Are you looking for a honeymoon destination with stunning mountain scenery, some of the finest powder skiing in the world, winter traditions like sleigh rides and cozy cabin stays, gourmet food and old-fashioned Western hospitality? Then Steamboat Springs is the right choice for you. It’s a quieter town than the ski resorts, but encapsulates the essential Colorado experience – natural beauty, four-seasons outdoors activities, the feel of the Old West, hot springs, and people who are friendly, direct and unassuming. There are also wine tastings, gourmet food, and hot air balloon rides across the valleys and meadows.
The area boasts some of the finest champagne powder skiing in the world, and has, not surprisingly, produced a large number of US Olympic skiers. Like all of Colorado, its natural beauty makes it an appealing destination in the summer, spring and fall as well. Whitewater rafting, fishing, camping and hiking are some of the highlights of summer outdoor activities.
The Old Town has an authentic western flavor, and to really immerse yourselves you can schedule a stay at a ranch for a rustic and romantic atmosphere. Expect the usual as well as some unusual activities on offer. Besides boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and campfires, many ranches also have gourmet cuisine, live music, cooking classes, wine tastings, yoga classes and spa treatments. For a romantic retreat, you can choose a winter cabin stay which combines privacy with easy access to nearby ski areas.
About Steamboat Springs
At a Glance
- Steamboat Springs lies on the Yampa River along the western ridge of the continental divide.
- The town developed as a railway hub over a hundred years ago and derived its name from the sound produced by one of the nearby hot springs.
- There’s a reason why Main Street, Steamboat Springs is so wide. That’s to accommodate the cattle drives that passed through town. You can still experience cattle drives at local ranches.
- Surrounded by six peaks and 3,000 acres of ski areas with 165 trails, Steamboat Springs has produced more than its fair share of Olympic skiers. It’s what you’d expect from a place that’s known as Ski Town USA.
- Getting There: The nearest airport is the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (Steamboat/Hayden HDN), conveniently located 22 miles away. Denver International Airport (DIA) is 160 miles to the east. Shuttle services, private car services and rentals are available.
- Winter Wonderland by Night: Try night skiing on Christie Mountain or take a Moonlit Snowshoe tour for a completely different experience.
- Summer Adventures: Whitewater rafting, hot air ballon rides, hiking and camping against a backdrop of majestic mountains and wildflower meadows.
- Go to the Rodeo: Rodeos are an essential part of Western tradition and at Steamboat Springs the tradition continues every summer.
- Gourmet Food: You’ll find a whole range of gourmet restaurants drawing upon local Rocky Mountains traditions as well as the cuisine of the Norwegian settlers in the area.
- Have a Soak: The town gets its name from the hot springs in the area. The naturally-occurring springs are the perfect way to soak away the aches and strains from a day of hiking in the mountains.
- Leave No Trace: As the custodians of this beautiful place, residents follow and expect visitors to follow the Leave no Trace rules, to leave the wilderness as unspoilt as you found it.