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Wondering what to do this summer in this fair hamlet of ours nestled at the base of Mount Werner? Practice your alphabet while thumbing through the following A to Z activities.

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Art Scene With a burgeoning art community, Steamboat has become one of the state’s premier arts destinations. Visitors can take in everything from paintings and photos of local wildlife and landscapes to bronzes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more in an ever-growing array of venues. You also can browse more acclaimed international work, from tribal hand-woven rugs to etchings from master printers. Steamboat’s stores and galleries reflect the town’s Western heritage, with historic downtown boasting an art museum and a dozen galleries. “There’s a strong artist community here, from established artists to younger ones fostering their talent,” says the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Park Myers. To find this wealth of talent, one of the best venues is the First Friday Artwalk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Nearly 20 galleries, businesses and other venues participate in the monthly event, showcasing local art with drinks, appetizers and live music. “It’s a great community event,” says local artist Ken Lee. First Friday Artwalk maps are available at downtown art galleries and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (1255 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0880). Contact the Arts Council (970-879-9008, www.steamboatspringsarts.com) for more information.

ALPINE SLIDE Head over to the base of Howelsen Hill and take a quick run down the Howler Alpine Slide at 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 2 to 6 years old must ride with an adult; ages 7 and older can ride solo. Bonus: See if you can break the 43-second descent record. Info: 970-819-8010, www.steamboatalpineslide.com

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Reward your kids for an outing well done with a visit to Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at 845 Lincoln Ave., where gummy worms, fudge and more can help entice your brood to continue their outdoor adventures, or the new Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy shop at 601 Lincoln Ave. downtown in the Alpen Glow building.

Let the kids be part of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series by throwing them into the arena at the Calf and Ram Scrambles, an event set aside specifically for kids. The Calf Scramble is for kids ages 6 to 12, while the Ram Scramble is for kids 5 and younger. Held between events such as steer wrestling, tie-down roping and bronc riding, kids can feel as much a part of the show as the professional riders. 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: www.steamboatprorodeo.com.

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Hike Fish Creek Falls/Uranium Trail 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 3 miles until it dead-ends at the parking lot.

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Picnic at Spring Creek Drive to the trailhead at East Maple Street and Amethyst Drive by the Steamboat Springs 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, relax by the water and toss sticks for your dog before returning to town.

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Hot Springs Walking Tour 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 (and self-guided brochure): www. yampavalley.info.

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Historic Town Tour Take a step back in time with a historic walking tour of Steamboat Springs. Go on your own, or meet in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 800 Oak St. every Thursday from June 27 to Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. (free; no registration necessary). The focus: the area’s historic buildings and early settlers, teaching you about such early pioneers such as Carl Howelsen, Margaret Crawford and Doc Willett. The tour passes such buildings at the Old Town Pub, the old Pilot Building and Pioneer building, painting a picture about the area’s unique history. Bonus: reduced admission

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BOWL Look to bowl some spares and strikes at Snow Bowl (970-879-9840), Steamboat’s bowling facility on the west end of town. Theme nights and daily specials are commonplace, making it a great place for the entire family.

ave 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.

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to the Tread of Pioneers Museum afterward for all participants. Info: www.yampavalley.info.

Alpine Slide Head over to the base of Howelsen Hill and take a quick run down the Howler Alpine Slide at 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 2- to 6-years-old must ride with an adult; ages 7 and older can ride solo. Bonus: see if you can break the 43-second descent record. Info: 970-819-8010, www.steamboatalpineslidse.com

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 sun-bathing rocks to warm up on afterward.

Stroll/Bike the Core Trail Depending on your time frame, you can bike or walk along the 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail as long as you like, stopping to smell the roses at the Yampa River Botanic Park, visit play parks or simply sit by the river. Bonus: The river ends on its western end at the Bear River Skatepark, a perfect place for the kids.

Ride the Gondola 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 back down to a magnificent view of town.

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❱❱ Fine Art Galleries and Museums Circle 7 Gallery Artist-owned gallery and classroom facility representing local talents working in a broad diversity of mediums. 1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744, www.steamboatgallery.com Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery designed and made by Steamboat local, Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-846-9349 www.blueskypotterycolorado.com Mangelsen’s Images of Nature 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.mangelsen.com 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 www.redcontemporarygallery.com

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.steamboatartmuseum.org Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Local artist gallery housed in the historic train depot building. 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008, www.steamboatspringsarts.com Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts Nonprofit local and regional artists' gallery — paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture. 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970 www.steamboatartcenter.com Wild Horse Gallery Fine contemporary realism by local, regional and nationally known artists, including original oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings, bronze sculptures and blown glass. 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515 www.wildhorsegallery.com

building), Unit C, 970-871-1569, www.rockymountainpeddler.com

❱❱ Alternative Art Venues: Art, Craft, Interior Design

David Chase Scully Rugs & Furniture 1809 Central Park Dr., 970-879-5667, www.davidchaserugsandfurniture.com

Artisans’ Market of Steamboat Founded in 1982, featuring a large inventory of work from 150 established and new Colorado artists, including dozens of locals. 626 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7512 www.steamboatartisansmarket.com

Harwigs Local restaurant with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919 www.lapogee.com

Colorado Group Realty Real estate office with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 509 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8800

Mountain Traditions Art gallery and gift shop specializing in contemporary Western, Native American and wildlife artworks. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976 or 888-588-1808, www.mountaintraditions.com

Comb Goddess Hair salon with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 1104 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606 Cowboys and Indians Offers quality Native American art and jewelry. 617 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8481 www.cowboysandindiansonline.com Creekside Cafe Local restaurant with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 131 11th St., 970-879-4925, www.creekside-cafe.com

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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.

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the gondola to the Thunderhead summit for a fun ride down a variety of trails back the base. You also can climb from Thunderhead to the Storm Peak summit, where more singletrack awaits. Plenty of road biking options also exist. One favorite is heading out Twentymile Road (Routt County Road 33) from town, accessed from 13th Street. You can ride an out-andback 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 Cycling Challenge course by heading up Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40. Make it epic by continuing to Gore Pass on Colo. 134 and then over Yellow Jacket Pass on C.R. 14. Loop it back to Colo. 131 to complete the 110mile ride, referred to as the “Gore Gruel.” So hop in your saddle and explore yet another side of Steamboat that takes advantage of our world-class terrain.

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Biking While 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 through town, and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. continues to improve its new downhill offerings on the mountain with the Steamboat Bike Park. 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. For an easy, family-friendly cruise, the Yampa River Core Trail is a wide concrete path that parallels the Yampa River from the east side of Steamboat to the west. It’s a great way to experience Steamboat riding, while stopping for picnics, plunges into the river and lunch along the way. For more varied rides, 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, take

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Off the Beaten Path Local bookstore with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists 68 9th St., 970-879-6830 www.steamboatbooks.com Portfolio Collection/Jim Steinberg www.jimsteinbergphotography.com Rocky Mountain Peddler Features local and regional artist originals, from fine handcrafted goods and one-of-a-kind finds, to jewelry and home décor accessories. 1875 Ski Time Square Dr (Torian Creekside

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.romicksintothewest.com Steamboat Art Co. Since 1975, Steamboat Art Co. has offered art, gifts, jewelry, home accessories and furnishings. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383 www.steamboat-art.com Steaming Bean Coffee Shop Monthly exhibitions of work by local artists 635 South Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393 www.steamingbeansteamboat.com 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, 970-879-9169 www.urbanesteamboat.com 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 décor. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2524 www.steamboatzing.com

❱❱ Arts & Crafts Focus Adventures Private instruction and photography workshops hosted locally. Also offers year-round, local photo tours and international photo tours. P.O. Box 771640, 970-879-2244, www.focusadventures.com

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ment 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 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, www.christysports.com 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, www.fleischersport.com 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.orangepeelbikes.com Ski Haus International Rents full- and front-suspension 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.skihaussteamboat.com Steamboat Bike Shop Located adjacent to the new promenade just steps away from the gondola for all your onmountain 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, new location on mountain! Downtown: 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9144; Mountain: 2250 Apres Ski Way, One Steamboat P lace, 970-879-6350 www.steamboatskiandbike.com

south of Steamboat), 970-926-3372, www.4eagleranch.com Big Rack Outfitters & Horseback Adventures See description under Guest Ranches.

Wheels Bike Shop Bike-specific shop offers full-service sales, repairs, rentals, demos and custom fittings. Rent anything from cruisers to mountain and road bikes. 841 Yampa St., 970-870-1974, 970-846-RIDE, www.wheelssteamboat.com

❱❱ 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 9pm. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, 970-879-9840 Thunder Rolls Bowling Center 16 lanes, plus billiards, darts, golf simulator, playroom for kids, and full-service lounge. 990 Industrial Ave., Craig, 970-824-2695

❱❱ Fishing, horseback riding and hunting 4 Eagle Ranch Daily guided horseback rides, cattle roundups, Western Family Nights (Wednesdays through July and August), live music and zip line over Alkali Canyon. Lunches with wagon rides from 11 am to 3 pm daily. 4098 Colorado Hwy 131, Wolcott (70 miles

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, 970846-8116 or 303-794-2355, www.blackhatoutfitters.com 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, www.buckmountainoutfitters.net 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 or 888-810-8747, www.buckingrainbow.com Bull Basin Guides Private fly-fishing program with two options on Troublesome Creek and Black Mountain Pond. Hunts for elk, mule deer, black bear, antelope and mountain lion, August through January. P.O. Box 1566, Kremmling, 970-724-0417, www.bullbasin.com and www.troublesomeflyfishing.com

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

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on the cover Alex Shaw rock climbs near downtown Steamboat Springs. Photo by John F. Russell

Splatz Paint, drink and have fun! Two-hour painting classes providing everything you need. 1104 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 105, 970-8i9-2156 www.splatzcanvasandwine.com

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The Potter’s Wheel Paint-your-own pottery studio accepting walkins, 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. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-4944, www.potterswheelsteamboat.com

❱❱ Bike rental/repairs

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Calendar of events For a complete list of events, visit ExploreSteamboat.com or SteamboatToday.com/events

May 2 — First Friday Artwalk at galleries throughout downtown Steamboat; 5 to 8 p.m. 2 — Free Community Concert: JazzReach; 7:30 p.m.; 970-879-5056, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

24 — Spirit Challenge (5K, 10K); www.runningseries.com 24 and 25 — Cobweb Classic, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 30 to 1 — 34th annual Yampa River Festival; www.friendsoftheyampa.com

Ongoing Library Kids Specials Tuesdays — Toddler Story-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 Story-time Room

10 — Hayden Cog Run (8.4M, 5K); www.runningseries.com

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14 — Literary Sojourn Author Study: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves; 5:30 p.m. at Conference Room, Administration Wing; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events

1 — 33rd annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K; races begin at 7:30 a.m.; www.steamboatmarathon.com

19 — Dance on Film: The Man Behind the Throne; 6:30 p.m. at Library Hall

1 — Yampatika’s 13th annual Wild Edible Feast; 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake Catamount; 970-871-9151, www.communityagalliance.org

7 — Inaugural 30-mile Fun Ride, benefiting ALS (with barbecue and silent auction); noon, Hayden; 970-846-2333

23 to 26 — Downtown Sidewalk Sale; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; www.steamboatsummer.com

4 — 26th Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S) Golf

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

Tournament; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club; 970-819-0851 6 — First Friday Artwalk at galleries throughout downtown Steamboat; 5 to 8 p.m.

9 and 10 — 20th annual Hospice dinner and golf tournament; 970-871-7631, www.nwcovna.org 10 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Under the Stars; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 11 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 12 — Steamboat Mud Festivus for the Restivus; www.steamboat.com 12 to 15 — 26th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup; www.steamboatsummer.com 13 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp New Works Festival; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 13 and 14 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 7:30 p.m., Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 14 — Cayuse Classic at Sidney Peak Ranch; silent auction, live music, cocktails and barbecue dinner; $50; 970-879-4370, www.communityagalliance.org 14 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 14 — Corey Voyek Memorial Tournament, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 16 — Library Author Series: Peter Heller; 7 p.m. at Library Hall; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events

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17 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Under the Stars; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org exploreSteamboat.com

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Located downtown off of 5th Street, past the rodeo grounds, at the base of the chairlift of Howelsen Hill. Ride up a chairlift and take in the stunning Yampa Valley and town views, then slide down a 2,400 ft track that winds down the mountain! Fun for the entire family; the kids will scream in delight as they control just how fast or slow their sled goes, and the adults will feel like kids again trying to keep up! Ages 2+

Call 970-819-8010 or visit SteamboatAlpineSlide.com for operating schedule and rates. Proceeds benefit the young athletes of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Lyon Drug Store and Soda Fountain ... A great experience for the entire family. Stop in today! Jamie - Alex

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Your Local Friendly Pharmacy Great Gifts 路 Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain 路 Downtown Corner of 9th & Lincoln

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18 — Literary Sojourn Author Study: Winter’s Bone; 5:30 p.m.; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events 18 — Free movie screening; 7 p.m. at Bud Werner Library; 970-879-5056, ext. 105 19 — Eighth annual Downtown Street Festival; www.steamboatsummer.com 20 — Gondola opens (daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); www.steamboat.com 20 and 21 — 17th annual Ski Town USA Golf Classic, Catamount Ranch & Club/Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club; www.skitownclassic.com 20 and 21 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 21 — Free Summer Concert Series: Trombone Shorty; Howelsen Hill 21 — Howelsen Hill 8-Miler (8M/4M trail); www.runningseries.com 21 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 21 — America; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-8795056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 23 — Dance on Film, Tap or Die; 7 p.m. at Library Hall; www.steamboatlibrary.org

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1 — C Street Brass; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 1 to 5 — 111th annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days; www.steamboatsummer.com

23 and 24 — Haywhacker (CJGA), Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com

2 — Chamber Music: Dvorak to Broadway; 6 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

24 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Under the Stars; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org

3 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School Junior Showcase; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org

24 — The Not-Its!; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

3 — Music on the Green: C Street Brass; 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com, FREE

24 — George Winston; 7 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 25 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 26 — Music on the Green: Trevor G. Potter; 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com, FREE 27 — NRCS Tournament, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 27 and 28 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 28 — Opening Night Orchestra; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 28 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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3 — The Fab Four; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 3 to 6 — 13th annual Art on the Mountain, Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com/artonthemtn

5 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7 — House Party with Menahem Pressler; 6:30 p.m. at private residence; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 8 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Under the Stars; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 8 — Smirk; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 9 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 9 — Chamber Music: Mozart and Schubert; 6 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 9 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com

4 — July Fourth Celebration: parade, block party, concert, fireworks, cattle drive and more; www.exploresteamboat.com 9 — Rally For the Cure golf tournament at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club; 970-879-1391 4 — 21st annual Steamboat Sprint 400-yard Dash; 10 — Music on the Green: C Street Brass; 12:15 p.m. at www.runningseries.com Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.sstringsmusicfestival.com, FREE 4 — First Friday Artwalk at galleries throughout downtown Steamboat; 5 to 8 p.m. 10 — Seminars at Steamboat: Timothy M. Smeeding, Income Inequality and Social Mobility; 5 p.m. at Strings 4 and 5 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; Music Pavilion; www.seminarsatsteamboat.org, FREE 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 11 — Brent Rowan and Larry Gatlin; 8 p.m. at Strings Music 5 — Free Summer Concert Series: TBD; Howelsen Hill Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

1 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Under the Stars; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org

5 — Strings Music Festival Concert with Tammy Dyke Compton and Chris Compton, Perry-Mansfield Dance Faculty Performance; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com

1 — Steiner Cup (Match Play), Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com

5 — Chamber Music & Dance; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

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5 — Mountain Madness (13.1M/10K); www.runningseries.com

11 and 12 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 12 — Chamber Music: Mozart and Dvorak; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com exploreSteamboat.com

12 — 40th annual Cowpie Classic rugby tournament, Ski Town Fields; www.steamboatrugby.com 12 and 13 — 33rd annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Bald Eagle Lake (free transportation from Meadows Parking Lot); www.steamboatsummer.com 12 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 12 — Spring Creek Memorial (9M, 5K Trail); www.runningseries.com 12 and 13 — 40th annual Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park; www.mainstreetsteamboat.com 15 — Barry G; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 16 — Chamber Music; 6 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 16 — Literary Sojourn Author Study: Sisterland; 5:30 p.m.; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events 17 — Music on the Green: Ping; 11a.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com, FREE 17 — Eighth annual Downtown Street Festival; www.steamboatsummer.com 17 to 20 — Mountain Soccer Tournament; www.steamboatsummer.com 18 and 19 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Theater Performance; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 18 — Free Summer Concert Series, Uncle Lucius, Howelsen Hill 18 — Rockapella; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 18 — Third Friday Free Foreign Film; 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center; www.steamboatlibrary.org 18 and 19 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 19 — Kitchen and Garden Tour; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 19 — Turtle Island Quartet; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 19 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 19 — 10th annual Kent Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat; www.rockypeakproductions.com 19 and 20 — Enduro X Mountain Bike Series; www.enduro-xrace.com 22 — Fara Tolno and Kissidugu; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 23 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 23 — Chamber Music; 6 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 24 — Ping; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 25 — Court Yard Hounds; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 25 and 26 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Evening of Dance, Steamboat Springs High School; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 25 and 26 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 26 — Free Summer Concert Series: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers; Howelsen Hill 26 — New Moon Glowball Tournament, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 26 — Orchestra; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com exploreSteamboat.com

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26 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1 to 17 — Piknik Theatre Festival; www.steamboatsummer.com

27 — Community Agriculture Alliance’s Ranch Rendezvous; Steamboat Ski Area; 970-879-4370, www.communityagalliance.org

2 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9 — Quincy Jones Presents: The Emily Bear Jazz Trio; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

3 to 9 — Moffat County Fair

9 — Concert, Emerald City Opera; www.steamboatopera.com

28 — Seminars at Steamboat: Matthew Rojansky, Troubled Waters: U.S. Relations with Russia, Ukraine and the Former Soviet Republics; 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; www.seminarsatsteamboat.org, FREE

5 — Billy Jonas Band; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

9 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

29 — Library Author Series: Lisa See; 7 p.m. at Library Hall 29 — Dr. Noize; 11 a.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 30 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Young Artist Collective Open; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 30 — Calder Quartet; 6 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 31 and 1 — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp Young Artists Collective; 970-879-7125, www.perry-mansfield.org 31 — Music on the Green: Chamberlin Birch; 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com, FREE

auguST 1 — The California Honeydrops; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

6 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 6 — Cliburn Piano Medalist: Sean Chen; 6 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 6 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 6 to 17 — Opera Artists Institute, Emerald City Opera; www.steamboatopera.com 7 — Music on the Green: Acutonic; 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com, FREE 7 — Seminars at Steamboat: Dr. Arthur Caplan, Rationing Health Care; 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; www.seminarsatsteamboat.org, FREE 7 to 10 — 11th annual Steamboat Wine Festival; www.steamboatwinefestival.com 7 — Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Scholarship Golf Tournament, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club; 970-879-1391

13 — Bruce Hornsby; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com 13 — Literary Sojourn Author Study: Canada; 5:30 p.m.; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events 14 — Music on the Green: Leaner, Lunker & Friends; 12:15 p.m. at Yampa River Botanic Park; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com, FREE 14 — Seminars at Steamboat: Richard Danzig, Cyber Insecurity; 5 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; www.seminarsatsteamboat.org, FREE 14 to 17 — 100th annual Routt County Fair; Hayden Fairgrounds; 970-276-3068 14 to 17 — Steamboat All Arts Festival (with Sunday block party); www.exploresteamboat.com 15 — Third Friday Free Foreign Film; 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center; www.steamboatlibrary.org 15 and 16 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com 16 — Asleep at the Wheel; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

8 — Free Summer Concert Series: Infamous String Dusters, Howelsen Hill

16 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1 — First Friday Artwalk; downtown galleries, 5 to 8 p.m.

