Steamboat summer bucket list: Best things to do and places to see |

Steamboat summer bucket list: Best things to do and places to see

Staff report/Steamboat Pilot & Today
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There’s a famous expression in Steamboat Springs — “You come for the winters but stay for the summers” — and a town known for its Champagne Powder has expanded its appeal and is drawing more and more tourists to the Yampa Valley during the sunny summer months.

Visitors are traveling from the Front Range and all over the country to attend a growing list of festivals and attractions in Steamboat, which begin in June and extend through September. There’s a huge multi-day Fourth of July celebration that takes over downtown and ends with a spectacular fireworks show plus a Balloon Rodeo, Mustang Roundup and Art in the Park, to name just a few of Steamboat’s most popular events.

To help our readers make plans for the summer, the Steamboat Pilot & Today has compiled a calendar listing of some of Steamboat’s biggest events, which can be found on pages 16 and 17 of Sunday’s newspaper.

In addition to the festivals, there are a number of regular summer events and venues that offer activities for all ages, and these are listed below along with helpful tips for navigating town on busy weekends.



Kayakers show off their skills between rafts at the Yama River Festival on Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

3 – Yampa River Festival; Charlie’s Hole, Fish Creek Falls

3 – 37th annual Steamboat marathon, half marathon and 10k

6 – Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series starts

10-16 – The Colorado New Play Festival, Chief Theater

11-13 – Ride the Rockies cycling event

14-16 – 30th Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup

16 – Steamboat Springs Running Series Howelsen Hill Trail Run

16 – Moots Colorado Ranch Rally

23 – Reds, Whites & Brews Festival

24 – Tri the Boat, Stagecoach State Park

30 – Free Summer Concert Series: Galactic

30 to July 4 – 115th Annual Cowboys Roundup Days



1 – Steambaot Springs Running Series Mountain Madness

1-4 – Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza: Jump Training

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete Lucy Newman hands out candy while roller-skiing down Lincoln Avenue during the Fourth of July parade in downtown Steamboat Springs.

4 – July 4th Parade

4 – Fourth of July Fireworks

6 – Captain of the Boat

7 – Steamboat Springs Running Series Hahn’s Peak Hill Climb

7 – Fireworks Show; Steamboat Lake State Park

7 – Free Summer Concert Series: Keller Williams Petty Grass featuring the Hillbenders

7-8 – Cowpie Classic rugby tournament

12 – Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon

14-15 – 44th Annual Art in the Park

14-15 – 37th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

21 – Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat

21 – Free Summer Concert Series: JJ Grey & Mofro

28 – Steamboat Springs Running Series Spring Creek Trail Run



4 – Free Summer Concert Series: Stephen Marley

9-12 – 4th annual Steamboat Movement Festival

10-12 – Steamboat All Arts Festival with Sunday block party

A rider races up the face of Emerald Mountain in the early stages of Saturday’s Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race.

11-12 – Steamboat Stinger

12 – Steamboat Triathlon At Lake Catamount (Sprint, Olympic, & Aqua Bike)

16-19 – Routt County Fair; Fairground

18-19 – Revolution Enduro Mountain Bike Series

23-26 – Vettes on the Rockies

25 – Steamboat Springs Running Series Continental Divide Run

30-3 – Yampa Valley Crane Festival



1 – 14th Annual Wild West Air Fest

1-3 – Yampa Valley Crane Festival

 1 – 10th annual Moots Steamboat Stage Race

1-3 – Steamboat Springs Stage Race presented by Moots Cycles

2 – Steamboat Springs Running Series 10K at 10,000 feet

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood was the first show of the 2015 season for the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series at the base of Howelsen Hill. The benefit on Friday at the Chief Theater will have live entertainment, an auction and the announcement for four of the five headlining acts for 2016.

2 – Free Summer Concert Series: End of Summer Jam featuring The Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Eric Tessmer

6-9 – Steamboat Bike Week and Bike Festival

8 – Main Street Steamboat Springs Chili Challenge

8 – STARS Biking the Boat Charity Ride

9 – Colorado League Race

14-15 – Run Rabbit Run

14-15 10th annual Steamboat OktoberWest

17 – Lost Art Revival

22-29 – Plein Air Festival

22 – Steamboat Sprigs Running Series Emerald Mountain Trail Run

28- Oct. 7 – Steamboat Restaurant Week

29 – Quick and Chainless Race

Ongoing events

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Races

June 6, 20; July 11, 25; Aug. 15, 29; Sept. 12;

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series

Fridays and Saturdays, June 15 to Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Brent Romick Rodeo Arena;

Main Street Farmers Market

Saturdays, Sixth and Yampa streets, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 9 to Sept. 8;

First Friday Artwalk

First Friday of every month, downtown galleries; 5 to 8 p.m.

Sunset Happy Hour

Thursdays and Sundays, July 5 to Aug. 9, 5 to 9 p.m., top of the Gondola;

Movies on the Mountain

Saturdays, June 16 to Aug. 11, Gondola Square, 8:30 p.m.;

Yampatika summer programs 

  • Mondays: Naturalist Walk, June 25 to Aug. 27, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: Mineral Springs Tours, June 27 to Aug. 29, 9 to 11 a.m., meet at the Depot Art Center
  • Wednesdays: Guided gourmet lunch hike with a Steamboat Ski Resort ambassador and Yampatika naturalist, June 20 to Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Yampatika naturalist on site at Fish Creek Falls, June 28 to Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tread of Pioneers Museum weekly programs

  • Wednesdays: Olympic heritage walking tour, June 27 to Aug. 29, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Parkway
  • Thursdays: Downtown historical walking tour, June 28 to Aug. 30, 9 to 11 a.m., Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
  • Fridays: Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series, June 29 to Aug. 31, noon, Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Popular Steamboat venues offering programs, live music events and special events

  • Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4791
  • Strings Music Festival, 900 Strings Road, 970-879-5056
  • Yampa River Botanic Park, 1000 Pamela Lane, 970-846-5172
  • Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0240
  • Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., 970-879-2214

Tips for navigating summer traffic downtown

  • Carpool
  • Bike if at all possible. There will be a lot of traffic and the best way to get around and find parking would be to bike.
  • Park somewhere near a free bus stop. The free bus runs all weekend and is a great way to get around town.
  • Use the Yampa Valley Core Trail, a walking/biking path that runs from the mountain to the west side of Steamboat.




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