint) try to get a table by the fireplace, it's very romantic.The staff is very friendly!Don't miss their appetizer sampler at $9. It's absolutely delicious!Make reservations well ahead of time!Stop by on...

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Steamboat Springs Nightlife

  • Steamboat nightlife - bar, dining, live...

    A classy modern western dining establishment which also features nightly live music. Happy hour specials on food and drink. Offering nightlife entertainment with a full service bar. Open early and late and serving up great food, drink and entertainment Casual to dressy.

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  • Pow Pow and the Powder Room

    What a cool night spot. Definitely not your typical mountain town bar. The night we were there was "SIN Night". There were cool music videos on the huge plasma tvs, and go go dancers on a table in the middle of the room. The room was absolutely beautiful. From the copper table and the granite bar tops, to the photo of the flat tops across the front...

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  • Incredible night club featuring live...

    The Ghost Ranch Saloon opened in the spring of 2009. If you are looking for a classy atmosphere with an old west feeling you definitely will enjoy this establishment, including the authentic turn of the century western bar. Live music is featured almost every night and often they will have more than one band. Their happy hour is between 4:30 - 6:00...

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Steamboat Springs Transportation

  • Beware of Alpine Taxi

    Haden Airport is about 20-25 minutes from the mountain and the hotels that are on the mountain, but expect the trip to take 1-3 hours if one takes the Alpine "Taxi" service. This service is misnamed. It is a bus. If you are the last to be dropped off, or the first to be picked up, you will be on the bus for a long time. Alpine "taxi" demanded that...

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  • getting around the boat

    Steamboat has a free bus system. Bus stops are located all around the mountain and downtown. At the stops there are posted schedules for the different lines. (ie blue, red, orange) It's an easy way to get around, allows you to have a few drinks downtown and then ride the bus back to condo/hotel. It can get a bit crowded when the mountain is closing...

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  • Free Bus Rides

    Most of the day and some of the night they have free shuttle busses to cruise you around. Of course you might wait like we did for 45 min out in the snow at 9pm for one to show up. But it was free and we didnt have to drink n drive, so I guess its ok. Its kinda a nice courtesy to the town.

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Steamboat Springs Local Customs

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    The ever present Texans...

    by Cabana_Boy Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    With many flights into Steamboat Springs originating from Houston and Dallas there are a lot of Texans roaming around town in their over-priced, animal fur coats and boots. So, although it may be difficult with that drawl, don’t make fun of the Texans... I lived in Texas for a couple of years so I know how difficult it is to bite your tongues but ya’ll making fun of people is just not nice. Other than the Texans, people are quite laid back in Steamboat (after all it is a ski town); especially those in the service industry (i.e. shuttle drivers, bartenders, etc) who are also quite helpful when asked questions.

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Steamboat Springs Warnings and Dangers

  • Sunscreen & Sunglasses

    I am a local, but even I forget this tip now and then. Being a local I can pick and choose days to ski and not to ski, even though the skiing is not the best sometimes, the last day is usually one big party on the mountain. Last year I went to enjoy a perfect Steamboat sky and the last taste of snow for the season. Wearing short sleeves and soaking...

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  • Road Work!

    What was supposed to be a pleasant ride through the Rockies with the top down, at times became a nightmare of dust. The 90 mile trip ended up taking 3 and a half hours, due to several stops for one way road controls.Also, I took out two chipmunks. The little suicidal things wouldn't stop running across the road!

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  • Speaking of 'Dumb...

    Speaking of 'Dumb Asses'...don't forget to use some sunscreen on your face when snowboarding/skiing on bright, sunny days...my brother didn’t as evidenced by the picture. My only other warning would be for beginners (Boarders or skiers) or those simply taking their time polishing their skills on the “Green” trails. Steamboat’s “Green” trails are...

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Steamboat Springs Tourist Traps

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    By nature...

    by Cabana_Boy Written Sep 8, 2002

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    By nature, ski mountains and villages are mostly tourist traps... After all, if you are in a ski town that means you're in a route location AND that translates into few choices AND that's what a merchant needs to exploit tourists. The shops at the base of the ski mountain in Steamboat are no different, so, it is difficult to not be taken advantage of.