8 — Jesse Cook; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

16 and 17 — Enduro X Mountain Bike Series; www.enduro-xrace.com

1 and 2 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com

8 and 9 — Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series; 6:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena; www.steamboatprorodeo.com

17—House Party: Ray Benson; 6:30 p.m. at private residence; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

1 — Lisa Fischer; 8 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion; 970-879-5056, ext. 105, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

17 — Free Public Concert, Emerald City Opera; noon at Yampa River Botanic Park; www.steamboatopera.com 17 — Steamboat Stinger (50-mile mountain bike race; full and half trail marathons); www.honeystinger.com, www.runningseries.com 17 — Steamboat Olympic Sprint Triathlon at Lake Catamount; www.steamboattriathlon.com 20 — Town Challenge mountain bike race; www.townchallenge.com 21 — Yampa Street Live Street Fest; www.mainstreetsteamboatsprings.com 23 — 16th annual Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run (16M); www.runningseries.com 23 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 24 — Enduro X Mountain Bike Series; www.enduro-xrace.com 26 — 20th annual Mount Werner Classic (50K); www.runningseries.com Photo by Scott Franz 10 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

30 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. exploreSteamboat.com

30 and 31— 10th annual Wild West Air Fest, www.steamboatsummer.com

14 — Deep Roots Lamb Cook-off; downtown; www.communityagalliance.org

30 and 31 — Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stanko Ranch; 970-879-5214

17 — Literary Sojourn Author Study: The Master, 5:30 p.m.; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events

30 to 1 — Sixth annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race road cycling event; www.bikesteamboat.com

19 — Third Friday Free Foreign Film; 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center; www.steamboatlibrary.org

31 — 29th annual 10K at 10,000 Feet; www.runningseries.com

19 to 21 — Fourth annual Steamboat OktoberWest; downtown/Steamboat Ski Area

31 — Downtown Hoedown and Chuckwagon Chili Challenge; www.steamboatsummer.com

20 — 22nd annual Literary Sojourn Festival of Authors; www.literarysojourn.org

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20 — Emerald Mountain Trail Run (12K Trail); www.runningseries.com

5 — First Friday Artwalk; 5 to 8 p.m., downtown galleries 6 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6 — Three Club Tournament, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 12 — Second annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival; www.steamboatlibrary.org/events 12 and 13 — Eighth annual Run Rabbit Run (100M/50M ultra-marathons); www.steamboat50.com, www.runningseries.com 13 — Mainstreet Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

26 to 28 — Fourth annual Hay Cup Open, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 28 — Gondola closes for season; www.steamboat.com

OCTObEr 3 — First Friday Artwalk; downtown galleries; 5 to 8 p.m. 10 —Final-Final (two person), Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com 17 — Third Friday Free Foreign Film; 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center; www.steamboatlibrary.org

13 and 14 — Haymaker Fall Classic, Haymaker Golf Course; www.haymakergolf.com

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yampatika Summer programs Tuesdays, June 24 to Aug. 26: Hike with a naturalist on Mount Werner, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 25 to Aug. 27: Mineral Springs tours, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 19 to Aug. 30: Hike Fish Creek Falls with a naturalist Thursdays, May 22 to June 19: Bird walks

adult Field School: May 18: International Migratory Bird Day Celebration, Library Hall May 19: BATS Live Encounter, Library Hall 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/Dinosaur Discovery Hike, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., McCoy June 20 and 21: Summer Solstice Soiree July 19: Going Batty/Bat Discovery, Rehder Ranch Aug. 11 to 13: Big Horn Sheep Count, Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area Aug. 12: Astronomy Exploration/Perseid Meteor Shower, Dumont Lake Sept. 6 to 9: Yampa Valley Crane Festival Sept. 14: Windy Ridge Archeological Hike Info: www.yampatika.org, 970-871-9151

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Steamboat Wondering what to do this summer in this fair hamlet of ours nestled at the base of Mount Werner? practice your alphabet while thumbing through the following a to Z activities.

art scene With a burgeoning art community, Steamboat has become one of the state’s premier arts destinations. Visitors can take in everything from paintings and photos of local wildlife and landscapes to bronzes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more in an evergrowing array of venues. You also can browse more acclaimed international work, from tribal hand-woven rugs to etchings from master printers. Steamboat’s stores and galleries reflect the town’s Western heritage, with historic downtown boasting an art museum and a dozen galleries. “There’s a strong artist community here, from established artists to younger ones fostering their talent,” says the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Park Myers. To find this wealth of talent, one of the best venues is the First Friday Artwalk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Nearly 20 galleries, businesses and other venues participate in the monthly event, showcasing local art with drinks, appetizers and live music. “It’s a great community event,” says local artist Ken Lee. First Friday Artwalk maps are available at downtown art galleries and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (1255 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0880). Contact the Arts Council (970-879-9008, www.steamboatspringsarts.com) for more information. 12 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

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aLpinE SLidE Head over to the base of Howelsen Hill and take a quick run down the Howler Alpine Slide at 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 2 to 6 years old must ride with an adult; ages 7 and older can ride solo. Bonus: See if you can break the 43-second descent record. Info: 970-819-8010, www.steamboatalpineslide.com

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biking While 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 through town, and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. continues to improve its new downhill offerings on the mountain with the Steamboat Bike Park. 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. For an easy, family-friendly cruise, the Yampa River Core Trail is a wide concrete path that parallels the Yampa River from the east side of Steamboat to the west. It’s a great way to experience Steamboat riding, while stopping for picnics, plunges into the river and lunch along the way. For more varied rides, 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, take

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the gondola to the Thunderhead summit for a fun ride down a variety of trails back the base. You also can climb from Thunderhead to the Storm Peak summit, where more singletrack awaits. Plenty of road biking options also exist. One favorite is heading out Twentymile Road (Routt County Road 33) from town, accessed from 13th Street. You can ride an out-andback 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 Cycling Challenge course by heading up Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40. Make it epic by continuing to Gore Pass on Colo. 134 and then over Yellow Jacket Pass on C.R. 14. Loop it back to Colo. 131 to complete the 110mile ride, referred to as the “Gore Gruel.” So hop in your saddle and explore yet another side of Steamboat that takes advantage of our world-class terrain.

bOWL Look to bowl some spares and strikes at Snow Bowl (970-879-9840), Steamboat’s bowling facility on the west end of town. Theme nights and daily specials are commonplace, making it a great place for the entire family.

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CandyLand

Calf & ram Scrambles

Reward your kids for an outing well done with a visit to Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at 845 Lincoln Ave., where gummy worms, fudge and more can help entice your brood to continue their outdoor adventures, or the new Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy shop at 601 Lincoln Ave. downtown in the Alpen Glow building.

Let the kids be part of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series by throwing them into the arena at the Calf and Ram Scrambles, an event set aside specifically for kids. The Calf Scramble is for kids ages 6 to 12, while the Ram Scramble is for kids 5 and younger. Held between events such as steer wrestling, tie-down roping and bronc riding, kids can feel as much a part of the show as the professional riders. 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: www.steamboatprorodeo.com

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dog Town uSa Already known as Ski and Bike Town USA, Steamboat now has yet another moniker to hang its hat on: It recently was dubbed “Dog Town USA” by Dog Fancy Magazine for its care of canines. Dogs, which are considered just as much a part of the community as the people, are welcome across town, whether it’s at an outdoor restaurant or dog-friendly park. They also enjoy their own special activities, including the Poochy

Paddle, in which dogs are invited to the Old Town Hot Springs to dip in the lap pool, and the annual Crazy River Dog Races as part of the Yampa River Festival, which has pups competing for longest river jump and best trick. With hundreds of miles of dog-friendly trails, Fido can stretch his legs and explore Steamboat to his heart’s content. And there’s even a dog station at the local car wash.

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Embrace an event Steamboat in the summertime offers a slew of events to keep everyone busy. Mainstreet Farmers Markets and rodeo performances take place every weekend, and a host of more active events are designed to keep your heart rate up, from the 33rd annual Steamboat Marathon and Mud Festivus for the Restivus to the weekly Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series and Enduro-X Bike Race Series. Other traditions include this year’s 40th annual Art in the Park, where you can peruse artistic vendors while enjoying a warm day in Elk Park, the annual Fourth of July Parade and fireworks show downtown and this year’s 33rd annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, in which the sky, rather than canvas, is painted with color. For those looking to get in touch with their scholarly side, Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts book clubs throughout the summer, ending with the Literary Sojourn, an annual festival that celebrates the power of the book. Strings Music Festival also offers entertainment all summer long with innumerable concerts featuring talented musical groups from around the world. In short, there’s an event for everyone when you visit Steamboat in the summertime. Info: www.steamboatsummer.com, www.exploresteamboat.com exploreSteamboat.com

EaT OuT Steamboat offers too many great restaurants to list, all guaranteed to refuel those vital carbs burned up from a day outside. From having breakfast or lunch next to Soda Creek or the Yampa River to enjoying a beverage and meal in historic downtown or up on the mountain, dining options exist for every palate under the sun. This summer, pay special attention to the

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offerings on Yampa Street downtown along the river, featuring an array of new restaurants such as Aurum and E3 Steakhouse, the relocation of others such as Saketumi and tried-andtrue establishments such as Carl’s Tavern and Sweet Pea Market. Wherever you go, be assured of friendly service, a great meal and options as varied as Steamboat’s terrain (visit Steamboat Menus on page 37 for more information). Summer 2014 ExplorE StEamboat | 15

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Fish Creek Falls Want to stretch your legs? For a great, close family stroll, head to 283-foot Fish Creek Falls, located just a 3-mile drive from downtown. From Lincoln Avenue, head one block north on Third Street and turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 1/4mile walk up the rest of the road to the trailhead, and then another 1/4-mile 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 valley. Fee: $5 per vehicle per day for parking. “It’s one of the most spectacular places in Steamboat,” says local mom Blair Seymour. “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.”

FarMErS MarKET Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday in Steamboat? Look no farther than the Mainstreet Farmers Market, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer by switching locations for the first time in the past half-decade. When the annual 14-week Saturday festival kicks off June 14, it will be at its new home along Seventh Street between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street, right in the middle of a

vibrant downtown. “That’s the spot where everyone wanted to have it,” says organizer Tracy Barnett, adding that the weekly event has more than 100 vendors letting visitors shop, mingle, taste, drink and more the first day of every weekend. “It should be a great location.” Every vendor, Barnett adds, follows the city’s Zero Waste Contract as part of their exhibiting guidelines. With live music each

week, she adds that it’s become one of the most popular farmers markets in the mountains. Filled with food booths, arts and crafts kiosks and more, the market offers something for the whole family and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 to Sept. 6 in the heart of downtown. Info: 970-846-1800, www.mainstreetsteamboat.com

FrEE SuMMEr COnCErT SEriES Take in great national acts at the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series downtown throughout the summer at the base of Howelsen Hill. The events are fun for the whole family and offer food, music, liba-

tions and more. This year’s shows will be held June 21 (Trombone Shorty); July 5 (TBA); July 18 (Uncle Lucius); July 26 (Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers); and Aug. 8 (Infamous

Stringdusters). “We’re absolutely thrilled with the lineup this year,” says series President Coleman Cook. “We think it reaches out to a good cross-section of our fans.”

and only flies and lures are allowed. Two nearby state parks offer great lake fishing. Fish Stagecoach Reservoir (13 miles south via Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14) early and get your fly down 10-11 feet in mid summer. For great scenery and magical evening fishing, head north 24 miles to Steamboat Lake State Park (Hint: Fish woolly boogers beneath the surface for rainbows). 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, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road (the last stoplight toward Rabbit Ears Pass), as well as Fetcher Pond, a short drive west down Pine Grove Road off U.S. 40 (turn at Walgreens). Another hotspot is Spring

Creek Pond, a short hike up Spring Creek Road off Amethyst Drive across from the high school (Note: There’s no parking at the ponds, so either walk or bike). Purchase kids gear at Walmart or a local fishing shop. A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older. An annual fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents and $56 for nonresidents. Resident seniors 64 and older can purchase an annual fishing license for $1. Visitors may purchase one-day ($9) and fiveday licenses ($21). All licenses also require the purchase of a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $10. In water where trout may be kept, the daily bag limit for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout is four fish, with a possession limit (including coolers) of eight. The bag and possession limit for brook trout is 10. Fishing is with flies and lures only. Info: wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing

FiSHing Like the ski area in winter, the Yampa River downtown harbors one of the best reasons to visit Steamboat Springs in the summer: the town’s world-class fishing. You’ll never have a better chance to try fly-fishing than in Steamboat, where rivers such as the Yampa and Elk offer a world-class place to cast a line. Throw in our wealth of lakes, and there’s something for every angler under our 300 days of annual sun. With as many as 2,000 trout per mile in the city limits, from the tall grass meanders of Rotary Park near the Mount Werner Road exit to the faster water along the Yampa River Core Trail at Emerald Park, the town stretch offers some of the best, most accessible fishing in the state. Probe the eddies of Dr. Rich Weiss Park or head to holes near the historic railroad depot (Hint: Fish early when the water is cool and the inner-tubers have yet to launch). All trout must be returned unharmed to the water, 16 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

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golf Golfers can hit the links at any of Steamboat’s four 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 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 Moose Barrows, founder of the Moose’s Loose Golf Tournament. “You can play every day and not get tired of any of them.” Haymaker Golf Course: 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: 970-879-1846, www.haymakergolf.com Catamount Ranch & Club: This 7,000-yard championship golf course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and offers stunning views and a 530acre 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, www.catamountranchclub.com 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, www.rollingstoneranchgolf.com Steamboat Golf Club: Founded in 1964, the Steamboat Golf Club is the oldest established golf course in the valley. Located just west of town, the nine-hole course borders the Yampa River and features beautiful views and challenging, tight fairways. It’s also the most affordable course in town, with greens fees running $38 for 18 holes or $29 for nine. Info: 970-879-4295, www.steamboatgolfclub.com 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, www.yampavalleygolf.com

gET in SHapE If Steamboat’s myriad outdoor activities aren’t enough to get your blood flowing, try any one of several fitness centers. The Old Town Hot Springs (970879-1828; www.steamboathotsprings. org), located in downtown Steamboat, is equipped with a full fitness center that offers more than 30 fitness classes each week to pick up your heart rate. It also has a complete weight room and cardiovascular area. Other ways to add some muscle include lung- and leg-busting Crossfit classes at Fusion Fit (www. steamboatcrossfit.com); Anytime Fitness’s 24-hour gym (www.anytimefitness.com); and personal trainers at Peak Fitness (www.peakfitnesssteamboat.com). — Emma Wilson

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Hot springs Few resorts let you soothe weary muscles in natural hot springs after a day of outdoor adventures. Steamboat Springs earned its named from early pioneers for the “chugging” sound of its springs, and you can experience them yourself in the area’s natural pools (there are approximately 150 different springs in the region). Old Town Hot Springs at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue (970-879-1828, www.oldtownhotsprings.org), which recently underwent a $5 million expansion, provides the most convenient option, complete with

waterfalls, a pool-plunging climbing wall and a pair of 230-foot waterslides for the kids. For a more rustic setting, Strawberry Park Hot Springs (970-879-0342, www.strawberryhotsprings.com) 7 miles out of town lets you change in a teepee and experience the healing powers of the hot springs just as the Utes once did. A variety of different-temperature pools, complete with shoulder-caressing waterfalls, sit beside a creek you can plunge into to cool off. Just heed the sunset curfew with your kids; clothing is optional after dark.

