Top things to do in Steamboat Springs

Park in Steamboat Springs

Mount Zirkel Wilderness

One of the five original wilderness areas in Colorado, Mount Zirkel Wilderness is an untamed, roadless expanse dotted with icy glacial lakes and granite faces, and is rife with opportunities for isolated backcountry…
American in Steamboat Springs


This new-generation Steamboat eatery has some of the best food in town. You'll love creative takes on comfort food, charcuterie boards, big steaks, barbecue, creative presentations and pickled everything. Budget-bus…
Waterfall in Steamboat Springs

Fish Creek Falls

Just 5 miles out of town, Fish Creek Falls is a wonderful hike for families. The 0.8-mile loop takes you to a scenic overlook with views across to the 283ft waterfall. From there, you can cut down past picnic areas,…
Steak in Steamboat Springs

E3 Chophouse

Set in a glowing building overlooking the Yampa River, this steakhouse bustles to life nightly. Many just come to enjoy the happy hour, while serious dining patrons settle in around sunset. In summer don't miss an o…
State Park in Steamboat Springs

Pearl Lake State Park

A glorious spot for camping and canoeing, this small alpine lake backs up to aspen and evergreen forests, and has some excellent lake-front campsites ($20) . Try to get a lower campsite bordering the lake; numbers 2…
Arts in Steamboat Springs

Hot Air Balloon Festival & Art in the Park

This festival sends over 40 colorful balloons into the clear skies above town, while a large arts-and-crafts show unfolds in West Lincoln Park. Call Steamboat’s Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Mountain in Steamboat Springs

Hahns Peak

On the windswept plain at the base of a picturesque peak lies this quasi–ghost town, 27 miles north of Steamboat Springs via Elk River Rd (Routt County Rd 129). It was once the terminus of the railroad from Wyoming,…
Italian in Steamboat Springs

Mambo Italiano

Everybody loves the Mambo. This open-kitchen concept restaurant brings new energy to Main St Steamboat. With exposed brick and an airy confidence, this may be the best Italian spot in town. Don't miss the calamari a…
American in Steamboat Springs

Rex's American Bar & Grill

Grass-fed steaks, elk sausage, bison burgers and other carnivorous delights are the ticket at this place, and they're so good that you'll have to forgive the restaurant's location – attached to the Holiday Inn. Serv…
State Park in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Lake State Park

If you like boating, fishing and bird-watching, this is an incredible place to stay. The campsites ($20 to $26) on the water are pretty good, but could be a little shadier. A grouping of 10 small cabins ($90), with …