It may not be much of a surprise to some of our more frequent visitors, but we at Four Seasons Steamboat are absolutely a huge fan of the winter season! When the mercury drops and that cold and fluffy white stuff starts to fall, we practically trip over ourselves sliding into our parkas and snow boots in preparation for own winter adventures. Although there is something to be said for the beautiful charms of a summer day, the unique thrills of a shorter winter day never fail to bring a smile to our face, and when you follow this guide to the top winter adventures in Steamboat Springs, the smiles on your own faces will be impossible to remove!
Skiing in Steamboat Springs
Skiing is a popular wintertime activity, as you can all well imagine, and Steamboat Springs has a couple of places in which you can participate. In fact, Steamboat Ski Resort is one of the largest resorts in the state! Offering 18 lifts, nearly 3000 acres, and 169 trails, your options for excitement are virtually limitless. Taking lessons when you have never skied before isn’t just fun, it’s easy and divided into classes by age, keeping the embarrassment levels down. Kids always seem to pick up the sport quicker than we adults, so it’s nice to be in classes with people who probably won’t show us up! Our trails are designed for all ski levels, but with only 14% of the trails devoted to novice skiers, the remaining 86% of the trails fall relatively even along the lines; 42% are intermediate and 44% are expert, ensuring your day on the slopes is challenging without being too intimidating—unless, of course, intimidating is what you want! Snowboarding is also offered at the resort, with three different terrain parks being utilized by lovers of the sport.
Howelsen Hill Ski area is another popular ski area, offering a much more intimate skiing experience, but one that is filled with history. Open since 1915, it is one of the oldest continually open resorts and features 17 alpine trails and nine Nordic ones! Also known for the Olympic-caliber skiers who have made their homes on these slopes, Howelsen Hill Ski Area is owned by the city and loved by everyone who visits. Although they don’t have terrain parks for snowboarders, they do offer an ice complex for another of our favorite winter adventures, ice skating!
Ice Skating in Steamboat Springs
The romance of ice skating should never be overrated, and Howelsen Ice Complex is designed for fun and romance even during the pandemic. Things are slightly different now, with fewer people being allowed on the ice, but that helps with the romance factor, don’t you think? Even better, the two outdoor tennis courts that are hopping spots in the summer become sweet spots for gliding on the ice under the open skies when they are flooded and iced over—especially at night! Just imagine gliding around the ice hand in hand with cold air on your cheeks and the velvety sky looming overhead; it just does not get more romantic than this!
Taking a Stroll Through Our Winter Wonderland
Hikes have a place in all seasons, not just the warmer ones, and if you are looking to take in the sights with the family, a leisurely stroll through our winter wonderland can be exactly the adventure you seek! Make a path to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company at 624 Lincoln Avenue for some hot cocoa to warm your bones or discover the way to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and submerge your entire body in waters that are 104 degrees year-round. If the idea of staying cold until you make your way back to your Four Seasons Steamboat winter escape sounds scintillating, a hike to Fish Creek Falls never to fails to please. Discover a glittering picture so magical, it lingers in your mind long after you leave its base! Ice climbers love to make their way to the top of the frozen falls, but if you do nothing more than photograph it, you will not be disappointed!
Shopping, Art, and So Much More
Eventually, you may find yourself looking to spend some quality time inside warming up! These are the moments when you discover how much fun this mountain town can be as you shop at cute boutiques (Ruby Jane Boutique at 734 Lincoln Avenue is a popular choice), explore the art-filled walls of Gallery 88, or soak in a hot tub in your own Four Seasons Steamboat magical home away from home. Reserve your stay today and discover the wonder of Colorado in the winter!
As we all adjust to the new normal, longer shipping times, shortages at the supermarket, and telecommuting to work have just become a part of life. We just plan ahead if we need something delivered, we reevaluate and create new meal plans, and of course, we’ve fallen in love with the commute from the bedroom to the kitchen table! But what about our children? In most cases, they are separated from their friends, have to spend long hours in front of a computer screen, and when they have questions for their teachers, those questions have to be emailed and answered later down the line. This is not something they asked for, and it breaks our hearts to see their disappointment, but there is something you can do to give them a little boost. As we parents grow frustrated as well, our telecommuting schedule allows us to turn to homeschooling, and we have all learned that the home does not have to be ours! An educational journey to the historically rich and scenically stunning mountain town of Steamboat Springs is in your future. Our guide to Steamboat Springs activities for an educational journey in our area will help make this getaway a successful one!
