Destination: Steamboat Springs
About: Located north west of Denver in the Yama Valley, Steamboat Springs is known for their Champagne Powder and natural hot springs. The name Steamboat comes from the sound the settlers heard from the bubbling thermal springs.
Route: i-70 to US-40
Distance: 156 Miles
Time: 3 hours
Trip Length: Overnight
Sleeping: Camping or Airbnb
Where to Stay
Always the best bet when looking for somewhere to stay! Lots of great option in town and at the resort. I would opt for in town over the resort in Summer and Fall so that you can easily walk to everywhere. Headed out for ski season? Check out my ski Steamboat Guide.
The 2nd closest campground to town is Dry Creek Campground, up Buffalo Pass. However, when we tried to camp there over Memorial Day Weekend the road and campsite were closed. So check before going! There are two developed other campsite and numerous dispersed camping sites close to town but not as close as Dry Creek. Read more about the campsites here and here.
The closest campsite to downtown is the KAO where we needed up camping. KAOs, of course, cost more than your typical campsite but do come with more amenities and the option to stay in a cabin too!
Where To Eat
Winona’s Restaurant – We stopped in for coffee and a muffin. All of the pastry looked incredible! The place was packed and the hot breakfast looked delicious.
Backcountry Delicasant – cheap, easy and delicious sandwiches
Mountain Brewery – Open seating on the patio picnic tables made for a great afternoon drink. If you have pups you can tie them up outside as well.
Salt & Lime – Great decor, perfect margaritas and delicious street tacos and a rooftop – Yassss! The decor is on point with white wash walls wooden accents and tasteful Mexican themed decor. The rooftop is huge with lots of seating and perfect for all seasons.
For starters, we had the Tuna Tostada’s but I’m dying to try the Salmon Tacos. We opted for the appetizer over ques0 but it looked damn good. For tacos we went with the Ship BLT, Veggie, Al Pastor, Lamb and Chicken and all of them were delicious. The veggie taco was what I want all veggie tacos to taste like.
What to Do
Anything! Steamboat offers basically any active you can think of. Since we were short on time we did a quick trip to Fish Creek Falls. This amazing 250-foot waterfall is worth the side trip. I wouldn’t even really call this a hike as its a mostly paved trail, so this “hike” is perfect for anyone!