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Is you’re planning a trip to Steamboat and wondering if you should bring your dog along, you’ll be pleased to know that Steamboat Springs is known for being a dog-friendly town, with many restaurants and outdoor spaces welcoming canine companions. From scenic hikes to pet-friendly restaurant patios, and everything in between, our Colorado mountain town offers a variety of options for you and your four-legged friend to explore. We hope our pet-friendly guide to Steamboat will be helpful as you plan your mountain getaway.

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Activities

Woman hiking through river in Steamboat with dog

With its stunning natural landscapes, Steamboat Springs boasts numerous trails that cater to all hiking levels, and dogs are welcome on all mountain trails. When enjoying the amazing trails in this area, remember to keep your dog leashed and pack plenty of water and waste bags to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike for all. Here are a few of our favorites for canine fun. 

Hikes and Trails

Spring Creek Trail – One of the most beloved dog-friendly hiking trails is the Spring Creek Trail. This scenic route starts in town, winding through lush forests and alongside flowing streams, offering gorgeous views at every turn. This is a popular multi-use trail, so your pup should remain leashed and be aware of mountain bikers on the trail.

Yampa River Core Trail – For dogs and humans looking for more casual hiking, the Yampa River Core Trail is a 7-mile paved trail running along the river through the heart of Steamboat Springs, where you can soak up the incredible views of surrounding mountains.

Fish Creek Falls – Another great hiking option is the short paved trail leading to Fish Creek Falls, a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy a beautiful overlook of this stunning waterfall.

Uranium Mine Trail – For more adventurous pups, the Uranium Mine Trail provides a moderate challenge with rewarding mountain vistas and the chance to investigate the entrance of an old mine.

Emerald Mountain Trail – The Emerald Mountain Trail is well-maintained, providing spectacular views in every season and good traction for winter hiking as well.

Off-Leash Options

If you’re looking for a place for your dog to run around, there are plenty of off-leash options in the Steamboat area. Along the Spring Creek Trail, there is an off-leash dog park with a pond where water-loving pups can frolic and swim. Rita Valentine Park and Whistler Park in the south end of town offer wide open spaces for dogs to roam, while a few other trails in town allow off-leash dogs.

Dog-Friendly Steamboat Establishments

Storm Peak Brewing allows dogs in the tap room

After working up an appetite on the trails, treat yourself to a meal at one of Steamboat Springs’ pet-friendly restaurants. Head to Creekside Café & Grill for a hearty breakfast on their dog-friendly patio, or stop by Storm Peak Brewing for a refreshing craft beer and delicious pizza from their neighbor How Ya Doin (pups are allowed inside the taproom). Other pet-welcoming establishments include Salt & Lime, where you can savor modern Mexican cuisine with your pup by your side, and Back Door Grill, known for its mouthwatering burgers and relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re seeking the perfect souvenir or a special treat for your canine companion, Steamboat Springs offers a variety of dog-friendly shops and boutiques. Dog-friendly shops like Overland and Backdoor Sports allow your pup to tag along while you pick up the perfect item. For pet supplies, swing by Outdoor K9, a local favorite specializing in gear and accessories for active dogs, from durable leashes and harnesses to cozy jackets and beds. Additionally, Paws ‘n Claws provides a wide selection of toys, food, and grooming supplies, ensuring your furry friend feels comfortable throughout your vacation.

Steamboat Pet Care Services

If your pup needs grooming or veterinary services during your time in Steamboat Springs, rest assured that there are some great options to choose from. 

There are a number of veterinary practices offering comprehensive care for pets of all shapes and sizes, including routine exams, vaccinations, emergency services and house calls.

For grooming services, schedule an appointment at Steamboat Dog Spa or Powder Hounds, where experienced groomers will pamper your pup with professional grooming treatments tailored to their specific needs. If you are going on a longer adventure where dogs are not allowed, Steamboat Pets can help with dog walking or a drop-in visit, and Peace Love Petcare offers doggy daycare services.