Math Can Be Fun With These Steamboat Springs Activities
The worst part of teaching is having to dig back into our memory banks and remember the math we generally don’t use, but because you are ingenious, planning a budget is about to give your child a lesson in life skills AND a math project for the day! Setting aside a sum of money and explaining how it needs to be divided into housing costs, food costs, and entertainment for every member of the family may also give them a better appreciation of the financial realities you face every day, especially when you explain the part about setting aside money for emergencies!
History That Doesn’t Make You Yawn
Remembering that the war of 1812 began on June 18th and ended nearly three years later on February 18th, 1815 doesn’t really do it for people; if you aren’t a huge trivia buff planning on being a Jeopardy contestant, is it really necessary? For many kids, though, getting the opportunity to see what a typical day was like during World War II times is not just fascinating—it can change their lives! The Tread of Pioneers Museum, located at 800 Oak Street, gives your kids that visual experience, offering exhibits that honor the war heroes, explore the hot springs (to be included in your science module as well?), and perhaps most interesting of all, allows them to see and touch the items in the Pioneer Kids Bedroom Hands-on Discovery Exhibit! Field trips can be fun again as your inquisitive youngster compares the clothing to what they wear today, plays with teddy bears and tea pots, and tries to decipher what the tools found in the “What is this?” game were meant to be used for!
Recess on the Slopes?
Homeschool teachers make their own schedules, and if one day you decide you want to have an entire morning of recess spent outdoors, more power to you! Combine physical education and the freedom of recess and head out on a hike on one of the many trails in the area. Fish Creek Fall is a great spot for hiking, and you’ll be rewarded with some scenic sights as well!
If you are forced to stick to a strict schedule (online schooling can be done from our Four Seasons Steamboat Springs vacation escapes also), there will still be moments of freedom interspersed throughout the day. Recess can be a walk around the neighborhood or a quick soak in the hot tub, and lunch does not have to be prepared by mom, even though our fully equipped kitchens bring the joy back into cooking! As you take some of the schoolwork outside on the deck to enjoy views, you’ll soon discover that all that fresh air and new knowledge is sure to bring about a huge appetite that can only be sated with a visit to Winona’s, located at 617 Lincoln Avenue. Serving large portions of your favorite American dishes in a casual and inviting space, a meal here fills the belly and feeds the soul!
You Get the Picture
Homeschooling brings about exciting options, guaranteed to bring the happy smile back to your child’s face when you make our Four Seasons Steamboat properties your temporary classroom! There is no end to the creativity you can unleash as you model your learning modules after specific activities here in town; art classes can even be held at the Steamboat Art Museum, located in a former bank building at 801 Lincoln Avenue. Reserve your stay with us today and enjoy the many enriching Steamboat Springs activities!
Most of us have been cooped up inside our homes, condos, or apartments over the last few months, dreaming of the days when we can safely step outside our homes once again. The internet has allowed us to travel virtually, however, and as we soared without leaving the boundaries set by the pandemic, it’s kept us sane, even as it has made us wish even harder that we would soon be free to examine those same areas in real life. Fortunately, as the pandemic evolves, we are now entering the days of lessened travel restrictions, and finally, after a long wait, today is the day your journey brings you to the beautiful town of Steamboat Springs and a stay in one of our comfortable and luxurious Four Seasons Steamboat vacation hideaways. And because we know you will want to be outside as much as possible, this guide to the natural Steamboat Springs attractions for which our Colorado mountain town is famous will ensure this getaway will be one you remember happily for years to come!
Fish Creek Falls
In spite of the advice we have been given in song, chasing waterfalls is one of our favorite vacation activities! There is something uniquely beautiful about the simple act of water falling over rocks, and Fish Creek Falls offers the perfect example. Located in the Routt National Forest, about 5 miles out of town, Fish Creek Falls reaches a height of over 280 feet, and while it is a popular tourist activity, if you visit during the off-season it will almost feel as if it belongs solely to you and your family. In the winter, the breathtaking sight of the frozen water pausing on its downwards journey creates a photo opportunity well worth braving the frigid temperatures, and if you are lucky, you may get to add a little extra action to your shot: Ice climbers enjoy pitting their wits against the falls as they scale its frozen face! Surrounded by trails, including one that takes you to the base and one that takes you to a viewing point that offers unparalleled views of the falls in all its glory, there are many reasons why Fish Creek Falls is a local favorite.