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Steamboat’s undulating, mountainous terrain lends itself perfectly to hiking with the whole family. While a wealth of hiking trails already exists in Steamboat for all skill and fitness levels, there are soon to be even more as town recently voted to allocate more than $5 million in tax proceeds toward future trail building. Choose from day hikes on classics such as the Spring Creek and Emerald Mountain trails downtown to more wilderness-oriented hikes in the high country of the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops wilderness areas (see page 32 for highlighted hikes). Hiking hints: Bring map, sunscreen, water, food and appropriate clothing; let someone know where you’re going; and hike early in the day to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

Not sure what to do? Head to Howelsen Hill across the river downtown, a city-owned park with more recreation offerings packed into a square half mile than perhaps anyplace else in the world. Here’s a sampling of what you can do (and that’s only in the summer): tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, playground, mountain bike, BMX bike, Alpine Slide, softball, baseball, Frisbee, soccer, skateboard, basketball, ice skate, rodeo, horseback ride, hike and more.

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ice skating Who doesn’t like watching Dad slip and slide over the ice? Howelsen Ice Arena (970-879-4300) features an Olympic-size sheet of ice where you can unleash your inner Apolo Ohno or Dorothy Hamill all summer long. It also hosts an array of adult and youth drop-in hockey sessions, as well as broomball options. Unsure of yourself on the ice? Sharpen your skills with a lesson from the rink’s certified skating director. For the kids, the rink also offers bumper cars on ice, in which your children can 18 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

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drive into Dad, as well as its popular Rock On Ice program, in which kids can skate to music under a disco ball. If you’re lucky, your visit also might coincide with a local figure skating performance or hockey game. — Emma Wilson

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Jump in a lake (or river) Come the lower river flow months of July and August, riverside swimming doesn’t get much better than in the citybuilt C and D holes downtown by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Plunge into either one for a refreshing dip and soak up some rays on the rocks to warm back up (Hint: Watch out for the tubers). Bring a boogie board to kick against the current or a kayak to paddle upstream. Swim against the current or walk up the banks to take a leisurely float. Bonus: Bring swim goggles to salvage tuber booty. For more warmblooded bathing, try the riverside hot springs just above the Rabbit Ears Motel in Rich Weiss Park. While not as warm as its parent pool across the pavement, it’s a great reprieve from the river, and its knee-high depth is perfect for kids. The most popular lakes for swimming are Steamboat Lake north of town and Stagecoach Reservoir to the south, each with a sandy beach for lounging and a rope-bordered swimming area. Each lake also offers a variety of watercraft rentals for even more fun in the sun. If you have the stamina, you also can plunge into lakes such as Gilpin, Gold and Three-mile in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area as a reward for hiking in. Plan on a full day for the round-trip hike (Bonus: There’s a great swimming hole along the creek halfway up to Gilpin Lake).

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Library Kids’ adventure club For a little me time, let Steamboat Ski Area take care of your kids. The Kids’ Vacation Center lets your kids have as much fun as you will. Mini-Campers, 3- and 4-year-olds, are provided with fun activities, including short hikes, arts and crafts, outdoor games and water sports, while Yampa Campers, children ages 5 or entering first grade, add Strings in the Mountain concerts, kayaking, tennis and more to the mix. Routt Scouts, kids entering second and third grade, spend time out and about, spending some days at Steamboat Lake, the Craig Wave Pool and Stagecoach Reservoir and others mountain biking, riding the Alpine Slide, and other activities. Pioneers, fourthgraders through 12-year-olds, get to enjoy kayaking, mountain biking, the Alpine Slide, sports, swimming, team-building activities and more. Info: www.steamboat.com — Emma Wilson

For books and a relaxing, educational area for the kids, visit the recently renovated Bud Werner Memorial Library at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Steamboat Springs’ 33,000-square-foot Bud Werner Memorial Library went through a major $12.5 million renovation in 2009, making it a true showcase in the state. Overlooking the Yampa River downtown, the two-floored expansion — which received a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — includes dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, a coffee shop, large community and conference rooms, various artwork, a Library Hall for presentations and more. Carrying more than 88,000 titles, the library is also on the cutting edge of technology, with 30 public computers. audio books downloadable to MP3 players, self checkout counters (with fines payable by credit card), an electronic wand book stocking system, free wireless, access to the library’s database subscriptions and additional cutting-edge features. “The community has given themselves an incredible gift with this facility,” says president of the board Bob Matteo.

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For awe-inspiring views of the Yampa Valley and beyond, take to the trails of Mount Werner. You can either hike the 2,000-foot vertical climb or ride the gondola to the 9,000-foot-high 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 the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Kara Stoller. “Best of all, it offers a breathtaking view of the valley and town.” Info: www.steamboat.com

Want a rest day from the trails? Pamper yourself with a massage or spa treatment. A host of salons, day spas and massage studios can soothe what ails you, from dry skin to your spine. According to 2013’s annual Best of the Boat survey, Rocky Mountain Day Spa (970-871-6111), Waterside Day Spa (970-875-0271) and Life Essentials Day Spa (970-871-9543) are three of the top spas to visit during your stay. Wherever you go, enjoy an endless collection of massage services, including deep tissue, reflexology, sports therapy, Swedish and more. Local providers also offer nail services, facials, skin care and other body treatments, all meant to relax and rejuvenate your body after shredding the slopes.

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For a glimpse into Steamboat’s colorful past, visit the newly renovated Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets downtown, which will have you feeling like a fourth-generation local in no time. Utes, pioneers, a flying Norwegian who brought ski jumping to town and even the Lighted Man’s original suit are all on display, as is a new tribute to the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs. Info: www.treadofpioneers.org

Sink into a comfy chair and let the entertainment come to you at the six-screen Metropolitan Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas in Wildhorse Marketplace, which carries the latest and greatest from Hollywood every day of the week. Info: 970-870-8222, www.metrotheatres.com

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nature lovers 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 offering only 60 frostfree days each year. The park with free admission also is home to the Music on the Green concerts at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays. Bring a picnic and a blanket, but not your dog. “My kids love it,” says local mom Valerie Dietrich. “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.” Photo by Scott Franz

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Ogle Olympians Swing by Olympian Hall on the second floor of Howelsen Lodge, where you can see photos touting Steamboat’s Olympic ties and flags depicting Olympic host countries where our athletes competed. Also tour the new Walk of Olympians (start on the corner of Fifth and Yampa streets), featuring 18-inch-by-18-inch bronze plaques inlaid into brick pavers honoring local Olympians with images and accomplishments. You also can find tributes to local Olympians on the second floor of Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola, complete with a pair of Nordic jumping skis longer than anything you’ll ever ride. “The community really embraces our Olympians here,” says former Olympian Todd Wilson, now the Nordic director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. “There aren’t many towns with such a proud Olympic heritage.”

picnic in a park For those looking to enjoy a nice day with a meal, Steamboat offers a variety of picnic sights for your basket and checkered blanket. Drive to the Spring Creek trailhead at East Maple Street and Amethyst Drive by the high school, then hike up a short dirt road to a gazebo picnic shelter and two small ponds. After your meal, keep going up Spring Creek Trail, fish or relax by the water and toss sticks for your dog before returning to town. If you’re not looking for a hike, try Dr. Rich Weiss Park just above the Rabbit Ears Motel. Offering a grassy area adjacent to the Yampa River, this is the perfect place to bring the kids for a quick picnic followed by a dip in the riverside hot springs. Little Toots, Whistler, Elk and Emerald parks, as well as Fetcher Pond, are also all great picnic spots.

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Quarry Trail All of Steamboat’s many hiking trails hold spectacular views. However, the most envied of all has to be that of the Quarry Trail on Emerald Mountain. This prime multi-use trail can be accessed in various spots around the base of Howelsen Hill. The popular Lupine Trail starts at the Sombrero Ranches Steamboat Stables and leads to a more challenging trek while the Bluffs Loop starts at the stables entrance and leads to a moderate climb. You can also access the Quarry via Blackmer Drive. Popular among bikers, hikers and horseback riders, the trails lead to a breathtaking view of the Yampa Valley, downtown Steamboat and Steamboat Ski Area. About a 4-mile roundtrip, this hike will be well worth it to take in the views of the Yampa Valley.

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QuiddiTCH Just kidding. There are no warring wizards zipping around on broomsticks here. But you and your kids can pretend every time you ride the gondola up to the top of Thunderhead Lodge at Steamboat Ski Area.

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raCE For those looking to tune their competitive edge, Steamboat offers myriad events to keep the blood pumping. The 33rd Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K features a course beside the Elk River through green pastures on Routt County Road 129, making it one of the “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America.” The Howelsen Hill 8-Miler, part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, includes 4- and 8-mile runs through the gorgeous trails of Emerald Mountain. The Steamboat Springs Running Series offers more than 10 races throughout the summer on various trails throughout the Yampa Valley. Another event more focused on fun is the Steamboat Mad Mud Run, this year known as Mud Festivus for the Restivus. This features a 5K race with challenging muddy obstacles at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. For bikers, there is also no shortage of events. The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series offers six events that vary in hill-climb and cross-country; the 10th annual Tour de Steamboat boasts 25-, 40- and 110-mile supported road rides; and the Steamboat Stinger showcases a 50-mile mountain bike race up and over Emerald Mountain.

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rabbiT EarS paSS Looking to get out of town and into the wilderness? Rabbit Ears Pass, located just east of Steamboat, provides wide-open terrain for hiking, biking and ogling flowers. The West Summit harbors a variety of trails marked by blue diamonds, offering perfect kick-and-gliding for the whole family. Maps for its Forest Service trails can be picked up at the U.S. Forest Service office, across U.S. Highway 40 from the Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs. 24 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

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rodeo The ongoing Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series will leave you with a desire to saddle up and grab a lasso. A Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event and former winner of the PRCA’s Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year Award, the weekly performances make Steamboat’s rodeo the most successful weekly rodeo in the country. “Steamboat was a cowboy and ranching town before it was anything else, and our rodeo reminds us of our heritage,” says the rodeo series’ John Shipley. “It’s one of the best events of the summer.” The shows, every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., are packed with ongoing action to keep everyone entertained until the last second, including bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and a clown act. For the kids, the Calf and Ram Scrambles are a fun way to take part in the big show. The Calf Scramble is for kids ages 6 to 12; kids gather in the arena and a calf is let loose for them to chase down to get the ribbon tied to its tail. The Ram Scramble is for kids ages 5 and younger.

Schedule and information  Rodeo performances are held Fridays and Saturdays at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.  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 Visitors 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: www.steamboatprorodeo.com; 970-879-1818 2014 rodeo schedule 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 14 7:30 p.m. June 22 and 21 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 28 6:30 p.m. July 3 to 5 7:30 p.m. July 11 and 12 7:30 p.m. July 18 and 19 7:30 p.m. July 25 and 26 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 exploreSteamboat.com

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What’s a vacation without a little shopping? Take a break to shop historic downtown. Steamboat’s historic shopping district combines the nostalgia of old-time storefronts with boutique shops, galleries and more. Downtown you’ll find such venerable establishments as F.M. Light & Sons (look for the plastic horse on Lincoln Avenue), founded in 1905 and now in its fifth generation of family ownership, and All That Jazz as well as such newer stores as Anchor and Zirkel Trading. They all share that little taste of Steamboat you can take with you to enjoy back home. If you’re staying on the mountain, take the free city bus to Fifth Street and begin your journey by passing the historic Routt County Courthouse before entering the heart of the downtown area where restaurants, bars and shops await.

Award-winning music can be found at the Strings Music Pavilion between town and the mountain, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. From its 1988 beginnings to its current 9,000-square-foot facility on a 6-acre site at the corner of Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads, the organization brings top acts to Steamboat every year, from Grammy-awardwinning musicians to New York Metropolitan Opera singers and world-class orchestra performers. “We have great music and an unbelievably supportive community,” says Strings marketing director Cristin Frey. “We owe it all to the support of the community and the people who continue to come to our shows.” Info: 970-879-5056, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

Tube the yampa 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 downtown offering everything from tube use 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,” says local river guide Kent Vertrees. “It’s a big part of the Steamboat summer experience.”

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TEnniS For work on your backhand, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs (970-879-8400; www. steamboatsprings.net) offers six cushioned indoor hard courts, four outdoor hard courts, and six outdoor hydro-court clay courts near the base of the ski area, adjacent to the Meadows Parking Lot. Spend time working on your own with a ball machine, knock the ball around for fun or take a lesson with a pro. The city also offers two courts on a first-come basis at Howelsen Hill. exploreSteamboat.com

On a typical Steamboat morning, you can look out your window and see an unusual bit of color making its way across the sky. That rainbow-colored balloon represents the best view in town. For a bird’s-eye view of the Yampa Valley, Wild West Balloon Adventures (970-879-7219; www.wildwestballooning.com) offers winter balloon tours complete with a Champagne toast afterward. Setting out in the early morning, the tours let you soar across the Yampa Valley, taking in breathtaking views of town and the mountain, including Mount Werner and its trails. Photo by John F. Russell Summer 2014 ExplorE StEamboat | 25

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Vino testing Looking to class up your evening on the town? Release your inner sommelier by participating in a variety of wine tastings offered across town, as well as dining at a variety of local restaurants that pride themselves on their wine offerings (many offer specials and samplings throughout the summer). To take in some art with your wine, try the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. downtown on the first Friday of every month, where local galleries showcase

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their art with wine, appetizers and live music. Also, check Central Park Liquor (970-879-3428, www.cplsteamboat.com) for its wine tasting specials from its wineries of the month. And don’t forget to make plans to attend the annual Steamboat Wine Festival (Aug. 6 to 10, www.steamboatwinefestival.com), where wineries from across the country exhibit their wares at the base of Mount Werner.

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Enduro-X racing Walking tour 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 (and self-guided brochure): www.yampavalley.info

Entering its second season, Enduro-X riding comes full force to Steamboat this summer, thanks to sponsors Alpine Bank, Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, Dave Chase Rugs & Furniture and more, who are teaming up to bring the Steamboat Enduro-X series to the mountain. The downhill-riding action kicks off with the Enduros Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Zoom around Like a little more horsepower than local equines provide? The Steamboat area’s trails and dirt roads offer countless miles of riding, for everything from ATVs to dirt bikes. Following is a sampling of local places to ride Sand Wash Basin: With 90 percent of its 165,000 acres open for off-road travel, Sand Wash Basin, 50 miles west of Craig, offers two-track and singletrack riding through washes, as well a free-ride area filled with hills and jumps. Burns/Darby Creek: A series of trails and roads 45 minutes south of Steamboat on Colorado Highway 131 near the turnoff to Burns, this region is filled with hills and singletrack. A similar series of trails can be found at Darby Creek and Bocco Mountain SRMA near Wolcott. North Routt County: Once the gates open to trails on national forest lands (typically between June 15 and July 1), head to the trails and roads of Nipple Peak and Sand Mountain just past Steamboat Lake, or head toward Farwell Mountain. The main routes stem from the trail system where Forest Development Road 550 branches off Routt County Road 129 at the foot of Hahn’s Peak (Note: No motors in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area). Flat Tops: The Flat Tops south of town offer a wealth of riding options, both on exploreSteamboat.com

the weekend of July 19 and 20, and continues with the Sunshine and Thunderhead Enduros on Aug. 16 and 17 and the Summit-X on Aug. 24. The series also offers a Kids Pump Track Jam, Dual Slalom Races and even a Strider Challenge for the youngsters, making each event fun for the whole family. Info: www.enduro-xrace.com

trails and two-track, best accessed from Oak Creek, Phippsburg and Yampa (no motors past the wilderness area boundary). Rabbit Ears/Buffalo Pass: This region is home to many linked roads and trail systems, all above 10,000 feet, including Trail #1101, which heads south off the summit of Buffalo Pass. Jackson County: This region offers a vast network of trails, ranging from timber rides to 60-plus miles of dirt bikeonly singletrack on the Snyder and Willow Creek trails near Rand. It also boasts the state’s only off-highway vehicle sand dune riding at the North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area.

While you might have found yourself in a few yoga-like positions on the slopes during the winter, in the summer you can still work those kinks out at a variety of yoga and Pilates studios across town. Open to everyone from seasoned yogis to barely-touch-your-toes newbies, Steamboat offers nearly 20 such studios in town to help work out your kinks from the slopes. Favorites include Old Town Hot Springs (970-879-1828, www.oldtownhotsprings.org), the Yoga Center of Steamboat (970-870-1522, www.yoga centerofsteamboat.com) or Steamboat Pilates Yoga & Fitness (970-879-6788, www.steamboatpilatesandfitness. com). Each center offers classes for all levels while exploring different styles of yoga so you can stay stretched out during your summer visit.

Riding Resources U.S. Forest Service Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs; 970-879-1870 Extreme Power Sports, 300 River Road, Steamboat Springs; 970-879-9175 Steamboat Powersports, 2989 Riverside Plaza, Steamboat Springs; 970-8795138. Craig Powersports, 2607 U.S. Highway 40, Craig; 970-826-0060, 888-261-3303 Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark; 970-879-4404, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com Summer 2014 ExplorE StEamboat | 27

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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

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 and Ski Time Square and ride it all the way to the west side of town. All buses are wheelchair accessible and can even take your bike. Schedule and map: 970-879-3717, www.steamboatsprings.net

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Taxi and limousine service

The 7-mile-long Yampa River Core Trail is the city’s concrete path that parallels the river through the entire town. It’s a great place to bike or walk with the whole family as you work your way around town.

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

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.

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Keep these numbers and websites plugged into your smartphone: Event information and business directory: ExploreSteamboat.com Includes Steamboat’s most complete events calendar and online business directory. Looking for sushi? Simply type “sushi” into the search box and let Explore do the work for you. Local news, sports and weather SteamboatToday.com Steamboat’s only daily source of news, sports, weather and event information. Pick up a copy of Steamboat Today at local newsstands, or log on to SteamboatToday.com. General ski area information: 970-879-6111 Call the ski area’s main line for information on gondola rides, hiking tours, the Adventure Zone, free concerts, the Kids’ Vacation Center, events and more (or visit www.steamboat.com). Yampa Valley Medical Center: 970-879-1322 Steamboat Springs’ hospital and primary health care services campus (www.yvmc.org).