Before embarking on your visit to Steamboat Springs, it’s essential to be mindful of local regulations and etiquette. While the town warmly welcomes dogs, it’s important to keep them leashed in public areas and to clean up after them to preserve the natural beauty of the surroundings. Additionally, be sure to pack essentials such as food, water, bedding, and any necessary medications to ensure your pet’s comfort and well-being throughout your stay.

Plan Your Stay

Dog friendly vacation rental in Steamboat Springs

When planning your trip to Steamboat Springs, consider booking a dog-friendly vacation rental to have all the comforts of home at your fingertips. At Four Seasons Steamboat, several of our Steamboat rentals are pet-friendly. With mountain and town properties, you’re sure to find the perfect dog-friendly Steamboat rental for your next getaway. 

Ready to experience the beauty of Steamboat Springs with your best friend by your side? Book a pet-friendly vacation rental today and embark on an unforgettable adventure in this picturesque mountain town. We look forward to hosting you!

Steamboat Springs offers an abundance of family-friendly activities year-round, making it an ideal destination for a fun and memorable vacation with the kids. During the winter months, families can hit the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Resort, which boasts a variety of terrain suitable for all ages and skill levels. For those seeking off-mountain adventures, snow tubing at Howelsen Hill or taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the picturesque Yampa Valley are sure to delight. In the summer, families can explore the great outdoors with hiking and biking on scenic trails, fishing or tubing in the Yampa River, or enjoying the many parks and green areas in downtown Steamboat. Here are some of our recommendations for the top family-friendly activities in Steamboat.

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Tubing

Hit the slopes at Steamboat Resort, which is well-known for its trademark champagne powder and diverse terrain suitable for all skill levels. With kid-friendly ski lessons and supervised play areas, families can enjoy a day of winter fun together. Families can also experience a downhill thrill with an afternoon of snow tubing at both Howelson Hill and Saddleback Ranch, complete with tow lifts – all the fun of sledding without the hike back to the top!

Hiking

There are several family-friendly hiking trails in the Steamboat area that offer different levels of outdoor exploration. The stunning Fish Creek Falls is a highlight, with a short gravel path leading to a beautiful 280-foot waterfall and longer trails leading to other scenic viewpoints of the upper falls. Other popular family hikes close to town include the 1-mile Vista Nature Trail with spectacular views and the flat Spring Creek Trail which winds through the trees and ends at a picturesque pond.

Hot Springs

Old Town Hot Springs in downtown Steamboat

Soaking in the natural hot springs is one of the most popular attractions in Steamboat Springs and should be on every family’s list! You have two unique options for hot springs in Steamboat. Nestled in a secluded forested area about 7 miles from downtown, Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers a serene and relaxing experience for visitors of all ages, with a rustic ambiance surrounding mineral springs averaging 102°(F). In downtown, Old Town Hot Springs is a family-friendly hot springs facility featuring multiple hot spring pools with temperatures ranging from 80 to 103°(F), as well as a lap pool, a climbing wall, and a water slide for added fun.

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Join in the festivities at the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival held every February, featuring exciting events like ski jumping, cross-country obstacle races, and a spectacular night show complete with fireworks. It’s an iconic celebration honoring the town’s rich heritage, community spirit and love for winter sports. The week-long event also features a variety of games and contests, opportunities to meet athletes and food vendors stationed throughout downtown Steamboat Springs.

Alpine Slide

The Howler Alpine Slide is a must-visit attraction for families! This exhilarating slide runs down Howelsen Hill, with customized sleds descending over 2,400 feet while riders enjoy expansive views of the Yampa Valley. Younger riders are empowered to control their own sled while riding down the hill, making this a perfect family activity.

Horseback Trail Ride

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Steamboat on a guided horseback ride through the mountain trails. With fully trained horses and options for winter and summer rides, this activity is the perfect way for the whole family to explore the area, no matter the time of year.

