Steamboat WonderGuide: Steamboat Springs 101 |

Steamboat WonderGuide: Steamboat Springs 101

Cars drive down Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. (Photo by Scott Franz)

— What to do in Steamboat Springs when you’re not at a show.


Steamboat Springs features more than 100 restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisine from breakfast to late-night happy hour. To read more about the local food scene, pick up a copy of this year’s Best of the Boat contest rankings — the results of 5,000 voters casting 98,331 votes in 132 categories of all things Steamboat, from “Best Family Dining” to “Best Happy Hour” to “Best Candy Store.”


If you didn’t get your fill at the beer tents, don’t fear — four breweries call Steamboat Springs home. Butcherknife, Storm Peak, Mahogany Ridge and Mountain Tap all offer food, a great atmosphere and a glimpse into the brew process.

Outdoor adventures

While the skiing and snowboarding in Ski Town, USA, is top notch, there also are plenty of other ways to get outdoors.

• Ski biking can be done on any terrain that hosts downhill skiing and snowboarding, while a person who’s fat-tire biking can venture across packed snow and pavement.

• Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to take a break from the slopes and shows and get out onto a track or into the backcountry.

• Hiking in only winter boots and no snowshoes can be done on a path through snow that’s been packed down by earlier adventurers.

• Snow tubing is a downhill thrill, no matter your age, that requires no lessons or practice.

• Snowmobiling and dogsledding are two fast-paced, sled-based activities offered in the area.

• Early morning hot air balloon rides across the Yampa Valley are available throughout the winter.

• For when adventurers need a break, taking a dip in the hot springs are both delightful ways to relax.

Indoor adventures

Even the most rugged and outdoorsy of adventurers sometimes need to spend time within four solid walls.

• Visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum to learn about Steamboat’s history, from the first Ute Indians to the stories of today’s Olympic athletes and everything in between.

• Off the Beaten Path Bookstore offers every kind of book, plus a coffee shop, bakery and loft area. A few blocks west, the 35,345-square-foot Bud Werner Memorial Library aims to be a center of public happiness, with a friendly, youth-oriented first floor with a coffee bar and an upper level designed for quiet reading.

• If you’re downtown, a cozy coffee shop or an eye-popping art gallery is never farther than a short stroll away.

• If you want to move, check out Steamboat’s several yoga studios, the Howelsen Ice Arena for ice skating and ice rink bumper cars, and the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs for indoor tennis and pickleball.

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