Steamboat Springs Winter Vacation

Steamboat Springs Winter Vacation

Steamboat Springs is a ski town that loves snow and offers plenty of off-mountain activities too. With a great mix of terrain, quality dining and lodging, and tons of small town charm, there is something for everyone.

One of the most fun things to do in Steamboat Springs is sledding. There is a sledding hill right in downtown and you can even go tubing at Howelsen Hill!

1. Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is an excellent way to see the beautiful snow-covered landscape of Steamboat Springs and Routt County. Hop on a 2 to 3 person sled for a leisurely ride that will take you along the winter banks of the Yampa River, Stagecoach Reservoir or private ranches.

There are many different sled tours to choose from and some allow you to drive your own sled. These are a great option for adults and teens, who may be more athletic and want to feel like they are taking part in an actual mushing experience.

A musher will provide instruction on how to control the sled and give commands to the dogs. Generally, a sled trip lasts from an hour to a half day.

2. Horseback Sleigh Ride

Horseback sleigh rides are one of the most fun ways to experience the winter wonderland around Steamboat Springs. These tours are often paired with hot cocoa or dinner.

When it comes to sleigh rides, the most important thing to remember is to dress warmly! This means lots of layers, starting with long underwear and ski thermals.

Sleigh rides are also a great way to get some fresh air during your winter vacation. In Steamboat Springs, there are several ranches where you can enjoy an afternoon or evening sleigh ride with your loved ones.

3. Cycling

Cycling is a great way to get some exercise, while also enjoying the outdoors. It’s a low impact activity that can be done as a mode of transport or as a competitive sport.

Steamboat Springs has plenty of biking options for all levels of riders. From easy rides with your family to challenging cross-country mountain bike trails, there’s something for everyone!

The town also hosts an annual Winter Carnival, a celebration of Steamboat’s western heritage. The event features street slalom, skijoring (skiers pulled by horses), ring and spear, donkey jump and other activities.

4. Hot Springs

Located on the northern end of Colorado, Steamboat Springs is known as Ski Town USA, but the small ski resort town is much more than just a destination for skiing. It also has a fantastic outdoor recreation scene and plenty of hot springs to soak in.

Old Town Hot Springs has been luring visitors with its eight geothermal pools since the 1880s. Keeping temperatures around 98 degrees, these hot pools are a great way to relax after a day of skiing and hiking in the mountains.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is another popular option for hot springs in Steamboat. Located in Yampa Valley, Strawberry Park is a beautiful natural setting nestled in the Routt National Forest.

5. Dining

Steamboat Springs is a destination that is great for skiers and non-skiers alike. It is a cute little town with great restaurants and shopping.

The best part about Steamboat is that you can go skiing or soaking in hot springs anytime of year. You can also take a helicopter tour of the area and enjoy the stunning views.

After your apres ski, you can have a meal at one of the best restaurants in town. Try the Truffle Pig for delicious cocktails and a variety of tasty appetizers.

6. Shopping

Ski towns are known for their charming boutiques and unique stores that offer a variety of winter and ski apparel, gourmet candy, souvenirs and more. Steamboat Springs is no exception!

There are lots of shops in downtown on Lincoln Avenue and a few blocks along Yampa Street. You’ll find some trendy restaurants and fun bars too.

We also love to visit Ohana, a special curated gift shop that supports local artists and artisans. They have some really cool t-shirts and hoodies that you will love!