Yampa River Botanic Park

Yampa River botanical park in Steamboat

Discover the beauty of native plants and flowers at the Yampa River Botanic Park. Tranquil pathways wind through meticulously landscaped gardens showcasing a diverse array of plant species native to the Rocky Mountains. This facility is a great way for families to enjoy a peaceful moment among the vibrant colors of nature or participate in educational workshops centered around plant identification and conservation in the region. This park is accessible from the Yampa River Core Trail, a picturesque path that flows through the heart of Steamboat Springs, offering opportunities for wildlife spotting and family picnics amidst stunning natural landscapes.

Indoor Family Fun

Active families will love the indoor rock climbing at Steamboat Climbing Collective, including open gym hours, private lessons and kid-friendly programs. For a relaxing night of family fun, head to the Snow Bowl where you can have a friendly family bowling competition and enjoy some great food too. The downtown shopping district also has some unique shops to explore, like the quirky Old West outfitter F.M. Light & Sons, a Steamboat institution since 1905, or the lively Steamboat Fun & Games, where kids will love the candy selection and arcade games.

Family-Friendly Dining

Steamboat Springs offers a ton of family-friendly dining options to satisfy every palate (even the picky eaters).

With an array of family-friendly activities and accommodations, there’s no shortage of adventure and fun waiting to be discovered in Steamboat Springs. After a day of exploring, retreat to your own Steamboat vacation rental, where ample space, fully equipped kitchens, and cozy amenities will make you feel right at home. Book your vacation rental today and start planning your unforgettable family getaway to Steamboat Springs!

As a locally owned and operated Steamboat vacation rental company, we are passionate about where we work, live, and play. We all chose to live in Steamboat because of the incredible access to nature and the outdoors, and for the friendly and welcoming community. We are a bit biased, but we happen to think Steamboat is one of the best places in the country to live! And we are thrilled to get to share our mountain town with all of our wonderful guests. We thought it would be fun to share some of our team’s “favorites” as a way of saying thank you for staying with us, and to hopefully provide some ideas and recommendations for your next visit.

 

Doug Starkey’s Favorites

1 – Favorite Steamboat Restaurant

Primrose for a special occasion, How Ya Doin for Pizza

2 – Favorite Steamboat Coffee Shop

Big Iron

3 – Favorite Brewery/Bar/Spot for a Cocktail

Storm Peak Brewery for a beer, Primrose for a cocktail

4 – Favorite Ski Run/Hiking Trail/Biking Trail

Mountain Bike Trails: Morning Gloria to Hugh’s Cut Off, up the last bit of Beall, down Wild Rose to Blair Witch to NPR

5 – Best Kept Secret about Steamboat

Fall in Steamboat Springs, warm days, crisp mornings, fewer people in town, fishing/biking/hiking is still great

6 – What you love most about living in Steamboat

The people! 

 

Cathy Starkey’s Favorites

1 – Favorite Steamboat Restaurant

Laundry

2 – Favorite Steamboat Coffee Shop

Dusky Grouse

3 – Favorite Brewery/Bar/Spot for a Cocktail

E3 for summer happy hour on the river

4 – Favorite Ski Run/Hiking Trail/Biking Trail

Ski – Rolex, Hike – Mad Creek

5 – Best Kept Secret about Steamboat

Closing Weekend, don’t miss out!

6 – What you love most about living in Steamboat

The outdoors and the community

 

Charlene’s Favorites

1 – Favorite Steamboat Restaurant

O’Neil’s Tavern & Grill

2 – Favorite Bar

Old Town Pub

3 – Favorite Hiking Trail

Devil’s Causeway

 

Mike’s Favorites

1 – Favorite Restaurant

Tahk Omakase Sushi

2 – Favorite Bar

Back Door Grill

3 – Hiking Trail

Fish Creek Falls

4 – Best Kept Secret about Steamboat

Downtown Steamboat in the wintertime

 

Chris’ Favorites

1 – Favorite Restaurant

Ore House at the Pine Grove

2- Favorite Coffee Shop

Beard and Braid

3 – Favorite Brewery

Mountain Tap (Also Best Pizza)

4 – Favorite Ski Run

North St. Pats

5 – Best Kept Secret

The weather surrounding Memorial Day with all the crabapple blossoms

6 – What I Love Most About Living in Steamboat

That every season offers fun and adventure

 

If you’re seeking a romantic winter escape with your special someone, the picturesque mountains and cozy charm of Steamboat Springs is the perfect setting. From exciting outdoor activities to soothing hot springs and intimate dinners in cozy restaurants, Steamboat Springs has all the ingredients for a romantic winter getaway.

