Steamboat A to Z: Mount Werner
Steamboat Springs — M Mount Werner
For awe-inspiring views of the Yampa Valley and beyond, take to the trails of Mount Werner. You can either hike the 2,000-foot vertical climb or ride the gondola to the 9,000-foot-high top of Thunderhead. From there, hike or bike along the numerous trails through dense aspen forests and open switchbacks; identify wildflowers; and revel in John Denver’s Rocky Mountain high. Bonus: You might see hang gliders launching before your very eyes. “Hiking the mountain is of my favorite activities in Steamboat,” says the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Kara Stoller. “Best of all, it offers a breathtaking view of the valley and town.” Info: http://www.steamboat.com.
Want a rest day from the trails? Pamper yourself with a massage or spa treatment. A host of salons, day spas and massage studios can soothe what ails you, from dry skin to your spine. According to 2013’s annual Best of the Boat survey, Rocky Mountain Day Spa (970-871-6111), Waterside Day Spa (970-875-0271) and Life Essentials Day Spa (970-871-9543) are three of the top spas to visit during your stay. Wherever you go, enjoy an endless collection of massage services, including deep tissue, reflexology, sports therapy, Swedish and more. Local providers also offer nail services, facials, skin care and other body treatments, all meant to relax and rejuvenate your body after shredding the slopes.
For a glimpse into Steamboat’s colorful past, visit the newly renovated Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets downtown, which will have you feeling like a fourth-generation local in no time. Utes, pioneers, a flying Norwegian who brought ski jumping to town and even the Lighted Man’s original suit are all on display, as is a new tribute to the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs. Info: http://www.treadofpioneers.org.
Sink into a comfy chair and let the entertainment come to you at the six-screen Metropolitan Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas in Wildhorse Marketplace, which carries the latest and greatest from Hollywood every day of the week. Info: 970-870-8222, http://www.metrotheatres.com.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Explore a mix of in-person and virtual events happening this weekend in Routt County.