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amily fun in Steamboat goes far beyond a visit to Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory. From hiking and biking to tubing and soaking, there’s 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 7 miles through town next to the river the entire way, ending downstream at the newly built Bear River Bike Park. 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 Shield Drive. Rent tubes from several outfitters downtown, who also offer shuttle services, or bring your own. Bonus points for staying upright through the C and D holes near the library.

where they can race against the clock for prizes. Info: 970-870-8682

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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 Shield 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.

Extend your Core Trail outing by bringing barbecue fixins’ 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 eastern end. And don’t forget a stop at Little Toots near the library, complete with horseshoe pits, swings, monkey gyms and more. Most have barbecue grills and picnic tables.

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Mini-golf and mazes await at Amaz’n Steamboat (1255 U.S. Highway 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,

The Bud Werner Memorial Library at 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

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overlooking the Yampa River, while your kids relax in the children’s section. Bonus: family sing-along sessions with musician Tom Costin.

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Take them fishing Spring Creek is the perfect place for a family hike, complete with fishing ponds and gazebo for lunch. To get there, either bike a half-mile up a dirt road, or park across from the high school on Amethyst Drive and hike. Other kid-friendly fishing spots include Casey’s Pond and Fetcher Pond off U.S. Highway 40 on the south end of town.

bowling time Steamboat’s Snow Bowl, located off U.S. Highway 40 at 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, www.snowbowl.net

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, www.steamboat.com

Waterslide World At the Old Town Hot Springs at 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, www.steamboathotsprings.org

Waterfall Hike If you have time for only one stroll with the family, make it to 283-foot Fish Creek Falls, located just a 3-mile drive from downtown. From Lincoln Avenue, head one block north on Third

Street and turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 1/4-mile walk to the bridge at the base of the falls or to an overlook above. Fee: $5 per vehicle per day

Calf, ram Scramble Turn your tykes into cowboys at the rodeo’s Calf and Ram Scrambles. The Calf Scramble is for kids ages 6 to 12, while 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: www.steamboatprorodeo.com

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 fullday horseback rides up Emerald Mountain. Info: 970-879-2306, www.sombrero.com

Candyland Reward your kids with an outing well done with a visit to Fuzzywig’s Candy Factory at 845 Lincoln Ave., where gummy worms, fudge and more can help entice your brood to continue their outdoor adventures.

ME-TiME Sometimes, even the most doting parents need some me-time. Below are a few places where your kids can be cared for, have fun and learn something in the process.

gymnastics At Excel Gymnastics at 2851 Riverside Plaza, you can enroll your kids in everything from preschool to rec and beyond gymnastics classes, complete with flybed trampolines, tumbling matts, rings, vaults, parallel bars, foam pits and more. Check the schedule for class or Open Gym times. Info: 970-879-3467; www.879-egos.com

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vices Center at 325 Seventh St., the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs provides activities from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for youths ages 6 to 18. Activities include a variety of sports, arts and crafts projects and educational programming (including a computer lab). The cost is just $1 per hour or $10 for the day (with $25 membership fee). Info: 970-871-3160

adventure bound The city’s licensed summer program, Adventure Bound, offers care and programs for kindergartners through sixth-graders, split into three groups daily. Kindergartners through thirdgraders meet at Soda Creek Elementary School, with fourth- through sixth-graders meeting at

the Igloo next to Howelsen Ice Arena. The city provides services from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 970-879-4300

Kids’ adventure Club Operated by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., the Kids’ Adventure Club offers activities for children ages 3 to 12 through its Mini-Campers, Yampa Campers and Routt Scouts and Pioneers programs. Activities include hikes, art and crafts, concerts, outdoor games, concerts, kayaking, swimming, scavenger hunts, tennis, the Alpine Slide and more, as well as field trips. Info: 970-879-0740

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hen visiting a new town, sometimes it’s nice to have a helping hand to guide you. In Steamboat Springs, that comes in the form of Yampatika, a nonprofit founded in 1992 whose mission 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. Each

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year its programs and camps reach more than 15,000 youths and adults — both locals and visitors — with safe, enjoyable and educational outdoor activities instilling environmental stewardship. Info: www.yampatika.org, 970-871-9151

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2014 summer programs Tuesdays, July 1 to Aug. 26: Hike with a naturalist on Mount Werner, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 24 to Aug. 27: Mineral Springs tours, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 19 to Aug. 30: Hike Fish Creek Falls with a naturalist Thursdays, May 22 to Aug. 30: Weekly bird walks Also, call or visit the website for a complete line of Adult Field Schools throughout the summer, from wildflower and bird walks to big horn sheep counts and fossil hikes.

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

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, 3 miles to the scenic upper falls, or farther to Long Lake (6 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 3 miles until it dead-ends at the Fish Creek Falls parking lot. Day-use parking permit fee required.

Spring Creek This popular, multi-use 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 4 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.

Mad Creek A scenic, 2-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 right at the old 7-Eleven on the city’s west side. Head north on Routt County 129 (Elk River Road) for about 5 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 Service 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 Service Creek) or off Lynx Pass Road (C.R. 16, for Silver Creek) on the reservoir’s south side. The Service 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 Routt County Road 14 to Stagecoach State Park. Take a left off C.R.14 onto C.R. 18 at the Stagecoach State Park entrance and drive 3 miles to access the Service Creek (1105) trailhead past the dam. Or, turn left at C.R. 16 on the far, west

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 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, 970-879-9144  Wheels Bicycle Shop, 841 Yampa St., 970870-1974  Straightline Outdoor Sports, Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-7568  Backdoor Sports, 841 Yampa St., 970-8796249

High altitude and rugged terrain can quickly 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.

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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

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 2 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, 3-mile route to the quarry. The Bluffs Loop starts at the stables entrance for a moderate, rolling route of just under 3 miles, much of it shaded in the late afternoon. New offerings Beall Trail and Ridge Trail also recently 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: www.steamboat.com). 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  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, raincoat and pants  Leatherman multi-tool, duct tape and lightweight rope  Headlamp with additional batteries  Sunscreen  Cellphone with charged battery

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across Mount Werner Circle to Gondola Square.

rabbit Ears peak From the parking area, follow the old Jeep trail at FSR 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 FSR 311 and right onto FSR 291 to the parking area.

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mit 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 FSR 410 to the parking area.

northern routt County 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 to Clark (about 17 miles). Turn right onto Seedhouse Road (C.R. 64). The paved road eventually ends, but wellmaintained gravel leads to many trailheads and camping areas on either side.

devil’s Causeway 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 3-mile out-and-back will take you to the vertigoinducing 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 Colorado Highway 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. Summer 2014 ExplorE StEamboat | 33

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ome summertime, there’s no better way to see the Yampa Valley than on a bicycle. Hundreds of miles of trails and roads surround town, a user-friendly bike path parallels the Yampa River, and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. continues to improve its new downhill offerings on the mountain. Augmenting our town’s already world-class 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.

Events Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series — Want to enter a local race? The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series takes place Thursday

evenings throughout the 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: www.townchallenge.com Tour de Steamboat — The ninth annual Kent Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat, a noncompetitive road cycling event and fundraiser, featuring a 110-mile Gore Gruel; 40-mile Stagecoach ride; and family-friendly Yampa River Core Trail ride. Saturday, July 19. Info: www.rockypeakproductions.com Steamboat Enduro-X Mountain Bike Series — Enduro-X riding comes to Steamboat this summer, kicking off with Enduros the weekend of July 19-20, and continuing with the Sunshine and Thunderhead Enduros Aug. 16-17 and the Summit-X on Aug. 24. The series also offers a Kids Pump Track Jam, Dual Slalom Races and Strider Challenge for the youngsters.

Info: www.Enduro-Xrace.com Honey Stinger Steamboat Stinger — This year’s fourth annual Steamboat Stinger features a 50-mile singletrack race up and over Emerald Mountain as well as a full and half marathon the next day. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. Info: www.honeystinger.com Steamboat Springs Stage Race — For the fourth year in a row, this four-day event includes a Friday time trial, Saturday circuit race, Sunday road race and Monday criterium. Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Info: www.bikesteamboat.com

bicycle sales and tunes: Four full-service bike shops in town offer everything from friendly advice on where to ride to tunes, sales and more. The shops include: Orange Peel Bicycle Service (1136 Yampa St., 970-879-2957); Ski Haus (1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385); Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare (442

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For an easy, family-friendly cruise, the Yampa River Core Trail is a wide concrete path that parallels the Yampa River from the east side of Steamboat to the west. It’s a great way 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, to behind the farthest softball field) and a new bike park at the Bear River Skatepark, accessed at the farthest downstream end of the bike path (off Shield Drive). Family-friendly rides can also 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. A 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 can also climb from Thunderhead to the Storm Peak summit, where more singletrack awaits. For more seclusion, try Spring Creek, whose trailhead starts near the high school downtown (or you can shuttle up to the top on Buff Pass for a 7-mile ride down). The 1101 Continental Divide Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass is another locals’ favorite, as is northern Routt County off Seedhouse Road; try Pearl Lake to Colter Creek (Trail #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, as well as the annual 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 current weather conditions. Info: www.routtcountyriders.org, www.steamboatbiketown.com

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 can also 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 USA Pro Cycling Challenge course by heading up up Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40. Make it epic by continuing to Gore Pass on Colo. Highway 134 and then over Yellow Jacket Pass on C.R. 14. Loop it back to Colo. Highway 131 to complete the 110-mile ride, referred to as the “Gore Gruel.” exploreSteamboat.com

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www.steamboathorses.com Hourly horseback rides available • 2 miles left of The Clark Store

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

get artsy Located at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue, the free Steamboat Art Museum (970-870-1755) offers exhibits all summer long. 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 (970-879-9008) at 1001 13th St., 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 collection 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.

Hit the movies The six-screen Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas

(970-870-8222, www.metrotheatres.com) is located in Wildhorse Marketplace off Mount Werner Road, offering the latest and greatest hits from Hollywood.

ice skate Located downtown near the rodeo arena, Howelsen Ice Arena (970-879-0341) offers a great way to stretch the legs when the weather straps you down. It offers open skating sessions daily as well as regular and family drop-in hockey, Rock on Ice evenings and even bumper cars.

Soak in the springs Nothing soothes the rainy day blues better than a soak in a hot spring. Located downtown, Old Town Hot Springs (970-879-1828) offers a variety of mineral pools as well as two, 230-foot water slides, a water-based climbing wall, kiddie and lap pools and a full-service workout facility. Seven miles outside of town, Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers soaking options in a more rustic environment, complete with hot spring waterfalls and a side creek to cool off in.

Tackle some tennis Grab your racquet (or rent one on site) and head to the six indoor, cushioned hard courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs (970-8798400). You can reserve court time for games or to practice lobs, volleys, serves, ground strokes and more, either 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, first-served 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 (970-879-0240) at 1289 Lincoln Ave., right by the river. In addition to a full complement of books and magazines, the facility offers computer games, riverside reading rooms, stuffed animals for kids, and more, with even 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 (970-879-9480, www.snowbowl.net), located off U.S. Highway 40 at 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, offers Cosmic Night under the disco ball on Friday nights, Dollar Nights on Sunday and Tuesdays after 9 p.m. as well as family and other specials throughout the summer. 36 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

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RESERVATIONS: 970.671.2060 WWW.CARLSTAVERN.COM 7TH & YAMPA

While Carl’s Tavern, located at the corner of Yampa and Seventh Streets in the Howelsen Place building downtown, is named after Carl Howelsen, the man who brought skiing to Steamboat, it’s fast become one of Steamboat’s most popular summertime restaurants and bars as well. Large windows and a huge Yampa Street patio keep the atmosphere open and airy, as does the newly opened, 880-square-foot Antler game room adjoining the main bar, which includes booths, two pool tables, a shuffleboard table, Touch Tones jukebox and three large HDTVs. But it’s the food, drinks, live entertainment and atmosphere that keep locals and visitors coming back for ore. Owned and operated by Collin and Noella Kelley, Carl’s Tavern has been voted Best Bar by locals, for good reason. Great food, a great atmosphere and high-end TVs everywhere you look is their formula for success. Seats around the large round circular bar allow patrons to socialize or watch the day’s games on nine, large high-definition televisions, with beer and food specials served all day.

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“It’s the perfect place to watch your favorite game,” says server Beth Hadrys, adding that volumes can be adjusted individually or together. The bar also hosts Bluegrass Wednesdays with live local bluegrass bands, as well as featured bands or DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. It also offers a great daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring $2 oysters, 50 cent wings, $2 draft beers, $3 domestic bottles and $5 premium well drinks. Carl’s also offers more than 80 types of whiskey, as well as draft beers from Denver’s Great Divide Brewing and Boulder’s Avery Brewing Company. On the food front, the focus is on fresh, every step of the way. The marinade and sauces for are wings is homemade, and its popular pot roast is slow cooked for 15 hours. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University’s culinary arts school in Denver, Collin’s background includes chef stints at Denver’s Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. All this shows at Carl’s, where mouthwatering taste gets blended with ample portions. “It’s all about creating really good food,” he says. “That’s what we do best. We make everything from scratch.” So come on down for a beer or popular Moscow Mule in a frozen copper mug, and a home-cooked meal. Carl would be glad you did. (970) 761-2060 • www.carlstavern.com 39

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 of 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

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at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort”

Breezeway Cafe, located inside the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, poolside, is perfect for scrumptious drinks and food on the go. Open from 6:30 a.m. daily, it’s a convenient place to find coffee drinks, other beverages, breakfast, lunch and snack options.

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

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This summer, come dine fireside on our spacious deck adorned with an array of native wildflowers while taking in the spectacular views of Steamboat Ski Area. Located at the base of the ski area, adjacent to One Steamboat Place and the gondola, Truffle Pig features sophisticated, casual cuisine crafted from the finest and freshest ingredients available. Diners can expect creative dishes complimented by a collection of outstanding specialty cocktails and a diverse selection of wines from around the world. Chef Jesse Romero, who brings his culinary talents from the West Coast, has successfully established a menu that has been embraced by locals and visitors alike. The perpetually changing menu takes advantage of seasonal ingredients featuring such favorite appetizers as its famous truffle fries tossed in white truffle oil and topped with shaved grana padano; marinated olives with a roasted red pepper vinaigrette; goat cheese and chorizo-stuffed, bacon-wrapped medjool dates with a port drizzle; pan-roasted mussels with garlic confit; and the unique and ever so popular “pig wings.” The entrees include a variety of items, including lamb bolognese with housemade pappardelle, fresh basil and grana padano; arugula and prosciutto flatbread; braised bison short ribs, potato puree, summer ragout, chanterelles and parsnip chips; colorado ribeye with cippolini soubise; and the signature, chipotle-spiked pork osso bucco, served with cheddar grits, pickled red onion and micro cilantro. “We’re approachable to all palates, from an 8-year-old to those looking for a fine dining experience,” says managing partner Scott Engelman, adding that the new fare and complimentary valet parking has quickly made the Truffle Pig a true locals’ favorite. Throw in one of Steamboat’s best Happy Hours — featuring $2 Beers, $5 Sangrias and select wines by the glass at half price, daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close — and there’s plenty of reason to put the Truffle Pig on your summer dining and drinking list. Truffle Pig is open daily for dinner at 5 p.m. Join us for lunch on Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Brunch on Sunday’s 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Truffle Pig about inquiries for parties and events at this ideal venue

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SPOSTAS Don’t Expect Traditional,

ExpEcT DElicious! Spending two decades in the Yampa

Valley, Spostas operating owner Bettina Meyer is happy to pay it forward to the town she loves through her sushi restaurant at 825 Oak Street downtown. “After 20 years podium in the Best of the Boat Best Sushi category. here, I just want to give back to the community,” she “Even if people don’t like sushi, they like this,” says says. “We have a whole line-up of special events for Meyer, adding that the roll-your-own concept is the summer.” Christian Talli started Spostas with $150 hugely popular and that they source their food in his bank account four years ago and has turned it locally as much as possible. “We do as much locally into a local’s paradise with a great vibe sourced farm-to-table as we can. It’s pretty and great food. unique and different.” Look for special Kids Days, While Spostas offers a when children can come in full array of traditional sushi and make up their own options, including eel, salmon, sushi rolls, with the best crab and Uber-popular Spicy ones making it onto Tuna Roll (or even zestier the menu for a month; Christian’s Spicy Tuna Roll), it’s Sangria and Frushi non-conventional offerings Days, with specials on are also high on locals’ list. Try homemade Sangria and the Spamtastic, Fajita Roll, Fish locally sourced fruit mixed into Taco Roll and kids’ favorite, tempuravarious rolls and sauces; Reggae chRisTiaN’s sPicY TUNa BoWl fried Nutella or PB&J sandwich, which (and other music) on the Patio; can even come with bacon. Other options include and even a Pickle-off, featuring deep-fried pickles the Tuscany (hot Italian sausage, yellow bell pepper, from area ranches. Also, expect a 1st Annual Spostas cilantro, cream cheese and Tahini); Free Bus (salmon, Parking Lot Party in the fall, and such programs as cream cheese and asparagus); and Da Bomb (tuna, coupons for those participating in community clean- avocado, honey, cream cheese, Teriyaki). up efforts. You’ll enjoy this food in a cozy dining atmosphere, Events and specials aside, inside you’ll find its complete with an array of old local signs donated trademark sushi that has gained a loyal locals from local businesses and the Steamboat following for its affordability and great taste — so Woodsmith, from a recently acquired Mattie Silks much so that it’s landed on the sign to those from the 5th Street Cafe and Steamboat Toy Company. And better than its ambiance, is its pricing, rolled out especially for locals. Lunch and Happy Hour specials are offered all year long, as are easy-to-eat finger foods like edamame and fresh seaweed salad. Don’t forget about the wide selection of beer, sake and wine to wash it down. “Our whole plan is to offer a great product priced at a level so everyone can enjoy it,” says Meyer. “It’s great to be giving back to the community.” Fish Taco salad

