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Top 10things to do Soak in the hot springs

Historic Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain That little mountain with the big ski jumps

across the river from downtown not only serves as training grounds for a record number of winter Olympians, but it also is home to some of Steamboat’s best summer activities. The Howler Alpine Slide is a favorite for families; Howelsen Ice Arena offers ice skating, hockey and more; and Brent Romick Rodeo Arena hosts a rodeo every weekend. You also can play Frisbee, softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes or have a barbecue and hit the skate or BMX parks. For a cardio workout, hike or bike Emerald Mountain’s array of trails offer something for everyone. “Emerald Mountain is a real gem of the town,” Olympic bronze medalist Nelson Carmichael says. “It’s right in our backyard with plenty of prime trails, all with great views.”

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Steamboat Springs was named by early settlers who thought its gurgling hot springs sounded like steamboats. Soak for yourself at Old Town Hot Springs, Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, which harbors a variety of hot pools, a lap pool, plunge-if-youfall climbing wall and a pair of 230-foot water slides ( “They’re the heart of the community and the

reason Steamboat is here,” Marketing Director Shannon Lukens says. “The Indians used to soak in them. It’s still the place to be in town for both locals and visitors.” For a more rustic soak, head to Strawberry Park Hot Springs seven miles north of town on Routt County Road 36 (clothing optional after dark). Head east on Fish Creek Falls Road and a take a left onto Amethyst Drive to connect to Routt County Road 36. Local tip: Try the waterfall back massage.

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Make it up Mount Werner For awe-inspiring views of the Yampa Valley and beyond, take to the trails of Mount Werner. You can hike the 2,000-foot vertical climb or ride the gondola to the 9,000-foothigh top of Thunderhead. From there, hike or bike along the numerous trails through dense aspen forests and open switchbacks, identify wildflowers and revel in John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High. Bonus: You might see hang gliders launching before your very eyes. “Hiking the mountain is of my favorite activities in Steamboat,” says Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Marketing Director Kara Givnish. “Best of all, it offers a breathtaking view of the valley and town.” Info:

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Play a round Golfers can hit the links at any of Steamboat’s four beautiful and varied courses. The city-owned Haymaker Golf Course is a hybrid links-style course set on the valley floor. The semi-private Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club and the members-only Catamount Ranch & Club offer true mountain golfing at its finest. And for a quick

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nine, don’t overlook the Steamboat Golf Club on the west side of town. Its narrow fairways and mature trees make it as tough as any course in the valley. “Steamboat has a wealth of great golf courses, from Robert Trent Jones-designed Rollingstone to Haymaker and Catamount, which has the best greens in the valley,” says local Olympian Jim “Moose” Barrows, founder of the Moose’s Loose Golf Tournament. “You can play every day and not get tired of any of them.”

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Floating the town stretch of the Yampa River in an inner tube is one of the most popular summer pastimes in Steamboat Springs. Just play by the rules to preserve the river’s fragile ecosystem (no glass, littering, Styrofoam coolers, nudity, dogs or alcohol). You can go on your own or with one of several commercial outfitters offering everything from tubes to transportation. Bonus: Try to make it through the C hole by Bud Werner Memorial Library upright. “It’s become a family ritual that my kids beg me to do every year,” local river guide Kent Vertrees says. “It’s a big part of the Steamboat summer experience.”

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Hike Fish Creek Falls If you have time for only one stroll with the family, head to Fish Creek Falls, the iconic, cascading, 283-foot waterfall that used to be pictured on cans of Coors beer. Fish Creek Falls is a three-mile drive from downtown (from Lincoln Avenue, head one block north on Third Street, turn right and head east on Fish Creek Falls Road) and an easy quarter-mile walk to the bridge at the base of the falls or to an overlook above. You also can extend your hike by following the trail farther up the valley. Fee: $5 per vehicle per day for parking. “It’s one of the most spectacular places in Steamboat,” local mom Blair Seymour says. “It’s close to town, and you can dip your feet or even dunk your whole body in its cool waters at the end of the line.”

The town stretch of the Yampa River carries as many as 2,000 trout per mile in the city limits from the meanders of Rotary Park and faster water along Emerald Park to the eddies of Dr. Rich Weiss Park and pools by the Depot Art Center. (Catch and release with flies and lures only. Colorado fishing license required for anyone 16 and older.) Other hotspots include the Stagecoach tailwaters, Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area, Elk River and Casey’s and Fetcher ponds. “The Yampa has great public access to incredible fishing water all within city limits,” local Olympian Johnny Spillane says. “It’s not uncommon to see fish in the 24-inch range. And anglers have a variety of other options all within a short drive.” Photo by John F. Russell

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Smell the roses and take in other blooms at the Yampa River Botanic Park just east (upriver) of downtown along the Yampa River Core Trail. The outdoor oasis features 30 gardens and a variety of ponds and is home to a spectacular array of plants and flowers that thrive in a mountain climate that offers only 60 frost-free days per year. The park with free admission also is home to the Music on the Green concerts at 12:15 p.m. every Thursday. Take a picnic and a blanket but not your dog. “My kids love it,” local mom Valerie Dietrich says. “It’s easy to ride your bikes to and has tons of secret little trails to explore. It’s also a great place for a picnic.”

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A block off Lincoln Avenue is Steamboat’s true summer Main Street. The Yampa River Core Trail — a seven-mile, multiuse pathway that parallels the Yampa River from Walton Creek Road

on the east side of town to the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge on the west — is a great way to take in the beauty of the Yampa River and the surrounding mountainsides. Hit it on foot, bike, skateboard, inline skates, pogo stick or even unicycle for a funfilled excursion for the whole family.

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Bike the Yampa River Core Trail

“I love riding it on my townie bike,” local Paige Boucher says. “It’s perfect for everyone, especially kids and families. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy the river and the valley.”

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Hit local lakes Routt County has two great lakes where you can do everything from water- and wake-ski to wade off sandy beaches. Located a half-hour drive north of town on Routt County Road 129, 1,053-acre Steamboat Lake has a full-service marina and carries the Colorado Wildlife Commission’s Gold Medal rating for fishing. Camp, swim at a beach and rent everything from speed boats to house boats. Info: 800-678-2267, Located 17 miles south of town, Stagecoach Reservoir boasts 780 surface acres of water with an annual stock of 35,000 rainbow trout. It offers a great beach for swimming, a full selection of motor boat rentals, and a 10-mile trail around its perimeter. Info: 970-736-8342, www.

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2 — Steamboat Marathon, half-marathon and 10K, 7:30 a.m., www.

9-10 — Strings School Days, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

2 — Cayuse Classic, Sidney Peak Ranch; 9 a.m. to noon,

Romick Rodeo Arena, 15 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue

3 — Paddling Life Creek Race, 5 p.m. at Fish Creek, www.paddlinglife. net/invitational

15 — Ranch Rendezvous, Steamboat Ski Base Area, animals, games, educational displays, stick horse races, roping demonstrations and more,

5 — Youth Education Scholarship Golf Tournament, 11 a.m. at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, 970-819-0851

15-17 — New Works Festival,, 800-430-2787

7 — First Friday Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat

20 — Downtown street festival,

17 — Free Foreign Film Series, 7 p.m. at Depot Art Series, www.

8 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue

27 — Music on the Green, Caliente, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park

18 — Spirit Challenge (5K, 10K),

10-11 — Hospice dinner/golf tournament, 970-871-7631, www.

21 — Free Foreign Film Series, 7 p.m. at Depot Art Center, www.

11 — Hayden Cog Run (8M, 10K, 5K), 15 — Kent Haruf, author talk, 6:30 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 16 — Literary Sojourn Author Study, “Mrs. Kimble” by Jennifer Haigh, 6:30 p.m. at Library Hall, events

25-26 — Cobweb Classic, Haymaker Golf Course, www.haymakergolf. com 25-27 — Downtown sidewalk sale, 29 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Series, 5:30 p.m. kids races, 6 p.m. adult races,, 970-879-4300

June 1-3 — Yampa River Festival,

13 — Literary Sojourn Author Study, “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter, 6:30 p.m. at Library Hall, 13-16 — Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, www.

21-22 — Ski Town USA Golf Classic, Catamount Ranch & Club and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, 21-22 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 22 — Steamboat Mud Run, 22 — Howelsen 8 Miler (8M, 4M),

14 — Steamboat Ski Area gondola opens for summer season, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays,

22 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue

14-15 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent

26 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Series, 5:30 p.m.

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2 — Wild Edible Feast, 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake Catamount, 970-871-9151,

12 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Series, 5:30 p.m. kids races, 6 p.m. adult races,

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27 — Music on the Green, C Street Brass, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park

6 — Mountain Madness (13.1M, 10K),

28-29 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 28-30 — Art on the Mountain, Gondola Square, www.steamboat. com/artonthemtn 29 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 29 — Under the Streetlamp, 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 30 — Opening Night Orchestra, Menahem Pressler, 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 30 — Cowboys' Roundup Days,

July 1-4 — Cowboys' Roundup Days, 3 — Menahem Pressler, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www. 4 — July 4th celebration (parade, block party, concert, fireworks and more), 4 — Steamboat Sprint (400-yard dash), 4 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena,

6 — Gypsies and Harp Strings, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 6 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 6 — New Moon Glowball Tournament, Haymaker Golf Course, www. 6-7 — Cow Pie Classic rugby tournament, Ski Town Fields, www.

12-13 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 12-28 — Piknik Theater Festival, 13 — Musical Friendships, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 13 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 13-14 — Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park (live theater performance at 6 p.m. Saturday), 13-14 — Hot Air Balloon Festival,

7 — Dance and Camaraderie, Heritage Concert with Perry-Mansfield, 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

17 — David Deveau, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

8 — Seminars at Steamboat — Stephen Klineberg, The Changing Face of America. 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion.

18 — Literary Sojourn Author Study, “The Room” by Emma Donoghue, 6:30 p.m. at Library Hall, www.steamboatlibrary. org/events

10 — Perry-Mansfield and Shuffle.Play.Listen, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

18 — Music on the Green, Tesla Quartet, 12:15 p.m. Yampa River Botanic Park

10 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, 5:30 p.m. kids races, 6 p.m. adult races,

19 — Kenny Loggins, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

10 — Rally For the Cure golf tournament at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, 970-879-1391

19 — Seminars at Steamboat — John Pomfret — Insights from a China Watcher, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion. FREE,

11 — Music on the Green, C Street Brass, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park

18 — Downtown street festival,

19 — Free Foreign Film Series, 7 p.m. at Depot Art Center, www.

5 — First Friday Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat

12 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Drama Production, Evening of One-Acts, 800-430-2787, www.

5 — Pink Martini, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

12 — Seminars at Steamboat, Strings Music Pavilion. FREE, www.

19-21 — Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, www.

5-6 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena,

12 — Brent Rowan and Friends, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

19-21 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Evening of Dance, 800-430-2787,

5 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Junior

12 — Free Summer Concert Series

20 — Paper Bird, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

4 — Music on the Green, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park

19-20 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena,

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20 — Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat (110M, 40M, Core Trail ride),

25 — Seminars at Steamboat — The Threat from Cyberspace. 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion,

26-27 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena,

20 — Spring Creek Memorial (9M, 5K),

25 — Music on the Green, Tesla Quartet, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park

27 — Orchestra finale, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

26 — Free Summer Concert Series

27 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue

20 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 24 — Music from the Mountains/Appalachian Spring, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

26 — Kathy Mattea, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

24 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Series, 5:30 p.m.

26 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp musical,

28 — Community Agriculture Alliance’s Ranch Rendezvous, Steamboat Ski Area, 970-879-4370, 31 — Cliburn Gold Piano Concert, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

August 1 — Orchestra Music from the Movies/Heritage Concert with Steamboat Young Musicians, 7 p.m., Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 1 — Music on the Green, Old Town Pickers, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park 2 — First Friday Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat 2 — Solas, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www. 2-3 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 2-3 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Youth Festival, 800-430-2787, 3 — Christiania Trio, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www. 3 — Mount Werner Classic (50K), 3 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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7 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, 5:30 p.m. kids races, 6 p.m. adult races, 7-11 — Steamboat Wine Festival, 7-18 — Opera Artists Institute, Emerald City Opera, www. 8 — Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Scholarship Golf Tournament, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, 970-879-1391 8 — Music on the Green, Paul Poyten, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park 9 — Daniel Bernard Roumain, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 9-10 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 10 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Campt Junior Showcase, 800-430-2787, 10 — Arias Concert, Emerald City Opera, 10 — Earl Klugh & Nnenna Freelon, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, 10 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 18 — Public Concert, Emerald City Opera, noon at Yampa Botanic Park, 13 — Seminars at Steamboat, Richard Murray: The Presidential Race: Polls, Swing States and More, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion, 15 — Literary Sojourn Author Study, “Townie” by Andre Dubus III, 6:30 p.m. at Library Hall, 15-18 — Steamboat All Arts Festival, 15 — Music on the Green, Missed the Boat, 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park 16 — Opera Artists Institute, Emerald City Opera, www.

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16 — Love Letters, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056, www.

17 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue

16 — Free Foreign Film Series, 7 p.m. at Depot Art Center, www.

18 — Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Strings Music Pavilion, 970-879-5056,

16 — Free Summer Concert Series

18 — Steamboat Stinger (50M bike, full/half marathons), www.,

16-19 — Routt County Fair (freestyle MotoX, demolition derby, barbecue, livestock sale, barn dance and more) Routt County Fairgrounds, 970-276-3068 16-17 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 17 — Symphonic Opera Concert, Emerald City Opera, Strings Tent,

18 — Steamboat Olympic Triathlon at Lake Catamount, www. 20 — Seminars at Steamboat — Martin Feldstein/William Gale, Reforming our Broken Tax System. 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion. 21-22 — USA Pro Challenge, 21 — Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series, 5:30 p.m. kids races, 6 p.m. adult races,

Tuesdays — Toddler Time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Children’s Story-time Room Wednesdays — Preschool Story Time, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Children’s Storytime Room Thursdays — Reading Program Stories and hands-on fun (ages 5 to 10), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 14 to Aug. 2, Children’s Story-time Room

22 — Yampa Street Live Street Fest, www. 24 — Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run (16M), www. 24 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 31 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 31 — Wild West Air Fest, 31 — Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stanko Ranch, 970-879-5214

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31 — Steamboat Springs Stage Race,

September 1 — Wild West Air Fest, 1 — Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stanko Ranch, 970-879-5214 1 — 10K at 10,000 Feet,


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Opens Memorial Day Weekend for the Summer Season Located downtown off of 5th Street, past the rodeo grounds, at the base of the chairlift of Howelsen Hill.

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October 4 — First Friday Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat 5 — Literary Sojourn author festival, 18 — Free Foreign Film Series, 7 p.m. at Depot Art Center, www. 19 — Final-Final (two person), Haymaker Golf Course, www.

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1 — Chuckwagon Chili Challenge, 1-2 — Steamboat Springs Stage Race, 6-9 — Yampa Valley Crane Festival, events 6 — First Friday Artwalk, 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat 7 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 7 — Three Club Tournament, Haymaker Golf Course, www. 13-14 — Run Rabbit Run (100M, 50M ultra-marathons), www. 14 — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue 14-15 — Haymaker Fall Classic, Haymaker Golf Course, www. 15 — Deep Roots lamb cook-off, downtown, www. 20 — Free Foreign Film Series, 7 p.m. at Depot Art Center, www. 20-22 — Steamboat OktoberWest, Steamboat Ski Area. 21 — Emerald Mountain Trail Run (12K), 27-29 — Hay Cup Open, Haymaker Golf Course, 29 — Gondola closes for summer season,

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2-hourActivities Have a two-hour window during your stay and don’t know what to do? Consider the following activities, any one of which can be done in 120 minutes from downtown.

Hot springs walking tour

In two hours, you can drive to the trailhead for Fish Creek Falls, hike to the falls’ bottom and overlook and be back in downtown in the time it would take to see a movie. Another option: Head north up the Uranium Mine Trail for another great overlook of the gorge below. To get there, head north on Third Street and turn right onto Fish Creek Falls Road. Follow the road for about three miles until it dead-ends at the parking lot.

Journey in the footsteps of the Yampatika Ute and Arapaho tribes in a walking tour of the city’s mineral springs downtown. Start at Iron Spring by the Depot Art Center (across from the library), which puts you within easy walking distance of them all. Easy to reach springs include Iron, Soda, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Steamboat, Heart and Black Sulphur. Extend your tour with a hike to Lithia Spring in Fairview (which some locals still drink from) as well as the Sulphur Cave a short hike up Howelsen Hill. (Bonus: Make Old Town Hot Springs your last stop and end your stroll with a soothing soak, though that doesn’t count as part of the 120 minutes.) Info:

Picnic at Spring Creek

Historic town tour

Drive to the trailhead at East Maple Street and Amethyst Drive by the high school, and then hike up a short dirt road to a gazebo picnic shelter and two small ponds. Keep going up Spring Creek Trail, or fish or relax by the water and toss sticks for your dog before returning to town.

Take a step back in time with a historic walking tour of Steamboat Springs. Go on your own or meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St.) every Thursday from June 27 to Aug. 29. The focus of the free tour is the area’s historic buildings and early settlers, teaching you about such

Hike Fish Creek Falls or Uranium Mine trails

early pioneers as Carl Howelsen, Margaret Crawford and Doc Willett. The tour passes such buildings as the Old Town Pub, Pilot Building and Pioneer Building, painting a picture about the area’s unique history. (Bonus: reduced admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum afterward for all participants.) Info:

Alpine slide Head over to the base of Howelsen Hill and take a quick run down the Howler Alpine Slide (645 Howelsen Parkway) a favorite for families. Steamboat’s most exciting summer attraction lets you enjoy scenic views of downtown and Mount Werner as you ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill. From there, it’s all downhill on a sled that puts you in control of your exhilarating ride as you wind down the track. Children ages 2 to 6 must ride with an adult; children ages 7 and older can ride solo. (Bonus: See if you can break the 43-second descent record.) Info: 970-819-8010,

Swim in the C or D holes Need to cool off or burn some energy out of the kids? Take them swimming at the C and D holes downtown on the Yampa River. (Note: low water only, usually mid-July through August). The pools let you plunge in and swim against the current with tons of sunbathing rocks to warm up on afterward.