The hot springs that dot the area are always fascinating to first-time visitors, as they get to experience the natural hot water coming out of the ground in hot tub essence! While there is a large list of hot springs in the area, there’s one particular water source located on Lincoln Avenue that holds a piece of our heart: Old Town Hot Springs, which has been the go-to spot since the Ute Indians first claimed this piece of land about 1000 years ago! Offering a steady 102-degree temperature, sinking into the slightly bubbling waters on a cold winter’s day is an experience you will dream about many times after your Colorado vacation has ended! Another local hot spot is the tranquil and beautiful Strawberry Park Hot Springs. These natural wonders of Steamboat feature runoffs from different springs, such as Heart Springs in downtown Steamboat. Whichever spring you decide to visit, remember, as clear and refreshing as it looks, the hot water is NOT for drinking!
The Park Range Mountains
Although we are known for our local hot springs, it’s the mountains that surround our town that are our biggest claim to fame, and the mountain range listed above is home to Steamboat Ski Resort. Throughout the Park Range Mountains, experience our not only our transcending resort but many backcountry ski options! We are known world-wide for offering trails for skiers of all experience levels and the opportunity to ski for a weekend and never take the same trail twice! Steamboat Ski Resort and the mountain range that makes up the nearly 3000 acres of trails, however, isn’t the only game in town, as Howelsen Hill Ski Area offers a more intimate ski experience. This is where the Olympic hopefuls train, so if you’re hanging out in the winter, keep an eye on your skiing companions; you may just see them on the big screen someday, bringing the gold to the United States!
These same mountains feature hiking trails with an ever-changing view, depending on the season. From the bright green of budding leaves on the trees in the spring to the lush verdant green in the summer to the kaleidoscope of colors draping the trees in the fall, the sights, sounds, and scents discovered in the mountains never fail to amaze.
Parks, Rivers, and Your Naturally Beautiful Four Seasons Vacation Escape
The natural beauty of Steamboat Springs has attracted visitors from all over the world, and whether you are enjoying the colorful artistry found at Yampa River Botanic Park or the views seen from the windows of your Four Seasons Steamboat seasonal hideaway, every minute of your day promises to be filled with joy. Reserve your stay today!
As we’ve learned to appreciate our own company and that of our closest family members, we have discovered that there are a lot of good things that can occur during social distancing, even when traveling to some place you’ve never been before! When your travels bring you to the doorstep of one of our Four Seasons Steamboat vacation escapes, the peace and quiet of the area combined with the luxury of our properties will continue to show you how much fun an isolated getaway can be! This guide to some of the more exciting isolated Steamboat Springs activities will ensure that your stay will be even better than you dreamed.
Exploring the Landscape
The beauty of Steamboat Springs is all around us. Hike along the Yampa River Core Trail to enjoy some of the sights for yourself! Stop at one bend in the river to drop a line and perhaps catch dinner for the evening, keep track of the different bird species you catch sight of during your hike, or simply lose yourself in the music playing in your ear as you ride your rental bike along the wide and paved trail. Depending on the season, you can explore for miles and not run into a soul. Fish Creek Falls offers another beautiful isolated activity, featuring trails that lead around, over, and up to the falls. Again, it depends on the season as to how busy the area will be, but if you take your hike during the early morning hours or later in the evening, chances are you will have the trails to yourself! For those who aren’t as physically active, a midnight walk around your Four Seasons Steamboat vacation escape can be the most beautiful and simplest of isolated activities. The sounds of the night perform a lullaby that will speak to your soul and ease your way into a deep sleep when you finally crawl into bed.
Discover Your Inner Artist
The scenery in this region will inspire you to take up a new hobby. Drawing, painting, or even photography allows you to take a piece of Steamboat Springs home to be yours forever. Find an isolated trail, get comfortable, and have fun. Sunrise and sunset will make the most use of color, but the Colorado scenery is perfect any time of day! Painting and drawing can be difficult for those who haven’t honed these skills, but the technology of today’s cell phone cameras ensures that everyone can take pictures worth framing! From panoramic scenes of snow-covered mountaintops to up-close shots of fall leaves littering the ground, you don’t even need an imagination to take good pictures; just close your eyes, point, and shoot!
Every Day is a New Adventure With Steamboat Springs Activities
Not all adventures will be large ones, but the smaller ones can be just as exciting. A drive through the mountains, stopping to take pictures of scenes that take your breath away, a glass of wine enjoyed as you watch the sun set over the horizon, or watching the smile on your regularly sullen teen’s face as she catches a peek of a mama doe and her fawn gently picking their way through the foliage; these moments will be the ones you remember most when you return to the stress and bustle of real life!