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Tempura Platter

mix of veggies, shrimp, and your choice of sauce

Seaweed Salad

raw seaweed, fresh ginger root, garlic, green apple,

sesame seeds and Spostas homemade sesame dressing

Homemade Cucumber Salad

Salmon, tuna and eel Nigiri and sashimi

The following are available as rolls, bowls or salads

The Kraken

tempura fried soft shell crab, bacon, avocado, scallions and your choice of sauce

Ultimate Sushi

tuna, imitation crab, yellow bell pepper, sprouts, carrots, scallions, avocado and your choice of sauce

Chicken Club

chicken, bacon, avocado, scallions, cheddar cheese, scallions, tempura bits, jalapeño, sesame seeds and spicy

Sir Mike A Lot

Lunch SpeciaL 11am - 3pm 2 rolls for $10.50

happy hour 3:30pm - 5:30pm Half-price Hot Sake $1 PBR $2.50 Kirin draught

imitation crab, bacon, avocado, cream cheese,

tempura fried with sweet chili and firecracker

Crusty Crab

imitation crab, scallions, tempura fried with sweet chili sauce

Christian's Spicy Tuna

tuna, avocado, tempura bits, scallions, green apple, teriyaki and firecracker

Fajita

NY strip or Chicken, yellow bell pepper, jalapeños, vocado and firecracker

MJ Roll

salmon, cilantro, cucumbers, sesame seeds, avocado, asparagus, scallions, red cabbage, cream cheese and your choice sauce

SPOSTAS 825 Oak St., • (970) 879-4343 www.spostas.com

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SLOPESIDE GRILL

There’s a reason Slopeside, located at the base of the mountain, has been voted Best On-mountain Apres for three years running in Steamboat’s Best of the Boat contest. Where else can you walk or bike up to live music at the base of the ski area, order a beer or other summer drink from a new outside, granitecountered bar, munch down a Mt. Werner-sized plate of nachos, and then relax in the sun to celebrate your day in Steamboat? Throw in the restaurant’s popular pint pass, homemade pizzas and crackling firepits and you won’t want to leave until well after the late night happy hour (which serves up $7 pizzas and $3 beers). There’s plenty to do inside as well, where you can watch your favorite ballgame around a horseshoe-shaped bar on nine regular and one jumbo 64inch HD TV — all with every Direct TV 46

sports package under the sun. While you’re rooting on your favorite team, sample the restaurant’s trademark homemade pizzas and as many as nine fresh draft beers. Those looking for more conventional dining can choose from a multitude of cozy booths and tables in the main dining area. Wherever you sit, get ready for great-tasting food. For appetizers, try the Bruschetta (sliced baguette brushed with roasted garlic olive oil and topped with onions, basil, feta cheese, tomatoes and parmesan); Frito Pie (beef chili poured over corn chips, with sour cream, cheese and scallions); Chili Cheese Fries and locally made Sausage & Peppers. From the pizza oven come over a dozen homemade pies featuring such mountain-themed 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 Chipotle BBQ Pork Shoulder, served over creamy grits with bacon and chipotle BBQ sauce; the Blackened Mahi, with chipotle tartar sauce and fresh lime; and the Shortrib Pot Roast, featuring slowbraised beef with caramelized onion, roasted mushrooms and carrots, topped with red wine pot gravy and mashed potatoes. You can also choose from a variety of homemade calzones, burgers, fresh salads and more — enough of a variety that you’ll find yourself visiting its new outdoor bar or dining inside again and again throughout the summer season in Steamboat.

MENU ITEMS Appetizers

Sausage and Peppers: Locally made Italian sausage sautéed with bell peppers and onion, served with toast points.

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

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Turkey Cobb: Fresh mixed greens, oven roasted turkey, black olives, mixed cheeses, bacon and your choice of dressing.

sAndwiches

Philly Cheese Steak: Choice of classic Philly cheese steak

or veggie burger patty sautéed with onions, mixed peppers & cheese on a hoagie roll.

pizzAs

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

Four Points: Meat pizza. Marinara topped with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, bacon & mozzarella.

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Sausage Scallopini: Locally made Italian sausage sautéed with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and marinara, tossed with fettuccine. (Gluten free noodles available.)

entrees

Full Rack: Our “award-winning” baby back barbequed

pork ribs slow roasted to tender perfection with wood smoked flavor. Served with potato & sautéed vegetables.

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Coming off its 10th anniversary, The Egg & I has a more than decade-long history as one of Steamboat’s favorite breakfast spots. Conveniently located in Sundance at Fish Creek halfway between town and the mountain, it’s the perfect place to meet friends, family or business acquaintances for a great, relaxing breakfast in Steamboat. Based on the 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 Philly Steak adds beef and provolone. Other favorites include a variety of omelets, specialty waffles and 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 Santa Fe Huevos. The menu also offers a range of non-egg dishes and such lighter-fare specialties as the Mediterranean Frittata and Egg Byte Omelet. For drinks, on a cold winter day 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, 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 menu and capacity to handle larger groups sets us apart,” says Moline, who counts the Raspberry Granola Pancake among his favorites.

www.TheEggandIRestaurants.com 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

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Mother always told you to eat a good breakfast

LocaL 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

VERA CRUz CHICKEN & AVOCADO OMELETTE An egg white omelet with diced chicken, tomatoes, onions and green chilies. Topped with melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and fresh avocado. Served with fresh fruit and a side of salsa. $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

TExAS SKILLET

Seasoned steak strips, roasted red and green peppers, onions, portabella mushrooms on a bed of ranch potatoes with melted cheese and two eggs any style. Served with an English muffin. $8.99

APPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA FLAPPER

Crunchy granola and apples slices baked into a whole wheat pancake, sprinkled with cinnamon and served with cinnamon butter. Complete with two eggs any style and your choice of two strips of bacon or two sausage patties. $9.29

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Ranch to Table cooked to perfection

SAMPLE MENU

French Gold Margarita BACON-WRAPPED DATES Sauza Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, Fresh-squeezed lemon & lime juice, ice, salt - rocks or frozen. Danish Blue, Maple Glaze, Pecans

Southwest Armadillo Rolls JAPAPENO GOAT CHEESE FRITTERS Crispy eggrolls stuffwed with chicken, pork, jalapenos, onions, bell peppers, black beans, cilantro, and cheddar cheese. S Fennel Marmalade

Tequila-Fired Fajitas (**please feature this more prominently among menu items) LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE Roasted Poblanos, Smoked Gouda We are proud to offer a fun “sobre la mesa,” or tableside, dining experience we discovered while traveling in Jalisco, Mex side.The alcohol flashes off, imparting a wonderful aroma and delicious flavor accent. A great show!

E3 RANCH STEAKS

14 Enchiladas oz NY Strip Baja 14 oz Ribeye

Shrimp, mushrooms, and fresh spinach, wrapped in a corn tortilla, topped with homemade jalepeno pesto cream sauce 8oz Full Filet Mignon Sauza Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, Fresh-squeezed lemon & lime juice, ice, salt - rocks or frozen.

24 oz Porterhouse

RESERVATIONS:

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The LaRoche family ranch is located in southeast Kansas. E3 Chophouse and Cantina are family-owned and operated, just like the ranch. We invite you to dine at either of our restaurants in downtown Steamboat Springs. ___ Jeff LaRoche, Cantina GM Dave Eliason, E3 Chophouse GM

creative tex-mex cuisine fresh-squeezed margaritas at the oldest continually-running bar in the ‘Boat!

E3 Ranch cattle are raised in an all-natural environment to provide both award-winning restaurants with only the best, certified Black Angus Prime beef. The beef is aged 21 days and processed near the ranch before coming over the Continental Divide to Steamboat Springs, providing guests with the most tender, delicious cuts found anywhere in Served with chipotle ranch. the Yampa Valley.

xico. Upon serving, we will pour 100% agave tequila or Mexcal on your chosen fajita skillet and serve it flaming tabletable

e. French Gold Margarita

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voted Best Place to Watch the Game three years in a row. It also offers NTN Network, a free sports, trivia and poker game, a new arcade with games for all ages, and the best collection of sports memorabilia in town.

An ever-revolving beer list featuring some of the best Colorado craft suds in Steamboat makes the Tap House Sports Grill, located in the heart of downtown between Seventh and Eighth streets, your go-to hang-out, whether you’re watching your favorite game or simply swinging in for a beverage and bite to eat. Easily living up to its name, The Tap House has 21 beers on draft, all from Colorado. It also features new two-pitcher-capacity beer towers that you tap at your table, keeping your beer colder and fresher longer. “We’re focusing on smaller breweries,” says owner Melissa Baker, adding that it often gets limited production kegs of Colorado’s finest. “We’ve also been hosting ‘tap room takeovers’ where one specific brewery comes in and taps all of its different beers. It’s big in the cities, and we’re the only place in Steamboat doing it.” None of this takes away from its family and group friendliness, with the establishment able to accommodate groups of up to 100 people at a time. This also makes it the perfect place to bring your sports team after the big game.

For food, choose from traditional sports grill food - including burgers and fries, battered chicken fingers, onion rings and heaping piles of nachos - as well as such entrees as ribs, half-roasted chicken, sirloins, ribeyes and more. 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. And don’t forget its awardwinning wings, braised in such sauces as oriental barbecue, buttery garlic parmesan and dry-rubbed Jamaican jerk. For those open to new ideas, try its original peanut butter & jelly and extreme heat challenge wings. As a bonus, Tuesday’s Wing Day offers them all at half price from 11 a.m. to midnight. Perfect for everyone from families to ardent fans, put the Tap House on your list for great Colorado craft beers, food and fun in the heart of downtown.

As for watching your own favorite game, whether it’s hoops, hockey, football, baseball, soccer and more, it has you covered there as well. With more than 50 high-definition TVs with full satellite capability and complete sports programming, as well as 25 wireless, tabletop, eight-channel speakers, The Tap House has been

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Whatever your fancy, be it live music and dancing or dinner with the family, you’ll find it at Old Town Pub, one of the best traditions in town. 600 Lincoln Ave. • 970-879-2101 • www.oldtownpub.jimdo.com

Recently under new ownership, the Old Town Pub & Restaurant is one of town’s finest and longest-running dining and drinking establishments. Making everything from scratch with a seasonally rotating menu, it offers such old favorites as the Prime Rib Burrito and French Dip Philly as well as such new offerings as its popular Strawberry & Brie Bruschetta, Steak Tacos and Shrimp Tapanade. Other popular entrees include its Prime Rib Burrito and Lobster Roll. Whatever you choose, fresh, local and seasonal produce and meat is incorporated into every item on the menu. More traditional fare includes its popular late-night pizza, served from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. every evening and made with fresh dough, sauce and toppings (try the crowd favorite Buffalo Chicken, Mac N’ Cheese or BBQ Chicken). Its long-standing “Burger Night” takes place every Thursday with half-price hand-made, locally sourced burgers (now offered during lunch also). For appetizers, choose everything from its famous fried pickles to homemade onion rings and buffalo shrimp. Soup and salad favorites include its famous venison chili and OTP Cob, with sandwiches ranging from Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich to Grilled Caprese Sandwich. The Old Town Pub also offers a full lineup of music a few nights every week, letting you kick up your heels after your meal.

All this is found in the historic Old Town Pub building at 6th & Lincoln downtown, a hang-out for locals and visitors alike since it was first built as the Albany Hotel in 1904. So come on over and grab a bite and a pint while settling into cozy booths amid vintage ski photos in the dining room or wrangle up a seat in the Western-style bar. Big wines, microbrews and cocktails pair well with both the Rocky Mountain menu and pub fare. Whatever your fancy, be it live music and dancing or dinner with the family, you’ll find it at Old Town Pub, one of the best traditions in town.

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FIESTA JALISCO

With six restaurants in Colorado, including its mainstay in Steamboat at 455 Anglers Drive, Fiesta Jalisco’s success owes itself to its original family recipes and a winning formula of great food, service and atmosphere. “People like good service and food at a reasonable price,” sums up manager and owner Mario Rodriguez. Inside, you’ll find “real Mexican” cuisine, passed down from decades-old family recipes. Every menu item is made fresh daily from scratch, from appetizers to an array of mouthwatering entrees. Start out with Fiesta Jalisco nachos or a cocktail campechana appetizer, with shrimp and octopus, and then jump straight into such favorites as flame-broiled Carne Asada, served with salsa and guacamole on a warmed tortilla, and its signature Arroz con Pollo, featuring tender sliced chicken breast and fresh mushrooms, onions and green peppers, all served with rice, jack and cheddar cheeses and warm tortillas. Small and large combination plates feature everything from enchiladas and

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burritos to tostadas and rellenos, or choose from a variety of carnes (meat), pollo (chicken) or mariscos (seafood). It also offers a variety of salads, vegetarian meals, children’s choices, American dishes and more. As authentic as its food is its atmosphere. The restaurant features wooden booths and bar hand-carved in Mexico, bright, colorful Mexican tile work. Paintings by Mexican artists adorn the walls, with Mexican sculptures and other works scattered also about. Adding to the ambiance is authentic Mexican music, including mariachi bands, as well as fresh lime margaritas, perfected over

generations. “It all makes you feel like a little bit of Mexico,” Rodriguez says. “We just tried to give good service and be good friends to everybody.” --Info: 455 Anglers Dr., 871-6999, www.fiestajalisco.net

VAQUEROS The owners of Fiesta Jalisco are bringing their authentic Mexican food and atmosphere to downtown Steamboat, with the opening of Vaqueros Restaurant and Taqueria at 730 Lincoln Ave. on the heart of main street. The restaurant borrows upon Fiesta Jalisco’s same winning formula of original family recipes passed down from generation to generation, combined with great service and a great atmosphere. And now, it’s all in the heart of downtown. “We wanted to keep our customers happy,” says manager and owner Mario Rodriguez. “Sometimes people were having to wait at Fiesta

Jalisco, so we brought the same theme downtown.” He adds that Vaqueros offers several new items that Fiesta Jalisco doesn’t, including meat and cheese-stuffed empanadas topped with sour cream and tomatilla sauce; succulent shrimp ceviche; and a new breed of original taco made from tripe and beef tongue. With everything made fresh daily from scratch, you’ll also see find a wealth of enchilada plates, rellenos, burritos, homemade speciality soups and chicken and carne asada offerings It also offers a variety of homespun salads, children's meals, daily specials and more.   True to its Fiesta roots, inside

you’ll also enjoy an authentic Mexican atmosphere, this time with more of a vaqueros, or cowboy, theme, making you feel right at home in Steamboat. Paintings and other Mexican cowboy artwork dot the walls, as do lariats and other tools of the hard-fought trade. And like a vaquero, you can wash it all down with a special “original” margarita, that you can refill yourself from an over-sized glass with ice-blocking pourer. "It brings the same feel of Fiesta Jalisco to downtown,” Rodriguez says. --Info: 730 Lincoln Ave., 871-6999 www.fiestajalisco.net

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Finding a high-quality, cozy, independent bookstore is getting harder and harder in today’s e-reader age, but Steamboat has one of the best in the Off the Beaten Path bookstore at 68 9th St. in the heart of downtown. Come inside for a fresh baked pastry, a frothy latte or fresh cup of Snickerdoodle coffee and you’ll escape into a world far removed from the stress of everyday life. Outdoor seating in summer, the computer bar, and a creative nook designed especially for kids, are perfect for locals looking for a hideout from the hustle and bustle of life and visitors looking for a little downtime when the family vacation gets a tad overwhelming.

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As well as a full array of bestsellers, staff picks, local guidebooks, children’s books, games, puzzles and toys, the best birthday gifts in town, Off the Beaten Path also offers a full café serving everything from sandwiches, cookies and pastries to specialty coffee drinks, wine and other libations. Come in for a quick bite to eat, latte, mocha or whatever suits your fancy while browsing one of the best independent bookstores in the Rockies! Info: 68 9th St., 970-879-6830, www.steamboatbooks.com

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hen people tip their cowboy hat to you along Lincoln Avenue, it’s a gesture that goes back a long time. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Western town than Steamboat Springs. Its wagon-ride barbecues, rodeos, surrounding ranches, downtown horseback rides, a Stetsonwearing director of skiing named Billy Kidd and even plastic equines atop buildings all hint of the city’s Western roots. Not enough proof that it could star in “High Plains Drifter”? The notorious Hole in the Wall Gang hid out in Brown’s Park just a couple hours away, a local ranch still holds a wild horse round-up every year and cattle are still often herded down main street in a nod to the olden days. Steamboat not only prides itself on its long-

lasting Western heritage but supports and honors it to this day. Big snow years are called “threewire winters,” cowboys ride through snowfields with skis strapped to their saddles in ads and kids get pulled behind horses in the annual Winter Carnival. There’s good reason for the fanfare. Unlike most resort towns, Steamboat was a ranching community way before it ever became a worldclass ski resort. Be it working cattle ranches, guest ranches or the rodeo and hunting outfitter business, that lifestyle lives on today. The community walks the walk when it comes to its Western roots. All this boils down to its location. Steamboat’s elevation, precipitation and 300 days of sunshine produce some of the best grass in the country. It’s why Under Armour co-founder Ryan Wood

recently started his Sweetwood Cattle Co. here, and why cattle and sheep operations still thrive in the region today. You can get a taste of this lifestyle at area ranches that let you in on the Western experience, be it horseback rides, cattle drives, chuckwagon dinners or weeklong horsepack trips. You also can enjoy half-day guided tours from the Community Agriculture Alliance that tours local working ranches (1 to 4:30 p.m., $50 for adults, $10 for children 7 to 12, free for kids 6 and younger; 800-922-2722 or 970-879-0825). Once back into town, remember that nothing says Wild West like a night at the rodeo, held every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. You just might find yourself recognizing a wrangler from the day’s activity, and cheering him or her on with a “Yippee ki-yay!”

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ave 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.

Hike Fish Creek Falls/uranium Trail 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 3 miles until it dead-ends at the parking lot.

picnic at Spring Creek Drive to the trailhead at East Maple Street and Amethyst Drive by the Steamboat Springs 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, relax by the water and toss sticks for your dog before returning to town.