    My choice for this section of my Steamboat Springs page will go to a restaurant that I wanted to eat at for lunch: The Mediterranean Grill & Tapas Lounge. Now, I love Tapas Bars, so, you can imagine how excited I was to find a Tapas Lounge in Steamboat. After working up a good appetite snowboarding all morning, Action Jimmy and I headed down the mountain to The Mediterranean Grill & Tapas Lounge for lunch. First, the Tapas Lounge was closed for lunch. Second, their Tapas menu (posted by the entrance) only listed four items, one of which was Bruschetta (hardly what I would consider a Tapa). By taking a closer look at the restaurant, the décor seemed stuffy. Needless to say, we did not come back to attempt dinner. In my opinion, The Mediterranean Grill & Tapas Lounge would be a waste of time for those who enjoy a traditional Tapas Bar menu and atmosphere. So, don't get excited about Tapas when you see The Mediterranean Grill & Tapas Lounge sign snowboarding down the mountain.

    The local Tapas restaurant is that at all.

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Steamboat Springs What to Pack

  • Hand and Feet Warmers for Sore Muscles

    I used feet warmers for my sore hamstring. They worked so well I only had to sit out of skiing in the morning. I was back on my skis after lunch. Disposable cameras for the Slopes. I handed out cameras to everyone in the condo. No one worried if they lost it or fell on top of it.

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  • Packing List

    Whether you are headed to Steamboat Springs in the summer OR winter; don't forget to pack your swimsuit because practically every hotel and condominium has a heated outdoor pool and/or hot tub. Enjoying the warm water while it's only 20 degrees (F) outside is quite invigorating. After being in the hot tub for while, jump into the snow to...

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Steamboat Springs Off The Beaten Path

  • Personal horseback riding tour in the...

    Two of us took a 1.5 hour horseback ride through a little trail in the mountains. It was one of the most unforgettable parts of our trip, since the views were exciting and the staff was so friendly. They picked us up from our hotel, gave us a little snack, and taught us the ropes on how to ride the horses (no previous experience). The tour guide...

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  • Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

    Mt. Zirkel Wilderness is located in the Routt National Forest, 1,126,346 acres of wilderness in Northern Colorado. Mt. Zirkle encompasses about 1/10th of the Routt Nat'l Forest and is located within Steamboat's Sawtooth Range. The Continental Divide runs along the wilderness, and there is a 60 mile trail encompassing the area. The area is teeming...

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  • Hahn's Peak and Steamboat Lake

    If you're looking for a true backcountry experience, travel a bit north of Steamboat.Hahn's Peak 's distinctive shape towers along the landscape of northern Colorado. At almost 11,000 feet, this tall mountain is a strenuous and long climb. The pain is completely worth it for views of the backcountry that Northern Colorado has to offer. Steamboat...

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Steamboat Springs Sports & Outdoors

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    Straightline

    by cwhit21 Written Feb 14, 2007

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    Its a ski/board shop. You cant rent most things. They didnt rent snowpants but a guy there got some from his shop. They rented everything else. The price was extremely well priced in my opinion. Was like 25 for two days? I ended up losing my board boots too, but somebody was nice enough to turn them in. Friendly staff too.

    Equipment: You can get it all here. Like I said they didnt have pants. Which I seem to be finding is kinda the trend these days.. Either way if you look hard and ask around they will point u to someone that might. Board was great quality too, wasnt old n beat up with decent wax on it. Think they deal with trips, fishing, hiking, campin, etc. Inquire within. ....

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Steamboat Springs Favorites

  • cat-napping in the wilderness

    I've spent many, many a day exploring the wilderness of Steamboat and the surrounding area. Quite frankly, the wilderness is what I adore about Steamboat. I could spend hours exploring, hiking, camping, climbing, and always find some place new to me. My most favorite memories involve lounging around mountain streams and cat-napping under the warm...

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  • Lunch on the Hill at the Four Points...

    If I close my eyes I can still picture myself sitting on the Four Points sundeck, with the aroma of freshly grilled burgers and brats wafting through the air.The view is beautiful!

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  • Ticket prices

    Unfortunately Steamboat is one of the more expensive ski resorts. Obviously because of its quality... Well, for the 2003/2004 winter season costs for a day ticket range from 64 to 69 dollars depending on the different seasons. But you should look for special deals in local papers or brochures. Sometimes they offer special priced tickets via the...

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