Stroll or bike the Yampa River Core Trail Depending on your time frame, you can bike or walk along the seven-mile Core Trail as long as you like, stopping to smell the roses at the Yampa River Botanic Park, visiting parks or simply sitting by the river. (Bonus: Its western end meets Bear River Skate Park, a perfect place for the kids.)

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In two short hours, you can hop aboard the gondola at the resort’s base and ride up 2,000 feet for commanding views of the valley. Up top, stroll along a flower-filled nature trail for as long as you like before descending to a magnificent view of town.

Hike Emerald Mountain That mountain rising just across the river from downtown harbors a myriad of hiking trails for users of all abilities. Head up the aptly named Lupine Trail from Sombrero Stables to the Bluffs Loop and beyond until your time frame forces you to return. (Hint: Bring water and keep an eye out for mountain bikers.)

If you’re in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 21 and 22 this summer, bring your cowbells down to Lincoln Avenue for a glimpse of some of the best bicycle racers in the world. The USA Pro Challenge returns to town to host the Stage 3 finish Aug. 21 and the Stage 4 start Aug. 22. Stage 3 begins in Breckenridge, and Stage 4 ends in Beaver Creek. “We’re thrilled to be a part of it again,” says Jim Schneider, co-chairman of the local organizing committee that bid to host the event. “The entire community put on a fantastic event during the inaugural race, and we’re looking forward to again hosting the best cyclists in the world on this incredible international stage.” On Aug. 21, racers will roar into a downtown finish on Lincoln Avenue after racing from Breckenridge. The action continues the next morning as they take off from the base of Steamboat Ski Area to the day’s finish in Beaver Creek. Race officials say they expect more than 1 million people to watch the race in person this year. “Each of these hosting communities will be on an international stage as part of America’s greatest race,” says race CEO Shawn Hunter.

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Although Steamboat Springs is known for its skiing, come summertime, bicycling is riding fast on its heels. Hundreds of miles of trails and roads surround town, a user-friendly bike path parallels the Yampa River all the way through town and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. continues to improve its downhill offerings on the mountain. Additionally, augmenting an already phenomenal network of mountain bike trails, Routt County Riders continues to build even more trails in the area, including the recently finished Beall and Ridge trails on the backside of Emerald Mountain. So hop in your saddle and explore yet another side of Steamboat that takes advantage of our world-class terrain.

Want to enter a local race? The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series takes place Thursday evenings throughout summer at different locations each week. See how you fare against the town’s best or enter the recreational category just for spins and grins. Info:

This preeminent event brings world-class bike racers to town for the finish of Stage 3, which starts in Breckenridge, and the next day’s start of Stage 4, which ends in Beaver Creek. Aug. 21 and 22. Info:

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The eighth annual Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat, a noncompetitive road cycling event and fundraiser, features a 110-mile Gore Gruel, 40-mile Stagecoach ride and familyfriendly Yampa River Core Trail ride. July 20. Info:

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to experience Steamboat riding while stopping for picnics, plunges into the river and lunch along the way. There also are two places for kids (and gutsy grown-ups) to practice BMX and other dirt-riding skills, including a small course at the base of Howelsen Hill (head west, or downstream, behind the farthest softball field) and another one at the Bear River Skate Park, accessed at the farthest downstream end of the bike path (off Shield Drive). Family-friendly rides also can be found at Steamboat Ski Area, where you can ride the gondola up to coast down.

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Steamboat’s singletrack is butter-smooth. Emerald Mountain, rising from the heart of downtown, offers an array of trails leading from the base of Howelsen Hill up, around and behind Emerald Mountain. Access points include Blackmer Drive, which climbs to a great view from Emerald Mountain quarry, as well as trailheads at the base of Howelsen Hill. (Hint: For a singletrack ascent, take the Lupine trail from behind the rodeo grounds.) From the quarry, take the Quarry Mountain Trail to the summit, where you can drop off the backside on the new Beall or Ridge trails (and loop the new Rotary Trail near the bottom), or return via such frontside trails as Blair Witch, MGM and Eye to Eye. Steamboat Ski Area serves up 50-plus miles of trails. If you want to forsake the climb, a


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gondola ticket will get you and your bike to the Thunderhead summit for a fast and fun ride down a variety of trails back the base, including a new jump- and ramp-filled downhill trail on the lower mountain. You also can climb from Thunderhead to the Storm Peak summit, where more singletrack awaits. Another option is Spring Creek, the trailhead of which starts near the high school downtown (or you can shuttle up to the top on Buffalo Pass for a seven-mile schuss down). The 1101 Continental Divide Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass is another locals’ favorite as is North Routt County off Seedhouse Road (try Pearl Lake to Colter Creek, Trail No. 1104, to Scott’s Run). Take a map and the right clothing and gear, and consult a local shop beforehand.

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Local cycling organization Routt County Riders has trail maps available at local bike shops and a new Steamboat Bike Guide produced by the pedal-friendly staff at the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper. Pick one up or talk to a local for trail advice specific to the current weather conditions. Info:

Road cycling Plenty of road biking options also exist around Steamboat Springs. One favorite is heading out Twentymile Road (Routt County Road 33) from town, accessed from 13th Street. You can ride an out-and-back to the top of the hill in about an hour or continue on to Twentymile Coal Co. and back, which is about 40 miles. You also can head to Oak Creek on C.R. 27, which sees little or no traffic. Ride through Oak Creek and cut back to Steamboat via Stagecoach Reservoir on C.R. 14 and Colorado Highway 131 for a 50-mile loop. For more punishment, follow the 2011 USA Pro Challenge course by heading up Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40. Make it epic by continuing to Gore Pass on Colorado Highway 134 and then over Yellow Jacket Pass on C.R. 14. Loop it back to Colo. 131 to complete the 110-mile ride, referred to as the Gore Gruel.

Bicycle sales and tunes

There are four full-service bike shops in town offer everything from friendly advice on where to ride to tunes, sales and more. Orange Peel Bicycle Service, 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-2957 Ski Haus, 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385 Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9144 Wheels Bicycle Shop, 9th and Yampa Avenue, 970-870-1974

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Tuesdays from July 2 to Aug. 27: Hike with a naturalist on Mount Werner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays from June 26 to Aug. 28: Mineral springs tours from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays from June 20 to Aug. 31: Hike Fish Creek Falls with a naturalist. Thursdays from May 23 to June 20: Weekly bird walks.

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When visiting a new town, it’s nice to have a helping hand to guide you. In Steamboat, that comes in the form of Yampatika, a nonprofit founded in 1992, the mission of which is to inspire environmental stewardship through education. “Our goal is to develop environmental learning opportunities here for children and adults,” says Executive Director Sonja Macys, whose organization employs naturalists that lead hikes and other programs throughout the Yampa Valley. “It’s a great program for visitors to take advantage of.” Offering programs for everyone from pre-kindergarten to senior citizens, the group’s new Environmental Learning Center at the city’s Legacy Ranch offers educational programs, summer camps, field trips, self-guided walking tours and more. Additionally, its office at the U.S. Forest Service building, 925 Weiss Drive, harbors a small nature center with displays of local wildlife and cultural artifacts. Info:, 970-871-9151

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May 18: International Migratory Bird Day celebration, Bud Werner Memorial Library May 19: Live bats encounter, Bud Werner Memorial Library May 30: Wild Edible Feast, 6 to 9 p.m. at Sweetwater Grill June 7: Urban wildflower walk, 9 a.m. to noon June 14: Mad Creek historic wildflower hike, 9 a.m. to noon July 13: Hahn’s Peak wildflower hike, 8 a.m. June 15: Fossil and dinosaur discovery hike, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in McCoy June 20 and 21: Summer Solstice Soiree July 19: Bat discovery, Rehder Ranch Aug. 11 to 13: Big horn sheep count, Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area Aug. 12: Perseid Meteor Shower astronomy exploration, Dumont Lake Sept. 6 to 9: Yampa Valley Crane Festival Sept. 14: Windy Ridge archeological hike

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Hikingin Steamboat A variety of hiking trails exist in Steamboat for all skill and fitness levels, leading to beautiful views, meadows, wildflowers, lakes and more. Bring map, sunscreen, water, food and appropriate clothing, and let someone know where you’re going. To avoid afternoon thunderstorms, hike early in the day. Favorite hikes include:

Fish Creek Falls A must for any Steamboat visitor. Two easy walks are perfect for families, including an interpretive, paved trail leading to a falls overlook and a downhill trail to a bridge at the base of the falls. The more adventurous can continue on Forest Service Trail 1102 three miles to the scenic upper falls or farther to Long Lake (six miles one-way). How to get there: From downtown, head north on Third Street and turn right onto Fish Creek Falls Road. Follow the road for about three miles until it dead-ends at the Fish Creek Falls parking lot. Day-use parking permit fee required.

Spring Creek This popular, multiuse trail near downtown is a haven for hikers, runners and bikers. From the trailhead, it’s an easy walk on a dirt road to a picnic shelter and a small reservoir that dogs love. From there, Spring Creek Trail offers an easy grade in shaded pine forest along the creek for about a mile before increasing steepness onto singletrack trail for another four miles into the Routt National Forest and up to Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass Road (Routt County Road 38). How to get there: From downtown, turn north onto Third Street and right onto Pine Street, which turns into East Maple Street. Proceed across the intersection with Amethyst Drive and park on either side of the road at the trailhead.

A scenic, two-mile hike up to an original U.S. Forest Service cabin homestead preserved from the early 1900s. The trail features canyon landscapes, pine meadows and aspen groves as it follows Mad Creek along the Swamp Park Trail (1100) into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. A couple of loops, like the Red Dirt Trail (1171), branch off the main trail. Maps are available at the trailhead. How to get there: From downtown, head west on U.S. Highway 40 and turn 24 | Explore steamboat Summer 2013

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Mad Creek

right at the 7-Eleven on the city’s west side. Head north on Routt County 129 (Elk River Road) for about five miles to the Mad Creek parking area and trailhead on the right.

Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area This heavily forested, low-elevation wilderness area is filled with wildlife and wildflowers and perfect for day hikes. The Silver Creek (1106) and Sarvis Creek (1105) trails can be hiked from trailheads accessed from Buffalo Park Road (Forest Development Road 100), which heads south off U.S. Highway 40 atop Rabbit Ears Pass. Moderate uphill climbs can be found from the bottom end as well, beginning at the north side of Stagecoach Reservoir (for Sarvis Creek) or off Lynx Pass Road (Routt County Road 16 for Silver Creek) on the reservoir’s south side. The Sarvis Creek trailhead falls in the boundaries of the 311-acre Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area. How to get there: From Steamboat, head east on U.S. 40, then take a right (south) on Colorado Highway 131 toward Oak Creek. Then head east on C.R. 14 to Stagecoach State Park. Take a left off C.R.14 onto C.R. 18 at the Stagecoach State Park entrance and drive three miles to access the Sarvis Creek (1105) trailhead past the dam. Or turn left at C.R. 16 on the west end of the reservoir and proceed seven miles south to the Silver Creek (1106) trailhead.

Emerald Mountain A network of trails accessed from downtown at the base of Howelsen Hill offering miles of mixed-use hiking, biking and horseback recreation. The main road, Blackmer Drive, runs two miles from its gate at the top of Routt Street to the Emerald Mountain quarry, providing a prime overlook of town. The popular Lupine Trail starts from Howelsen Hill at Sombrero Stables, for a more challenging, three-mile route to the quarry. The Bluffs Loop starts at the stables entrance for a moderate, rolling route of just under three miles, much of it shaded in the late afternoon. The new Beall and Ridge trails have been added to the backside of the mountain for those looking for longer loops. How to get there: Access is from several points at the base of Howelsen Hill (from downtown, head south on Fifth Street and west on Howelsen Parkway) as well as from Blackmer Drive (from downtown, head west on U.S. 40, turn left onto 13th Street, left onto Gilpin Street, left onto Saratoga Avenue and right onto Routt Street). Park at the top of Routt Street.

Mount Werner Steamboat Ski Area offers a variety of hiking trails, many with moderate to steep climbs. Hikers also can purchase a gondola ticket to the Thunderhead summit, where

guided nature trails and other hikes await. Maps are available in the information center in Gondola Square. Info: How to get there: From downtown, head east on U.S. 40 to the Mount Werner Road exit. Head north to the Knoll Parking Lot, and walk across Mount Werner Circle to Gondola Square.

Resources • U.S. Forest Service office, 925 Weiss Drive, 970-870-2299 • Ski Haus, Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40, 970-879-0385 • Orange Peel Bicycle Service, 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-2957 • Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970879-9144 • Wheels Bicycle Shop, 2052 Snow Bowl Plaza, 970-870-1974 • Straightline Outdoor Sports, Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-7568 • Backdoor Sports, Ninth Street and Yampa Avenue, 970-879-6249

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Be prepared High altitude and rugged terrain quickly can create problems for even seasoned hikers. Use sunscreen, wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of water and food. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll return. Pick up a trail map before heading out into unfamiliar terrain. Bring the following: • waterproof/windproof matches and lighter • fire starters such as Vaseline-soaked cotton balls and gel hand sanitizer • small folding saw • map, compass and GPS device • basic first aid kit with antiseptic wipes, sterile pads, medical tape and Benadryl tablets • water bottle and water purification tablets or water filter system • two reflective emergency blankets or tarps • energy bars, trail mix and power gels • hat, gloves, wool socks, fleece vest, rain coat and pants • Leatherman multitool, duct tape and lightweight rope • headlamp with additional batteries • sunscreen • cellphone with charged battery

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From the parking area, follow the old jeep trail at Forest Service Road 291 through a series of meadows full of wildflowers. Uphill grades begin after reaching the forested section of the trail, ultimately leading to the final steep ascent to the base of the Rabbit Ears formation. Be cautious of loose rock, and don’t climb the ears. How to get there: From Steamboat, drive 19 miles east on U.S. 40 toward Rabbit Ears Pass. Turn left at the Dumont Lake Campground sign, and follow Forest Service Road 315 until you reach the old stone monument and historic marker. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 311 and right onto Forest Service Road 291 to the parking area.

This prime hiking area is the doorstep to hundreds of miles of trails in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, many — including the Hinman, Burn Ridge, Seedhouse, Three Island Lake, North Lake, Slavonia and Diamond Park trails — accessed from the Seedhouse Road area. How to get there: Head west on U.S. 40 and north on Routt County Road 129 (Elk River Road) to Clark (about 17 miles). Turn right onto Seedhouse Road (C.R. 64). The paved road eventually ends, but well-maintained gravel leads to many trailheads and camping areas on either side.

Hahn’s Peak

The most popular hike in southern Routt County in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area is Devil’s Causeway, accessible via East Fork Trail 1119. A three-mile out-and-back will take you to the vertigo-inducing walkway, a short and narrow rocky span with sheer cliff faces on either side. The hike also can be made into a 10.5-mile loop. How to get there: To get to Stillwater Reservoir, head east on U.S. 40 out of Steamboat and south on Colo. 131 for about 26 miles to Yampa. Turn right onto Main Street and then right onto C.R. 7. The road eventually turns to dirt and becomes Forest Service Road 900.

Devil’s Causeway

The steep, two-mile hike to the 10,839foot summit of Hahn’s Peak is rewarding for its 360-degree views from the old fire watchtower at top. The last scramble up the scree field is a challenge, so be careful, and avoid the summit when bad weather threatens. How to get there: From Steamboat, head west on U.S. 40 and turn north on Routt County Road 129 (Elk River Road). Follow it past Steamboat Lake State Park to Columbine. Turn right across from the Columbine General Store onto the rough, ditch-heavy Forest Service Road 490. Veer left onto Forest Service Road 410 to the parking area.

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Seats around the large round circular bar allow patrons to easily socialize or watch the day’s games on nine, large high-definition television, especially on NFL Sunday’s when it offers $2 drafts and 50 cent wings all day. The Kelleys know what people want when it comes to watching sports: good food, great atmosphere and high-end TVs everywhere you look. “You can see them from any table as well as the bar,” says server Beth Hadrys, adding that volumes can be adjusted individually or permeate the entire restaurant on the same channel for the one big game. The bar also hosts Bluegrass Wednesday’s with live local bluegrass bands, as well as featured bands or DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a great daily happy hour from 4 to 6pm with $2 oysters, 50 cent wings, $1 PBRs and $2 draft beers, $3 Domestic bottles and $5 Premium Well Drinks. Carl’s also offers more than 80 types of whiskey and introduced Steamboat’s bar scene to beers from Denver’s Great Divide Brewing and Boulder’s Avery Brewing Company.

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Carl’s Tavern, located at the corner of Yampa and Seventh Streets in the Howelsen Place building, is named after Carl Howelsen, the man who brought skiing to Steamboat. Decorated with a motif celebrating the local Nordic jumping pioneer, and with large windows throughout to keep the atmosphere open and airy, the tavern has brought a top-notch eatery and bar to town as well. Barely over a year old, Carl’s Tavern, owned and operated by Collin and Noella Kelley, has already made a name for itself among locals and visitors alike, being voted second place for Best Bar, Best Happy Hour off The Mountain and Best Place to Watch the Game in town’s annual Best of the Boat contest.

