Just west of the Continental Divide, nestled in the upper valley of the Yampa River, is a quaint little town known as Steamboat Springs. Don’t let the name fool you though; you won’t find any steamboats. The name was derived in the late 1800’s when settlers there heard what they thought was a steamboat trudging along up the river, only to discover it was actually the bubbling of the natural hot springs located in the area.
When visiting Colorado, Steamboat Springs is a must stop destination. Filled with attractions and numerous activities year round, finding something worthwhile to do during your stay isn’t an issue, regardless when you plan your trip. Some of the areas of interest are Old Town Hot Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Ski Resort, Howelsen Ski Area, Steamboat Lake State Park, Tread of Pioneer Museum, Steamboat Art Museum, and the historical buildings of the Christian Science Society and the Crawford House. There are also many excellent hotels, spas, and fine dining available.
Old Town Hot Springs focuses on fun, health and wellness with not only 8 pools and 2 waterslides, but a fitness center, over 30 exercise classes per week, and even massage services. They offer childcare on site, and have cabana and party rentals. Their natural hot springs average in temperature from 98 to 103 degrees.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a bit more rustic. Located just outside of town, they have two pools surrounded by natural rock foundations. They do not have electricity or heat on site, so changing in one of the teepees provided can get a bit chilly in the winter. Lack of lighting only adds to the ambiance, however, when relaxing in a pool of 104 degrees at night and taking in the stars above you.
The Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Ski Area both provide hours of entertainment with skiing and tubing in the winter, and hiking, biking and horseback riding in the summer months. Featuring beautiful scenery, it is sure to be a hit with everyone.
There are two museums in Steamboat Springs. The Tread of Pioneers Museum in located in a 1908 Queen Anne Victorian home and is filled with turn of the century furnishings. Also in town is the Steamboat Art Museum.
Listed on the National Register of Historical Places are the Christian Science Society, built from logs in 1934, and the Crawford House. The Crawford House was home to the first settler and was built in 1894 from local stone.
Fun abounds in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Consider making it your next travel destination. You won’t be disappointed.