COVID-19 has given the entire world a big time-out, and even if you were tired of being at home, you may discover that the comfortable luxury of our Four Seasons Steamboat properties is worth grounding yourself once again. Sleep late in our comfortable beds, only awakening when the sun is high in the sky, and then start the day out slowly with a cup of coffee and a donut enjoyed on the balcony outside your master suite. Spend the day reading that book you’ve been waiting to dive into or watch old movies on the television in the living room. Because the things we used to hate as a child are the moments we look forward to most as an adult, a nap in that comfy bed you just left a few short hours ago is destined to be a great way to while away the afternoon. As adults, we don’t get a lot of sleep, so take advantage of these quiet times while you still can!
Everything is Better with Four Seasons Steamboat
Whether you are fishing from a quiet spot on the river, hiking along one of the many trails, or teaching yourself a new skill, coming home every evening to the quiet beauty of our Four Seasons Steamboat vacation hideaways will be the highlight of your Colorado adventures. Reserve your stay with us today and experience Steamboat Springs activities!
Although there is plenty to do inside during your Steamboat Springs getaway, most visitors find they prefer to play outside as much as possible, especially after being cooped up in their homes for the last couple of months! Needing the freedom of the horizon extending out for miles before them and falling in love with the stunning beauty of our Colorado landscape, all those weeks of planning and dreaming are coming to fruition at last. And because we want to ensure that every minute of your stay in our mountain paradise will be filled with adventure, we’re providing this guide to all the outdoor Steamboat Springs activities you can enjoy during your stay in Steamboat Springs!
A Walk in the Park
This activity can only be enjoyed from spring until the first real snow of the season, but the beauty of the Yampa River Botanic Park is something every traveler should see! Offering a variety of gardens, including rock gardens, rose gardens, and vegetable gardens, every step you take along the paths is designed to make you stop and appreciate the charms of Mother Nature. Children of all ages delight in the butterfly and hummingbird gardens, while gardeners from all over the world can learn how to adapt and conserve in their own gardens when they visit the Water Wise Gardens. The Tranquility Garden is an especially sweet place to sit and spend some time. After all we’ve been through lately, don’t we all deserve a little tranquility in our lives?
Being in Hot Water Isn’t Always a Bad Thing
The Old Town Hot Springs offers a fitness center for your continued health and wellbeing, but it’s the pools of hot spring water that will soothe your soul as they wash away your troubles. It’s impossible to feel anything less than wonderful as the steam rises around you, even during the coldest days of winter. The trees laden with snow, the skies gray and steely, and the quiet chatter of other hot springs worshippers finding their own peace will offer an experience you aren’t likely to forget any time soon. Old Town Hot Springs is a wonderful spot to visit during the other seasons as well; the waterslides are particularly refreshing in the summer!
The Mountains Standing Guard
No matter where you find yourself in Steamboat Springs, you’ll be surrounded by majestic mountains standing guard over our hometown. Emerald Mountain is one of the more popular places to play during every season. In the winter, of course, skiing and snowboarding are how we spend our hours, but once the snow melts, the slopes feature a new kind of adventure. Hiking the trails, including the Mad Creek Barn and Spring Creek Trails, is the perfect way to get in some exercise while exploring the beauty of the area. Mountain biking allows daredevils to have even more fun during their explorations, and horseback rides offered local ranches gives proof that the west is still wild in many ways!
Taking Up New Hobbies
During our regular lives, hobbies and play time can be limited as we maneuver our way through work meetings and school events, social obligations and homework, and all the other obstacles life throws in our paths. But during vacation, the hours open up before us, allowing us to try new things, including hobbies we may never have considered before! Standing in a field testing our artistic skills with paint and palette, or, for those who lack drawing skills, standing in the same field with camera in hand can be the start of a lifetime of artistic endeavors. We can promise there will be any number of scenic spots guaranteed to bring you inspiration.
The Magic of Waterfalls
What is it about the simple act of water tumbling over rocks into a pool below that brings us so much joy? We find ourselves chasing waterfalls, no matter the season, and the magic is tangible when we reach our goal. Fish Creek Falls is one of our favorite spots for family photos, romantic lunches, or quiet moments of contemplation. Located off Fish Creek Falls Road, the 280-foot-high waterfall offers two ways to enjoy its beauty: a quick and easy hike to the upper section or a quiet jaunt to the lower section. Once you’ve found your way there, we’re pretty sure you’ll find your way back again and again and again!
