July 8, 2014

Steamboat Springs

View of Steamboat Springs from the ski slopes

We went to Steamboat Springs for 5 days over the July 4th holiday. Despite living in Colorado for two years, I had never actually been to Steamboat. Now after less than a week there, I want to move there!

Below are some of the highlights. The BEST hike we did was the "Zirkel Circle" which got a post of it's own.

Zirkel Circle trip report and photos

Fish Creek Falls

280+ foot waterfall just a short walk from the parking lot. You can hike above the falls (the trail is steep!) to the upper falls and even more views.

Mt Werner

Steamboat's ski area has tons of trails for hiking and biking in the summer. One thing that is almost always true wherever there is a tram/gondola held true here - you can hike up and then take a free ride on the gondola back down.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Just a bit south of town, the reservoir has an awesome 10 mile dirt loop around the lake. Great place to run and bike.

Yampa River

The river was probably our favorite thing about Steamboat. It runs through the middle of town and really defines the area. It's a hub of activity and center of the area's fantastic bike path network. Easy access to fun river tubing was a highlight of the trip.


  1. Sounds like you all had an amazing time. I am so glad. Did you get to try any of the restaurants I recommended to Andrea? I haven't even tested out the dirt road around Stagecoach.. putting it on my list.

    1. We rented a place with a kitchen, so we ended up cooking our own meals - as we always tend to do! :-)

      That trail/path/road at Stagecoach is great. I'd be happy to run that 10 mile loop every single morning the rest of my life.

  2. Thanks! For sharing such a wonderful experience. This summer we are planning to visit steamboat springs, one of my friends came across this blog as we are doing a little bit of research on it. It looks great while seeing the pictures of your vacation. We are planning to book season passes for Copper Mountain at summit activities. To enjoy an adventurous trip together.