Steamboat Springs Colorado Summer Vacations & Activities

Steamboat Springs Colorado
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Summer is a perfect time to visit Steamboat, with the mountains covered in flowers, the streams running full with snowmelt, and everyone in the mood to enjoy the outdoors.

Guides & Tours

Steamboat Springs has a wide selection of guides and tours that cover activities in the area. Check out these pages to find the one that fits.


Not surprisingly, Steamboat has a large number of quality mountain trails to explore. Take some time to cruise the surrounding mountains and soak in the alpine air.


Steamboat mountain streams are choke-full of trout and other fish to tickle your tackle. Spend a few days out in the wilderness enjoying the peaceful streams.

Hiking & Backpacking

Whether you're looking for a quick stroll in the woods or a multi-day excursion on some of the longer trails, Steamboat has the scenery and services to make it worth the effort.

Horseback Riding

Given Steamboat's roots in cowboy culture, horseback riding is a popular activity, so saddle up for an couple hours and shout, "Giddy Up!"

Whitewater Rafting

Whether it's the local Yampa River, the famous Colorado, or some of the others, whitewater rafting is sure-fire Steamboat Springs summer fun.


Take a boat out onto the nearby lakes for some water skiing, swimming, or maybe even an afternoon barbeque on the water.


The private and public lands around Steamboat offer hunters a chance at trophy elk, deer, game birds and others.

Kayak & Canoe

Hop in a canoe to paddle around a mountain lake or float the Yampa. For kayakers, there's plenty of whitewater to challenge your skills.

Golf Courses

There's not much that can top a day at the links, surrounded by beautiful mountains and valleys during a Steamboat Springs Colorado summer.


Pack your gear for a day out climbing The Domes or Blob Rock, both popular climbing spots close to Steamboat Springs.

Motorcycle Tours

Plenty of back roads and high mountain passes make for great motorcycling. Take a pick from one of the established routes or make your own.

ATV / Offroad

With so much land available in the Routt National Forest and other protected areas, there's plenty of opportunity to get out in your favorite offroad vehicle.


Summer days can get warm in the mountains, but luckily the cool Yampa River runs through town. Beat the heat the locals' way - on an inner tube.

Gondola Rides

Ride up to the top of Mount Werner on the Steamboat Gondola. The views are fantastic, so make sure to bring a camera.

Alpine Slide

Kids and adults can both enjoy the Alpine Slide at Howelsen Hill. Hold on tight for the descent, then head back up to do it again.

Kids Summer Fun

Kids bring a special dynamic to any activity, with their energy and wonder, so don't forget them at home!

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