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On the food front, the focus is on fresh, every step of the way. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University’s culinary arts school in Denver, Collin has been cooking his whole life, including chef stints at such fine dining restaurants in Denver as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. All this shows in his offerings at Carl’s, where he blends mouth-watering taste with ample, carbo-replenishing portions. “Cooking isn’t so much about presentation as it is about creating really good food,” he maintains. Fresh is a buzzword, no matter the dish. The batter for the Tavern’s chicken wings is homemade, and when patrons ask for a pickle, they’re handed a whole jar. Several of Carl’s most popular dishes, such as the pot roast, are started two days before they are plated because they need time to marinate. “We make everything from scratch,” Collin says, adding that he simply likes to make and serve the food he grew up eating. From the restaurant’s rounded, horseshoe-shaped bar to its emphasis on fresh ingredients every step of the way, you won’t find any corners cut at Carl’s. EXPLORESTEAMBOAT.COM


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and back. The lively bar and grill quickly fills to capacity most nights. The crowd is eclectic— a talkative, welcoming, mostly local mishmash of extreme-sports enthusiasts tugging at eyebrow rings, ruddy-cheeked Shaun Whites wrestling with undisciplined locks, rumpled plaid-clad fishermen fresh out of the creek, rodeo chasers in sharp-creased jeans, and polarfleeced tourist families of four, dizzily ravenous after a taxing day of high-country recreation. You’ll

find them all at “The Z.” If you have a love of barbecue and are not afraid to get your fingers dirty, this is the place for you! Barbecue is nothing without its sauce, and Double Z’s is made on site. The sauce is balanced and sassy, a tangy-silky glaze that is at once bold and delicate with confident layers of tomato, garlic, smoke and sagey ranchland air. Try the sauce on a rack of ribs, pork or beef. The meat is slow smoked to perfection, not burnt but smoked, and not fatty but meaty. Go ahead and gnaw;

you won’t feel inhibited here licking your fingers. Ask for baked beans and crunchy coleslaw on the side. Servers at the Double Z are as casual as the place itself. There is no formality here, so relax and enjoy. If you’d like to see for yourself what Steamboat is really like, stop in. If you’re in the mood to stay in, pick up the phone because Double Z delivers for lunch and dinner. And if you just can’t get enough, you can also buy a tub of Z sauce to go. EXPLORESTEAMBOAT.COM

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Call for Delivery The Double Z Bar & BBQ is located on Yampa Street across from the river and the bike path.


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Conveniently located in Sundance at Fish Creek halfway between town and the mountain, The Egg & I is the perfect place to meet friends, family or business acquaintances for a great, relaxing breakfast in Steamboat. Based on the simple premise that friendly people serving delicious food matters, the eatery was established in Steamboat in 2004 by locals Bradley and Courtney Moline, and its winning formula has made it a local favorite ever since. While its ambiance near Fish Creek is one reason for its success, most of it is due to a menu accommodating every taste under the sun. Benedicts continue to be its best sellers, coming in an array of flavors and themes. The Hiker’s comes with diced ham and asparagus, tomatoes, portabella mushrooms and bacon; the Parisian features a soft croissant layered with shaved ham, sautéed portabella mushrooms, green onions and melted Swiss cheese; and the New Orleans adds Andouille sausage, ham and tomato gravy on a home-style biscuit. Other favorites include a variety of omelettes, specialty waffles and whole wheat pancakes, as well as a slew of Skillets, from the ham, bacon and hollandaise-filled Cambridge to the chicken, ham and swiss Cordon Bleu. Those looking for spice can


choose from such Southwestern favorites as Huevos Rancheros, the Sunrise Chile Rellenos and Green Chili Chicken Hash. The menu also offers a range of non-egg dishes and such lighter-fare specialties as the Mediterranean Frittata and Vera Cruz Chicken & Avocado Omelette. For drinks, wash it all down with cappuccinos, lattes and other specialty coffee drinks, flavored hot chocolates and 100 percent pure-squeezed orange juice. For lunch, you’ll find creative sandwiches, fresh entree salads and hearty, homemade soups — as well as the entire breakfast menu. And keep it on your list for group outings. Its large capacity makes it perfect for family gatherings, business meetings and more, complete with a free private meeting room with Wi-Fi and customizable menus. “Our large menu and capacity to handle larger groups in a clean relaxed environment sets us apart,” says Moline, adding that he has a particular weakness for the Raspberry Granola Pancake.


Mother always told you to eat a good breakfast

featured favorites CRAB CAKE BENEDICT Two English muffin halves topped with grilled crab cakes, tomato slices, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. $9.99

COLORADO JACK SCRAMBLE Diced ham, green peppers, tomatoes and onions scrambled with three eggs and topped with pepper jack cheese and green onions. Served with bacon or sausage, a choice of toast and a side of salsa or pork green chili. $8.79

WILD MUSHROOM & VEGGIE HASH Roasted Mushrooms, peppers, onions, roma tomatoes and spinach, with hash potatoes. Topped with mixed cheese, two eggs any style and tomato hollandaise sauce. Served with an English Muffin. $8.99

MEDITERRANEAN FRITTATA Egg whites accompanied by diced chicken, mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and Greek seasoning. Served with fresh fruit. $9.29

BREAKFAST BURRITO Three eggs lightly scrambled with green chilies, onions, ranch potatoes and diced pork sausage. Wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and topped with melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, pork green chili or salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole and green onions. $8.99

CHICKEN SPINACH SALAD Fresh baby spinach, sliced grilled chicken, cranberries, golden raisins, bleu cheese, bacon, red onions, sliced apples, and spicy pecans tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. $8.99

ARIZONA TURKEY Smoked turkey breast on grilled sourdough with bacon, avocado, tomato, mayonnaise, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. $8.99

TRIPLE PLAY A cup of homemade soup, your choice of half sandwich and a fresh garden salad. $8.99 garden salad. $8.99 The Egg & I is located at 325 Anglers Drive in Sundance Plaza | 970-871-4633 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-2pm; Sat.: 6:30am-2:30pm; Sun. 7am-2:30pm


Real BBQ & cha chaRacteR! Most people, especially southerners, are pretty dern surprised they can get real hickory smoked barbecue at such a remote spot like Steamboat. But these guys make great efforts to protect the authenticity and quality of their “‘cue.” It starts with the shipment of hickory logs from southeastern Oklahoma and using Texas made pits which rely on no artificial heat – just heat from the hickory coals. From there, according to owner Fritz Aurin, it’s a matter of patience to cook the meat “low and slow,” meaning low temperatures and a hours of time. Beef briskets, pork butts and ham take overnight and are usually ready by lunch. Spare ribs take an afternoon – and necessarily so for all the meat on these bones. The Reuben


sandwiches made with smoked corned beef are wonderfully different, and the Saturday night hickory smoked prime rib will be the best you’ve ever had. If you use their “powerful” sauce, the antidote is clearly the coldest beer in the universe arriving in frozen goblets of two sizes and ten varieties on tap. The kids can join in with Weinhard’s rootbeer in the same goblets. Speaking of kids, they love being able to throw the peanut shells on the floor (if not each other). Otherwise they can get a lesson in the animal kingdom with all the hunting mounts on the wall. There’s at least 5 kids’ items on the menu before you get to the outrageous brownie sundaes.


he “It’s barbecue t way, old-fashioned slow d n a w o l d e k o co pecan, using hickory, e oak & mesquit hardwoods...” The Smokehouse atmosphere is pure Steamboat with the worn wooden floor and quarry rock walls in a 115-year-old building. Otherwise the Smokehouse has a take-out service, including “family packs” for large parties and a small banquet room for family style service. So don’t be afraid to invite over all the folks you meet on the slopes for great Texas barbecue. Call 879-RIBS (7427). It’s a Steamboat landmark downtown at 912 Lincoln and you can leave your teeth at home. 12 lincoln avenue | (970) 879-RIBS (7427)

Open daily 11am-10pm


appetIzeRS Big Smoked Wings, many flavors Burnt Ends • Fried Okra BaRBeQue Beef brisket • Pulled Pork Carolina BBQ • Pork Ribs Jalapeno Sausage SaladS Smokehouse Salad w/ Meat Chopped Salad Health Nut Salad BuRgeRS & chIcken



Cé a d M í l e Fá i l t e (a Hundred Thousand Welcomes). Our menus reinforce our Irish Heritage. From our signature Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash, to Shepard’s Pie, Rashers and Corn Beef and Cabbage, we provide a truly authentic Irish experience. From the well-appointed bar, we are proud to provide the largest selection of Irish whiskeys and beers in Steamboat, including Jameson, Bushmills, Powers, Paddys, Michael Collins, Tullamore Dew, Midletons, Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny and  Smithwicks. We also offer a wide array of ciders and Meads for a full complement of Irish spirits. Our great kid’s menu and welcoming family atmosphere reinforce elements that are synonymous with Irish Pubs found back on the Emerald Isle. And an Irish Pub wouldn’t be an Irish Pub without music. We provide free live music from talented local and regionally acclaimed musicians that the whole family can enjoy. There’s plenty more fun to be had as well. McKnights’ Loft is the home to the best game room in Steamboat. With three pool tables, darts, cornhole and ping pong, all in front of five, 50-inch HD TVs broadcasting all the latest sports, we provide a truly unique recreational atmosphere in a warm and comforting setting. The Loft is also the perfect setting for private functions. From rehearsal dinners and birthday parties to corporate retreats, banquets and fundraisers, the Loft is your new home for big events. Conveniently located in the Wildhorse Marketplace, we are on the free bus route and at an ideal location for Steamboat’s many shuttle services. We also offer plenty of parking. So we’ll see you at our, and your new home:

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Doors Open at 11am daily (970) 879-7881 685 Market Place Plaza Next to Sports Authority




Vietnamese café features healthy ethnic cuisine ■ Are you looking for the best Pan-Asian food in Steamboat Springs? Look no further than Noodles & More Saigon Cafe, which has won the Best Asian Food category in the annual Best of the Boat survey for the past three years in a row. There’s a reason it’s won so often: authenticity. Located in downtown Steamboat Springs in the downstairs of Old Town Square, the restaurant has been in operation for more than eight years with a 20+ years experienced sushi chef. The authentic Vietnamese cafe and full sushi bar brings together the freshest ingredients available to create authentic, traditional, flavorful dishes. Its traditional Vietnamese fare ranges from rice noodle soup (pho), curry, sushi and fried rice entrees to its popular vermicelli bowls and pad Thai, featuring stir-fried rice noodles sautéed in a mild chili pepper sauce and served with fresh lime, bean sprouts and homemade roasted peanuts. All soups are slow-cooked and most dishes are served with a special houseblended Jasmine rice. So if you want great, healthy food in a relaxed environment with friendly service, point your compass needle to Noodles & More. You’ll be sure to return. Noodles & More Saigon Café serves lunch and dinner from 11am-10pm Monday through Friday, and 5pm -10pm Saturday and Sunday.


970-870-1544 635 Lincoln Ave., Downtown Steamboat Lunch & Dinner Weekdays 11 am to 10 pm Saturday & Sunday Dinner 5 pm to 10 pm Serving Steamboat Springs Since 2000 Find us on ..


Featured menu starters

Spring roll Rice noodles and lettuce wrapped in rice paper served with peanut sauce or vinaigrette. Choice of shrimp, grilled pork, grilled beef, or tofu pot StickerS Five Pan-seared vegetable and pork dumpling Shrimp tempura Five crispy shrimps served with house sauce


vegetarian entrees

pho Fresh rice noodles served in a flavorful and aromatic beef broth topped with freshly chopped onions, scallions, & cilantro. Accompanied by handpicked basil, fresh bean sprouts, jalapenos, & limes

pan-fried lo mein Pan-fried wheat noodles with chicken, beef, shrimp and mixed vegetables in our garlic ginger sauce

noodle BoWl Vermicelli bowl with veggies served with vinaigrette and your choice criSpy choW mein of tofu or vegetarian egg A nest of crispy wheat rolls noodles with chicken, beef, tofu and shrimp and mixed vegVegetaBleS etables in our garlic ginger Steamed Jasmine rice with sauce tofu & vegetables sauteed in chef’s special sauce


VietnameSe curry miSo Soup Green and red bell peppers, Miso-flavor broth with tofu, yellow onions, scallions, seaweed & scallion sliced bamboo, carrots and choice of meat sautÈed in Wonton Soup Beef broth with vegetable a spicy brown yellow curry, served with steamed rice or & pork soup dumpling noodles salad VietnameSe green mango Salad Sliced shrimp, chicken or tofu, green cabbage, celery, cucumbers, carrots, mango on a salad base topped with peanuts and special saucerice noodle soup

house specials


pad thai Rice noodles, eggs, fresh bean sprouts sautéed in mild chili pepper and scallions pan fried in our sweet tamarind sauce garnished with fresh lime and homemade crushed peanuts

kee mao vermicelli bowl pad Wide rice noodles, eggs, Vermicelli BoWl All vermicelli bowls are served with vermicelli rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts, sliced cucumbers, carrots, choice of meat and Vietnamese dipping sauce

onions, mushrooms, carrots, bell peppers, bamboo shoots, basil, baby corn and tomato fried with combination of our chili puree, sweet soy sauce and special house sauce

fried rice

ginger Bean With JaSmine rice Fresh aromatic ginger Saigon fried rice Our family version of fried and garlic combined with onions, mushrooms, rice starts house jasmine rice, stir fried in sesame oil, carrots, bell peppers, bean sprouts, eggs, green broccoli and baby corn stir fried in our blend of black onion and special Saigon bean and sweet soy sauce spices

Stop in to order from our complete lunch, dinner and SuShi menuS

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Dining on the Deck at the Sheraton is a great outdoor experience It doesn’t get much better than Saddles in the summertime at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, located slopeside at the base of Mount Werner.

The restaurant offers something for everyone, in an atmosphere overlooking everything from the green, grass-covered slopes of Mount Werner to Burgess Creek coursing through the Promenade. Just as the views outside have gotten a facelift this season, the restaurant is benefitting from the culinary expertise executive chef Scott Przymus. Przymus brings a Colorado-based theme to many of his concoctions at Saddles, whether it’s succulent appetizers or scrumptious entrees. “We have a lot to offer in terms of seasonal fare,” Przymus says. “We incorporate it into a variety of dishes throughout the year.” As well as

traditional American fare, examples include preparing meals using everything from Palisade peaches to such local artisan cheeses as Haystack and Jumping Goat. Przymus also plans to work with a variety of local farm co-ops for sourcing, as well as local ranches for meats including beef, elk, buffalo and venison. “We utilize a lot of great Colorado products in our dishes,” he says. Offering great views of the mountain as well as one of the best, most expansive, fireside decks in Steamboat, Saddles is a hot spot for grabbing lunch, dinner or appetizers and a signature cocktail for late night lounging. It’s also a great social space where locals and visitors meet to sample specialty drinks, wine and cocktails after a day hiking, biking or golfing. Saddles also offers a complimentary game room with

shuffleboard, billiards and foosball. Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with après and beyond hours until midnight, when it serves an array of shared plates, sandwiches and entrees late into the evening. “It’s a great spot, with a great location, staff and ambiance,” Przymus says. “And the food is even better.”

“It doesn’t get much better than

Saddles in the summertime

at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort”

Saddles is in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort located at: 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 80487 Hours: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

(970) 879-2220

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There’s a reason Slopeside, located at the base of the mountain, has been voted Best On-mountain Apres for two years running in Steamboat’s Best of the Boat contest. Where else can you ride or walk up to live music outside, order a massive. Mt. Wernersized plate of nachos, and then relax in the sun to celebrate your day? Throw in the “beach,” pint pass, homemade pizzas and firepits and you won’t want to leave until after the late night happy hour that serves up $7 pizzas and $3 beers. “We pride ourselves on our outdoor atmosphere and live music, seven days a week,” says general manager Chad Gagliano, adding that this year’s newly opened promenade area should make it even more hopping. “It’s a great place to be after a day of skiing or riding.” There’s plenty to do inside as well, where you can hop off your bike and be watching your favorite game seconds later. Patrons can sit around a horseshoe-shaped bar and sample homemade pizza and as many as nine fresh draft beers while watching their favorite game on nine regular and one jumbo 64-inch HD 44 | Explore steamboat Summer 2013

TV — all with every Direct TV sports package under the sun. Those looking for a more conventional dining experience can choose from a multitude of cozy booths and tables in the main dining area. Wherever you sit, great-tasting, filling food comes with the territory. For appetizers, try the Bruschetta (sliced baguette brushed with roasted garlic olive oil and topped with onions, basil, feta cheese, tomatoes and parmesan); Poutine (French fries covered in beef gravy with melted mozzarella; Frito Pie (beef chili poured over corn chips, with sour cream, cheese and scallions); and locally made Sausage & Peppers. From the pizza oven come more than 20 homemade pies featuring such mountainthemed names as the ACL (pepperoni and mushroom); Vagabond (spinach, sundried tomatoes, feta and mozzarella); White Out (four cheeses and white garlic sauce); and the barbecue chicken Wally World. For entrees choose from such favorites as the Skirt Steak Giardiniera, marinated with homemade giardiniera with sharp provolone

and orzo pasta salad; the Slopeside Special Boca Shrimp, featuring tender Gulf shrimp sauteed in olive oil and garlic, spiced with a kick and tossed with fettuccine; and the Tataki Salad, featuring sesame-crusted ahi tuna on mixed greens with crispy wonton strips, scallions, water chestnuts and red pepper, served with wasabi and ginger vinaigrette on the side. You can also choose from a variety of homemade calzones, burgers, fresh salads and more — enough of a variety that you’ll want to come back for more.


Western Dip: A warm creamy blend of artichokes, parmesan & sour cream. Served with our fresh tortilla chips. $6.95

Lettuce Wraps: Sesame seasoned chicken mixed with water chestnuts, mushrooms, onions & garlic topped with a delicious oriental sauce. Served with broccoli slaw & lettuce cups.


Tataki Salad: Sesame crusted seared Ahi Tuna on mixed

greens with crispy rice noodles, scallions, water chestnuts & red peppers. Drizzled with a light creamy wasabi sauce & served with a ginger vinaigrette.


Philly Cheese Steak: Choice of classic Philly cheese steak, chicken or veggie burger patty sautéed with onions, mixed peppers & cheese on a hoagie roll.


Wake Up Call: Vegetarian pizza. Marinara topped with roasted garlic, spinach, red & green peppers, zucchini, tomatoes & mushrooms with mozzarella.


Boca Shrimp: Spicy hot tender gulf shrimp sautéed in olive oil & garlic, spiced with a kick & tossed with fettuccine.


Chipotle BBQ Pork Shoulder: A select cut of slow

roasted pork over creamy grits with bacon and chipotle bbq sauce. Topped with a cilantro and scallion salad.

Full Rack: Our “award-winning” baby back barbequed pork ribs slow roasted to tender perfection with wood smoked flavor. Served with potato & sautéed vegetables.

