Summer in Steamboat Springs means it's time to lace up your hiking boots and get out onto the hiking trails.
And one of the first places you should visit is Fish Creek Falls. It's only about 3 miles from town, and then a short and easy walk to this gorgeous waterfall. There's also an upper Fish Creek Falls which you can hike to.
It takes some work to reach the falls, but it's worth it.
Another well known spot in the area is Rabbit Ears Pass. From Denver, you'll drive over this pass on your way to Steamboat. And as you approach the pass, you'll see that sure enough, there are two large rocks that resemble rabbit ears. You can actually hike up Rabbit Ears Peak, to the base of these ears if you want to.
Another place where you can do some hiking in the general Steamboat Springs area is Steamboat Lake State Park. The trails here are much easier than other trails in the area so if you're looking for some easy hiking, this is a good place to go. The page at the above link will give you directions to the park.
Anyway, if you'd like to go, here are the directions to this great town: from Denver, follow I-70 west to the Silverthorne exit which is 205. Take the exit and as you arrive in Silverthorne, turn right, (north), onto Colorado Highway 9 and follow it to Kremmling. In Kremmling, turn left onto U.S. 40 west and follow it over Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat.
If you've never seen a pronghorn antelope and would like a chance at seeing one, look for them in the open areas along Highway 40 between Kremmling and Rabbit Ears Pass. This stretch of road is one of the few places in Colorado that I've seen them. I've never seen them close to the road though, so you might want to bring binoculars for a better look at them.
At some point after you leave Kremmling, you will start noticing yellow signs that say: F.M. Light & Sons, and it's not just one or two signs, but lots of them. F.M. Light & Sons is a historic store in downtown Steamboat that sells western wear, and it's an interesting place to visit whether you want to buy anything there or not.
Anyway, once you arrive in town, you'll need a place to stay, right? One possibility is to stay at a Steamboat Springs condo. Or if you'd rather stay at a hotel, I suggest you get a copy of the AAA Colorado Tourbook. I've been using it for years and have always been satisfied with the places where we stayed.
I'm assuming that you will also want to eat out part of the time that you're here. So, with that in mind, I've put up a Steamboat restaurants page. These are restaurants that we've been to and enjoyed, so I hope you like them too.
Steamboat Springs is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, and I do hope you enjoy your trip there. I've been there in the summer, fall, and winter, and I can't say which one I like the best, because they were all great for different reasons.
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