Summer has officially begun in Steamboat Springs. While some events have been ‘on pause’ or rescheduled to next summer, now is truly a great time to experience the genuine great outdoors in Steamboat. Glorious hiking trails, refreshing rivers for flyfishing and tubing, along with the lively downtown filled with unique shops, art galleries and variety of restaurants for any occasion make Steamboat a wonderful summer travel destination.
When visiting on a weekend, be sure to check out the MainStreet Farmers Market, located right downtown on 7th and Yampa streets. It is held on Saturdays, mid-June to mid-September from 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy a selection of local fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, chicken, eggs, bakery items and some of my favorites such as specialty sauces, salts, salsa, honey, and even plants. The city has granted enough space to adequately social distance with one-way pedestrian traffic. Patrons and vendors also protect the safety and health of each other while wearing a mask. Being an outdoor market it feels safe and extremely enjoyable during these interesting times.
Rent or bring your bike to enjoy the Yampa River Core Trail that runs along a 7 mile stretch of the river connecting all parts of town from the mountain village to the downtown, and west to the breweries. The flat, paved trail makes it perfect for all ages and abilities. For the more adventurous, check out the famed mountain bike trails which coin Steamboat as ‘Bike Town USA.’ Many of these trails can also be enjoyed by foot making for great hikes.
Don’t forget to cool off on the Yampa River. A few designated swimming holes have taken place by 3rd street and later in the summer behind the Art Depot when the river is running slower. Rent a tube or Stand Up Paddle Board and enjoy the flow of the river.
You can’t beat summer in Steamboat. Check out more information on www.steamboat.net for lodging, activities and more.