Try our new gluten-free menu this winter! 970 879-2916

1855 Ski Time Square Drive Open Daily from 11 a.m. to midnight Late Night Happy Hour from 9 to 11 p.m. with $7 pizzas and $3 draught beer

Whether it’s hoops, hockey, football, baseball, soccer or more, there’s no better place to watch the game than the Tap House, located in the heart of downtown between Seventh and Eighth streets. It’s won Best Place to Watch the Game three years running in town’s annual Best of the Boat Contest, and has amassed the same record for Best Wings. The sports bar and grill has more than 50 high-definition TVs with full satellite capability and complete sports programming, as well as 25 wireless, tabletop, eight-channel speakers, letting wireless, tabletop, eight-channel speakers, letting

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you listen to and watch the game of your choice. It also offers NTN Network, free sports, trivia and poker games, as well as a full arcade to bring out the child in all of us. “Our philosophy is to get any sports available by cable, Direct TV or internet streaming,” says owner Melissa Baker. There are also plenty of libations to help you celebrate your team’s win. With 21 beers on tap, more than any other restaurant in town, it recently introduced two-pitcher-capacity beer towers that you tap at your table, keeping it colder and fresher longer. Great, affordable food also keeps booths packed to the brim. The Tap House offers traditional sports grill food — fresh house-made burgers and fries, battered chicken fingers, onion rings and heaping piles of nachos — but is equally proud of such entrees as ribs, half-roasted chicken, and fajitas, which come with soup or salad, french fries, jalapeno cheddar mashed potatoes or rice.

Burger favorites include the Fire Burger with fresh jalapenos, cream cheese and hot barbecue sauce; the three-cheese Hat Trick; the Rodeo, with barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and onion rings; and the Pizza, with homemade marinara and fresh buffalo mozzarella. As for its wings, patrons salivate over its oriental barbecue, spicy garlic parmesan and dry-rubbed Jamaican jerk, as well as its original peanut butter & jelly and extreme heat challenge wings. As a bonus, Tuesday’s Wing Day offers them at half price from 11 a.m. to midnight. “It’s become a weekly social event for many locals & tourists alike,” says Baker. Perfect for everyone from families to ardent sports fans. Tap House also caters to large parties so go ahead and bring in the whole team. Big Party? Separate checks? No problem! Put the Tap House on your list for great food, drinks and fun in the heart of downtown. • 729 Lincoln ave. • 970-879-2431 11am to 2am • Hours Subject to Change • Food Served Until Midnight

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FamilyFun There are as many activities to do with your kids in Steamboat as there are strands of grass in the neighboring haystacks. From hiking and biking to tubing and soaking, town offers something for everyone from toddlers to teens while keeping parents happily tagging along. Following is a sampling of favorites:

Rent bikes Leave your bikes at home? Rent cruisers, mountain bikes, trail-a-bikes and more at any number of shops in town and hit the Yampa River Core Trail, which snakes seven miles through town next to the river. Bonus: ice cream stops and swimming along the way.

Tube the Yampa There’s no better way to beat the dog days of summer than tubing the Yampa, which takes you on a wet and wild ride from Sixth Street down to the bridge over Shields Drive. Rent tubes from several outfitters, which also offer shuttle services, or bring your own. Bonus points for staying upright through the C and D holes near the library.

Skateboard Steamboat The Bear River Skatepark, located at the far west end of the bike path, is Steamboat’s newest attraction, with concrete ramps, bowls and rails for skateboarders of all walks. Turn south onto Shields Drive off U.S. Highway 40 and park on the road before the bridge. Follow the bike path (downstream) under the bridge to the skatepark.

Amaze’n Steamboat Mini-golf and mazes await at Amaze’n Steamboat (1255 U.S. 40). The mini-golf course includes such historical pieces as a mine shaft and Conestoga wagon. Then turn your kids loose on the maze’s labyrinth of twists and turns, where they can race against the clock for prizes. Info: 970-870-8682

Barbecue at a park Extend your Core Trail outing by bringing barbecue fixin’s and cooking up a sunset meal at any number of public play parks along the bike path. They range from a rope-themed park near the Steamboat Springs Community Center to the swings of Whistler Park on the east end of town. And don’t forget a stopover at Little Toots Park near the library, complete with horseshoe pits, swings, monkey gyms and more. Most have barbecue grills and picnic tables.

Hit the library

Bud Werner Memorial Library (1289 Lincoln Ave.) offers computer games, riverside reading rooms, stuffed animals and more, including a coffee shop for the grown-ups. Curl up with a novel or magazine and relax in a comfy chair overlooking the Yampa River,while your kids relax in the children’s section. Bonus: family singalong sessions with musician Tom Costin.

Take them fishing Spring Creek is the perfect place for a famPhoto by John F. Russell ily hike, complete with fishing ponds and gafamily, make it to 283-foot Fish Creek Falls, just zebo for lunch. To get a three-mile drive from downtown. From Linthere, either bike a half-mile up a dirt road or coln Avenue, head one block north on Third park across from the high school on Amethyst Drive and hike. Other kid-friendly fishing spots Street and turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 1/4-mile walk include Casey’s Pond and Fetcher Pond off to the bridge at the base of the falls or to an U.S. 40 on the south end of town. overlook above. Fee: $5 per vehicle per day.

Bowling time

Steamboat’s Snow Bowl (2090 Snow Bowl Plaza) offers family specials throughout the summer. It also has side rails for the kids’ lanes, ensuring their scores best your own. Info: 970-879-9480,

Mount Werner whoopee Family fun at the base of the ski area continues all summer, with everything from harnessed trampoline jumping to rock climbing walls, gyroscope machines, mechanical bulls and more. Plus, a new promenade area lets kids play in shallow pools to beat the heat. Info: 970-879-6111,

Waterslide world At the Old Town Hot Springs (136 Lincoln Ave.) kids can burn off excess energy on a pair of 230-foot waterslides, two kids’ pool zones, and a water-based climbing wall while you get to soak in the hot springs that gave the town its name. Info: 970-879-1828,

Waterfall hike If you have time for only one stroll with the

Calf, ram scrambles Turn your tykes into cowboys at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series’ calf and ram scrambles. The calf scramble is for kids ages 6 to 12, and the ram scramble is for kids 5 and younger. Kids gather in the arena, the calf or ram is let out, and the kids give chase to grab the ribbon off its tail. The winner receives a gift certificate to F.M. Light & Sons. Info:

Giddyup For a fun-filled afternoon horseback ride right from the heart of downtown, head to the Sombrero Ranches horse stables at the base of Howelsen Hill for anywhere from two-hour to half- and full-day horseback rides up Emerald Mountain. Info: 970-879-2306,

Candyland Reward your kids after an outing with a visit to Fuzzywig’s Candy Factory (845 Lincoln Ave.) where gummy worms, fudge and more can help entice your brood to continue their outdoor adventures. Summer 2013 Explore steamboat | 49


Come summer, all that snow atop Mount Werner forms one of the town’s best natural amenities: the Yampa River. It offers prime fishing, paddling, tubing, swimming and more. The heart of its recreation is in the 6-mile section from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge on the west side of town.

Cross Mountain Canyon downstream. The lower Colorado River from Pumphouse to State Bridge is another great one-day option. The Yampa River Festival (June 1 and 2, www. offers a weekend of fun-filled races and events.

Kayaking, canoeing and rafting

When the river drops, the town stretch becomes tuber haven. Private tubers are best served floating the section downstream of Dr. Rich Weiss Park near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. Outfitters offer tube rentals and shuttles for the section below Fifth Street to the James Brown Bridge. Please no glass, littering, Styrofoam coolers, nudity, dogs or alcohol, and respect other users and obey quiet zones.

Paralleling the bike path through town, the Yampa offers some of the most accessible river paddling in the country. Spring and early summer are the best times for kayaking and rafting, with the town stretch providing splashes for beginner to advanced boaters. Start your trip at a variety of put-ins — including Dr. Rich Weiss Park, Fetcher Park or Bucci Ponds — and take-out on river right at the Stock Bridge Transit Center, where you can bus back to your car. Many kayakers parkand-play at the C and D holes near the library downtown. Advanced kayakers also can try their hands at the nearby Elk River and Class V Fish Creek. For instruction, Steamboat has two kayak schools in Backdoor Sports (970-879-6249, and Mountain Sports Kayak School (970-879-8794, www. Several outfitters also offer rafting trips on the town stretch (try Blue Sky West at 970-879-8747, www. as well as on Class IV


Swimming To beat the heat, cool off with a plunge into the Yampa to channel your inner Huck Finn. When the river drops in July and August, two prime spots include the C and D holes downtown by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Jump into cool pools and warm up on the rocks afterward. Bonus: bring swim goggles to salvage tuber booty. Another fun spot is Dr. Rich Weiss Park just above the Rabbit Ears Motel, complete with kid-friendly, riverside hot springs in which to warm up. For lake swimming, try Steamboat Lake north of town and Stagecoach Reservoir to the south, each with a sandy beach for lounging and a rope-bordered swimming area.


With as many as 2,000 trout per mile in the city limits, world-class fishing also awaits on the Yampa. Hot spots include the eddies of Dr. Rich Weiss Park, the holes near the railroad depot and the meanders near Rotary Park and Fetcher Pond. (Hint: Fish early when the water is cool and the tubers haven’t arrived.) All trout must be returned unharmed. Flies and lures only. Other popular spots include the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area three miles south of town on Routt County Road 14 (River Road), which has two parking areas, as well as the Christina Wildlife Area along the lower Elk River northwest of town. For private water, consider hiring a guide. Try Straightline Sports (970-879-7568, www., Bucking Rainbow (970-879-8747, or Steamboat Flyfisher (970-879-6552, www. Also, look for free casting clinics held in Lincoln Park. For lake fishing, try Stagecoach Reservoir (13 miles south via Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14) or Steamboat Lake State Park (head north 24 miles on Routt County Road 129). Boat rentals are available at both marinas. Other lakes include Elkhead Reservoir east of town as well as Hahn’s Peak and Pearl lakes near Steamboat Lake.

To get the kiddos hooked, head to two stocked ponds within city limits. Bait fishing is allowed in Casey’s Pond, U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road, as well as Fetcher’s Pond, at the end of Pine Grove Road off U.S. Highway 40 (turn at Walgreens). Another spot is Spring Creek Pond, a short walk up Spring Creek Trail off Amethyst Drive across from the high school.

Rules and regulations A Colorado fishing license (annual: $26 resident, $56 nonresident; one-day $9, five-day $21) is required for anyone 16 and older. Info: www.wildlife.state.

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Photo by John F. Russell

Fishing spots for kids


Steamboat Springs was a ranching town way before it became a world-class ski resort, and those roots can be seen every weekend in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, one of the best rodeo series in the nation. This summer marks the 115th year the rodeo has hung its hat in Steamboat, bringing the flavor of the Wild West to visitors from across the country. “It’s one of the best events of the summer,” John Shipley says. Held every summer from mid-June to midAugust, the series lets ranch hands from near and far compete for prize money and bragging rights in everything from barrel racing and steer wrestling to bronc riding, bull riding and team roping. A Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event and three-time nominee (and past winner) for the association’s Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year, the rodeo is held in Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, just down Fifth Street and across the Yampa River from downtown Steamboat.



June 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Rodeo performances are held Fridays and Saturdays at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

June 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. June 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at 6:30 p.m. (fireworks show immediately after) July 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. July 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. July 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. July 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at F.M. Light & Sons, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, The Steamboat Grand, Gondola General, the Information Center in Gondola Square, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association visitor center and Steamboat Central Reservations. Performances last about two hours, rain or shine (hint: take a jacket). Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with barbecue dinners and libations available.

Info:, 970-879-1818

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30 Miles

Although there’s plenty to keep you more than busy in Steamboat, head outside of city limits and options open up like the terrain. Less than a half-hour drive in any direction puts you in some of the prettiest scenery in the region, far away from the crowds.

Carpenter Ranch For an easier-on-your-feet outing, head to Carpenter Ranch, 20 miles west of Steamboat on the north side of U.S. Highway 40, which offers an easy nature hike option at the sprawling 906-acre Nature Conservancy preserve. The Yampa River Preserve is free and open to the public from dawn until dusk. No pets allowed.

Steamboat, Pearl and Hahn’s Peak lake state parks Twenty-seven miles north of Steamboat, 1,053-acre Steamboat Lake reservoir has a full-service marina and is one of only three lakes in Colorado to receive the Colorado Wildlife Commission’s Gold Medal rating for fishing. You can camp, swim at a beach and rent everything from speed boats to house boats. Nearby, 167-acre Pearl Lake reservoir offers more solitude because of wakeless restrictions and non-electric campsites as does Hahn’s Peak Lake, just to the north. Note: All three lakes are more open-aired feeling than they used to be after pine beetle eradication efforts. Call 1-800-678-2267 or visit for campsite reservations.

Hahn’s Peak This conical, volcano-like mountain stands like a lone sentry in northern Routt County. It’s also one of the more popular hikes in the region. Atop Hahn’s Peak is the old Lookout Tower dating back to 1912. Enjoy 360-degree views from the 10,839-foot summit. (Hint: Hike it in the morning to avoid afternoon thunderstorms) To get there, head north on Routt County Road 129 (Elk River Road) to Columbine and take a right on Forest Development Road 490. Take two consecutive left-hand forks, and after 1.8 miles, park and access Trail 1158 to the summit. Refuel with at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse or Hahn’s Peak Cafe in Hahn’s Peak Village, once the seat of Routt County. Local’s tip: Visit the historic schoolhouse and free mining museum.

Stagecoach Reservoir Seventeen miles south of town, Stagecoach encompasses 780 surface acres of water with an annual stock of 35,000 rainbow trout. It offers a great beach for swimming, great camping options complete with hookups and a full selection of motor boat rentals. For anglers, the tailwaters below the dam offer some of the best fishing around. Head to Morrison Cove parking lot and hook up with the Elk Run Trail, part of a 10-mile loop around the reservoir for a peaceful bike ride on the quieter south shore. The wetlands area on the west end, with decks along the inlet, give bird watchers a chance to spot cranes, herons and waterfowl.

Rabbit Ears Peak Visit the pass’s iconic namesake by hiking to the 10,654-foot, twin pinnacles looming over the Continental Divide off the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. Reach them via an easy 2.5-mile hike through aspens and wildflower-filled meadows with a final scramble up lava rock at trail’s end. Head 20 miles east out U.S. Highway 40 to the Dumont Lake Campground turnoff on the left (north) side of the highway. Head up Forest Development Road 315 for 1 1/2 miles past the campground turnoff and turn left on Forest Development Road 311 to the trailhead and parking for Grizzly Creek Road (291).

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GolfGalore Haymaker Golf Course

Consciously designed with your wholeness in mind. Photo by John F. Russell

While Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy are battling it out in the PGA, you can do the same at one of Steamboat Spring’s four marquee golf courses with one more nearby in Craig. Steamboat’s elevation and mild weather make it a golfer’s paradise. Balls fly farther, yet the town is low enough to keep temperatures perfect for hitting the links. Each course offers a unique taste of the Yampa Valley while accommodating a range of skill levels and budgets.

This city-owned golf course was given four-stars by Golf Digest in 2012 and ranked sixth in Colorado for Golf Week’s Best Courses You Can Play. Playing anywhere from 5,059 to 7,308 yards, greens fees for 18 range from $69 in the offseason (opening day to June 13 and Sept. 13 to closing day) to $98 in summer, with a $58 rate for nine holes and $63 after 1 p.m.. Info: 970-8791846,

Catamount Ranch & Club This 7,000-yard, championship golf course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and offers stunning views and a 530-acre private lake. With 4,000 acres preserved in the Yampa Valley Land Trust, the private course is open to members and their guests. Info: 970-871-9200,

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club Try to keep your eye on the ball and not Fish Creek rushing by at Rollingstone, a Robert Trent Jones-designed course off Clubhouse Drive near Mount Werner. Open to members and the public, fees for 18 range from $95 in the offseason (opening day to June 4 and Sept. 11 to closing day) to $140 during peak. Sheraton Steamboat Resort guests receive discounted rates. The par-72 course is 6,900 yards from the championship tees. Info: 970-879-1391,


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Yampa Valley Golf Course Located 45 minutes west of town in Craig, this 18-hole course plays alongside the Yampa River through 240 acres of cottonwoods, wetlands, native grasses and sage. It’s 6,548 yards from the tips and 5,242 yards from the forward tees and is priced affordably at $42 for 18 holes and $30 for nine. Info: 970-824-3673,

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Rainy Day

Weather have you roof-bound? No worries. There are plenty of options to pursue out of the elements.

Get artsy The free Steamboat Art Museum (807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755) offers exhibits all summer. Downtown also is loaded with art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops exhibiting the work of local artists. Also engage your inner artist at the Depot Art Center (1001 13th St., 970-879-9008) which features shows from local artists and sculptors, complete with a gallery selling local wares.

Step back in time For a blast of Steamboat’s past, head to the Tread of Pioneers Museum (800 Oak St., 970879-2214) a block north of Lincoln Avenue. The museum offers a comprehensive collec-

tion of historic, Northwest Colorado artifacts from Ute Indian displays to the original suit from Steamboat’s iconic Lighted Man. It also offers free weekly walking tours throughout July and August focusing on historic buildings, architecture and Steamboat’s Olympic heritage.

Tackle some tennis Grab your racket (or rent one on-site) and head to the six indoor, cushioned hard courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs (970-879-8400). You can reserve court time for games or to practice lobs, volleys, serves, ground strokes and more on your own or under the watchful eye of an instructor. If the rain clears, you also can head to the courts at Howelsen Hill, available on a first-come, firstserved basis.

Cozy up to a book There’s no place like a library on a rainy

day, and fortunately Steamboat has a great one in the Bud Werner Memorial Library (1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0240) right by the river. As well as a full complement of books and magazines, the facility offers computer games, riverside reading rooms, stuffed animals for kids and more with a coffee shop for the grown-ups. Curl up with a novel or magazine and relax in a comfy chair overlooking the Yampa River while your kids relax in the children’s section.

Bowl one over When it rains, hit the lanes. Steamboat’s Snow Bowl (2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, 970-8799480) offers Cosmic Night under the disco ball on Friday nights, dollar nights after 9 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays as well as family and other specials throughout the summer.



