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Celebrating Father’s Day in Steamboat Springs

Hikers walk by a cluster of wildflowers at Steamboat Lake State Park. Although some of the most popular hiking trails in Routt County remain muddy and snowpacked after a long winter, there are many early season hikes now open all across the county.
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— Where would we be without a father’s guidance and wisdom?

Whether we realize it at the time or not, fathers have helped shaped our characters and have been our voice of reason in hard times.

It’s time to celebrate that man in your life.



Whether it’s your father or father-figure, here are a few ways to make this Father’s Day one to remember.

Opening Night of the rodeo



Friday is the start of the 10-week Pro Rodeo Series that champions Steamboat Springs’ Western traditions of bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, barrel racing and a ram and calf scramble for the kids. The PRCA-sanctioned Pro Rodeo Series will be held every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. Each evening will kick off with pre-rodeo entertainment on the stage from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For advance tickets, go to rodeo website. Tickets can also be purchased at F.M. Light and Sons, Steamboat Central Reservations or the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Opening Night of the rodeo | 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 | Romick Arena, 501 River Road | $10 to $20

Bike Town Father’s Day

Make new memories with dad at the kids skills clinic led by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club bike coaches as well as guided adult road and trail rides with Routt County Riders. Both events include Bike Town post-ride snacks for all participants.

Bike Town Father’s Day | 9:30 a.m. to noon | Sunday, June 19 | Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. | Free

Movie time

On Saturday, the Chief Theater will feature a “Fulldraw film tour” featuring grassroots bowhunting films, hosted by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Tickets are $13 online and $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger are free.

Fulldraw film tour | 6 to 9 p.m. | Saturday, June 18 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Grab the bikes and take the family to the Bike-In Movie over in Gondola Square for an outdoor screening of “Eddie the Eagle.” Bring lawn chairs, blankest and relax as the sun starts to go down. Free.

Bike-In Movie | 8:45 p.m. | Saturday, June 18 | Gondola Square, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Look to the stars

Stargazers of all ages have a chance to watch the Milky Way during the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Astronomy Star Party. Local astronomer Jimmy Westlake will bring his powerful telescope and stargazing gear, and attendees are welcome to bring telescopes to get a close-up look of the moon and array of stars and plants. The event will be at the Morrison Cove boat ramp at Stagecoach State Park. There will be signs posted along Routt County Road 16 directing drivers to the Morrison Cove lot, located on the south side of the reservoir.

Astronomy Star Party at Stagecoach State Park | 9 p.m. | Saturday, June 18 | Stagecoach State Park, 2550 Routt County Road 14, Oak Creek | Free with $7 park pass.

Get outside

Go paddleboarding at Stagecoach Lake, throw a new fly and go fish on the Yampa and explore a new mountain biking trail on Emerald. For those looking for a family-friendly event, the Steamboat Lake State Park will host a Tombstone Nature Trail Hike on Saturday. The group will meet at the Tombstone Nature Trail trailhead for a guided mile-long wildflower hike and to see the spring wildlife. There will also be a Crawdad Craze event at the park that will meet at the Bridge Island footbridge.

Tombstone Nature Trail Hike | 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Saturday, June 18 | Steamboat Lake State Park, 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark. | Free with parks pass
Crawdad Craze | 2 to 3 p.m. | Saturday, June 18 | Steamboat Lake State Park, 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark. | Free with parks pass

Steamboat Solstice Soiree

Celebrate the arrival of summer with dad at the Solstice Soiree’s outdoor festival, which will include fine art, handcrafted goods and live music with Kenny Lee Young.

Steamboat Solstice Soiree | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday | Routt County Courthouse lawn, 522 Lincoln Ave. | Free

Hot rods

Take him to see over 460 Ford Mustangs during this weekend’s 28th annual Mustang Roundup events. The Show N’ Shine event will be on held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue where a team of judges will rate cars on engines, interior, exterior, wheels/tires and overall appearance.

28th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup | 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18 | The Meadows parking lot and downtown Lincoln Avenue

Family BBQ

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that mean the most. Fire up the grill for dad’s favorite meal and turn all electronics off to remain present and fully appreciate and celebrate your dad. Continue the celebration after dinner and unleash that inner kid and run through sprinklers in the back yard, dust off the slip n’ slide that’s just sitting in the garage, or better yet, have a water balloon fight.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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