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Places with the Most Outdoor Activities

Places with the Most Outdoor Activities



If getting outside and enjoying nature on your next vacation is on your to-to-list, Steamboat Springs is a must stop spot. There are dozens of outdoor activities in Steamboat for all interest groups and all skill levels.  Below are some of the popular outdoor activities in Steamboat among locals and visitors alike.

Mountain Biking

Whether it’s your first time on a mountain bike or you’ve been riding for decades, Steamboat has mountain biking options for all skill levels.  For mountain biking trails, Steamboat is known throughout the world for having some of the best cross-country riding trails.   To see a list of current conditions and open trails, visit the Routt County Riders Trail Report.

If you’re looking for a heart pumping adrenaline rush, Steamboat Resort has plenty of great downhill mountain biking trails with easy lift access back up the mountain.  This way you can get the maximum amount of riding in during the day.  Note, riding Steamboat Resort trails requires a day or season mountain biking pass.

Another great mountain biking option in town is on Emerald Mountain which provides both great climbing and descending opportunities as well as cross country riding, and its all accessible just up the hill from downtown!  There is no charge for riding these trails.

If it’s your first time on a mountain bike, Steamboat has a number of rental shops in which you can rent both regular trail mountain bikes as well as downhill mountain bikes for the adrenaline junkies out there.


For hikers, Steamboat has an endless supply of hiking trails that range from a short strolls to all day adventures. The Steamboat Resort, which sits on National Forest Land, has an abundance of hiking trails where you can start off from the base of the mountain and explore dozens of trails.  If you want to skip the climb up the mountain and focus on the jaw dropping views, you can take the Gondola up to begin your trek. There is no charge to access hiking trails at Steamboat Resort, but there is a charge for riding on the gondola.

While there are plenty of great trails within a couple miles of Steamboat, a short drive can get you out on trails with less people if that’s your thing.  Great places to go outside of town include Rabbit Ears Pass, Han’s Peak, Steamboat Lake, Zirkel U.S. Wilderness Area, and Buffalo Pass.

Tubing the Yampa River

If you want to take in the scenes with a more relaxed approach, tubing the Yampa River is a great way to see nature in Steamboat.  There are a number of places in town where you can rent tubes, or you can purchase a tube from some of the retailers in town such as Christy Sports, Walgreens, or Walmart.

Trail Running

If getting your heart rate racing while out in nature is your idea of heaven, trail running in Steamboat is just what the doctor ordered.  The Steamboat Mountain Running Group has a weekly group run on Wednesday’s during the spring, summer, and fall months, which is a great way to meet some of the locals and get in some good trail running.  If you want to get out and run on your own time, trails such as Spring Creek and Mad Creek are a couple of local trail favorites for running.   Just remember, if you’re coming from flat land locations, it helps to get in a few uphill training runs to get your legs and lungs ready.


Ever wondered what Steamboat Springs looks like upside down? Now you can find out in your own downward dog. Yoga can bring an incredible sense of peace, as well as help you feel great on your outdoor oriented vacation. There are plenty of yoga studios in town, but don’t miss out on the outdoor yoga.

During the summer, you will find yoga classes at the Yampa Botanic Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, weather permitting.  Check out the schedule here.  You can also take your yoga practice outdoors on the mountain with Outdoor Yoga at Torian Plum Plaza on Sunday mornings during the summer.

If you are looking for even more of a unique experience, make sure to check out paddleboard yoga with Steamboat Paddleboard Adventures at Fetcher. See their schedule here.

Fly Fishing

Experience some of the most renowned sections of river water for fly fishing in the state of Colorado. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced fly fisher, Steamboat has the perfect outdoor fly fishing adventure for you. Lean about the river conditions, insect hatch reports, and the best local fly fishing spots. Our local experts can track weather conditions, historic steam flow and more. Take a full day or half day guided trip, including the option of floating on the river.  Looking to fish during the winter?   Steamboat has that too.

Other Outdoor Activities

But wait, there’s more! Camping, gondola rides, cruiser bike rides, disc golf, hot air balloon tours, hot springs, golf, zip lining, wagon rides, kayaking, wakeboarding, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, winter tubing, backpacking and miniature golf.

If you are looking for places with the most outdoor activities, Steamboat Springs is the place to visit. Our experts at Simply Steamboat can help answer any questions and provide you with the best lodging for your vacation. Give us a call today!