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populations.” Steamboat and Craig make great launching points to access hundreds of thousands of acres of public and private hunting lands in the Yampa Valley. While experienced hunters often venture off on their own, many also enlist the services of local professional outfitters, who lead trips on private land and base out of hunting camps. The 2013 elk and deer season kicks off in late August for archery hunters, with muzzleloading season beginning in September and rifle season in mid-October. Hunters can obtain licenses for grouse, cottontail rabbit, mountain lion, black bear, moose, pronghorn antelope and other animals. Info:,

Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Come autumn, visitors come to Steamboat Springs for more than just viewing golden aspen leaves. They also come for trophy big game. Northwest Colorado offers some of the best elk hunting in the country, luring bow, muzzleloader and rifle hunters from throughout the country to the wilds of Routt County. There’s good reason for making the trip. Northwest Colorado is home to some of the largest elk herds in the country, including the 17,670-strong Bears Ears herd and 42,890-strong White River herd. And these numbers are right where Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants them. “There are a lot of animals in both populations,” wildlife manager Randy Hampton says. “We’re right at the desired range for healthy


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Getting around town You don’t need a horse like the area’s ranchers to saunter around town. Steamboat Springs has two main areas — Old Town and the mountain village at the base of Steamboat Ski Area — and it’s easy to navigate for newcomers. Here are a few tips for getting around during your visit.

(children younger than 2 ride for free). Go Alpine and Storm Mountain Express offer shuttle service to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver International Airport. Info: 970-879-2800

City bus system

Most of Steamboat’s lodging properties offer shuttle service for guests. Inquire at the front desk of your specific property to see what services are included with your stay.

Steamboat Springs’ free bus system runs all year long between the mountain and town and all points in between. Catch it at the Gondola Transit Center or Ski Time Square and ride it all the way to the west side of town. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Info:, 970-879-3717

Taxi and limousine service Go Alpine is Steamboat’s lone taxi service, offering transportation all day and night. The standard rate is $3 per person plus $2 per mile

Lodging shuttles

Yampa River Core Trail The Yampa River Core Trail is the city’s concrete path that parallels the Yampa River. It’s a great place to bike or walk with the whole family as you work your way around town.

Useful numbers and websites

Keep these numbers and websites plugged into your smartphone. Includes Steamboat’s most complete events calendar and online business directory. Looking for sushi? Simply type “sushi” into the search box and let Explore Steamboat do the work for you. Steamboat’s only daily source of news, sports, weather and event information. Pick up a copy of the Steamboat Today at local newsstands or go to

Yampa Valley Medical Center 970-879-1322, Steamboat Springs’ hospital and primary health care services campus.

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❱❱ Fine-art galleries and museums

drawings, bronze sculptures and blown glass. 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515, www.

Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat Artist-owned gallery and classroom facility representing local talents working in a broad diversity of mediums. 1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744, www.

❱❱ alternative art venues: art, craft, interior design

Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery designed and made by Steamboat resident Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-8469349, Mangelsen Images of Nature Tom Mangelsen is one of the world’s premier nature, wildlife and landscape photographers with limited-edition photographs from Steamboat and across the globe. 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1822, www. best bet

RED Contemporary gallery Artwork by regional, national and international artists. Featuring paintings, sculpture, ceramic vessels and paintings. Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-846-879, 970-846-0791, best bet

Sleeping Giant Gallery Displays the artwork of Don Tudor, including local landscapes, nature, sports and architectural work. 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7143, www. best bet

Steamboat Art Museum Housed in the historic First National Bank building, the free downtown museum features two galleries and a

gift shop. 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755, www. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the Depot Art Center Local artist gallery housed in the historic train depot building. 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008, www. Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts Local and regional artists’ gallery displays paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture. 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970, www. Wild Horse Gallery Fine contemporary realism by local, regional and nationally known artists, including original oil paintings, pastels, watercolors,

Artisans’ Market of Steamboat Features a large inventory of work from 150 established and new Colorado artists, including dozens of Steamboat residents. 626 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7512, www. best bet

artWorks Steamboat’s wood workers, iron workers, fabric artists, ceramicists, faux and real painters, and concrete workers. The Victoria Building, 941 Lincoln Ave. 970-879-7596, www.steamboatartworks. com Cowboys and Indians Offers quality Native American art and jewelry. 617 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8481, www. David Chase Scully Rugs & Furniture Open by appointment. 2608 Copper Ridge Circle, Unit A2, 970879-5667, www.davidchaserugsand Jewelry and Fossil Shop of Steamboat Finest quality and largest selection of designer and Indian jewelry . Fossils and crystals are museum quality. 745 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-9963 Mountain Traditions Art gallery and gift shop specializing in contemporary Western, Native American and wildlife artworks. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976, 888-5881808, Portfolio Collection/Jim Steinberg Rocky Mountain Peddler Features local and regional artist originals, from fine handcrafted goods and one-ofa-kind finds to jewelry and home decor accessories. 1875 Ski Time Square Drive, Unit C, 970871-1569, www.rockymountainpeddler. com Romicks Into the West Prints by regional artists and photographers, fine furniture, home accessories, lighting and interior design. 402 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8366, www. best bet

Steamboat Art Co. Art, gifts, jewelry, home accessories and furnishings. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.

Blue Room Velo Mobile bike repair. 970-846-5922,

Urbane This clothing store and skate shop keeps a large amount of art on its walls year-round, rotating to new artists each month. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-8799169, White Hart Gallery Seven distinct rooms at the White Hart Gallery showcase furniture, rugs, upholstered goods, lamps and other interior furnishings. 843 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1015 Zing Features an array of functional and decorative handmade arts, handcrafted furniture and unique home decor. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2524, www.

Christy Sports Trek full- and front-suspension mountain bike rentals. Child bikes and trailers also available. Helmets included. 1835 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-1250, Fleischer Sport Full line of hard-tail and full-suspension bikes (including Santa Cruz) as well as cruisers, kids’ bikes, tag-alongs and more. 970-870-0900,

❱❱ arts & Crafts Focus Adventures Private instruction and photography workshops hosted locally. Also offers year-round, local photo tours and international photo tours. 970-879-2244, Sew Steamboat Carries fashion and quilting fabric, notions and yarn and teaches basic through advanced sewing and yarn crafts. 929 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3222 best bet

Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym Studio space and locker system as well as workshops, seminars and classes. 1280 13th St., 970-870-0384, www. best bet

Splatz Two-hour painting classes providing everything you need. 1104 Lincoln Ave., 105, 970-819-2156, The Potter’s Wheel Paint-your-own pottery studio accepting walk-ins, reservations (for groups of six or more) and private parties. Fee covers glazing, firing and facility use with a broad selection of ready-made ceramics. 2780 Acre Lane, 970-879-4944, www.

❱❱ bike rental & repairs

Boomerang Sports Exchange/Powder Pursuits Buying and selling the best used sports equipment in Steamboat with sales of cruisers and kids’ Glides downtown and new on-mountain rental program (single- and seven-speed Micargis) through Powder Pursuits. 1125 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3050 best bet

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Orange Peel Bicycle Service Year-round, bike shop specializing in high-end demo bikes and rentals for the whole

family. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-2957, www. Ski Haus Rents full- and frontsuspension mountain bikes, road bikes, town cruisers, child bikes, tandems, trailers and tag-a-longs. Helmets, locks, water bottles and maps included. 1457 Pine Grove Road, Steamboat, 970-879-0385 or 800-932-3019, www. best bet

Steamboat Bike Shop On-mountain biking needs, including bike rentals, gloves, pads, helmets, tubes, clothing, Camelbaks and more. Also offers guided mountain tours. 970-871-5348 Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare Rents everything from high-end demo bicycles to hybrid road bikes, front- and full-suspension mountain bikes, child bikes, tag-a-longs and trailers on hourly and daily basis. Helmet and lock included. Plus a new location on the mountain. Downtown: 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-8799144 Mountain: 2250 Aprés Ski Way, One Steamboat Place, 970-879-6350, www. Wheels Bike Shop Bike-specific shop offers full-service sales, repairs, rentals, demos and custom fittings.

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Rent anything from cruisers to mountain and road bikes. 841 Yampa St., 970-870-1974, 970-8467433,

❱❱ Bowling alleys Snow Bowl Features 12 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, a small arcade, snack bar and full-service bar. Sunday and Tuesday: PBR dollar night ($1 for games, $1 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon) at 9 p.m. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, 970-879-9840 Best Bet

❱❱ Fishing, horseback riding & hunting


Elk River Guest Ranch See description under Guest Ranches.

Black Hat Outfitters Cody May guides private land hunts on more than 2,500 acres in the Elk River Valley, accommodates hunters of any experience and provides for youths and hunters with disabilities. 6041 S. Pennsylvania St., Centennial, 970-846-8116 or 303-794-2355, www.

Five Springs Ranch Guide and Outfitters Fully guided hunts for deer, elk, antelope and bear on 7,000 acres of leased private land. 29550 Colorado Highway 131, 970-879-0868,

Buck Mountain Outfitters Fully guided deer, elk and antelope hunts on 8,000 private acres around the Deep Creek and Buck Mountain region. Cabins for hunters on five- to six-day hunts. 22990 Routt County Road 54 (15 minutes northwest of Steamboat), 970-870-9665, Bucking Rainbow Outfitters Orvis-endorsed outfitter with full-service fly shop, specializing in guided fishing trips (wade and float) on more than 40 miles of private water as well as beginner, intermediate or expert whitewater rafting trips. Also rents rods, reels and tubes. 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8747, 888-8108747, CR Summit Riding Club English and western camps, clinics, lessons, season horse rental and pasture boarding in outdoor arena, round pen and in CR Summit Meadow. 33255 Creek Summit Lane, 970-879-6201, Colorado’s High Lonesome Outfitter & Guides One- or multiday photography pack trips (Pagoda Peak); guided horseback half- and full-day trips (Green Ridge Mountain); guided and semi-guided elk, deer and mountain lion hunts. Also offers Saddles and Paddles tour in conjunction with Colorado River Guides. See description under Water Recreation. Yampa, 970-638-4239, www. Colorado River Guides See description under Water Recreation.

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Fish & Cross Ranch/Pack Country Outfitters See description under Guest Ranches.

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Western clothiers for the whole family!

Eagle Spirit Outfitters Premier, lodge-based guided archery hunts on 23,000 acres of private land around town of Oak Creek with limited pressure. 888-416-8102, www.eaglespiritoutfitters. com

Big Rack Outfitters & Horseback Adventures See description under Guest Ranches.

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Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch Since 1962, offering hourly horseback rides as well as daylong and multiday rides and pack trips customized to fishing, riding or sightseeing. Also full-service, five-day hunts and drop camps. 55675 Routt County Road 62, Clark, 970879-3495, Best Bet

Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse The only outfitter licensed to operate in Steamboat Lake State Park, with a wide array of horseback riding options from one-hour to full-day guided rides, ATV tours and guided fishing to Steamboat and Pearl lakes. Plus, rooms and cabins, full restaurant, bar, general store and gasoline on-site. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970879-4404, 800-342-1889, www. Best Bet

Hester Hunting Co. Lodge-based, fully guided deer, elk, moose, antelope, bear, sheep, goat and mountain hunts from Aug. 15 to March 31. 1367 Eagle Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9746 The Home Ranch See description under Guest Ranches Mesa Equestrian Center Horseback lessons instruction offered. Indoor, heated arena. 33250 McKinnis Creek Road, 970-871-7998 Middle Creek Ranch Provides housing, first-class cooking, meals and guides for hunting guests. Open for all big game and archery and rifle seasons on 8,000 private acres. 28310 Routt County Road 31, Oak Creek, 970-879-7353, Mountain Sky Outfitters Will stock and deliver your camper anywhere you need it. Great for fishing trips, hunting trips or a fun family weekend. 970-846-7588, Routt County Rifle Club Facilities include clubhouse and trap, skeet, sporting clays, heated indoor .22, outdoor pistol, 25-, 50-, 75-, 100- and 200-yard rifle ranges. 970-870-0298, www.routtcountyrifleclub. com

Rusty Spurr Ranch Grand County ranch offers 10,000 acres of open range for group cattle drives, private and group trail rides and “saddle and paddle” packages. Kremmling, 970-724-1123, 866-724-9715,

Align Caring, supportive environment to achieve improved overall health and enhanced quality of life. Pilates (private and group), personal training and nutrition counseling. 702 Oak St., 970-870-0100

Saddleback Ranch Family-owned, 8,000-acre working cattle ranch offering morning cattle drives, afternoon two-hour photo opportunity rides, wagon dinner rides and trout fishing on stocked waters as well as big game hunting trips. 37350 Routt County Road 179, 970-879-3711,

Anytime Fitness Fitness center letting you exercise any time via securityaccess key, 24 hours a day. Personal training, tanning, classes, cardio TVs, private restrooms/showers, wellness programs, Zumba and bootcamps. 1875 Central Park Drive, 970-875-1130,

Samuelson Outfitters Offer day rides, camp trips, multi-day yoga horseback retreats in Troublesome Basin. Ask about their early fall trips. Truly a western experience! 970-531-7071, www.samuelsonoutfitter. com

Bella Barre New fitness program offered by Jamie Boeri. 2093 Curve Plaza, Unit C103, 970-846-0761,

Silver Creek Outfitters Inc. Offers summer horseback rides on half-day, full-day and hourly basis. Fully and semiguided hunts and drop-camps for elk, deer and mountain lion. 33710 Lariat Trail, 970-846-5877, www. Sombrero Ranches/Steamboat Stables Offers one- and two-hour guided trail rides, youth rides and breakfast rides from downtown. Also leases horses and provides horses for fishing, hunting and pack trips. 835 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-2306, Steamboat Flyfisher Offers everything from entrylevel equipment and rod and reel rentals to a comprehensive selection of fly-tying equipment and materials. Half- and full-day float trips and walk wades to overnights and guided trips to exclusive private waters as well as specialized multiday itineraries, tying classes and casting clinics. 35 Fifth St., Unit 102, 970-879-6552, www. best bet

Straightline Sports The oldest fly-fishing guide service and shop in Steamboat books trips year-round. Halfand full-day walk/wade trips to area lakes and rivers as well as three-quarter-day and full-day float trips on private waters. Also rents top-quality rods and reels, waders, boots, float tubes and fins. 744 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7568, 800-354-5463, Sunset Ranch Offers customized, multiday fishing and sightseeing wilderness pack trips as well as fall hunting trips and drop camps to Swamp Park, Mad Creek Lakes and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area in Routt National Forest. 29420 Elk Horn Lane, 970-879-0954, www.

❱❱ Fitness centers & gyms

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Cross Fit Individual personal training and intimate group fitness classes, yoga/Pilates, spinning and massage. 1625 Mid Valley Drive, No. 1, 970-8701444, Excel Gymnastics Local gymnastics studio catering to everything from parent-teacher classes and helping children develop motor skills to dedicated USAG gymnasts looking to perfect routines. Day care and cheerleading classes available. 1955 Bridge Lane, 970-879-3467, Family Fitness Center In the basement of Solandt Medical Clinic, featuring hydraulic and other cardio and strength circuit training equipment for fullbody health. 150 W. Jackson Ave., Hayden, 970-276-3610 Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs Personal training, physical therapy, rehab, Pilates, yoga and massage with personally designed training and rehabilitation programs. 345 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3484 best bet

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Old Town Hot Springs See description under Hot Springs and Pools.

Little Moon's Magic Factory and Body Apothecary is a secret garden of wonderful books, body remedies, crystals, candles and inspirational gifts you won't find anywhere else in town! You can see where our worldfamous "Tired Old Ass Soak" is made - and so much more! We offer you a delightful shopping experience, away from the crowds and confusion - plus the smells in here are AMAZING - come by today!!

Peak Fitness Center Friendly workout facility with weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment as well as UV and UV-free tanning, personal training and fitness testing. 1103 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4943, www. Steamboat Pilates, Yoga & Fitness Studio Mat, yoga, cardio and reformer machine classes for a full range of abilities. Private, semi-private and trio instruction options available. 1004 Lincoln Ave., No. 103, 970-879-6788, Sundance Studio Full range of programs for yoga, hoop dancing, dancing and more. 385 Anglers Drive, Unit D, 888-437-5553

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The Yoga Center of Steamboat Sangha (community) created to provide a sacred place for education and practices that promote a life in balance. Yoga, Pilates, tai chi and qigong with experienced, certified teachers. 701 Yampa St., 970-870-1522, www. Virv Yoga Offering a variety of yoga in hot and lowheated conditions. 57 10th St., No. 2A, 970-367-6511, www.

❱❱ Golf Haymaker Golf Course Steamboat’s city-owned, 18-hole public course

offers 233 acres of Scottish links-style play, from 5,059 to 7,308 yards. Practice area with driving range, sand trap, chipping and putting green, full-service food and beverage and full-service golf shop. 34855 E. U.S. Highway 40, 970-870-1846, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club 18-hole course straddling Fish Creek, with tree-lined conditions, bentgrass greens, bluegrass and ryegrass fairways and 72 bunkers. Driving range, putting green and practice bunker available. 2000 Clubhouse Drive, 970-879-1391, Steamboat Golf Club Oldest golf course in the Yampa Valley, with semi-private, challenging nine-hole layout

along the Yampa River with tight fairways and tricky greens. Full bar and food. 26815 W. U.S. Highway 40, 970-879-4295, Three Quarter Circles driving range Self-service range. Ball machine accepts dollar bills, tokens (available at Steamboat Golf Club) and e-keys available at 3QC clubhouse. 26208 U.S. Highway 40, 970-879-5649, 970-846-5647,

❱❱ Guest ranches Big Rack Outfitters & Horseback Adventures Fair chase guided hunts on more than 30,000 acres with minimal hunting pressure. Summer horseback day trips, two- to three-night adventure packages, wagon rides and cattle drives on a working ranch/guest ranch in a kid-friendly environment. 42755 Routt County Road 86, 970-826-4468, Elk River Guest Ranch Morning, afternoon, evening or all-day horseback rides. Private lessons and rides, evening wagon rides and customized unguided hunting packages to public lands. 29840 Routt County Road 64, Clark, 970879-6220, 800-750-6220, www. best bet

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Elkhorn Outfitters See description under Hunting Guides.

