While Steamboat Springs may be famous for epic winter skiing, the summer season in Steamboat is just as incredible. The the days are long and warm, the evenings are cool and refreshing, and the outdoor fun is endless. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just looking to relax in beautiful mountain scenery, Steamboat Springs in summer is pure paradise. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Steamboat Springs in summer.

What to Expect

Steamboat Springs in the summer

Steamboat Springs enjoys warm, sunny days, low humidity, and cool nights in the summer. Average daytime temperatures hover around 75-80°F, making it perfect for outdoor activities, while the evenings can be brisk, dropping to 40-50°F. For those living at lower elevations and in cities, Steamboat Springs is a welcome escape from the summer heat. The mountain climate brings occasional thunderstorms, so it’s wise to be aware of sudden changes in weather, especially in the afternoons. 

Summer is a popular time to visit Steamboat Springs, with peak crowds typically occurring in July and August. However, the town’s laid-back atmosphere and abundance of outdoor spaces mean it rarely feels overcrowded. To avoid the busiest periods, consider visiting in early June or late August through September.

What to Pack

When packing for your summer vacation in Steamboat, consider bringing the following items to ensure you’re prepared for any conditions:

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing for daytime activities
  • Layers for cool evenings
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Swimwear for hot springs and water activities
  • Water shoes or sandals for tubing or rafting
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Reusable water bottle

Things to Do


Steamboat Springs is surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes, offering a range of hiking trails for all levels. The Fish Creek Falls trail is a popular choice, with an easy hike leading to a spectacular 280-foot waterfall. For a more challenging hike, try the Emerald Mountain Trail, which provides panoramic views of the Yampa Valley. The wildflowers in June and July are truly incredible, and hiking in the high country allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty.

Mountain Biking

Steamboat Springs is a mecca for mountain biking. The Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Resort offers over 50 miles of downhill and cross-country trails for riders of all abilities. Emerald Mountain, located right in town, features an extensive network of singletrack trails with stunning views of the valley. Or you can opt for a leisurely cruise along the Yampa River Core Trail, a 7.5-mile paved path that winds through town alongside the river.

Rafting and Tubing

Cool off on hot summer days by enjoying the Yampa River. For an adrenaline rush, book a rafting trip, or go tubing down the gentle stretches of the Yampa River through town. It’s a favorite local pastime and a perfect way to soak in the scenery.

Hot Springs

No visit to Steamboat Springs is complete without a dip in some of the town’s famous hot springs. The family-friendly Old Town Hot Springs is located in the heart of downtown, with eight pools, water slides, a cafe, and fitness center. For a more natural setting, venture to Strawberry Park Hot Springs (reservations are required) where rustic pools are nestled in the forest about 7 miles from town. The scenic drive and beautiful surroundings make it a truly magical experience.


Steamboat is well-known for some of the best fishing in Colorado. Rainbow and brown trout are the big draw here, from fly fishing in the Yampa River to casting a line on the high country reservoirs like Steamboat Lake. Book a guided trip with a local outfitter to make the most of your angling experience.

Horseback Riding

Exploring the Yampa Valley on horseback is a quintessential Steamboat experience. Local ranches offer guided horseback rides that range from short, scenic tours to multi-day adventures. It’s a fantastic way to see the area and perhaps even spot some local wildlife.

Scenic Gondola Ride

Ride the Steamboat Gondola to the top of the resort for breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley and surrounding mountains. At the summit, enjoy hiking trails, scenic viewpoints, and dining options with panoramic vistas. Steamboat Resort also hosts events throughout the summer, including free concerts, trivia nights and yoga classes.


Golfers will find plenty to love in Steamboat Springs, with several pro-designed golf courses set against the stunning mountain backdrop. The Haymaker Golf Course is a public 18-hole championship course known for its beautiful scenery, and the Steamboat Golf Club offers 9 holes with picturesque views of the valley and ski mountain. For a special experience, try the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, where the Yampa River winds through challenging layouts and exceptional facilities create a premium experience.

Steamboat Pro Rodeo

Experience authentic Western culture at the Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series, held every Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer. Watch professionals compete in events like bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping. The rodeo grounds come alive with music, food vendors, and pre-rodeo barbecues, making it a lively event perfect for a family outing.

Steamboat Weekly Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday from June through September, the Steamboat Springs Farmers Market brings together local farmers, artisans, and food vendors in downtown Steamboat. Browse fresh produce, handcrafted goods, and delicious prepared foods while enjoying live music and the vibrant community atmosphere.

Plan Your Stay

Aspen forest in Steamboat in the summer

Steamboat Springs is your ultimate summer playground, with adventure and natural beauty around every corner. Whether you’re hitting the hiking trails, unwinding in the hot springs, or diving into the local culture, this charming mountain town has a little something for everyone. Book a stay in one of our Steamboat vacation rentals and make your summer unforgettable with the perfect mountain escape!