With snow-capped peaks, rustic settings and luxurious lodges, Steamboat Springs entices honeymooners to enjoy an adventure like no other. The mix of warm sun, cowboy boots and friendly locals makes this an inviting town, where western heritage meets outdoor adventure. In the shadow of the mountains, Steamboat Springs spreads across miles and miles, inviting lovebirds to come experience a happily ever after in the heart of the Colorado west.
A Colorado gem, Steamboat Springs sits against the western ridge of the Continental Divide surrounded by national forest and wilderness areas. Just 2.5 hours from Denver, the town boasts two ski areas, three Colorado State Parks, more than 150 natural springs, lakes, rivers, and trail systems to cater to a plethora of outdoor activities.
With a little bit of everything -- towering mountains, lush green hills, a vast, wide–open valley, huge lakes, rushing rivers – Steamboat Springs is a year-round outdoor playground. Travelers head here in the summer to take advantage of the natural hot springs. In the winter, they discover the renowned world class skiing and famed Champagne Powder. Ride down mountain bike trails that are second to none, head to the river and reel in the fish, splash around in the breathtaking lakes, make a tee time and hit the links or enjoy the incredible views while hiking the trails. Downtown pays tribute to the ranching roots with a popular weekly rodeo, heritage shops and outfitters, and a culinary community that takes homegrown to new heights. Not to mention the bars and restaurants, museums, art galleries, festivals, concerts, trail runs, marathons and endless shopping.
Sport the latest trends from local clothing shops, or rock the “must-have” accessory of Colorado Springs, the cowboy hat. With nearly 250 shops and boutiques, Steamboat Springs has shops for every taste, including art galleries, Western outfitters, outdoor retailers and gift shops. There are two primary pedestrian friendly shopping areas – Steamboat’s Mountain Village located at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, and downtown Steamboat Springs.
After you've shopped till you dropped, make your way to one of the 130 restaurants or cafes for a well-deserved treat. The selection of cuisine in Steamboat Springs is guaranteed to satisfy every appetite. Sample local game, indulge in worldly delights, and satisfy the palate with Steamboat's local fare. Cooking with the freshest of foods, these delicious meals are served with a healthy side of Western hospitality. Venture to Yampa Street and dine riverside with views of Emerald Mountain and the sound of the river in the background. Or head up to the top of the gondola for a seasonal brunch with a view. Want to unwind with some cocktails, check out the Sunset Happy Hour on Thursdays for drinks, appetizers and live music.
Imagine spending the day on the slopes and returning to your lodge to relax and enjoy an exquisite meal. With accommodations ranging from rustic to luxury, full service hotels to guest ranches, and amenities from full service packages to personal chefs and transportation, you can easily find the honeymoon package that best meets your needs.
With the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, Steamboat Springs offers an unforgettable honeymoon with stunning natural beauty, limitless outdoor activities and genuine western hospitality. It is the perfect combination of relaxation, romance, luxury, and adventure.
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- TIME ZONE: Mountain Time Zone
- GETTING THERE: With the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Steamboat/Hayden HDN) located just 22 miles from town, Steamboat is conveniently located within Colorado. Steamboat offers year-round all-jet air service with convenient connections nationwide. Denver International Airport (DIA) is approximately 160 miles east of Steamboat Springs with most major airlines servicing DIA from both domestic and international locations throughout the world.
- AREA TRANSPORTATION: Steamboat Springs offers free bus transportation throughout Steamboat Springs. Chartered taxi, shuttle and limousine service is available from Denver, the Steamboat Springs Airport, the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and throughout town.
- WHEN TO GO: With attractions and activities unique to each season, Steamboat Springs offers fun all year long.
- ELECTRICITY: The United States and Canada all use the 110 volt system.
- WEATHER: Steamboat Springs’ summers are mild, cool and dry. July is the hottest month with an average high of 82 degrees and low of 41 degrees. Low humidity and elevation combine to make the summer comfortable and pleasing.
- WHERE TO STAY: Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area provide accommodations from the luxury to the rustic. Condominiums and private homes are perfect for families and groups while bed and breakfasts and remote cabins offer a touch of the unique. Full service hotels and even guest ranches round out the variety of comfortable accommodations.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
Whether you are looking to experience the folklore of this western town or indulge in the legendary Champange Powder snow, Steamboat Springs has a number of activities that cannot be missed.
- COZY UP IN A PRIVATE CABIN: Snuggle up with your loved one by the fire as the snow falls gently outside in a winter wonderland.
- ZIPLINE ON RABBIT EARS PASS: Rabbit Ears Pass is an iconic destination for hiking and biking and they are excited to add a state-of-the-art eight-segment zipline. Race your love down a suspended cable through magnificent aspen trees and lodge pole pine of the Colorado wilderness.
- SOAK IN THE HOT SPRINGS: Unwind at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Tucked away deep in the mountains, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is fed by natural hot springs and offers plenty of pools to dip in. You can even book a side-by-side massage with your honey.
- UP IN THE AIR: Hit the blue skies and head high above the valleys on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. When high above, enjoy a champagne toast to your new life together.
- A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO: Pedal along the Steamboat Yampa River Trail on a tandem bike. Running all the way from the mountings to Steamboat’s downtown, this trail offers an easy ride with lovely views and perfect little spots for a picnic lunch.
- SIP AND SAVOR: Enjoy a private night out at Harwigs. Book the wine cellar and let the chef create a magical dinner that will have your taste buds screaming for more.
- TUBING THE YAMPA RIVER: Want to discover Steamboat Springs, but in a more relaxed manner? Grab a tub and float down the Yampa River! This is a great way to check out the nature of the town, in the most tranquil of settings.
- STRETCH IT OUT: We know you want to be wined and dined on your honeymoon, but why not start off the morning with some deep breathing. There are plenty of yoga studios in Steamboat Springs that offer outdoor yoga. See what the town looks like upside down!
- HEAD WEST: With a long history of rodeos and ranches, the American west is alive and well in Steamboat Springs. Discover the working ranches that surround the town, check out a cattle drive or enjoy lunch with a cowboy.
- THAT FRESH POWDER: Often referred to as Ski Town, U.S.A., Steamboat Springs has six peaks with over 3,000 skiable acres and 165 trails… offering a little something for everyone – the perfect beginner runs to those seeking some thrills on the black diamonds. It is the perfect winter playground.
- SIGNATURE EVENTS: Steamboat Springs plays host to an amazing schedule of events, some that you may just be able to check out while on your honeymoon! From enjoy some brews during Steamboat Oktoberwest in September to embracing Steamboat’s western heritage during the Winter Carnival in February to enjoying quality entertainment during the All Arts Festival in August.
- IF THE SHOE FITS: Want to take a break from skiing down the slopes - why not try your hand... or foot... at snowshoeing? A great alternative to skiing, snowshoeing allows lovebirds to enjoy the great outdoors, but at a more leisurely pace.
- HITCH A RIDE: Trek up Mount Werner on the gondola where you can take in a breathtaking 360-degree mountain view! While at the top, take a hike or enjoy a nice lunch. The gondola is open from June through August, Labor Day weekend and weekends through late September.