Fish & Cross Ranch/Pack Country Outfitters Historic 20,000-acre working cattle ranch with a remodeled seven-bed lodge. Horseback rides, guided fishing trips, guided photo hikes and full-day and overnight cattle drives. Full-service guided hunting trips and limited drop-camp/self-guided hunts. 24300 Routt County Road 11, Yampa, 970638-1064,, The Home Ranch American dude ranch vacations that appeal to every generation. 54880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970879-1780, Midnight Ranch High mountain ranch that’s the perfect getaway, with two log and timber frame cabins that create authentic Rocky Mountain ambiance. 67810 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-870-3456, Yampa Valley Carriage Co. Horse-drawn convertible carriage rides for special events, business occasions and weddings throughout the Yampa Valley. 970-871-9409, 970-846-0982

❱❱ Helicopter rides Zephyr Helicopter Co. Aerial photography flights, custom sightseeing tours, charter services, search and rescue and flight instruction.

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❱❱ Hot air ballooning Pegasus Balloon Tours/Wild West Balloon Adventures Early morning, scenic flights over the Yampa Valley. Courtesy van pickup and continental breakfast included. 42415 Deerfoot Lane, 970-879-9191, 800748-2487,

❱❱ Hot springs & pools Old Town Hot Springs Steamboat’s historic, nonprofit hot springs pools remodeled with two 230-foot water slides, three outdoor hot spring mineral pools, 25-yard lap pool with adjoining fitness center and child care center. Exercise, Pilates and yoga classes, massage therapy options, performance sports medicine and swim lessons available. 136 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1828, www. BEST BET

Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Lodging & Massage Series of steaming springs, partitioned off into natural stone pools. Massages, camping and cabin rental options available by reservation. Shuttle available from Hot Springs Adventures (970-879-1873) and Sweet Pea Tours (970879-5820). No credit cards. 44200 Routt County Road 36, 970-879-


❱❱ Ice skating

ing special films, music, plays and other programming.

Howelsen Ice Arena Olympic-size sheet of ice hosting an array of activities, from public skates to drop-in hockey. 285 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-4300, ext. 333, 970-879-0341, www.steamboatsprings. net

Metropolitan Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas Digital sound and 35-by-35-foot screens in six auditoriums with full or partial stadium seating located in the Wildhorse Marketplace. 655 Marketplace Plaza, 970-870-8222,

❱❱ Libraries

❱❱ Museums

Bud Werner Memorial Library Public library featuring 25,000-square-foot addition to accommodate public spaces, additional parking, 28 computers, a coffee shop, archive room, expanded collections, children’s story-time room and group study rooms. 1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0240, www.

Hayden Heritage Center Experience the local history of the Old West in the 90-year-old Denver and Rio Grande Western depot building. Exhibits include historic saddles, the Sullivan Rock and Fossil Collection and photographs. 300 W. Pearl St., Hayden, 970-276-4380,

Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus Library College library housing 22,000 volumes of books with a varied selection of movies, documentary DVDs and CDs, maps, periodicals and state documents. 1330 Bob Adams Drive, 970-870-4445,

❱❱ Movie theaters Chief Theater Newly renovated downtown theater show-

Steamboat Art Museum Housed in the historic First National Bank building, the free downtown museum features two galleries and a gift shop and hosts events such as lecture series, workshops and educational outreach programs. 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755, www. BEST BET

Collector’s Wall showcasing history of the surrounding area. 129 E. Main St., Oak Creek, 970-736-8245, Tread of Pioneers Museum Located in the 1908 Queen Anne-style Zimmerman House with a turn-of-the-century kitchen, dining room, parlor and bedroom. Rotating exhibits highlight the historic people and places that embody Steamboat’s heritage. Displays explore skiing, Native American arts, children’s toys, firearms, outlaws and local ranching heritage. 800 Oak St., 970-879-2214, www. BEST BET

World Footbag Association Work-in-progress museum enshrining the world champions and pioneers of the sport. 2673 Jacob Circle, Suite 400, 970-8709898, Yampa-Egeria Museum Housed in the historic 1903 Bank of the Yampa Building, displaying the history of the Upper-Egeria region. 100 Main St., Yampa, 970-638-4511, www.

❱❱ Music

Tracks & Trails Museum Nine permanent exhibits and one rotating exhibit about the coal industry and its diverse immigrants. Also features the Artist’s/

First String Music Retail music store offering repairs and lessons in piano, violin, guitar, banjo, bass and percussion.

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1880 Loggers Lane, Unit 1, 970-871-4661, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory Faculty-performed casual concerts and youth concerts at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 846 Oak St., 970-846-2144, www. Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Community-based, nonprofit offering orchestral experiences from its professional and youth orchestra. 1885 Elk River Plaza, Suite 200, 970-8703223, Strings Music Festival Year-round music festival bringing classical, blues, Americana, world, country and family music to Steamboat Springs. 970-879-5056, www. BEST BET

❱❱ Psychic readings Steamboat Tarot Private intuitive readings with 25-year tarotreader Susan de Wardt. Customized workshops also available. 970-846-6562,

❱❱ Rock climbing Rocky Mountain Ventures Half- and full-day guided trips for all ability levels to top-rope locations across Steamboat.

Equipment and transportation provided. Private, group and multipitch climbs available. 1479 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8440, www.

❱❱ Salons & spas 10th Street Barber Shop Family owned and operated in the Victoria building downtown. Offering hot-towel shaves, face and scalp massages, haircuts and more. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9809 Acqua Salon & Spa Steamboat’s premier full-service Salon and Spa. Extraordinary talent complemented by years of experience. Acqua offers high-end luxury with a down-to-earth atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the Acqua experience where they cater to personal style. Contact them for a complimentary consultation. 414 Oak St., 970-761-2048, www. Advanced Massage and Healing Arts Incredible massage and body work. 2955 Village Drive, No. 2, 970-879-2444 Aesthetica Medical Spa BEST Facials, thermage, glycolic BET peels, botox, photofacial, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 210, 970-879-2256,

A Calming Touch Spa at Eagle Ridge Lodge An affordable boutique spa on the mountain in the beautiful Eagle Ridge Lodge with a steam sauna, luxurious robes and showers. 970-879-7612, BEST BET

A-Head in Style by Dawn Zulian An experienced hair salon with more than 20 years in business. 1317 Dream Island Plaza, No. 17, 970-879-7513

Haircuts, colors and styles as well as skin care and massages. 405 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-876-9997, www. Body Boutique 810 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6945 Brio Salon & Spa Where design and professionalism merge to create a warm, inviting atmosphere with the utmost care and attention. 825 Oak St., 970-870-6541, www.

All Season Wellness Day Spa Contemporary Asian-influenced day spa where the far East meets the Wild West. Massage, facials, waxing, manis/pedis and more, located midtown. 970-846-5907,

Comb Goddess Specializing in cuts, color and highlights (featuring Bumble & Bumble products). 1104 Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606

Bee Bop Hair Salon Complete hair services for men, women and children. Walk-ins welcome. 635 Lincoln Ave., Suite M, 970-879-9671

Cutting Room High-quality hair care in a high-quality atmosphere. 800 Weiss Drive Unit C, 970-846-2210

Bellezza By Joan Peters. European Facials, microcurrent facial toning and brow shaping. 970-871-1740

Dragonfly Hair Studio Great style and a warm conversation. 702 Oak St., 970-879-6543


Bella Salon Bella Salon offers Apothecari products and all hair and beauty services. 625 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5503 Bella Sol Spa

The Cut Above Superior service with superior style. 837 Lincoln Ave., 970- 879-7141

Exclusive Nails & Tanning Nails, tanning and more. 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-870-7870 Gallery Hair Salon All-service salon on Yampa Street. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-9699

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Hair on Earth Salon Fabulous spa-like salon and quality hair care with Aveda products. 437 Oak St., 970-879-2662 In Depth Massage Be inspired by a consciously designed massage just for you. This three-dimensional work uses a variety of techniques to unlock aches, pains and holding patterns within the body, leaving you deeply nurtured and renewed. 405 S. Lincoln Suite 207, 970-819-9814, BEST BET

Jenet’s Salon Trends Unique and personal salon services in a comfortable atmosphere. 100 Park Ave., 970-871-9478 Life Essentials Day Spa Named Best Day Spa and Best Place to Get a Massage in the 2012 Best of the Boat Survey. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-8719543, BEST BET

Mountain Hair Studio Your spot for hair, nails and massage therapy. 675 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1586 Nail Wizard Amazing nails are just a whiz away. 440 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6204 Prime Kuts Haircuts at a convenient Central Park Plaza location. 1835 Central Park Dr., 970-879-3368 Professional Electrology Electrolysis in a comfortable atmosphere with a personal touch. 200 Caribou Lane, 970-879-5211 Runs with Scissors Salon Cool, neat, hip Steamboat hair salon, specializing in color correction. 970-846-3030 BEST BET

Rocky Mountain Day Spa and Salon Day spa offering massage, body wraps, body exfoliation, body waxing, facials and

aromatherapy. Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-8709860, Roots Hair Salon 2090 River Road, 970-879-9699 Serenity Massage Massage and body treatments in an intimate Old Town setting. 419 Oak St., 970-879-3381, 970-819-2700 Sharon Flanagan Hair color specialist, located in The Cutting Room Hair Studio. 970-846-2210


Shear Passion at Tribeca Steamboat’s newest hip hair salon. Men’s, women’s, kid’s cuts, coloring and waxing. 1915 Alpine Plaza, 970-8791141, BEST BET

Shear Performance Professional hair care with superior service. 842 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6127 Steamboat Hair Co. Hair cuts and coloring. 2179 Curve Plaza, Unit B101, 970-879-8001 BEST BET

Steamboat Nails Quality nail care and massage. 906 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4792

Styling in Steamboat Offering full hair salon services. 440 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1885 The Spa Salon Quality spa and salon services by Kim Johnson and Marcia Cobb. 24 Fifth St., 970-871-0202 Waterside Day Spa & Salon Full-service spa and salon located on the Yampa River. 1110 Yampa St., 970-8750271, BEST BET

Wildhorse Salon Conveniently located, full-service salon (walk-ins welcome). 690 Marketplace Plaza, No. 4, 970-879-1222 BEST BET

131 Lincoln St., Yampa, 970-638-9742 or 800-938-7238,

❱❱ Other outdoor recreation

Mad Adventures Guided whitewater rafting on the upper Colorado River. 1421 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-7243457, 800-451-4844, www.madadventures. com

Amaze’n Steamboat 18-hole miniature golf course with unique obstacles, human maze, spin cycle, bumper cars and new gemstone panning. 1255 U.S. Highway 40, 970-870-8682,

Mountain Sports Kayak School Kayak lessons for beginners and intermediates on Yampa River through Steamboat. Also rents canoes, whitewater, sea and fishing kayaks. 800 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat, 970-8798794, One Stop Ski Shop Tube rentals (with shuttle), as well as water ski, wakeboard and wake surfer rentals. 35 11th St., 970-879-4754, 877-754-7474, BEST BET

Stagecoach Marina Rents pontoon boats, fishing boats, canoes, paddleboats and kayaks at Stagecoach Reservoir. Also dry storage boat space, slip rentals and fishing and camping supplies. 25500 Routt County Road 14, Oak Creek, 970-736-8342 Steamboat Lake Marina Rent pontoon boats, fishing boats and nonmotorized canoes, kayaks and paddleboats at hourly rates. Fishing licenses, supplies and 10 camper cabins available. 61450 Routt County Road 62, Clark, 970879-7019, BEST BET


Bar Lazy L Ranch Three-hour, dinner wagon rides up Elk River Valley with Percheron draft horses (choose from ribeye, rainbow trout or Sante Fe chicken), with live music from the Yampa Valley Boys. Accommodates private parties, transportation available. 26480 Routt County Road 52E, 970-8790095, Carpenter Ranch 906-acre Nature Conservancy preserve features a historic working cattle ranch on national register of historic places, the Yampa River Preserve and a staffed education center. Easy 1 1/2-mile interpretive trail loop to the Yampa River. 13250 U.S. Highway 40, Hayden, 970-276-4626, Coca-Cola Adventure Zone/ Steamboat Ski Area gondola Slingshot trampoline bungee Jump, human gyro, 24-foot climbing wall, mechanical bull, children’s mini bounce, ropes course, tee-shirt spinner and more. Plus, gondola rides to top of Thunderhead Peak for hiking, biking and more. Mountain bike, child bike and helmet rentals available. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111,

❱❱ Water recreation Backdoor Sports Tube rentals and shuttles, kayak lessons and rafting trips on the Yampa River. 841 Yampa St., 970-879-6249, www. Blue Sky West/Bucking Rainbow Outfitters Steamboat-based rafting company operating on the North Platte, Elk, Yampa, Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas rivers. Also offers inflatable kayak trips, overnight trips and tube rentals and shuttle. 1103 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4260, www. BEST BET

Colorado River Center/ Steamboat Rafting Co. Rents inflatable, sit-on-top or whitewater kayaks, rafts and other on-water gear at half-, full- and multiday rates. Also day trips on the Upper Colorado River with overnight camping and lodging. 4199 Trough Road, Bond/Rancho Del Rio, 888-888-7238, www.coloradorivercenter. com Colorado River Guides Float and/or fish the Colorado and Eagle rivers in rafts, inflatable kayaks and dories. Also offers Saddles and Paddles trip (rafting and horseback riding).

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The Grand Spa Relaxing massage, facial and body treatments. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5514


Howelsen Park City-owned park complex at the base of Howelsen Hill with basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, playground, horseshoe pit, BMX course, skateboard park and more. 845 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-4300

Llove-a-Llama Farm Two-hour llama program (ideal for birthday parties) for all ages. Feed and lead llamas on a pasture walk, join a teepee-based American Indian program and enjoy a llama barn for music and puppet show and craft projects. 27550 Routt County Road 64, Clark, 970-879-3248, 970-581-0692

Routt County Fairgrounds Complete fairgrounds facility with 27,600-square-foot, multipurpose building/ indoor arena, outdoor arena (available for open riding), race track, horse stalls, short- or long-term camping, exhibit hall, horse stalls. 398 S. Poplar St., Hayden, 970-276-3068,

Poulter Colorado Camps Youth camp in healthy, outdoor setting, based at historic Columbine Cabins at the foot of Hahn’s Peak. Also organizes corporate retreats. 970-879-4816 or 888-879-4816, www.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series Weekly PRCA-sanctioned rodeo series every Friday and Saturday (third week in June to fourth week in August at 7:30 p.m.) featuring bull riding, roping, bareback/saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and specialty acts. 501 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-1818, BEST BET

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs Six cushioned indoor hard courts, four outdoor hard courts and six outdoor hydrocourt clay courts. Full-service pro shop, with rentals, demos and restringing. 2500 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-8400,

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Three Quarter Circles Sporting Clays and Driving Range Fully automated 12-station clays course on 40 acres with spectacular views (one of two clay target ranges on the western slope open to the public). Guns, ammunition and golf carts available for rent. NSCA-certified instructors on staff to teach firearm safety. 26208 U.S. Highway 40, 970-879-5649,

970-846-5647, Tuff E Nuff Rodeo Co. Private practice pen for junior bull riders, fighters and riders learning to ride. Weekly training and instruction sessions at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 47080 Routt County Road 129, 970-846-3354 WindWalker Tours/ Bar-S ChuckWagon Suppers Daily horse-drawn wagon rides along the Yampa River to a hearty dinner, live entertainment and dancing. 970-879-8065 or 800-748-1642 Yampa River Botanic Park Six-acre riverside park with with three ponds and 30 gardens featuring native and ornamental plants and flowers. Available for weddings and special events. 970-879-4300 Yampa Valley Sports Riders Northwest Colorado’s only competitive motocross track with jumps, tabletops and berms. 970-824-2182 Yampatika Local nonprofit environmental education organization hosting free nature hikes, birding expeditions, geology walks, lectures and more. 925 Weiss Drive, 970-871-9151, www.



The Howler Alpine Slide Chairlift-accessed 2,400-foot ride down Howelsen Hill on one of steepest tracks of its kind in North America. 845 Howelsen Parkway, 970-819-8010, 970-875-0695, www.steamboatalpineslide. com

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5th Street Deli & Bar Serving everything from gourmet coffee and take out pastries to specialty deli items. 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1318, 8th Street Steakhouse A unique cook-your-own dining experience with fresh meat and seafood, making you the master of your own meal. 50 Eighth St., 970-879-3131 BEST BET

Azteca Taqueria BEST Fresh, fast and tasty, Azteca is guaranteed to fill you up in BET a hurry. Dine-in or take-out with a fresh Mexican menu serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. 116 Ninth St., 970-870-9980, www. Backcountry Delicatessen BEST Fresh bread, fine meats and BET the best cheeses are standard at this top-notch sandwich shop, located in the heart of downtown. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3617, www.

bistro c.v. Rocky Mountain cuisine at its finest, accompanied by an exceptional wine list and incredible atmosphere. Elegant dining that includes local, sustainable and organic produce. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4197, www. BEST BET

Blue Sage Pizza Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza, freshly prepared dough and homemade sauce guarantee this pie will please any crowd. Available for delivery, carry-out or by the slice. Central Park Plaza, 970-870-8600, www. The Boathouse Pub BEST American pub fare at downBET town, riverside establishment. 609 Yampa St., 970-8794797, www. Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria New York-style pizza offered affordably by the slice or whole pie. Open late in the heart of downtown, delivery and pick-up available. 57 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1000

The Bakery Featuring mostly local and Colorado ingredients, including fresh breads, cakes, pastries and soup. 1117 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7735

Burrito Babes Get your burritos delivered to your home or workplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Made fresh daily. 970-819-1989

Bamboo Market Health Foods Along the beautiful Yampa River, the deli offers freshly baked goods, sandwiches and wraps as well as an espresso, juice and smoothie bar. Yampa and 11th streets, 970-879-9992,

The Cabin BEST Great meals for every taste BET and occasion, from burgers to filet mignon. Full bar with daily happy hour specials in a relaxed western atmosphere in The Steamboat Grand. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5550

Bear River Bar & Grill In Gondola Square, the “Bear” is the place to grab a burger and frosty beverage while at the mountain. Outside, enjoy the Bear River terrace and umbrella bar. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5165,

Cafe Diva Seasonal menu created with fresh organic produce, naturally raised meats and wild seafood. Extensive wine cellar and staff of three certified Sommeliers. Torian Plum Plaza in Ski Time Square, 970-871-0508,


Beau Jo’s Mountain Bistro Proudly offering Colorado’s favorite pizza for 30 years. Casual Italian dining including pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Dine-in, take-out or delivery. Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-870-6401 Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar Offering a creative build-your-own burger menu (all local beef), plenty of salad options and bottled beer, soda and an old-fashioned soda and ice cream fountain. 2093 Curve Plaza, 970-870-8500, www.