Things to Do

Steamboat Springs is a winter playground where adventure, fun and romance come together against the beautiful snow-covered mountains. There are several Steamboat winter activities that are the perfect way to spend a special getaway with your partner. Take a look at some of our suggestions below!

Outdoor Activities

Adventurous couples will find no shortage of options to enjoy winter in Steamboat. Embark on a journey through the local landscape with a snowmobile tour over the snowy terrain. Head to Howelsen Ice Arena for ice skating escapades or take a romantic hot air balloon ride over the snow-covered landscape. Of course, snow sports like downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are always great options for fun outdoor winter activities in Steamboat Springs.

Take a Sleigh Ride

Take a romantic journey with a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered hills of Steamboat Springs. Snuggle with your loved one under a warm blanket while being pulled by majestic horses through the quiet beauty of the snow-covered meadows and forests. Make a romantic evening of it with the Haymaker Sleigh Ride Dinner, which includes a four-course meal afterward.

Soak in the Hot Springs

Person soaking in Steamboat hot springs in winter

Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Old Town Hot Springs includes a fitness complex, waterslides and a rock wall, as well as an adults-only hot spring. There is truly nothing better than relaxing in these warm, therapeutic waters, and you and your partner will feel incredibly refreshed afterwards. For a more remote hot springs experience, head out of town to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Nestled in the mountains, these natural hot springs offer a tranquil setting surrounded by snow-covered trees where you can soak in the warm mineral-rich waters while snowflakes gently fall around you and your loved one. Both hot springs facilities also offer massage services, so plan ahead and make a full day of it. 

Have a Spa Day

Indulge in relaxation and pampering by scheduling a couples’ massage at one of Steamboat’s premier spas. The skilled therapists at Rocky Mountain Day Spa will ease away any tension, leaving you and your partner in blissful serenity. This is a great way to give your sore muscles a break after a couple of days on the slopes! Or book a couples’ day spa package at Waterside Day Spa, where you and your loved one can enjoy a couples’ massage and facial, as well as a private salt room.

Enjoy Art Galleries and Shopping

Indulge your artistic side by visiting Steamboat Springs’ charming art galleries. Wander hand-in-hand through the charming downtown streets, exploring local creations and finding the perfect piece to commemorate your romantic getaway. Steamboat’s many boutiques also offer a chance to find unique treasures and gifts to bring a part of Steamboat home with you.

Indoor Activities

Take a break from the brisk air and stroll through the Steamboat Art Museum for some quiet time together. Or have a fun laid-back evening with some friendly competition at Snow Bowl Steamboat or head to Schmiggity’s for a lively calendar filled with live music and stand-up comedy shows.

Cozy up by the Fire

Steamboat vacation rental with fireplace

Many of our Steamboat Springs vacation rentals offer the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. With beautiful views of the mountains and quality furnishings, you’ll be perfectly content spending some cozy quality time together in your rental. Many of our homes feature private hot tubs, comfortable couches, fireplaces, lavish primary suites, spa-like bathrooms, and all the amenities of home. For a perfect night in, order take out, pour a glass of wine or hot chocolate, cozy up by the fireplace, and put on a favorite movie or television show.

Romantic Steamboat Restaurants

Steamboat Springs offers a number of intimate and elegant restaurants that offer the perfect setting for a romantic meal, if you’re looking for a fun night out. 