Hot springs walking tour 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 (and self-guided brochure): www.yampavalley.info

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Take a step back in time with a historic walking tour of Steamboat Springs. Go on your own, or meet in front of the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 800 Oak St. every Thursday from June 27 to Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. (free; no registration necessary). The focus: the area’s historic buildings and early settlers, teaching you about such early pioneers such as Carl Howelsen, Margaret Crawford and Doc Willett. The tour passes such buildings at the Old Town Pub, the old Pilot Building and Pioneer building, painting a picture about the area’s unique history. exploreSteamboat.com

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Bonus: reduced admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum afterward for all participants. Info: www.yampavalley.info

alpine Slide Head over to the base of Howelsen Hill and take a quick run down the Howler Alpine Slide at 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 2 to 6 years old must ride with an adult; ages 7 and older can ride solo. Bonus: See if you can break the 43-second descent record. Info: 970-819-8010, www.steamboat alpineslidse.com exploreSteamboat.com

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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 sun-bathing rocks to warm up on afterward.

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 back down to a magnificent view of town.

Stroll/bike the Core Trail Depending on your time frame, you can bike or walk along the 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail as long as you like, stopping to smell the roses at the Yampa River Botanic Park, visit play parks or simply sit by the river. Bonus: The river ends on its western end at the Bear River Skatepark, a perfect place for the kids.

Hike Emerald Mountain That mountain rising just across the river from downtown harbors myriad 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.

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hile there’s plenty to keep you more than busy in Steamboat, head outside of the 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. Here are a few favorites

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 are allowed.

Steamboat, pearl and Hahn’s peak Lake State parks Twenty-seven miles north of Steamboat, 1,053-acre Steamboat Lake reservoir has a fullservice 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 due to wakeless restrictions and non-electric campsites, as does Hahn’s Peak Lake, located just north. Note: All three lakes are more open-aired feeling than they used to be because of pine beetle eradication efforts. Call 800-678-2267 or visit www.parks.state. co.us 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 (east) 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. Photo by Matt Stensland exploreSteamboat.com

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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 hook-ups 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, gives 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 wildflowerfilled meadows, with a final scramble up lava rock at trail’s end. Head 20 miles east out U.S. 62 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

Highway 40 to the Dumont Lake Campground turnoff on the left (north) side of the highway. Head up FDR 315 for 1.5 miles past the campground turnoff and turn left on FDR 311 to the trailhead and parking for Grizzly Creek Road (291).

gilpin Lake The 6-mile hike to this deep blue, 29-acre Alpine lake is a favorite among locals. The lake hangs on the edge of a dramatic landscape in the heart of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, perched beneath Mount Zirkel and Big Agnes Mountain. Head north on Routt County Road 129 (Elk River Road) to Clark, turn right (east) at Seedhouse Road (C.R. 64) and go 10 miles to the Slavonia trailhead. Trail 1161 steadily follows Gilpin Creek up through mixed terrain. Local’s tip: There’s a secret swimming hole below one of the trailside waterfalls.

devil’s Causeway Scared of heights? You will be at this narrow passageway linking two mountainous buttes in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Ignore

the sweeping views to focus on the exposed, lava rock-ridge arête that narrows to a few feet and drops over 1,000 feet to the valley floor on either side. Rumor has it that cowboys used to blindfold their horses to lead them across. Take C.R. 7, 6.5 miles west out of Yampa, then FDR 900, 8.5 miles west along the Bear River to the East Fork Trailhead (1119) at Stillwater Reservoir. An easy mile along the north side of the reservoir gets you into the wilderness boundary, then it’s another mile switch-backing up the final talus-slope (at 11,600 feet) to the unforgettable crossing.

Trapper’s Lake Pack the car with a picnic and take the twohour drive to Trapper’s Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, where you can fish, hike, stroll along the shore and rent a canoe or rowboat to float beneath some of the best scenery in the state. You also can camp or overnight in a rustic cabin. Head south on Colorado Highway 131, turn right at Routt C.R. 17 and drive over Dunckley Pass; or head to Craig on U.S. Highway 40, turn left (south) on Colo. 13, left again at C.R. 8 and right at C.R. 8A. exploreSteamboat.com

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ith Steamboat Springs nestled in the mountains right next to the 160,648acre Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, you’re guaranteed plenty of wildlife on your trip out West. The region harbors plenty of places to see wildlife, from black bears, moose and elk to deer, antelope, mountain lions, lynx, fox, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and more. While some are easier to spot than others, keep your eyes peeled and you’re sure to see more than a few in the neighboring mountains. Northwest Colorado’s elk herds are among the largest in the nation, making Steamboat one of the best big game viewing — and hunting — destinations in the country. For the best chance at

sighting them, head out early in the morning and look in fields and meadows along the Elk and Yampa valley floors. A multitude of moose also call the region home. Again, head out early and look for them in marshes and fields atop Rabbit Ears and Buff Pass, or even meandering through meadows closer to town. With swaths of national forest land, private ranches and dedicated wilderness areas, Routt County also provides ideal habitat for smaller species, from waterfowl and other birds to pika and chipmunks. For bird watching, visit The Nature Conservancy-operated Carpenter Ranch (970-2764626) just a 25-minute drive west on U.S. Highway 40; or the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area off

River Road (Routt County Road 14) to the south. Find a great introduction to local wildlife at the U.S. Forest Service office on the eastern edge of Steamboat (925 Weiss Drive, 970-870-2299) and at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitors Center a half hour north on Colorado Highway 129 (970879-3922), which also has petting pelts and other interpretive displays. Hiking in the Sarvis Creek, Flat Tops and Mount Zirkel wilderness areas puts you deeper into wildlife habitat, but practice proper wildlifeviewing protocol. Never feed wildlife or entice it to approach you; wild animals can be dangerous, especially if they perceive you as a threat. Report any incidents to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (970-870-2197).

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yno, redpoint, flash, send. Practice this slang and more at Steamboat’s top climbing spots, all within a short drive of town. Local rock climbs offer everything from bouldering and top-roping to sport and trad climbing — more than enough to keep you pumped and primed all summer long.

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Head north up Elk River Road (C.R. 129) and turn right onto Seedhouse Road just after the Clark Store. Along the north side of the road are some good sport/trad walls. Seedhouse Crag is the first, just after Elk River Guest Ranch, and offers a dozen sport leads that are easily toproped. Cougar Crag, just above Forest Service Stahley park Road 430, has numerous sport and traditional leads overlooking Hinman Park. At the end of Located in downtown Steamboat, Stahley Hinman Park, Valley View is a great top-rope Park offers the chance to top-rope short, difarea for kids. Box Canyon Crag is next, with a ficult climbs along Butcherknife Creek. Climbs few sport climbs. Head up the North Fork Trail exist on both sides of the trail, with a crack climb on the north and face climb on the south. and you’ll find Hole in the Wall Canyon, which also offers good sport climbs, and the “Needle,” a classic two-pitch climb to the top of a narrow uranium Mine tower. At the end of Seedhouse Road is the AlJust north (left) of the Fish Creek Falls area pine world of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. is the Uranium Mine trail leading to bouldering and short top-rope routes on such climbs as rabbit Ears pass Blob Rock. All climbs here are south-facing and Just before West Summit is Harrison Creek unsheltered from the sun, so pick your times Crag, offering great short top-ropes and wisely so you don’t get fried.

bouldering. The hike is short and the view is amazing. Then come the Domes, one of the best climbing spots in the region. Head 8 miles south on Buffalo Park Road to the trailhead to Rose Dome, offering short sport climbs, or two miles farther to Sarvis Dome for its multi-pitch trad routes up to 400 feet (closed until Aug. 1 each summer for peregrine falcon nesting). Farther south on Lynx Pass is Silver Creek trailhead, offering the area’s largest concentration of bouldering.

Muddy Creek Muddy Creek is another “fantastic addition to the area’s climbing options,” says local climber Dalton Reed. Requiring a 15-minute hike, the area offers more than 15 climbs from 5.7 to 5.12, consisting of everything from bolted sport and trad climbs to top rope options. Classics include 120-foot Mosstrum Tower, 70-foot Bob Grey Tower and a 5.10 called Mosstrum Crack.

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beta For more information, stop by Ski Haus or Backdoor Sports, or contact local climbing guide service Rocky Mountain Ventures (www.steamboatclimbing.com, 970-8708440), which also offers indoor top-rope climbing at the Steamboat Springs Middle School for kids and adults. For climbing with a splash-down, try the straight-from-the-water climbing wall at Old Town Hot Springs.

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WHat to Do

❱❱ Fine art galleries and museums Circle 7 Gallery Artist-owned gallery and classroom facility representing local talents working in a broad diversity of mediums. 1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744, www.steamboatgallery.com Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery designed and made by Steamboat local Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-846-9349, www.blueskypotterycolorado.com Mangelsen’s Images of Nature 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.mangelsen.com 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, www.redcontemporarygallery.com

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.steamboatartmuseum.org Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Local artist gallery housed in the historic train depot building. 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008, www.steamboatspringsarts.com Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts Nonprofit local and regional artists' gallery — paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture. 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970, www.steamboatartcenter.com Wild Horse Gallery Fine contemporary realism by local, regional and nationally known artists, including original oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings, bronze sculptures and blown glass. 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515, www.wildhorsegallery.com

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

David Chase Scully Rugs & Furniture 1809 Central Park Drive, 970-879-5667, www.davidchaserugsandfurniture.com

Artisans’ Market of Steamboat Founded in 1982, featuring a large inventory of work from 150 established and new Colorado artists, including dozens of locals. 626 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7512, www.steamboatartisansmarket.com

Harwigs/L’Apogee Local restaurant with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919, www.lapogee.com

Colorado Group Realty Real estate office with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 509 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8800,

Mountain Traditions Art gallery and gift shop specializing in contemporary Western, Native American and wildlife artworks. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976 or 888-588-1808, www.mountaintraditions.com

Comb Goddess Hair salon with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 1104 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606 Cowboys and Indians Offers quality Native American art and jewelry. 617 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8481, www.cowboysandindiansonline.com Creekside Cafe & Grill Local restaurant with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 131 11th St., 970-879-4925, www.creekside-cafe.com

Off the Beaten Path Local bookstore with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830, www.steamboatbooks.com Portfolio Collection/Jim Steinberg www.jimsteinbergphotography.com Rocky Mountain Peddler Features local and regional artist originals, from fine handcrafted goods and one-of-a-kind finds, to jewelry and home décor accessories. 1875 Ski Time Square Drive (Torian Creekside

Antique Skis • Vintage Snowshoes • Western Antiques • Baby Shower Gifts • Wedding Gifts • Pottery • Garden Art

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Romick’s Into the West Prints by regional artists and photographers, fine furniture, home accessories, lighting and interior design. 402 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8366, www.romicksintothewest.com Steamboat Art Co. Since 1975, Steamboat Art Co. has offered art, gifts, jewelry, home accessories and furnishings. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.steamboat-art.com Steaming Bean Coffee Shop Co. Monthly exhibitions of work by local artists 635 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393, www.steamingbeansteamboat.com 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, 970-879-9169, www.urbanesteamboat.com 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.steamboatzing.com

❱❱ arts and crafts Focus Adventures Private instruction and photography workshops hosted locally. Also offers year-round, local photo tours and international photo tours. P.O. Box 771640, 970-879-2244, www.focusadventures.com

ment 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 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, www.christysports.com 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, www.fleischersport.com 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.orangepeelbikes.com Ski Haus International Rents full- and front-suspension mountain bikes, road bikes, town cruisers, child bikes, tandems, trailers and tag-alongs — helmets, locks, water bottles and maps included. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385 or 800-932-3019, www.skihaussteamboat.com Steamboat Bike Shop Located adjacent to the new promenade just steps away from the gondola for all your 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-alongs and trailers on hourly and daily basis. Helmet and lock included. Plus, new location on mountain! Downtown: 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9144; Mountain: 2250 Aprés Ski Way, One Steamboat Place, 970-879-6350, www.steamboatskiandbike.com

miles south of Steamboat), 970-926-3372, www.4eagleranch.com Big Rack Outfitters & Horseback Adventures See description under guest ranches.

Wheels Bike Shop Bike-specific shop offers full-service sales, repairs, rentals, demos and custom fittings. Rent anything from cruisers to mountain and road bikes. 841 Yampa St., 970-870-1974, 970-846-RIDE, www.wheelssteamboat.com

❱❱ 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 Thunder Rolls Bowling Center 16 lanes, plus billiards, darts, golf simulator, playroom for kids and full-service lounge. 990 Industrial Ave., Craig, 970-824-2695

❱❱ Fishing, horseback riding and hunting 4 Eagle Ranch Daily guided horseback rides, cattle roundups, Western Family Nights (Wednesdays through July and August), live music and zip line over Alkali Canyon. Lunches with wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 4098 Colorado Highway 131, Wolcott (70

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.blackhatoutfitters.com 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, www.buckmountainoutfitters.net 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 or 888-810-8747, www.buckingrainbow.com Bull Basin Guides Private fly-fishing program with two options on Troublesome Creek and Black Mountain Pond. Hunts for elk, mule deer, black bear, antelope and mountain lion, August through January. P.O. Box 1566, Kremmling, 970-724-0417, www.bullbasin.com and www.troublesomeflyfishing.com

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 Splatz Paint, drink and have fun! Two-hour painting classes providing everything you need. 1104 Lincoln Ave., Suite 105, 970-819-2156, www.splatzcanvasandwine.com The Potter’s Wheel Paint-your-own pottery studio accepting walkins, 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. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-4944, www.potterswheelsteamboat.com

❱❱ bike rental/repairs Blue Room Velo Mobile Bike Repair 970-846-5922, www.blueroomvelo.com Boomerang Sports Exchange Buying and selling the best used sports equipexploreSteamboat.com

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CR Summit Riding Club English & Western camps, clinics, lessons, season horse rental and pasture boarding in outdoor arena, round pen and/or in CR Summit Meadow, all only 15 minutes west of downtown. 33255 Creek Summit Lane, 970-879-6201, www.crsummit.com Colorado’s High Lonesome Outfitter & Guides One- or multi-day photography pack trips (Pagoda Peak); guided horseback half- and fullday 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. P.O. Box 312, Yampa (45 minutes south of Steamboat), 970-638-4239, www.cohighlonesome.com Colorado River Guides See description under water recreation. Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch Since 1962, offering hourly horseback rides, as well as day-long and multi-day 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 (18 miles north of Steamboat), 970-879-3495, www.steamboathorses.com Eagle Spirit Outfitters Premier, lodge-based guided archery hunts on 23,000 acres of private land around town of Oak Creek with limited pressure. P.O. Box 775792, 888-416-8102, www.eaglespiritoutfitters.com Elkhorn Outfitters Access to more than 120,000 private-leased acres to hunt a 90-day bull season. Archery, rifle and muzzleloading guided hunts offered for mule deer, elk and antelope. Horseback riding, cattle drives, sporting clays, wildlife viewing and photography rides also available. 37399 N. Colorado Highway 13, Craig, 970-824-7392, www.elkhornoutfitters.com

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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 fullday guided rides, ATV tours and guided fishing to Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake. Plus, rooms and cabins, full restaurant, bar, general store and gasoline on site. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com Hester Hunting Company Lodge-based, fully guided deer, elk, moose, antelope, bear, sheep, goat and mountain hunts. 1367 Eagle Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-9746,

Aug. 15 to March 31, $1,500 to $4,500 or $5,000 depending on hunt length and species Home Ranch See description under guest ranches. Majestic Trophy Outfitters Fully guided and semi-guided archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts for deer, elk antelope and predators on 2,500 private acres south of Craig. Also offers interpretative ATV tours and survival classes. 215 Bilsing, Craig, 970-826-4311 Mesa Equestrian Center Horseback lessons instruction offered. Carriage and sleigh rides offered. Indoor, heated arena. 33250 McKinnis Creek Road, 970-871-7998 Middle Creek Ranch/ Middle Creek Ranch Outfitters 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, midcreek@springsips.com 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, todd@mtnskyoutfitters.com North Park Anglers Full-service fly shop offering rentals, guided instruction and gear. Guided trips along the North Platte drainage, high mountain lakes and meandering meadow streams. Half-day and full-day guided wade and float trips on public and private waters. 524 Main St., Walden, 970-723-4215, www.northparkanglers.com Red Feather Guides and Outfitters Gould-based outfitter offers horseback riding, camping and fishing. Hourly, half-day, all-day and overnight horseback trips including pack trips to different high-country lakes every day. Horsebackguided wilderness hunts for deer and elk. 49794 Colorado Highway 14, Walden, 970-723-4204 or 970-524-5054, www.redfeatherguides.com 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. P.O. Box 773116, (2 miles west of town on U.S. Highway 40), 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. P.O. Box 1537, Kremmling, 970-724-1123; 866-724-9715, www.rustyspurr.com Saddleback Ranch Family-owned 8,000-acre working cattle ranch offering morning cattle drives, afternoon twohour 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, www.saddlebackranch.net Silver Creek Outfitters Inc. Offers summer horseback rides on half-day, exploreSteamboat.com

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.silvercreek-outfitters.com 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, www.sombrero.com Steamboat Flyfisher Offers everything from entry-level 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 multi-day itineraries, tying classes and casting clinics. 35 Fifth St., Unit 102, 970-879-6552, www.steamboatflyfisher.com Straightline Sports The oldest fly-fishing guide service and shop in Steamboat books trips year-round. Half- and 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 or 800-354-5463, www.straightlinesports.com Sunset Ranch Offers customized, multi-day 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.sunsetranchinc.com

and cheerleading classes available. 1955 Bridge Lane, 970-879-3467, www.879-egos.com Family Fitness Center In the basement of Solandt Medical Clinic, featuring hydraulic and other cardio and strength circuit training equipment for full-body 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 Gymstar Fun N Fit Gymnastics Full-size gymnastic space offers preschool, recreation and children’s classes, as well as private instruction and private-party rentals. 400 Mack Lane, Craig, 970-824-2282 Old Town Hot Springs See description under hot springs and pools. Peak Fitness Center Friendly workout facility with weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment as well as UV and UVfree tanning, personal training and fitness testing. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-4943, www.peakfitnesssteamboat.com 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, www.steamboatpilatesandfitness.com Sundance Studio Full range of programs for yoga, hoop dancing, dancing and more. Find us on FaceBook. 385 Anglers Drive, Unit D, 888-437-5553