Cantina Mexican BEST Restaurant BET Colorful, festive and tasty, Cantina brings you so south of the border you’ll need a sombrero. Sip a margarita and take in the charm of downtown Steamboat. 818 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0826, www. Canton Chinese Restaurant A true locals favorite, Canton offers a variety of fine Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan Cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown, with dine in or take-out. 720 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4480

Carl’s Tavern A place for the hungry, the thirsty and the legendary. Seventh and Yampa Streets in Howelsen Place, 970762,2060,

subs, toasties and more for those on the go. 685 Marketplace Plaza, Suite C4, 970-8791747,


Catamount Ranch & Club restaurant Fine cuisine with magnificent views of Catamount Golf Course. 33400 A Catamount Drive, 970-871-9300,


Catamount Ranch Lakehouse restaurant A fantastic place to enjoy a variety of lunch options, with great food and views of Catamount Lake. 30215 Waters Edge Trail, 970-871-9229,

Daddio’s Bar & Grill New brick-oven pizza. Downtown Milner, 970-871-1415

Dairy Queen Serving soft serve ice cream and more 1755 Central Park Plaza, 970-871-1800,

Ciao Gelato Offering a taste of Italy in a warm family environment serving delicious pizza, paninis, coffee and gelato. 700 Yampa St., 970-870-7979 Clark Store Offers a delicious variety of breakfast menu items, lunch and dinners to go from the deli. They also offer fresh coffee and espresso. 970-879-3849, BEST BET

Colorado Bagel Co. & Deli Proudly serving Boar’s Head deli meats on freshly baked bagel sandwiches available for breakfast and lunch, washed down with a latte or cappuccino. Central Park Plaza, 970-870-9657 Coldstone Creamery Create your own ice cream concoction with fresh ice-cream and mix-ins on a frozen stone slab. 2032 Curve Plaza, 970-879-0707; 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-0202

Domino’s Pizza Take-out or delivery, we’ll feed a hungry crowd in a hurry. 1250 Lincoln Ave. in Sundance Plaza, 970-879-4811 Double Z Bar & BBQ Located on the bike path near Little Toots park, Double Z is a great dine-in and carry-out option for serious barbecue. Delivery also available. 1124 Yampa St., 970-879-0849 BEST BET

Dreamboat Cafe Inside the Old Town Hot Springs, a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat after working out or soaking. 136 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1828 The Drunken Onion Get and Go Kitchen Specializing in wholesome and delicious getand-go meals with trademark slow-roasted, bourbon caramelized onion. Fabulous lunch and dinner specials also available for takeand-bake. 685 Marketplace Drive, No. 5 Wildhorse Marketplace, 970-879-8423,

Cottonwood Grill Located along the Yampa River, Cottonwood Grill serves vibrant Pacific Rim Cuisine in a tranquil, riverside setting. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the comfortable lounge. 701 Yampa St., 970-879-2229, www.

The Egg & I Serving breakfast and lunch all day with daily specials, homemade soups, and a large menu. 325 Anglers Drive in Sundance Plaza, 970871-4633, BEST BET

Creekside Cafe & Grill A fabulous choice for breakfast or lunch, Creekside is located on picturesque Soda Creek and offers outstanding service in an exceptional atmosphere. Bonus: Best of the Boat bloody mary’s. 131 11th St., 970-879-4925, www. BEST BET

Cugino’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant Cugino’s has a wide variety of delicious Italian dishes, with large portions and a full bar. 41 Eighth St., 970-879-5805, www.

Cruisers Sub Shop Simple, laid-back, goodness located between town and the mountain in the Wildhorse Marketplace. Fresh toasted

Fiesta Jalisco Authentic Mexican food and atmosphere at Fiesta Jalisco is a winner every time. Sit back relax and take in a true Mexican dining experience. Sundance Plaza, 970-871-6999, www.



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WHERE TO EAT Fireside Catering Fireside Catering is a full-service catering business. We specialize in working with intimate groups but can do anything from drop-off platters to wedding service. Open by appointment. 37735 Routt County Road 179, 970-8799922, Freshies BEST A favorite among locals, BET Freshies serves up delicious breakfast and lunch plates. Famous for their gigantic, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, Freshies lives up to its name. 595 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8099 Fro-yo Self-serve frozen yogurt with an assortment of toppings. 534 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-1749 Geno’s Caffe Bar Organic coffee, pastries, pizza and more. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square) Ghost Ranch BEST Steamboat’s newest restaurant BET and live entertainment venue serves high-end appetizer samplers, sandwiches, burgers and more. Live music Thursday to Sunday. 56 Seventh St., 970-879-9898, www. Gondola Joe’s Base area coffee bar offers pipin’ hot cappuc-

cino, hot cocoa, coffee, frozen yogurt, baked goods, soup, chili and more. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square) Gondola Pub & Grill Breakfast, lunch and après all served in a casual mountain atmosphere. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, No. 1, 970879-4448 Grand Cafe The Grand Cafe & Gift Shop, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp’s newest restaurant in The Steamboat Grand, is a cozy Western coffeehouse complete with a country store, offering a full coffee bar, breakfast, lunch, select grocery items, sundries and delicious take-and-bake meals for the family. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5500 Hahn’s Peak Bed & Breakfast B&B serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also available for special occasions. 61066 Routt County Road 129, Clark 970871-6221 Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse From old-fashioned BBQ picnics and wagon ride dinners to sit-down dinners inside a quaint lodge, the spot to fill your belly after exploring North Routt. Bonus: new menu from renowned chef Jerry Eisenberg (try the apple brandy-glazed pork chops). 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970879-4404, 800-342-1889, www. BEST BET

Harwigs/L’Apogee In a fabulous downtown setting, Harwig’s offers exquisite service, incredible cuisine and a wine list to be admired. Intimate setting perfect for special occasions. 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919 Hazie’s Enjoy breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley while dining at the top of the gondola. A globally inspired menu of New American cuisine served in an elegant setting. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (top of the gondola), 970-871-5150 The Hungry Dog Walk-up food stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chili and more in downtown Steamboat. Seventh Street and Lincoln Ave., 970-8192224 Johnny B Good’s Diner A 1950s-themed diner with tasty meals in a patriotic fashioned locale. Offering unique variations for eggs benedict, awesome burger specials and the best milkshakes in town. 738 Lincoln Ave, 970-870-8400, www. KFC Everyone loves fried chicken. 2015 Central Park Drive, 970-879-7618 La Fiesta Mexican Grill & Cantina Made to order guacamole and the best fish tacos in town. Plus a large patio with beautiful view of the mountain and the occasional BEST BET

Modern Mexican Cuisine

mariachi band. Central Park Plaza, 970-879-6393 La Mex Family-friendly Mexican cuisine in the heart of downtown. 425 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4806 La Montaña Mexican Restaurant Fresh roasted chilies, grilled fajitas and warm tortillas as well as nationally recognized dishes and 20 margarita options. 2500 Village Drive, 970-879-5800, www. BEST BET

Laundry Steamboat’s newest fine dining establishment located in the historic Soda Creek building (home of the Steamboat Laundry from 1910 to 1977), featuring meals from award-winning executive chef Vicki Connacher. Western charm and contemporary urban atmosphere complemented by an eclectic beer and wine selection. 127 11th St., 970-870-0681, The Lift Authentic cafe located in the breezeway of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Fully stocked bar with drink specials and great happy hour. 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-871-6518, Lil’ House Country Biscuits & Coffee Located next to Big House Burgers, serving up country biscuits, quick lunches and hot coffee

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Lyon Drug Store BEST Old-time soda fountain offerBET ing hot sandwiches and the best malts in town in a hometown, family atmosphere. 840 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1114

McKnight’s Irish BEST Pub & Loft BET Steamboat’s only Irish pub and restaurant, serving classic Irish fare and home of the 20-ounce Guinness Imperial pint. Plus Steamboat’s best billiards. 685 Marketplace Plaza (Wildhorse Market), 970-879-7881

Market on the Mountain Deli fresh sandwiches offered in this mountain market. Plus wine and spirits. 2500 Village Drive, 970-879-2965 Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill Steamboat’s best happy hour with $1 tapas and half-price drinks. Fabulous menu options with live music on weekends. Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-3773, Mambo Italiano Fabulous downtown Italian dining, with a fantastic bar, wine list and dinner menu. A great place for happy hour and dinner. 521 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0500, www. Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner Homemade Italian cooking in downtown Steamboat. Fantastic menu, fabulous service and a comfortable atmosphere. Dine-in, takeout and full bar. 917 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2405, www. McDonald’s Fast, fresh and tasty. Steamboat’s McD’s


879-6046, Noodle’s and More Saigon Cafe Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in downtown serving fresh, high-quality ingredients in delicious meals. Lunch, dinner, daily happy hour, dine-in or take-out available. Lower Level of 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-8701544, BEST BET

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Enjoy an afternoon with a good book, good coffee and a good friend. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830, www. BEST BET

Old Town Pub Serving lunch and dinner in a historic, 105-year-old Western setting in downtown. Also offering free WiFi, live music, a fine

Milk Run Donut Cafe Fresh donuts daily (try the maple bacon), in the heart of downtown. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-761-2023 MountainBrew Fresh coffee, homemade muffins, scones, Paninis and more in the heart of downtown. Catering and pastry orders available. Free WiFi. 427 Oak St., Steamboat. 970-879-7846, BEST BET

Mountain Waffle Waffle kiosk offering great to-go fare at base of mountain. Murphy’s Tavern North Routt’s oldest dining establishment at the Glen Eden Resort, now with new owners taking its cuisine to an all new level with mouth-watering lunch and dinner options. 54737 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-

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wine selection, 10 beers on tap and children’s menu. Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-8792101, Ore House at the Pine Grove Historic barn converted to a restaurant in 1971, serving hand-cut certified Angus steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, jet-fresh seafood and more. 1465 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-1190, BEST BET

Pisa’s Pizza & Pasta Pizza, Stromboli, pasta, salad, Italian entrées and much more. Located on the west side of town. 2851 Riverside Plaza, 970-871-0123, www. BEST BET

Qdoba Mexican Grill Fast, fresh and tasty, Qdoba Mexican Grill offers up great meals from south of the border. 1755 Central Park Drive, 970-879-7610, Rex’s American Grill & Bar Casual dining, exceptional food and friendly and attentive service. Try the fresh burgers, homemade soups and hand-tossed pizzas. 3190 S. Lincoln Ave.,, 970-870-0438 Riggio’s Ristorante Exceptional Italian fare and great wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Nightly chef specials and

homemade desserts. Happy hour daily. 1106 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9010, www. Rio Grande BEST Mexican Restaurant BET The best dang mexican food and margaritas this side of the Rio Grande. 628 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-6277, www. The Rusted Porch Located between town and the mountain in the Wildhorse Marketplace, specializing in American comfort food, from signature burgers and bacon delights to salads and a great kid’s menu. 690 Marketplace Plaza, Suite B7, 970-8791455, Saddleback Ranch Horseback Dinner Take a dinner horseback ride to the new Double Dollar Lodge. 37350 Routt County Road 179, 970-8793711, Saddles/ Sevens Mountain Grill Both a few steps from the gondola with delicious fare and amazing mountain views. 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-879-2220, BEST BET

Saketumi Jet fresh sushi every day, Steamboat’s best selection of sake, substantial wine list, specialty cocktails and martinis.

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tions. Like white pizza? Try Snow in Texas. 1585 Mid Valley Drive, 970-871-1111

Sambi Thai food and sushi bar. One of Steamboat’s newest restaurants. Happy hour specials. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-9988

Sposta’s Affordable sushi for lunch and dinner, with a great happy hour and sushi specials daily. Try the NorCal or rolls. 825 Oak St., 970-879-4343, www.spostas. com

The Shack Cafe A local’s favorite since 1969, serving hot and delicious breakfast and lunch daily. 740 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9975 Sharon’s at Pisa’s New daily breakfast spot inside Pisa’s Pizza & Pasta restaurant in Riverside Plaza in west Steamboat. Local prices for local people. Delivery available. 2851 Riverside Plaza, 970-871-0123 or 970-846-7882, Slopeside Grill Majestic, slopeside views of Mount Werner with a wide variety of menu items and an impressive bar. Plus a great late-night happy hour. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-2916 BEST BET

Snowbird Restaurant Located in the Ptarmigan Inn, serving up a fantastic variety of menu items in a casual and cozy atmosphere. 2304 Après Ski Way, 970-879-1730, www. BEST BET

Soda Creek Pizza The pizza artists at Soda Creek have crafted unusual concoc-

Starbucks Located in Safeway, City Market, The Steamboat Grand or just off U.S. Highway 40. 255 Angler’s Drive B, 970-871-1303, www. Steamboat Smokehouse A Texas BBQ joint in the Rocky Mountains, relying on solid hickory logs from Oklahoma to cook everything low and slow. 912 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7427, www. BEST BET

Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. Serving lunch and offers fresh and frozen seafood, meats, gourmet sausages, homemade pastas and more. 1030 Yampa St., 970-879-3504, www. BEST BET

Steaming Bean Coffee Co. A friendly downtown coffeehouse offering comfortable seating, great coffee, and made-from-scratch baked goods, warm soup and more. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393

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Stoker Bar & Restaurant Open daily for breakfast and lunch for casual dining located at the top of the gondola. 970-879-6111, Subway Tasty subs served quickly and just the way you like ’em. Two locations in Steamboat. 2032 Curve Plaza, 970-879-0707; 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-0202 Sumatera Authentic ‘Ring of Fire’ Pacific Rim Cuisine ranging from the Indonesian Islands, Singapore, Thailand to Japan. Take-out and delivery as well as a special reservation-only dining room for an intimate experience. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-2929

Taco Bell On a budget and short on time? Steamboat’s combination Taco Bell and KFC will suit your style. 2015 Central Park Drive, 970-879-7618 Tacos del Barco Fresh, quick, affordable tacos and burritos make to order in the heart of downtown. 644 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-7930 Taco Cabo Gourmet south of the border fare made daily with the freshest Ingredients. 1755 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-2307

Sunpie’s Bistro Nawlins Bar and sandwiches. Carry out one of their fabulous sandwiches or stay and enjoy hush puppies. 735 Yampa Ave., 970-870-3360

The Tap House Sports Grill With 21 beers on tap and 40 televisions, this is the place for sports fans. Also offers hot wings, foosball and live music. 729 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2431, www.

Sweet Pea Cafe/Sweet Pea Market Featuring items raised or grown in their native environment, for exceptional, freshly harvested produce. Sweet Pea seeks out farmers, producers and other artisans who take special care in their craft. 729 Yampa St., 970-879-1221

Three Peaks Grill A contemporary steak and seafood restaurant nestled at the foot of Mount Werner. Enjoy a fantastic meal in an incredible atmosphere. Live jazz on Friday nights in Jimmy’s Lounge. 2165 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-3399,

Sweetwater Grill On the Yampa River with gorgeous views and great meals for all occasions. 811 Yampa St., 970-8799500,

3 Wire Bar & Grill Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s new 3 Wire Bar & Grill serves a diverse, locally sourced menu with a Colorado flare. It also offers conference rooms for private parties or meetings, as well as on- and offsite catering. In a hurry?



Pick something up from The Way Station snack bar located on the gate side of security. Routt County Road 51A, Hayden, 970-2765070

VFW Post 4264 A casual, friendly lounge in the heart of downtown. 924 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9959

Truffle Pig Fine dining and great après slopeside at One Steamboat Place. Fresh, local, original. One Steamboat Place. 970879-7470,

Wendy’s Eat on a budget and get a Frosty for dessert. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 320 Angler’s Drive, 970-879-5513, www.