Nestled at the base of Mount Werner, Cafe Diva offers a sophisticated yet cozy atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner. With an extensive wine list and a menu that focuses on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, this New American restaurant sets the stage for an unforgettable culinary experience.

At Primrose in downtown Steamboat Springs, you and your loved one can enjoy modern American cuisine in an intimate setting. Focusing on hand-cut steaks and seasonal ingredients, this restaurant offers a charming and exceptional dining experience.

Lovebirds looking for a romantic classic French restaurant will love Sauvage. This cozy, elegant spot offers a refined 5-course tasting menu with creative pairings, focusing on a farm-to-table experience with produce sourced from a local farm.

Along the Yampa River, Aurum provides a chic riverfront dining experience and elevated American fare.The warm ambiance and creative menu featuring dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients makes it an ideal spot for a romantic evening.

The Latin-inspired cuisine at Besame, served in a vibrant and romantic setting, creates a perfect atmosphere for a special evening. The menu boasts a variety of flavorful dishes, and the cozy space encourages intimacy.

The laid-back atmosphere at Table 79 invites guests to relax and enjoy the softly-lit, comfortable space. With a diverse menu focused on comfort food, rustic decor and friendly service, this is a great choice for a cozy date night.

Yampa Valley Kitchen provides a cozy and welcoming environment with a farm-to-table concept. The locally inspired menu and charming setting in a historic house make it an excellent choice for a romantic dinner or brunch.

Steamboat Springs offers couples the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway with its enchanting blend of winter activities, fine dining, and intimate experiences. Whether you seek adventure or prefer quiet moments, this charming town has something for every pair of lovebirds. Consider booking a vacation rental through Four Seasons Steamboat for your romantic Steamboat Springs getaway and imagine cozying up by the fireplace, sipping hot cocoa, and reliving the day’s adventures. Embrace the magic of winter in the Yampa Valley and create lasting memories with the one you love!

While Steamboat Springs is a fantastic year-round destination, there’s a unique charm to experiencing Steamboat in the early spring months of February and March. The winter snowpack is typically at its highest of the season in February and March, so it’s a perfect time to ski, especially with the longer spring days. As the temperatures begin to rise and the snow glitters under the Colorado sun, Steamboat comes alive with some really fun events, making a spring visit to Steamboat unforgettable! Here are a few great Steamboat events that occur in the spring, all of which make an excellent reason to plan a trip out here.

Steamboat Winter Carnival

The Steamboat Winter Carnival takes place in February each year (it’s planned for February 7-11 in 2024) and is a highlight of the late winter and early spring season here. This iconic event features a spectacular display of winter sports, ski jumping, and the famous “Lighted Man” skiing down Howelsen Hill with fireworks. A host of street events showcase the cowboy history of the area, with horse events and obstacle races taking place in the center of town. Visitors can also enjoy a parade, live music, and a variety of family-friendly activities, making it an exciting event for those visiting in early spring. Make sure to book your Steamboat vacation rental early, as this is a very popular time of year in Steamboat!

WinterWonderGrass

Another really popular spring event is WinterWonderGrass, which music-lovers will not want to miss! This 3-day celebration of bluegrass, craft beer and local food brings a ton of visitors to Steamboat, and our locals come out in full force as well. This annual music festival takes place in late February or early March (it’s planned for March 1-3 in 2024), turning Steamboat into a lively stage for world-class musicians to perform. Multiple stages, heated vendor tents and a Kid Zone with family-friendly activities create a vibrant ambiance with the ski area as a stunning backdrop.

Bud Light Rocks The Boat

From early March through mid-April, Bud Light Rocks The Boat is a free concert series with shows every Saturday afternoon at Steamboat. This series is scheduled for March 9 – April 14 in 2024. Bud Light Rocks The Boat includes a diverse lineup of musical acts from rock to reggae, with plenty of show dates to entice live music fans. Held on Saturday afternoons at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort, these live music performances are the perfect way to round out a day of spring skiing on the majestic slopes of Steamboat.