The Heart of Your Vacation and Plenty of Steamboat Springs Activities
In addition to all the wonderful activities we’ve shown you above, you may also find that the heart of your vacation resides right here in your Four Seasons Steamboat escape! Spending time simmering in the soothing heat of the hot tub, grilling a thick and juicy steak after a long day on the slopes, or tossing a ball for your fur baby to fetch in one of our pet-friendly properties is the perfect way to spend a lazy Tuesday during your sojourn in Steamboat Springs. Reserve your stay with us today and experience the many Steamboat Springs activities waiting for you!
In Steamboat Springs, some of the best dining available is the local Asian restaurants. We take great pride in the craft of food, and these restaurants have perfected Asian dining. Whether you’re a fan of poke, pho, or the classic sesame chicken, we have provided our three favorite restaurants below.
Talay Thai and May Thai – two locations from one great family
Talay Thay and Mai Thai are two great Thai restaurants run by the same family in Steamboat Springs. Mai Thai is located downtown at 435 Lincoln Avenue and Talay Thai is on the mountain at 2300 Mount Werner Circle, at the base of the Steamboat Grand. Both feature authentic Thai dishes and the mountain location has a tiki bar. The Sunti family has been serving authentic, traditional Thai cuisine in America for over 30 years. They started with Bahn Thai Restaurant in Seattle in 1982, and now live in Steamboat Springs.
Noodles and More – 635 Lincoln Ave
Sumatera – 1106 Lincoln Ave
Sumatera offers authentic ‘Ring of Fire’ Pacific Rim Cuisine ranging from the Indonesian Islands, Singapore, Thailand to Japan. For more intimate date nights, check out the special ‘Reservation Only’ dining room. Most dishes come in the traditional spicy levels of 1-5, therefore allowing you to take it as hot or not as you want! Sumatera even offers catering and sushi chefs available for private parties. This “hole in the wall” restaurant is perfect for Asian dining, furthermore with it’s intimate and warm setting.
Come check out Steamboat Springs’ incredible eateries around the city. From a downtown condo to our mountainside locations, Four Seasons Steamboat can provide you with housing accommodations. Our rentals include luxurious vacation rentals, a private homes, or a place for the whole family to vacation. You will always remember our rental properties and vacation homes. Vacation like a local with Four Seasons Steamboat. For lodging, head back to our home page here.
In addition to our Champagne Powder skiing, Steamboat Springs is known for its miles of open valleys — perfect for snowmobiling. Therefore, with extensive terrain and plenty of snow, Routt County is well-known in the snowmobiling community. From Rabbit Ears pass to moonlit and sunset tours, Steamboat Springs has become well adversed in the sport. Check out some of the snowmobile tours in Steamboat Springs below!
Rabbit Ears Pass
Some of Colorado’s best snowmobiling resides on Colorado’s Continental Divide — Rabbit Ears Pass. The endless miles of trails always allow for a unique experience! If you are an experienced snowmobiler, test your skills on a variety of terrains and treks. In addition, for those who are new to the sport, there are companies are town to give you the guidance and expertise you need. Through tree lined trails and big open meadows, your guide will give you free time to play around. Certain companies even provide evening rides followed by dinner. The dinner tour on Rabbit Ears Pass takes you through sunset-lit snowfields on world-class snowmobiles, then just below a 10,000 foot peak in our secluded mountain cabin.
Heading North out of Steamboat, experience snowmobiling through more experienced terrain. Scenic guided tours through the stunning terrain overlook the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area near Clark, Colorado. Higher ability levels, even expert, is necessary for this area of Steamboat. Riders will experience groomed trails that wind through beautiful high mountain meadows and up onto scenic ridges.
Elk Mountain Adventures
Elk Mountain Adventures offers open meadows and incomparable views on 10,000 acres of private land. This service in Hayden provides full day snowmobile tours in Steamboat Springs that include lunch, transportation, professional guide, all snowmobile gear and gas & oil. All guests are required to do is meet at the location in Hayden, and enjoy!
In addition to these specific companies and locations, Steamboat Springs also offers a multitude of companies who also provide these services. For a full directory of these business, click here!
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Book with Four Seasons Steamboat during your vacation for a personalized experience and a local’s knowledge on all things Steamboat. We have great vacation rentals for you and the whole family! From a downtown condo to our mountainside locations, Four Seasons Steamboat can provide you with housing accommodations for your trip to Steamboat. Therefore, if you are looking for a luxurious vacation rental, a private home, or a place for the whole family to vacation, we have the rental properties and vacation homes you and your loved ones will always remember. Vacation like a local with Four Seasons Steamboat.For lodging, head back to our home page here.