Trapper Health Club Free weights, cardio room with elliptical machines, stationary bikes and treadmills, racquetball/basketball court, tanning booths and more. 261 Commerce St., Craig, 970-824-6932

open-range country land and water, with snack shop, renovated bar, pro shop and new driving range. 903 Rio Blanco County Road 13, Meeker (1 mile south of Meeker), 970-878-5642, meekergolf@hotmail.com

Virv Yoga Offering a variety of yoga in hot and low-heated conditions. 57 10th St., Unit #2-A, 970-367-6511, www.virvyoga.com

Rifle Creek Golf Course Scenic 18-hole championship course features trees, water hazards, elevated tees, narrow passages and landing areas built into the valleys of Grand Hogback Range. Plays from 5,127-6,267 yards (par 72). Pro shop, driving range and Columbine Restaurant. 3004 Colorado Highway 325, Rifle (3 miles north of Rifle), 970-625-1093, www.riflecreekgc.com

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.yogacenterofsteamboat.com

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club (formerly Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Golf Club) 18-hole course straddling Fish Creek, with treelined conditions, bentgrass greens, bluegrass and ryegrass fairways and 72 bunkers. Driving range, putting green and practice bunker available. 2000 Clubhouse Drive, 970-879-1391, www.rollingstoneranchgolf.com

❱❱ Golf Cedar Ridges Golf Course Municipal nine-hole, regulation-length golf course (par 36/72), plays from 2,579 to 3,252 yards. Snack shop, driving range, club rental and repair. 502 Rio Blanco County Road 108 (2 miles east of Rangely), 970-675-8403 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 with custom fitting and instruction. 34855 E. U.S. Highway 40, 970-870-1846, www.haymakergolf.com Meeker Golf Course Public nine-hole (par 34/68) course featuring

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 (3 miles west of Steamboat), 970-879-4295, www.steamboatgolfclub.com 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 (6 miles west of Steamboat), 970-879-5649 or 970-846-5647, www.3qc.net

❱❱ Fitness centers/ gyms Align Caring, supportive environment to achieve improved overall health and enhanced quality of life. Pilates (private and group), personal training, nutrition counseling, massage and Gyrotonic. 702 Oak St., 970-870-0100 Anytime Fitness Fitness center letting you exercise any time via security-access key, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Personal training, tanning, classes, cardio TVs, private restrooms/showers, wellness programs, Zumba & bootcamps. 1875 Central Park Drive, 970-875-1130, www.alignsteamboat.com Cross Fit Individual personal training and intimate group fitness classes, yoga/Pilates, spinning and massage. No membership required. 2851 Riverside Plaza, 970-846-7089, www.steamboatcrossfit.com 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 exploreSteamboat.com

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Yampa Valley Regional Golf Course Oldest and most affordable 18-hole facility in the Yampa Valley (par 72), set on the banks of the Yampa River. Plays from 5,242 to 6,548 yards over 240 acres of cottonwoods, wetlands, native grasses and sage. Driving range, pro shop and the Tin Cup Grill. Denim OK. 2179 Colorado Highway 394, Craig (2 miles south of Craig), 970-824-3673, www.yampavalleygolf.com

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❱❱ 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 (35 miles west of Steamboat), 970-826-4468, www.bigrack.com 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 (18 miles north of Steamboat), 970-879-6220 or 800-750-6220, www.elkriverguestranch.com 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 (45 minutes south of Steamboat), 970-638-1064, www.fishandcrossranch.com, www.pack countryoutfitters.com Home Ranch Located just north of Steamboat, offering American dude ranch vacations that appeal to every generation. 54880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-1780, www.homeranch.com 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, www.midnightranch.com Yampa Valley Carriage Company Horse-drawn convertible carriage rides for special events, business occasions and weddings throughout the Yampa Valley. P.O. Box 771592, 970-871-9409 or 970-846-0982

❱❱ Helicopter rides Zephyr Helicopter Company Aerial photography flights, custom sightseeing tours, charter services, search and rescue and flight instruction. 1540 Meadow Lane, 970-879-0494 or 970-846-4677, www.zephyrhelicopter.com

❱❱ 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 or 800-748-2487, www.wildwestballooning.com

❱❱ Hot springs & pools City of Craig Swimming Pool Complex Only public wave pool on the Western Slope, with six-lane lap pool, diving well, lessons and more. 605 Washington St., Craig, 970-824-3015 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.oldtownhotsprings.org 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 (970-879-5820). Sorry, no credit cards. 44200 Routt County Road 36 (7 miles north of Steamboat), 970-879-0342, www.strawberryhotsprings.com

❱❱ Ice skating 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

❱❱ libraries 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 storytime room and group study rooms. 1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0240, www.steamboatlibrary.org 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, www.coloradomtn.edu/library

❱❱ movie theaters Chief Plaza Theater Newly renovated downtown theater showing special films, music, plays and other programming. 720-425-0522, www.chieftheater.org,

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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, www.metrotheatres.com

❱❱ museums 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, www.yampavalley.info/history0085.asp Museum of Northwest Colorado The historic former Colorado State Armory building houses the Cowboy and Gunfighter Museum, as well as a pair of new exhibits celebrating Craig’s centennial and the work of Alexander Phimister Proctor. The free museum showcases nearly 1,000 cowboy artifacts and pieces of railroad memorabilia. 590 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-6360, www.museumnwco.org 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.steamboatartmuseum.org Tracks & Trails Museum Nine permanent exhibits and one rotating exhibit about the coal industry and its diverse immigrants. Also features the Artist’s/Collector’s Wall showcasing history of the surrounding area. 129 E. Main St., Oak Creek, 970-736-8245, www.yampavalley.info/tracksandtrails.asp 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.treadofpioneers.org World Footbag Association “Work-in-progress” museum enshrining the world champions and pioneers of the sport. 2673 Jacob Circle, Suite 400, 970-870-9898, www.worldfootbag.com Wyman Museum Free museum exhibits highlight 100 years of American life, ingenuity and advancement, including license plate and chain saw collections, a working blacksmith shop, local arts and crafts and a new trophy room. 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, Craig, 970-824-6346, www.wymanmuseum.com 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.yampa valley.org/history0141.asp exploreSteamboat.com

❱❱ music Chief Plaza Theater See description under movie theaters. First String Music Retail music store offering repairs and lessons in piano, violin, guitar, banjo, bass and percussion. 1880 Loggers Lane, Unit 1, 970-871-4661, www.steamboatspringsmusic.com Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory Faculty-performed casual concerts and youth concerts at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 846 Oak St., 970-846-2144, www.rockymountainsc.org Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Community-based nonprofit offering orchestral experiences from its professional and youth orchestra. 1885 Elk River Plaza, Suite 200, 970-870-3223, www.steamboatorchestra.org Strings Music Festival Year-round music festival bringing classical, blues, Americana, world, country and family music to Steamboat Springs. Showtimes vary. 970-879-5056, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

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

❱❱ 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.verticalgrip.com

❱❱ Salons & spas 10th Street Barber Shop Family owned and operated in the new Victoria building downtown. Offering hot-towel shaves, face and scalp massages, haircuts and more. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9809 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, www.acalmingtouch.net Advanced Massage and Healing Arts Incredible massage and body work. 2955 Village Drive, No. 2, 970-879-2444 Aesthetica Medical Spa Facials, thermage, glycolic peels, botox, photofacial, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 210, 970-879-2256, www.sandieivinsmd.com 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

All Season Wellness Day Spa Contemporary Asian-infuenced day spa where the Far East meets the Wild West. Massage, facials, waxing, manis/pedis and more, located midtown. 970-846-5907, www.allseasonwellness.com Bee Bop Hair Salon Complete hair services for men, women and children. Walk-ins welcome. 635 Lincoln Ave., Suite M, 970-879-9671 Bellezza By Joan Peters. European Facials, microcurrent facial toning and brow shaping. 970-871-1740 Bella Salon Bella Salon offers Apothecari products and all hair and beauty services. 625 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5503 Bella Sol Spa Haircuts, colors and styles, as well as skin care and massages. 405 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-876-9997, www.bellasolspa.com 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. 414 Oak St., 970-870-6541, www.briosalonandspa.com Comb Goddess Specializing in cuts, color and highlights (featuring Bumble & Bumble products). 1104 Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606 The Cut Above Superior service with superior style. 1306 Lincoln Ave., 970- 879-7141 Cutting Room High-quality hair care in a high-quality atmosphere. 800 Weiss Drive, Unit C, 970-846-2210 Dragonfly Hair Studio Great style and a warm conversation. 702 Oak St., 970-879-6543 Exclusive Nails & Tanning Nails, tanning and more. 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-870-7870 Feeding the Body, Feeding the Soul Nutritionist, healing services, Reiki/IET and more. 410 S. Lincoln Ave., 855-708-3889, www.feedingthebodyfeedingthesoul.com Gallery Hair Salon All-service salon on Yampa Street. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-9699 The Grand Spa Relaxing massage, facial and body treatments. 2300 Mount Werner Circle (The Steamboat Grand), 970-871-5514 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 3-D 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 Ave., Suite 207, 970-819-9814, www.indepthmassage.com 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, located at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue in historic downtown. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-9543, www.massagesteamboat.com 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 Drive, 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 Rocky Mountain Day Spa and Salon Day spa offering massage, body wraps, body exfoliation, body waxing, facials and aromatherapy. Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-870-9860, www.steamboatspringsdayspa.com Roots Hair Salon 2090 River Road, 970-879-9699 Serenity Massage Massage and body treatments in an intimate Old Town setting. 419 Oak St. (Solstice Building), 970-879-3381 or 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, 970-879-1141, www.shearpassion.com 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 Summer 2014 ExplorE StEamboat | 73

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Styling in Steamboat Offering full hair salon services. 440 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1885 The Spa Salon Quality spa and salon services. 24 Fifth St., 970-871-0202 Waterside Day Spa & Salon Full-service spa and salon located on the Yampa River. 1110 Yampa St., 970-875-0271, www.watersidedayspa.com Wildhorse Salon Conveniently located, full-service salon (walkins welcome). 690 Marketplace Plaza, No. 4, 970-879-1222

❱❱ Water recreation Backdoor Sports Tube rentals and shuttles, kayak lessons and rafting trips on the Yampa River. 841 Yampa St., 970-879-6249, www.backdoorsports.com 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.buckingrainbow.com Colorado River Center/ Steamboat Rafting Company Rents inflatable, sit-on-top or whitewater kayaks, rafts and other on-water gear at half-, full- and multi-day 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). 131 Lincoln St., Yampa, 970-638-9742 or 800-938-7238, www.raftcolorado.com Colorado River Runs Rafting day trips on the Upper Colorado and Eagle rivers. 43 Grand County Road 111, Radium, 970-653-4292 or 800-826-1081, www.coloradoriverruns.com Mad Adventures Guided whitewater rafting on the upper Colorado River. 1421 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, 970-724-3457 or 800-451-4844, www.madadventures.com 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., 970-879-8794, www.mountainsportskayak.com One Stop Ski Shop Tube rentals (with shuttle), as well as water ski, wakeboard and wake surfer rentals. 35 11th St., 970-879-4754 or 877-754-7474, www.onestopskishop.net 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 Photo by John F. Russell

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, 970-879-7019, www.steamboatlakemarina.com

❱❱ other outdoor recreation Amaze’n Steamboat Giant Maze & Miniature Golf 18-hole miniature golf course with unique obstacles, human maze, spin cycle, bumper cars and new gemstone panning. 1255 U.S. Highway 40 (behind Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association), 970-870-8682, www.amazenmazes.com 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 52-E (8 miles northwest of Steamboat), 970-879-0095, www.barlazylranch.com 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 (20 miles west of Steamboat), 970-276-4626, www.nature.org 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, T-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, www.steamboat.com 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 Howler Alpine Slide Chairlift-accessed 2,400-foot ride down Howelsen Hill on one of the steepest tracks of its kind in North America. 845 Howelsen Parkway (at the base of Howelsen Hill), 970-819-8010 or 970-875-0695, www.steamboatalpineslide.com 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 or 970-581-0692 Poulter Colorado Camps Youth camp in healthy, outdoor setting, based at historic Columbine Cabins at the foot of Hahn’s

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Peak. Also organizes corporate retreats. 970-879-4816 or 888-879-4816, www.poultercamps.com 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 and more. 398 S. Poplar St., Hayden, 970-276-3068, www.routtcountyfair.org Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series Weekly PRCA-sanctioned rodeo series every Friday and Saturday (third week in June to fourth week in August; 7:30 p.m.), featuring bull riding, roping, bareback/saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and specialty acts. 501 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-1818, www.steamboatprorodeo.com 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, www.10s.com 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 (6 miles west of Steamboat), 970-879-5649 or 970-846-5647, www.3qc.net Tuff E Nuff Rodeo Company 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 (mile marker 9 north of Steamboat), 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. P.O. Box 775092 (6 miles south of Steamboat off Colorado Highway 131), 970-879-8065 or 800-748-1642 Yampa River Botanic Park 6-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, 1 mile south of Craig, 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.yampatika.org

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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 Aurum Food & Wine Seasonal new American fare, with a Coloradofocused craft cocktail, beer and regional wine program on the Yampa River downtown. 811 Yampa St., 970-879-9500, www.aurumsteamboat.com Azteca Taqueria Fresh, fast and tasty, Azteca is guaranteed to fill you up in a hurry. Dine-in or take-out with a fresh Mexican menu serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. 116 Ninth St., 970-870-9980, www.aztecataqueria.com Backcountry Delicatessen Fresh bread, fine meats and the best cheeses are standard at this top-notch sandwich shop, conveniently located in the heart of downtown. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3617, www.backcountryprovisions.com 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, www.bamboomkt.com 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, www.steamboat.com 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 and Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6401 Big House Burgers & Bottlecap 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.bighouseburgers.com 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.bistrocv.com 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. Check out our new locations in Wildhorse Meadows and exploreSteamboat.com

Riverside Plaza. Wildhorse Meadows: 970-870-8600; 2851 Riverside Plaza: 970-871-0123, www.bluesagepizza.com

Chelsea’s Original Szechuan cuisine, bringing back a Steamboat favorite. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C1-A

Brooklynn’s 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 10th St., 970-871-1000

Ciao Gelato Offering a taste of Italy in a warm family environment serving delicious pizza, paninis, coffee and gelato. 700 Yampa St., Suite A-105, 970-870-7979

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

Clark Store Offers a delicious variety of breakfast menu items, lunch and dinners to go from their deli, coffee and espresso, alcohol and all your grocery needs. www.clarkstore.com

Butcherknife Brewing Co. Come on by for an afternoon tasting session. 2875 Elk River Road, 970-879-BEER (2337), www.butcherknifebrewing.com The Cabin Restaurant & Lounge Great meals for every taste 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 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, www.cafediva.com

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 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

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 Marys. 131 11th St., 970-879-4925, www.creekside-cafe.com Cruisers Sub Shop Simple, laid-back goodness located between town and the mountain in Wildhorse Marketplace. Fresh toasted subs, toasties and more for those on the go. 685 Marketplace Plaza, Suite C4, 970-879-1747, www.cruiserssubshop.com 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.cuginosrestaurant.com Daddio’s Bar & Grill Pub fare 10 miles west of Steamboat on U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Milner. New brickoven pizza. 970-871-1415 Dairy Queen Serving soft-serve ice cream, smoothies, sand-

Cantina Mexican Restaurant 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.steamboatcantina.com Canton Chinese Restaurant A true locals favorite, Canton offers a variety of fine Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown, with dine-in or take-out. 941 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, 970-762-2060, www.carlstavern.com Catamount Ranch Golf Course & Restaurant Fine cuisine with magnificent views of Catamount Golf Course. 33400 A Catamount Drive, 970-871-9300, www.catamountranchclub.com 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, www.catamountranchclub.com

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wiches, ice cream cakes and more. 1755 Central Park Plaza, 970-871-1800, www.dairyqueen.com 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 Diamonds Bar 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Units C5-6, 970-761-2662, www.doublediamondsbar.com 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 Dreamboat Cafe Located 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 Specializing in wholesome and delicious get-andgo meals, with trademark slow-roasted, bourboncaramelized onion. Fabulous lunch and dinner specials also available for take-and-bake. 685 Marketplace Drive #5 at Wildhorse Marketplace, 970-879-8423, www.drunkenonion.com E3 Chophouse Located along the Yampa River, serving great cuisine featuring all-natural Angus beef from the owners’ 10,000-acre Kansas ranch in a tranquil, riverside setting. 701 Yampa St., 970-879-7167, www.e3chophouse.com The Egg & I Serving breakfast and lunch all day, with daily specials, homemade soups and a large menu. 325 Anglers Drive in Sundance Plaza, 970-871-4633, www.theeggandirestaurants.com Elk River Snack Shack Quick lunch fix on the west side of town, featuring burgers, sandwiches and more. U.S. Highway 40 and Downhill Drive, 970-871-7989 Fiesta Jalisco Authentic Mexican food and atmosphere are a winner every time. Sit back relax and take in a true Mexican dining experience. Sundance Plaza, 970-871-6999, www.fiestajalisco.net 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, 970-879-9922, www.fireside-catering.com Freshies A favorite among locals, 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. 76 | ExplorE StEamboat Summer 2014