St. Patrick’s Day

The celebration of this boisterous Irish holiday is a unique experience in Steamboat Springs. Several pubs along Main Street have special events, with the largest affair at local favorite O’Neils Tavern & Grill. Visitors looking to kick the day off with some exercise will enjoy the Luck of the Irish 7K Race, which takes place on the Saturday of the holiday week, kicking off the Steamboat Springs Running Series for the season. Runners of all levels are welcome, as well as dogs and strollers.

Steamboat Springs comes alive in spring as the town emerges from winter with a mood of excitement and anticipation. The laid-back vibe is infused with excitement as events kick off the season and warm weather is just around the corner. The community welcomes visitors with a warm and inviting atmosphere, and the spectacular natural beauty of the area lends an overall charm to the town.

Visiting Steamboat Springs in springtime promises a unique blend of events showcasing winter sports, live music and outdoor activities. Crisp mountain air and the natural splendor of the Rocky Mountains provide the ideal setting for visitors to enjoy a refreshing escape. Book your springtime retreat in one of our Steamboat vacation rentals, and let the magic of the season unfold!

Tubing down the Yampa River in the summer is a quintessential Steamboat Springs activity that must be experienced! This is a favorite way to enjoy a hot summer day for both locals and visitors. Steamboat truly is a river town in the summer, and tubing with a group of friends or family is one of the best ways to enjoy the Yampa! Gently float along the Yampa’s pristine waters and through downtown Steamboat in a comfortable tube while you take in the sights and enjoy splashing in the refreshing water. The float can be as long or as short as you’d like (it typically takes 1-3 hours and it covers a 2-mile stretch of the Yampa), and there are plenty of riverside stops like parks, restaurants, and bars along the way to make it even more fun. The water is quite mellow, making this an ideal family activity. There will be small rapids and some rocks to navigate, making it interesting but still quite easy.

You can drop a car at the end of the float and do a self-guided adventure, but we highly recommend using a local outfitter like Backdoor Sports. They’ll provide everything you need for an enjoyable tubing trip, from quality tubes to transportation logistics so that you can enjoy tubing without any hassle. The cost is $25 per person, and tubing runs from 10:30am to 4pm. Reservations are not required but they are highly recommended, as local outfitters are limited to a certain number of tubers on the river each day.

A Few Things to Consider:

-Shoes are required (no flip flops) and water shoes can be rented from Backdoor Sports

-Please practice leave no trace, by disposing of all garbage at the end of your float. And please do not bring alcohol, dogs, or glass on the river.

-Life jackets are suggested, especially for children

-We recommend straps for sunglasses or prescription eyewear, and make sure to wear a swim suit and/or clothing you don’t mind getting wet in.

-Don’t forget sunscreen! The sun can be very intense at 7,000 feet in elevation.

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing escape on a warm summer day or a unique way to experience the natural beauty of Steamboat Springs, tubing the Yampa offers an idyllic and refreshing way to connect with the the incredible outdoors we are lucky enough to have out our backdoor. You’ll want to do this every time you visit Steamboat!

When it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation, few things beat a soak in natural hot springs. Colorado is blessed with many natural hot springs across the state, and Steamboat Springs is no exception. Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Steamboat Springs is not just renowned for its world-class skiing but also for its geothermal treasures. The region is home to several hot springs that offer a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Visiting the hot springs around Steamboat really is a perfect activity any time of the year. In the winter, it’s the perfect way to soothe sore muscles and warm your body after a day on the slopes. In the fall as the weather starts to cool off, a visit to the hot springs is a cozy activity that pairs perfectly with leaf peeping. And even in the summer when the daytime temps are quite warm, people flock to enjoy the healing properties of the hot springs. They are especially relaxing in the morning and evening when the temperatures cool down. 

If you’re a first-time visitor to Steamboat Springs, or if you’ve been before but haven’t yet visited our hot springs, we hope you find this guide useful. Each hot spring has its own unique charm and therapeutic benefits. Enjoy your soak! 

