Steamboat Springs’ 10 most Instagram-worthy places
Steamboat Springs is a photographer’s paradise, with year-round outdoor adventures, mild sunny, summers and feet of fluffy powder falling from the sky each winter.
Professional and amateur photographers alike who want to share their work often head to Instagram to do so, much to the delight of local residents and visitors wanting a taste of the mountain lifestyle.
Where are people most likely to snap a shot in Steamboat?
We scoured Instagram and discovered these 10 places were among the most photo-worthy locations in and around Steamboat Springs.
10. Rabbit Ears Motel
Not so much the motel itself, but the neon sign in front of the motel at the entrance to downtown Steamboat Springs is a popular spot for visitors to snap a photo. The sign was declared a historic landmark in 2006, and after the recent change in appearance of the motel’s rocky namesake, the sign has the most complete pair of rabbit ears in the region.
9. Mountain Tap Brewery
Steamboat’s newest brewery on Yampa Street serves up picture perfect pints and wood-fired pizzas (see 360 video of the pub) in a newly renovated location that was historically home to Yampa Valley Electric Association’s headquarters. The tap house’s bright décor and outdoor seating make Mountain Tap a popular place for Instagram users to snap shots.
8. Buffalo Pass
Just a quick drive north from Steamboat Springs, Buffalo Pass is a popular summer destination for mountain biking, hiking and camping and equally popular during winter for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And what’s the best part of all of those outdoor adventures? The photos to prove it, of course.
7. Yampa River
Whether it’s a multi-day rafting excursion west of town, a tubing run ending at C-Hole or Sunpies or an early morning fly-fishing session, the Yampa River is a water-lover’s paradise (see footage of the Yampa from the air). We’ll bet there probably would be even more photos of the Yampa River out there if it weren’t the rookies who hit the water without waterproof protection for their phones.
Spent the Fourth of July tubing down the Yampa, attending a parade, eating free hotdogs at a block party and sipping my first root beer float. We were told the city cancelled the fireworks because of the threat of a forest fire, but the citizens took care of it. Fireworks erupted all night from all sides. It was an endless, impromptu show that exceeded my expectations.
6. Howelsen Hill
Howelsen Hill is a lot more than a ski area, hosting many photo-worthy events year round, including the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series, fireworks during Winter Carnival and the Fourth of July and community softball and volleyball games all summer long. And let’s not forget The Howler, a one-of-a-kind Alpine slide that winds down the mountain’s face.
5. Old Town Hot Springs
Steamboat’s popular health club and hot springs has something for everyone — from a water slide for the kids to a soothing hot soaking pool for the adults. Even Fido is allowed in the Old Town Hot Springs twice a year, when dogs hop in the pool for the Poochy Paddle. Who can resist a photo of that?
4. Steamboat Lake State Park
It would be hard to spend the weekend at this picturesque lake and not get a photo of the scenery — beautiful blue waters, lush nature and serene sunsets. You just may have to wait until you’re home before you have the cell reception to post your photo on Instagram.
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3. Strawberry Park Hot Springs
If you’re looking for a can’t-miss attraction during a visit to Steamboat Springs, you’ll likely hear about these mineral springs just a short drive north of town on Routt County Road 36. Beautiful photos are captured at Strawberry Park Hot Springs year round, including in the pools and at nearby camping and picnic areas on the property.
2. Steamboat Ski Resort
No surprise here — most visits to Steamboat Springs include a trip to Mount Werner, either for skiing and snowboarding in the winter or for a variety of summer activities, including a mountain biking park and new attractions this year of mini golf and a mountain coaster. The mountain also hosts free concerts in the spring and summer and MusicFest and WinterWonderGrass music festivals each winter.
1. Fish Creek Falls
Five miles east of Steamboat Springs is a towering 280-foot waterfall that’s postcard worthy. Most pictures at this landmark are taken from the first bridge directly in front of the falls or from a viewing area on a paved walkway perched above the water, each about a quarter-mile from the parking lot. A trip to the falls can be a quick photo op, or visitors can opt to hike 2-1/2 miles one way to the upper falls or 6-1/2 miles one way to Long Lake.
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