The Tugboat Grill & Pub A Steamboat staple offering awesome food, a full bar, and live entertainment. Challenge a friend to pool, foosball or Ms. Pacman. 1860 Mount Werner Road, 970-879-7070

Winona’s Awesome breakfasts and home of world-famous cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins and desserts. Recently expanded hours to include dinner Monday through Saturday. 617 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2483 BEST BET

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Anchor Way Baptist Church Bible study and Sunday school are at 9:15 a.m. Worship is at 10:15 a.m. 40650 Anchor Way, Steamboat II, 970-8797062, Baha’i Faith Call Sandy at 970-846-9994. Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs

Meditation and Dharma talk, 6:30 p.m. Mondays. 2550 Copper Frontage Road, No. 201, 970-879-5425 Church of Christ Sunday Bible Class is at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 1698 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6670,

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Worship Guide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sunday meetings at 9 a.m. (Sacrament Meeting), 10:20 a.m. (Sunday School and Primary), 11:10 a.m. (Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Men and Young Women). 1155 Central Park Drive, 970-879-0220, 970-879-0224 Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church Sunday worship at 10 a.m., Steamboat Springs Community Center. 970-879-5729 Christian Science Society Services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Seventh and Oak streets Concordia Lutheran Church Sunday worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m. 755 Concordia Lane (corner of Maple Street and Amethyst Drive), 879-0175, Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Public meeting and Watchtower Study at 10 a.m. Sunday. Bible study, ministry school and service meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Spanish-speaking congregation — Public meeting and Watchtower Study at 1 p.m. Sunday. Bible study, ministry school and service meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 3000 Elk River Road, 970-879-4075 Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God Worship service is at 11 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. 1605 Lincoln Ave., 970-736-0202 Euzoa Bible Church Worship is at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Child care provided. 32305 Routt County Road 38 in Strawberry Park, 970-879-0123, First Baptist Church 970-638-4622 143 Main St., Yampa, CO First Baptist Church of Steamboat Springs Sunday School and adult Bible study at 10 a.m. Worship service is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays. 3200 Divine Way (off Elk River Road), 970879-1446 or 970-870-9583, Har Mishpacha “The Mountain Family” Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs. P.O. Box 776108, 970-457-4270, Hayden Congregational Church 970-276-3510 202 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden, CO


Holy Name Catholic Church Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish). Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Weekday Mass: 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Holy days Mass: 5:30 p.m. 524 Oak St., 970-879-0671, www. Mission of Grace Baptist 970-276-3111 361 Sunflower Drive, Hayden, CO Pentecostal Church of Philadelphia Welcomes Latin community at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. 1698 Lincoln Ave., 702-445-9736 Seventh-Day Adventist Church Saturday services: 10 a.m. to noon, worship at 11 a.m. 347 12th St., 970-871-4927, www. steamboatsprings22.adventistchurch South Routt Bible Church 970-736-8422 23115 Colorado Highway 131, Oak Creek Steamboat Christian Center Sunday services: 10 am and 5 p.m. Spanish service: 7 p.m. Sundays. 821 Dougherty Road (across from the Fairfield Inn on U.S. Highway 40), 970879-0063, Steamboat Springs Evangelical Free Church Sunday worships: 9:30 a.m. at Heritage Christian School with Pastor Dave Tyree 27285 Brandon Circle, 970-870-0321/4661941, St. Martin’s 970-879-0671 301 S. Sharp Ave., Oak Creek, CO St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Worship at 8 a.m. Sundays with Holy Eucharist (no music) and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Eucharist, music and child care. Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 am. Ninth and Oak streets, P.O. Box 770722, 970-879-0925, United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs A traditional Sunday worship service is at 9 a.m., and “Elevate” is at 10:45 a.m. 736 Oak St., 970-879-1290, Yampa Bible Church 970-638-4411 341 Moffat Ave., Yampa Young Life Ministry 970-871-4822 335 S. Lincoln Ave. EXPLORESTEAMBOAT.COM

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8th Street West Carrying the latest women’s fashions and designer jeans, as well as shoes and accessories. 827 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9898 Allen’s bEst Allen’s prides itself in a diverse bEt inventory, including men’s and ladies’ sportswear, ski and snowboard apparel and men’s premier dress clothing. Voted Best in the Boat. 828 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0351 All That Jazz Steamboat’s premier music store also offers a variety of other gift items. 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4422 Annie’s Home Consignments Offering quality furniture, art and antiques. Also performs estate sales. “It’s never the same store twice.” Central Park Plaza, 970-870-1300, www. bEst bEt

Artisans’ Market of Steamboat Unique art and fine craft gallery featuring work from 150 Colorado artists. 626 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7512, www. bEst bEt

Awesome Shirtworks Offering a wide selection of Steamboat Tshirts and gifts. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2323, www. Backdoor Sports Kayak or tube the Yampa River just outside our backdoor. Backdoor Sports has all the equipment for the outdoor enthusiast. 811 Yampa St., 970-879-6249, www. backdoor BAP Local manufacturer of high-quality outdoor goods including clothing, camping gear, hiking gear and more (including Big Agnes and Honey Stinger). Look for the little red house on Oak Street downtown. 735 Oak St, 970-879-7507, www.wearbap. com Bargain Barn Steamboat’s best thrift store. 2432 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-6264. Bear Valley Saddlery Specializing in saddles and tack, chaps and chinks. 116 1⁄2 Eighth St., 970-879-3573, www. Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery made by Steamboat local Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-8469349,

Boomerang Sports Exchange Buying and selling the best used sports equipment in Steamboat. 1125 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3050, www. bEst bEt

Branches Unique home furnishings and interior design. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-2980, www. Brown Barn Bath Co. With over a century of family farming heritage, we’ve applied our combined knowledge of horticulture, aromatherapy, education, biology and chemistry to create Brown Barn’s spa quality hand-made bath and body luxuries. 734 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-7888, www. Bucking Rainbow Outfitters Steamboat’s only Orvis-endorsed outfitter, specializing in fishing private waters as well as a full retail store. 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8747, www. Bushwackers Clothing & Cosmetics Quality women’s clothing, and Steamboat’s only carrier of Estee Lauder cosmetics. 810 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2970 Cabin Collections/Steamboat Interiors Everything you need to personalize your home: furniture, home decor and unique accessories, including mirrors, artwork, candles, lamps, silk flowers and wine racks. 1585 Mid Valley Drive, 970-875-1035, Chez Nous Fabulous clothier carrying all of the latest and greatest fashions. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6995 Christy Sports The best ski, snowboard, bike and other summertime products and more at great values. 1835 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-1250, Colorado Embroidery bEst Company bEt Full service custom embroidery, branding for companies, events and personalized gifts. 2750 Downhill Plaza, Unit 203, 970-8798342, 888-611-1287, The Creek Company Ltd. Manufacturer of pontoon boats, float tubes, tackle bags, fly fishing accessories and hunting and camping accessories. 1280 13th St., 970-879-5221, David Chase Rugs and Furniture Specializing in area rugs and fine furniture

and upholstery. Showings by appointment. 970-879-5667, www.davidchaserugsand DC in Steamboat Trendy styles for active and fashionably keen men and women. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9244 Dejá Vu Boutique Upscale consignment clothing. Prices on each clothing item decrease 25 percent after 30 days and 50 percent after 60 days. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9056, www. DragonFlies New children’s clothing store, complete with gifts and toys. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4632

Hacienda Collection Rustic Southwestern-style furniture to accent any room in your home or office, including handcrafted rustic furniture and pottery of the Tarahumara tribe of Northwestern Mexico. 970-879-5154, bEst bEt

Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Diamonds in downtown Steamboat. 729 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-


Elevated Olive A tasting emporium of the world’s finest olive oils and vinegars. 708 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0300, www. Elk River Pet & Ranch Offers a variety of pet supplies and treats as well as ranch and farm supplies. 2680 S. Copper Ridge Circle, 970-879-5383, www.elkriverfarmandfeed. com bEst bEt

Embellishments Extraordinary home furnishings, accessories and gifts, including one-of-a-kind items imported from Mexico. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www. Finder’s Keepers Men’s, women’s, maternity and children’s consignments. 970-871-8700, www.steamboatfinders First String Music Steamboat Spring’s first and only full-service music store. Instrument sales and repairs, as well as music lessons. 1880 Loggers Lane, No. 1, 970-871-4661, Fleischer Sport Steamboat’s newest ski, snowboard and bike shop in One Steamboat Place at the gondola. Owned and operated by former U.S. Olympic skier Chad Fleischer. 2550 Après Ski Way in One Steamboat Place, 970-870-0900, www.fleischersport. com F.M. Light & Sons Established in 1905, F.M. Light & Sons offers a wide array of Western apparel including boots, hats, jeans and more. 830 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1822, www. bEst bEt

Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory A candy-lover’s dream with too many sweet treats from which to choose. 845 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6194

Home on the Range Home furnishing showroom specializing in the creation of warm and inviting spaces. 1880 Loggers Lane Suite E. 970-870-6777, www.homeontherange bEst bEt

Homesteader An incredible selection of housewares and kitchenware, featuring Steamboat-made products and Daniela’s chocolates and sweets. 817 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5880, www. Impulse Fine jewelry, gifts and more in the heart of downtown. 635 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1903 Indian Art of Steamboat A showroom of Native American jewelry, weaponry and headdresses. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8481 Into The West & Romick’s Home Collection Large downtown showroom featuring men’s and women’s clothing and an incredible collection of fine Western furniture and decor. 402 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8377 bEst bEt

Jewelry and Fossil Shop of Steamboat Finsest quality and largest selection of designer and Indian jewelry. Fossils and crystals are museum quality. 745 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-9963 The Jeweler’s Mine Custom jewelry, diamonds, bridal specialists, elk ivory, appraisals, watch repair and more. 117 Ninth St., 970-871-1413, www.the bEst bEt

Kali’s Boutique Designer apparel in downtown Steamboat. 525 Lincoln Ave., 970-8706658

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Mountain High Appliance More brands than any store in Colorado. 445 Anglers Drive, Sundance at Fishcreek 970-879-8316,

KVC Mercantile Children’s hats, goggles, gloves, sunscreen, seasonal gifts and goodies for mom and dad. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111,

Mountain Mattress & Furniture Tempurpedic, Serta, Simmons, feather beds, memory foam toppers, pillows and sheets, heated blankets, comforters and protectors. 1880 Loggers Lane, Unit B, 970-879-8116,

Light Works of Steamboat Offering lighting sales and design. 1890 Loggers Lane, 970-8793905, bEst bEt

Little Moon Essentials Locally made bath salts, oils, salves and other natural body products. New location in west Steamboat. 2475 W. U.S. Highway 40, Steamboat, 970879-6711. bEst bEt

Lyons Corner Drug Pharmacy with selection of bEst gifts, cards and more, includbEt ing an old-fashioned soda counter. 840 Lincoln Ave., 970-8791114 Mona’s Art to Go/Toffee Co. Beautiful prints of the area, as well as mounting and framing options. 2619 Copper Ridge Circle, Unit 2, 970-8703400, Moose Mountain Trading Co. Specializing in sweaters, apparel and accessories for the active, classy woman and her fashionable daughters. 822 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1400, www.

Mountain Outfitters Featuring Marmot’s best and most beautiful men and women’s outerwear and accessories. Also carries goggles, helmets, one-of-a-kind logo items, gifts and clothing. Located in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel, 970-871-5365, Mountain Traditions Mountain home decor and accessories in the heart of Steamboat Springs. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976, www. Off the Beaten Path bEst Bookstore bEt Steamboat’s only full-service book store, complete with gifts and other items. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830 Outdoor K9 Complete array of dog products, including toys, beds, collars and more. 685 Marketplace Plaza, No. C7, 970-439-1909, bEst bEt

Overland Fine Sheepskin & Leather Offering quality shearling coats, cozy sheepskin slippers and hats, leather bags, belts and gloves, and beautiful sheepskin rugs and car seat covers for more than 30 years. 612 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-9770, www.

Paws ‘N Claws ‘N Things Offers everything you need for your favorite canine or feline. 345 Anglers Drive, 970-879-6092

gear, clothing and footwear for the active lifestyle. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385,

Plan B Steamboat’s only store where you can buy, sell, trade and consign. Deals in unique, quality items, offering something for everyone. Also accepts gold year-round. 2400 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7176

Ski Town Shoes Shoes for hiking, biking, walking and more. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7915

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The Potter’s Wheel Contemporary paint-your-own pottery studio located just a few minutes from downtown. 2780 Acre Lane, 970-879-4944, Pupcake Pet Salon A delicatessen for your four-legged friends. 1878 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7931 Quiksilver Boardriders Co. Trendy styles for the active and fashionably keen person. 703 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6348 River Blue Your downtown location for a great Steamboat souvenir. 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1510 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory A great spot for a sweet treat while wandering downtown. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3048, www. Rocky Mountain Peddler Fun and unique gifts and home accessories with a Rocky Mountain theme. 1875 Ski Time Square, 970-871-1569, www. Rumor Design and redesign. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-404-0442, www. Sew Steamboat Carries fashion and quilting fabric, notions and yarn, and teaches basic to advanced sewing and yarn crafts. 929 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3222 bEst bEt

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Shag-a-licious Home-furnishing and design store downtown, including nontraditional patio furniture. 700 Yampa St., 970-879-

6013 Silver Lining Jewelry, Beads and Charms A fine selection of beautiful jewelry. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-7474, Silver Spur Jewelry Silver Spur specializes in custom jewelry design, offering original pieces in a variety of metals and stones. 117 Ninth St., 970-879-3880

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Ski Haus A fantastic selection of all gear for the outdoors, including

Sports Authority A wide selection of gear and apparel for all outdoor activities and sports. 705 Marketplace Plaza, 970-871-4570, Staples One-stop shopping for all your office supplies. 1600 Mid Valley Drive, 970-879-5428, Steamboat Art Co. Located in the heart of downtown, offering a variety of jewelry, art, housewares and décor. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www. bEst bEt

Steamboat Floral & Gifts A quick stop downtown to pick up a beautiful bouquet. 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-8791424

Steamboat Flyfisher Fly fishing is the focus, with personal service and a wide selection of fishing-related gear and supplies. 35 Fifth St., 970-879-6552, www.steamboat Steamboat Home Consignments 1025 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8555 Steamboat Jewelers Authentic Indian jewelry crafted with gold, silver, fossils and crystals. 906 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6332 Steamboat Moxie Home Consignments and Design Beautiful home furnishings and accessories at amazing prices. Carrying Steamboat’s best-priced mattress sets. 1855 Shield Drive, 970-879-9866. www. bEst bEt

Steamboat Powersports Top-of-the-line selection of ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. 2989 Riverside Plaza, 970-879-5138, www. Steamboat Shade & Shutter Window covering consulting & sales for your home, office, or condo. Available by appointment. 970-879-5253 Steamboat Shoe Market Footwear for all walks that ensures you and your feet are completely comfortable. 907 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-8566, www. Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare Everything to keep you active in the summer. From bike rentals to apparel, it’s a one-stop shop for outdoor enthusiasts. 442 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat, 970-8799144,

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Steamboat Treasures & Tees Sweatshirts, long sleeves, T-shirts and more. Find the perfect Steamboat memento. 743 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1107 Stephen’s Furs Outerwear Find a fabulous fur coat to keep warm on those chilly Steamboat nights. 1855 Ski Time Square, 970-879-3877, Straightline Outdoor Sports Family owned and operated, and one of Steamboat’s bestknown fishing shops and guides. Now carrying hunting apparel. 744 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7568, www. bEst bEt

Sweetwood Cattle Co. Steaks, sausage, jerky, cattle shares, gift packs and ranch wear. No added hormones, no antibiotics, humanely raised and slow aged. 877-717-9338, 970-879-7456, www. Sweet Mountain Tees Carries all your essential logo gifts (make your own with our tee-shirt spinner). A fun shop for the whole family. 970-871-5366,

Sweet Pea Market Offers the finest, freshest and healthiest produce to the Steamboat community. All products come from local and regional farms and ranches, providing high quality, local and organic produce. 729 Yampa St., 970-879-1221 Talulla Boutique & Spa Women’s boutique with seven day a week spa services. Now featuring Jane Iredale cosmetics. 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1480 Thunderhead Shop Located at the top of the gondola with a great selection of Steamboat logo wear, souvenirs, outdoor necessities and gifts. 970-871-5347, Timberline Furniture bEst & Mattress bEt All your furniture and bedding needs in one convenient location. 1707 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8807, www. Twice as Nice Shoppe Go treasure hunting through this secondhand store. 1306 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7409 Urbane Music and art provide the backdrop for this clothing shop for the young, active lifestyle. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-8799169,

Vertical Inc. Mountain fashions for mountain people and great outerwear for all seasons. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-1770 Walgreens Steamboat’s newest multipurpose pharmacy and store, located between town and the mountain. 1440 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-1968,

Dr. Louise Batt Large animal services. 970-749-1013 Dr. Courtney Diehl Mobile, large and small animal, chiropractic services and more. 970-871-7801,

Zing/Atmosphere Eclectic and interesting home decor including furniture, functional art, kitchen items and gifts. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2524, www.

Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital/Ski Town Veterinary Services Full-service veterinary clinic serving small animals, including surgeries and office visits for large and small animals, advanced dentistry and more. 35825 E. U.S. Highway 40, 970-879-3486, 970-819-7968

Zirkel Trading Co. Quality men’s apparel and mountain lifestyle accessories in downtown Howelsen Place retail space. 703 Lincoln Ave., Unit B102 (in Howelsen Place), 970-871-1137

Pet Kare Clinic Small animal, mobile, wellness, vaccinations, surgery, acupuncture, 24-hour emergency service and more. 102 Anglers Drive, 970-879-5273

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Rocky Mountain Veterinary Ultrasound 831 Mill Run Court, 970-846-7538

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Animal Healing Center Downtown neighborhood veterinarians, full-service small animal care with mobile services, equine acupuncture

and more. 729 Oak St., 970-879-8933, www.sacred

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Steamboat Veterinary Hospital Large and small animal medicine and surgery, acupuncture, ultrasounds, vaccinations, dentistry and more. 1878 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1041 bEst bEt

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with Chris Diamond

Chris Diamond moved to Steamboat Springs from Vermont in 1999 to take the reins of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Since then, the past chairman of the National Ski Areas Association and Colorado Ski Country USA has been instrumental in bringing visitors to town and ensuring their vacation is second to none. We caught up with him this spring when he wasn’t on the slopes to get his take on Steamboat in the summertime. Explore: When and why did you first come to town? Diamond: I moved here in February 1999 to take over as president of Steamboat

Ski and Resort Corp. Before that, I had had several positions in the ski industry, including president of Mount Snow and Killington resorts in Vermont. Explore: What do you like most about Steamboat? Diamond: The Champagne Powder snow! The consistent quality of the snow is No. 1. If you do what I do for a living, being able to provide a quality snow surface is critical to successful operation. We also have the advantage of our Northwest Colorado location, which gives us just enough of a colder air mass to make up for our lower base eleva-

tion. Our lower elevation also helps guests coming from sea level — it’s less stress as they adjust. And the west-facing base area keeps us in the sun even during the dark, short days of December. Explore: What makes Steamboat stand out from other places you've lived? Diamond: Steamboat was a town before the ski area was built. Because of Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs and skiing kind of grew up together. This is unique in my world where many resort communities were created from scratch. Our community has a deep love and appreciation of the sport tied to its long history here, so there’s a stronger connection between town and its ski hills. Explore: Why should a winter visitor return to visit in the summer? Diamond: First, the weather. Cool nights and warm-but-not-hot days. Hardly ever do we have a dreary day. There are also an incredible variety of activities, from the hugely varied mountain bike rides, road riding, hiking and water sports to extraordinary music at Strings and the free concerts. Finally, the same wonderful, friendly people you met during the winter are here during the summer. Explore: What are some of your favorite summer activities? Diamond: Biking, specifically the Oak Creek loop via the mine; music of all kinds; and hiking. Devil’s Causeway is my favorite. Explore: Are you seeing a trend toward more summer visitors? Diamond: With the completion of the promenade at the base area and our new downhill biking options, we’re definitely seeing a spike in summer activities. For years, everything at the mountain was under construction, so visits were flat if not down. But now that’s changed.

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Explore: Steamboat is known as a worldclass winter destination. How important is summer tourism and what are you doing to help promote it?

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Diamond: While summer will never be as significant as winter, it’s still very important to our success and that of the community. We’re putting a huge effort into energizing the base area to complement the work we’ve done on the promenade and Burgess Creek. Our new downhill mountain bike trails are part of the effort. And on-mountain dining like at Hazie’s and our sunset happy hour continues to be an important piece of summer.

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