History of Our Hot Springs

The Ute Indians, who inhabited this region long before European settlers arrived, revered these geothermal springs for their therapeutic properties, considering them sacred grounds. It wasn’t until the late 19th century, during the frontier era, that the town of Steamboat Springs was officially established. Early pioneers recognized the value of the hot springs, not only for their healing qualities but also as a potential draw for tourists. The first wooden bathhouses were constructed, attracting visitors seeking relief from various ailments. Today, the hot springs remain an integral part of Steamboat Springs’ cultural and recreational heritage, offering relaxation and rejuvenation to visitors who come to experience the historical allure of these naturally occurring wonders.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Location: 44200 County Rd. 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Strawberry Park Hot Springs in winter

Strawberry Park Hot Springs, nestled in the heart of the pristine wilderness near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a natural delight that beckons visitors with its rustic charm. Accessible via a scenic mountain road yet only 20 minutes outside of town, this secluded hot spring is a testament to the restorative power of nature. Surrounded by lush forests and the tranquil sounds of nature, Strawberry Park offers a range of pools built into the hillside and along the river using beautiful stone masonry. You will instantly feel relaxed as you step onto this magical property. The pools are of varying sizes and temperatures, so they can accommodate many preferences. There are restrooms, heated changing facilities, and multiple chairs and seating areas throughout the park, offering several spaces to relax and unwind between soaking. 

Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the soothing waters during a snowstorm, under the star-studded summer night sky, or amidst the vibrant colors of autumn, Strawberry Park Hot Springs provides an experience that is both serene and rejuvenating. It really is a must-visit destination for those seeking relaxation and a deep connection with the beauty of Colorado’s wilderness. You can even enrich your experience with a massage on-site! (Massage reservations must be made in advance.)

What to Know Before Visiting

Old Town Hot Springs

Location: 136 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Old Town Hot Springs Steamboat in the summer

If you prefer convenience and family-friendly amenities, Old Town Hot Springs is your go-to spot. Located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, this hot spring facility offers multiple pools, including water slides for the kids, a climbing wall, lap pool, picnic areas, and more. It’s a perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing or hiking, or for a rest day in between activities.

Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs is a popular local gem and a delightful activity for visitors seeking relaxation and recreation. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, this hot springs facility is much less rustic than Strawberry Park, but it’s a wonderful place to spend a couple hours. It offers an array of inviting pools (some are kid-friendly and some are adult-only), each with its unique temperature and ambiance. Whether you’re looking to soak in the therapeutic hot mineral waters, entertain the kids with water slides, or swim laps in the Olympic-sized pool, Old Town Hot Springs caters to all ages and preferences.

Beyond the pools, it boasts modern amenities, including fitness facilities, lockers rooms, massage services, and even a cafe, ensuring a well-rounded wellness experience. Surrounded by the stunning landscape of Steamboat Springs, this oasis provides the perfect opportunity to unwind after a day in the mountains, rejuvenate, and savor the beauty of Colorado’s mountains.

What to Know Before Visiting

Where to Stay

bedroom in Steamboat vacation rental

If you haven’t yet booked your Steamboat Springs accommodations, Four Seasons Steamboat would love to host you. Owned and operated by locals that know the area intimately, Four Seasons Steamboat is the best choice for vacation rentals in the area. Our properties are meticulously maintained, and we strive to provide the highest level of customer service. Browse our Steamboat rentals here, and choose from homes, condos, downtown or mountain locations, ski-in ski-out properties, pet friendly, and more.

Thanksgiving is a festive time to be in Steamboat Springs, with fun holiday celebrations and of course, opening day at Steamboat Ski Resort. After a quiet off-season, the town really comes alive once the mountain opens, and there’s no better place to embrace the warmth of Thanksgiving than in the picturesque setting of Steamboat Springs. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this charming Colorado town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and a welcoming community spirit. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape or an active holiday, Steamboat Springs promises a Thanksgiving experience unlike any other. It’s a favorite time of year for many Steamboat locals and guests alike – here are some reasons why.