534 Lincoln Ave. (corner of Lincoln and Fifth Street), 970-846-1749 Geano’s Caffe Bar Organic coffee, pastries, pizza and more. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square) Ghost Ranch Restaurant, live entertainment and private party venue, serving appetizer samplers, sandwiches, burgers and more. Live music Thursday through Sunday. 56 Seventh St., 970-879-9898, www.ghostranchsteamboat.com Gondola Joe’s Base area coffee bar offers pipin’ hot cappuccino, 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, 970-879-4448 Grand Café The Grand Café & Gift Shop, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s newest restaurant in the Steamboat Grand, is a cozy Western coffee house 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, 970-871-6221 Hahn's Peak Roadhouse From old-fashioned barbecue picnics and wagon ride dinners to sit-down dinners inside a quaint lodge, this is 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, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com Harwigs/L’Apogee In a fabulous downtown setting, Harwigs 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 Hungry Dog Walk-up food stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chili and more in downtown Steamboat. Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-819-2224 Jimmy John’s New fresh sandwich shop in Central Park Plaza. Central Park Plaza, 970-213-3308, www.jimmyjohns.com exploreSteamboat.com

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JOOSE (June’s Original Organic Steamboat Essentials) Fresh organic foods, juices, superfoods, sports fuel as well as juice cleanses, catering, classes and consults. We also deliver. 2754 Downhill Drive, Unit C, 720-273-6719, 970-846-5063, www.jbjoose.com Karma Bar and Lounge Wines, appetizers and more in the heart of downtown. 737 Lincoln Ave., www.karmabarandlounge.com KFC Everyone loves the Colonel and his 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 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.lamontanasteamboat.com 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, www.thelaundryrestaurant.com Lil’ House Country Biscuits & Coffee Located next to Big House Burgers, serving up country biscuits, quick lunches and hot coffee at unbeatable prices. 2093 Curve Plaza, 970-870-8507 Lyons Soda Fountain Old-time soda fountain offering hot sandwiches and the best malts in town in a hometown, family atmosphere. 840 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1114

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, drinks and atmosphere, 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.mambos.com Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner Homemade Italian cooking in downtown Steamboat. Fantastic menu, fabulous service and a comfortable atmosphere. Dine-in, take-out and full bar. 917 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2405, www.mazzolas.com McDonald’s Fast, fresh and tasty. Steamboat’s McD’s features a great Play Land. 1150 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0247

McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft 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 Marketplace), 970-879-7881 Milk Run Donut Cafe Fresh doughnuts 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. Also, check out our new location in the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Downtown: 427 Oak St., 970-879-7846; Library: 1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-367-4920, www.mountainbrewsteamboat.com Mountain Waffle Waffle kiosk offering great to-go fare at base of mountain. www.mountainwaffle.com 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-

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watering lunch and dinner options. 54737 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-6046, www.murphystavern.com Noodles 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., 970-870-1544 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.steamboatbooks.com 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 wine selection, 10 beers on tap and children’s menu. Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-2101, www.theoldtownpub.com Ore House at the Pine Grove Historic barn converted to a restaurant in 1971, serving hand-cut certified Angus steaks, slowroasted prime rib, jet-fresh seafood and more. 1465 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-1190, www.orehouseatthepinegrove.com Paddle Wheel & Tee Co. New coffee and tea shop in the heart of downtown. 720 Lincoln Ave., 970-367-7776, www.paddlewheel.com Phenomenal Falafel 2120 Downhill Drive, 970-823-5011 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, www.qdoba.com 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, www.rexsgrill.com, 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.riggiosfineitalian.com

690 Marketplace Plaza, Suite B7, 970-879-1455, www.therustedporch.com

912 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7427, www.steamboatsmokehouse.com

Saddleback Ranch Horseback Dinner Take a dinner horseback ride to the new Double Dollar Lodge. 37350 Routt County Road 179, 970-879-3711, www.saddlebackranch.net

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

Saddles Both a few steps from the gondola with delicious fare and amazing mountain views. 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-879-2220, www.sheraton.com/steamboat

Stoker Bar & Restaurant Open daily for breakfast and lunch for casual dining located at the top of the gondola. 970-879-6111

Saketumi New location downtown on Yampa Street! Jetfresh sushi every day, Steamboat’s best selection of sake, substantial wine list, specialty cocktails and martinis and more, all in a new, fun, downtown atmosphere. 609 Yampa St., 970-870-1019, www.saketumi.net

Subway Sandwiches & Salads 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

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

Sumatera Authentic Ring of Fire Pacific Rim cuisine ranging from the Indonesian islands, Singapore, Thailand to Japan. We offer take-out and delivery as well as a special reservation-only dining room for an intimate dining experience family style. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-2929

The Shack Cafe A local’s favorite since 1969, serving hot and delicious breakfast and lunch daily. The pancakes can’t be beat. 740 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9975

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

Skull Creek Greek (Gyros a Go-Go) A fast, affordable and fun Greek eatery located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, serving up gyros, Greek salads, baklava and more for folks on the go. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1339, www.skullcreekgreek.com

Sweet Pea Café and 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, www.sweetpeamarketandrestaurant.com

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 Soda Creek Pizza The pizza artists at Soda Creek have crafted unusual concoctions. Like white pizza? Try Snow in Texas. 1585 Mid Valley Drive, 970-871-1111, www.sodacreekpizza.com

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

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant The best dang mexican food and margaritas this side of the Rio Grande. 628 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-6277, www.riograndemexican.com

Starbucks Located in Safeway, City Market, The Steamboat Grand or just off U.S. Highway 40 by Wendy’s. 255 Anglers Drive B, 970-871-1303, www.starbucks.com

Rootz Organic Cafe & Shop Amazing, healthy, delicious, creative food at an affordable price, with vegan and gluten-free options every day. 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4510

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.steamboatseafood.com

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 in its downtown location. 729 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2431, www.thetaphouse.com

Steamboat Smokehouse A Texas barbecue joint in the Rocky Mountains, relying on solid hickory logs from Oklahoma to cook everything “low and slow.”

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Truffle Pig Fine dining and great après slopeside at One Steamboat Place. Fresh, local, original. One Steamboat Place, 970-879-7470, www.trufflepigrestaurant.com Vaqueros Mexican Food & Taqueria Great, authentic Mexican food, with a sports bar feel. 730 Lincoln Ave. VFW — Post 4264 Lounge & Restaurant A casual, friendly lounge in the heart of downtown. Plus, the only shuffleboard table in Steamboat. 924 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9959 Wendy’s Eat on a budget and get a Frosty for dessert. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 320 Anglers Drive, 970-879-5513, www.wendys.com Western BBQ All-you-can-eat buffet featuring slow roasted prime rib and live Western music. Evening dinners Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. On the mountain, 970-871-5150, www.steamboat.com 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

Taco Cabo Gourmet south of the border fare made daily with the freshest Ingredients just west of town on U.S. Highway 40. 30475 E. U.S. Highway 40, 970-846-2307

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 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 kids menu.

Grill serves a diverse, locally sourced menu with a Colorado flare. It also offers conference rooms for private parties or meetings, as well as onand offsite catering. In a hurry? Pick something up from The Way Station snack bar located on the gate side of security. Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Routt County Road 51A, Hayden, 970-276-5070

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, www.threepeaksgrill.com 3 Wire Bar & Grill Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s 3 Wire Bar & 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 Allen’s prides itself in a diverse 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

Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery made by Steamboat local Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-846-9349, www.blueskypotterycolorado.com Boomerang Sports Exchange Buying and selling the best used sports equipment in Steamboat. 1125 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3050, www.steamboatfinderskeepers.com

All That Jazz Steamboat’s premier music store also offers a variety of other gift items. 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4422

Branches Unique home furnishings and interior design. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-2980, www.branchessteamboat.com

Alpine Floral & Atrium Captures your concept, wedding, party or interior floral design. Offering floral settings in Steamboat Springs for more than 30 years. 1475 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-2682, www.steamboatspringsflowers.com

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.buckingrainbow.com

Anchor Complete experience of hand-selected lifestyle inspired clothing and accessories to fit everyday life. 703 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6348

Chrysalis Quality women’s clothing and Steamboat’s only carrier of Estee Lauder cosmetics. 810 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2970

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.steamboatannies.com

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, www.cabincollectionsonline.com

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

Chez Nous Fabulous clothier carrying all of the latest and greatest fashions. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6995

Awesome Shirtworks Offering a wide selection of Steamboat T-shirts and gifts. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2323, www.steamboatshirts.com

Christy Sports The best ski, snowboard, bike and other summertime products and more at great values. 1835 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-1250, www.christysports.com

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.backdoorsports.com

Colorado Embroidery Company Full-service custom embroidery, branding for companies, events and personalized gifts. 2201 Curve Plaza, Unit 104A, 970-879-8342 or 888-611-1287, www.sewkool.com

BAP Inc. 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., (U.S. Highway 40), 970-871-6264. Bear Valley Saddlery Specializing in saddles and tack, chaps and chinks. 116 1⁄2 Eighth St., 970-879-3573, www.bearvalleysaddlery.com exploreSteamboat.com

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, www.creekcompany.com David Chase Scully Rugs & Furniture Specializing in area rugs and fine furniture and upholstery. 1809 Central Park Drive, 970-879-5667, www.davidchaserugsandfurniture.com DC in Steamboat Trendy styles for active and fashionably keen men and women. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9244

Deja 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.dejavusteamboat.com Dragonflies New children’s clothing store, complete with gifts and toys. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4632 Elevated Olive A tasting emporium of the world’s finest olive oils and vinegars. 708 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0300, www.elevatedolive.com Elk River Pet & Ranch Supply 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 Embellishments Extraordinary home furnishings, accessories and gifts, including one-of-a-kind items imported from Mexico. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.embellishyourhome.com Finder’s Keepers Men’s, women’s, maternity and children’s consignments. Located next to McDonald’s. 970-871-8700, www.steamboatfinderskeepers.com 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, www.steamboatspringsmusic.com 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.fmlight.com Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory A candy-lover’s dream with too many sweet treats from which to choose. 845 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6194 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, www.haciendacollection.net

Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Diamonds in downtown Steamboat. 729 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-9400 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.homeontherangeinteriors.com 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.thehomesteader.net 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 The Jeweler’s Mine Custom jewelry, diamonds, bridal specialists, elk ivory, appraisals, watch repair and more. 117 Ninth St., 970-871-1413, www.thejewelersmine.com Kali’s Boutique Designer apparel in downtown Steamboat. 525 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6658 Kent Eriksen Cycles Local manufacturer of titanium bikes in every shape and form. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-8484, www.kenteriksen.com KVC Mercantile Children’s hats, goggles, gloves, sunscreen, seasonal gifts and goodies for Mom and Dad. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111, www.steamboat.com Light Works of Steamboat Offering lighting sales and design. 1890 Loggers Lane, 970-879-3905, www.lightworksofsteamboat.com Linen Closet Steamboat’s newest offering for all of your bedding needs! 1880 Loggers Lane, Unit B, 970-879-8116 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, 970-879-6711, www.littlemoonessentials.com Summer 2014 ExplorE StEamboat | 79

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Lyons Corner Drug Pharmacy with selection of gifts, cards and more, including an old-fashioned soda counter. 840 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1114 Mona’s Art to Go/Toffee Company Beautiful prints of the area, as well as mounting and framing options. 2619 Copper Ridge Circle, Unit 2, 970-870-3400, www.monasarttogo.com 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.moosemtntradingco.com

Mountain Traditions Mountain home decor and accessories in the heart of Steamboat Springs. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976, www.mountaintraditions.com Moxie Home Consign & Design Beautiful home furnishings and accessories at amazing prices. Carrying Steamboat’s bestpriced mattress sets. 1855 Shield Drive, 970-879-9866, www.steamboatmoxie.com Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Steamboat’s only full-service book store, complete with gifts and other items. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830

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

Outdoor K9 Complete array of dog products, including toys, beds, collars and more. 685 Marketplace Plaza, #C7, 970-439-1909, www.outdoorK9.com

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, www.mountainmattress.com

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

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 Steamboat Resort, 970-871-5365, www.steamboat.com

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

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 The Potter’s Wheel Contemporary paint-your-own pottery studio located just a few minutes from downtown. 2780 Acre Lane, 970-879-4944, www.potterswheelsteamboat.com Pupcake Pet Salon A delicatessen for your four-legged friends. 1878 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7931 River Blue Your downtown location for a great Steamboat souvenir. 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1510 Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy 601 Lincoln Ave. (Alpen Glow building) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory A great spot for a sweet treat while wandering downtown. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3048, www.rmcf.com Rocky Mountain Peddler Fun and unique gifts and home accessories with a Rocky Mountain theme. 1875 Ski Time Square, 970-871-1569, www.rockymountainpeddler.com

Rumor Design and re-design. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-404-0442, www.rumordesigns.com 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 Shag-a-licious Home-furnishing and design store downtown, including non-traditional patio furniture. 1880 Loggers Lane, 970-871-2663 Silver Lining Jewelry, Beads and Charms A fine selection of beautiful jewelry. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-7474, www.silverliningsteamboat.com 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 Ski Haus A fantastic selection of all gear for the outdoors, including gear, clothing and footwear for the active lifestyle. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385, www.skihaussteamboat.com The Shoe Chalet Shoes for hiking, biking, walking and more. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7915

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The Steamboat Today is turning 25! Help us party like it’s 1989 all summer long. Look for us at concerts and events. We’ll be giving away prizes! Look for fun features in the newspaper and don’t miss our Throwback Thursdays. Do you have a Steamboat memory from the past 25 years? Send it to Share@SteamboatToday.com

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Steamboat Art Co. Located in the heart of downtown, offering a variety of jewelry, art, housewares and decor. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.steamboat-art.com Steamboat Floral & Gifts A quick stop downtown to pick up a beautiful bouquet. 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1424 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.steamboatflyfisher.com 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 Powersports Top-of-the-line selection of ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. 2989 Riverside Plaza, 970-879-5138, www.steamboatpowersports.com Steamboat Shade & Shutter Window covering consulting and sales for your home, office, or condo. Available by appointment. 970-879-5253

Sweetwood Cattle Co. Steaks, sausage, jerky, cattle shares, gift packs and ranch wear. No added hormones, no antibiotics, humanely raised and slow aged. 877-71-SWEET or 970-879-7456, www.sweetwoodcc.com Sweet Mountain Tees Sweet Mountain Tees carries all your essential logo gifts (make your own with our T-shirt spinner). A fun shop for the whole family. 970-871-5366, www.steamboat.com 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 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, www.steamboat.com Timberline Furniture & Mattress All your furniture and bedding needs in one convenient location. 1707 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8807, www.timberlinefurnitureandmattress.com 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, 970-879-9169, www.urbanesteamboat.com

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, www.walgreens.com Zing/Atmosphere Eclectic and interesting home decor including furniture, functional art, kitchen items and gifts. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2524, www.steamboat zing.com Zirkel Trading Co. Quality men’s apparel and mountain lifestyle accessories in downtown Howelsen Place retail space. 703 Lincoln Ave., Unit B-102 (in Howelsen Place), 970-871-1137

Mount Werner Veterinary Hospital and 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 or 970-819-7968 Pet Kare Clinic Small animal, mobile, wellness, vaccinations, surgery, acupuncture, 24-hour emergency service and more. 102 Anglers Drive, 970-879-5273 Steamboat Veterinary Hospital Large and small animal medicine and surgery, acupuncture, ultrasounds, vaccinations, dentistry and more. 1878 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1041 Yampa Valley Vet Mobile and in-clinic services. 701-412-5123

❱❱ Vet services Animal Healing Center Downtown neighborhood veterinarians; fullservice small animal care with mobile services, equine acupuncture and more. 729 Oak St., 970-879-8933, www.sacredpets.com Dr. Louise Batt Large animal services. 970-749-1013 Dr. Courtney Diehl Mobile, large and small animal, chiropractic services and more. 970-871-7801, www.mountainvet.com

Steamboat Shoe Market Footwear for all walks that ensures you and your feet are completely comfortable. 908 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-8566, www.steamboatshoes.com 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., 970-879-9144, www.steamboatskiandbike.com Steamboat Soap Co. The perfect gift for holiday season and all occasions. Available in town or online. 970-846-7944, www.steamboatsoap.com 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, www.stephensofcolorado.com Straightline Outdoor Sports Family owned and operated, and one of Steamboat’s best-known fishing shops and guides. Now carrying hunting apparel. 744 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7568, www.straightlinesports.com exploreSteamboat.com

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Sports Authority A wide selection of gear and apparel for all outdoor activities and sports. 705 Marketplace Plaza, 970-871-4570, www.sportsauthority.com

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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, 970-879-7062, www.anchorway.com

Concordia Lutheran Church Sunday worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m. 755 Concordia Lane (corner of Maple Street and Amethyst Drive), 970-879-0175, www.steamboatlutheran.org

Har Mishpacha “The Mountain Family” Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs. P.O. Box 776108, 970-457-4270, www.harmishpacha.org

Steamboat Christian Center Saturday service: 6 p.m.; Sunday service: 10 a.m. 821 Dougherty Road (across from the Fairfield Inn on U.S. Highway 40), 970-879-0063, www.steamboatchristian.com

Baha’i Faith Call Sandy at 970-846-9994

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. Spanishspeaking 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

Hayden Congregational Church 202 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden, 970-276-3510

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 or 970-466-1941; www.steamboatevangelicalchurch.com

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, www.steamboatchurch.org 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

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, www.euzoa.com First Baptist Church 970-638-4622, 143 Main Street, Yampa 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), 970-879-1446 or 970-870-9583, www.hstrial-mclark234.homestead.com

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.holynamecc.org Mission of Grace Baptist 361 Sunflower Drive, Hayden, 970-276-3111 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.adventistchurchconnect.org South Routt Bible Church 23115 Colorado Highway 131, Oak Creek, 970-736-8422

St. Martin’s 970-879-0671 301 S. Sharp Ave., Oak Creek 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, www.steamboatstpauls.org 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, www.umcsteamboat.org Yampa Bible Church 341 Moffat Ave., Yampa, 970-638-4411 Young Life Ministry 335 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4822

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