What To Do in Steamboat Springs Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Opening Day at Steamboat

Opening day at Steamboat Resort typically falls on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Steamboat always puts on an array of opening day celebrations and giveaways (more details available closer to the season), and it’s a perfect way to kick off the winter and the holiday season. The snow conditions can be variable for opening day, but the atmosphere is always electric no matter how much early snow has fallen. This year, Steamboat will be unveiling more on mountain updates and improvements for the 2023/24 ski season as part of the Full Steam Ahead project, so there’s plenty to be excited about. If you’re coming to Steamboat Springs for Thanksgiving, make sure you get here for opening day – you will not regret it!

Scenic Splendor

There’s really nothing quite like the time of year when fresh snow starts to cover up the autumn leaves, and the air turns from crisp fall temps to cool winter days and nights. The changing of the seasons is the perfect backdrop for your Thanksgiving getaway. Temperatures are usually in the 30’s and 40’s with average snowfall for the month of November at around 25 inches. November snowfall gets locals more and more excited for the upcoming ski season. If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your thing, or if you’re just looking for some variety in your vacation, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors this time of year. Take a leisurely stroll along the Yampa River Core Trail, hike to scenic viewpoints around town, take a dip in the Strawberry Park or Town Park Hot Springs, or embark on a horseback ride through the stunning landscapes. This time of year in Steamboat Springs is peaceful and truly beautiful.

Thanksgiving Feasts with a Local Twist

Steamboat Springs boasts a vibrant culinary scene with over 100 restaurants. You’ll have your pick of many local restaurants offering Thanksgiving feasts, from buffets to pre-fixe menus, but you’ll also find regular menus if turkey and mashed potatoes isn’t your thing. From traditional turkey dinners with all the fixings to inventive takes on holiday classics, you’ll find a diverse range of dining options to satisfy your taste buds. And if your family tradition is cooking a homemade meal on Thanksgiving, then the fully-equipped kitchens in our Steamboat vacation rentals make the perfect setting for a holiday meal. There really is nothing like making a delicious meal with family and relaxing by the fire after a great day on the mountain.

Outdoor Adventures for All Ages

For those seeking an active Thanksgiving, Steamboat Springs offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Hit the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Resort (opening day falls on Wednesday, November 22, 2023), or explore the trails on foot or by bike, taking in the crisp mountain air and stunning vistas. You can also try your hand at fly-fishing in the Yampa River, soak in the natural hot springs, or enjoy a peaceful hot air balloon ride over the valley.

Festive Events and Community Spirit

The town of Steamboat Springs embraces a strong sense of community, and this is particularly evident during the Thanksgiving season. Look forward to local events like the Turkey Trot, where you can join fellow enthusiasts for a fun run or walk, and the Festival of Trees, where you can marvel at beautifully decorated trees and enjoy live entertainment. Engaging with the locals and fellow travelers during these events adds a heartwarming touch to your holiday experience, and it’ll make you want to come back year after year.

Strawberry hot springs in winter

Where to Stay in Steamboat for Thanksgiving

If you’re traveling with family or friends, a vacation rental can be such a great option, rather than everyone staying in multiple hotel rooms. Vacation rentals offer more space to spread out and more opportunities for quality time with loved ones. And features such as fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, luxurious bedding, and other amenities will make you feel right at home. If you’re sharing the home with multiple families, a vacation rental is often a more economic option as well. 

Our Four Seasons Steamboat’s rental properties are conveniently located close to skiing, restaurants, shops, and more, making them the perfect home base for your Thanksgiving vacation. With 35+ professionally managed Steamboat condo and home rentals, we can accommodate a variety of group sizes and budgets. For the ultimate convenience on a ski vacation, you might want to consider our ski-in/ski-out options. But don’t wait to book your stay – our Steamboat vacation rentals typically fill up well in advance of the holidays. We look forward to seeing you!

Steamboat Spring vacation rental living room, to show example of one of our units Steamboat ski in ski out condo pool