Getaway Guide: One-Tank Trip to Steamboat Springs

August 18, 2012 6:00 AM

Steamboat Springs is the ideal summer location to rejuvenate the soul. Whether you’re looking for biking and hiking or simply relaxing in the hot springs, this is the time of year this city blossoms. With only a tank of gas and a short 3.5-hour drive, this quaint town has a calendar filled with activities to help you recover from the work week.

From Denver, take I-70 west toward Grand Junction, then exit 205 to Colorado 9 north/Blue River Parkway toward Silverthorne. Turn left on to US-40/West Park Avenue, and then continue on US-40 to Sixth Street to Steamboat Springs. About 3.5 hours, or 170 miles, later you’re there. Either on the drive up or for the trek back, the perfect stop along the way is the Middle Park Meat Company. Just off Highway 9 in Kremmling, this place is known to be the best butcher shop in the state. Featuring every type of meat, this store offers the very best cuts for your weekend barbecue.

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs
39000-40294 Highway 36
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 879-0342

Price: $10 adults/$5 teens 13 to 17/$3 kids 3 to 12

The hot springs pools are the perfect way to unwind the afternoon following a day of outdoor activities. Although the community pools are fine, the locals know the best place to soak is the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. This rustic resort offers natural pools built with a unique stone masonry design. With tepee changing rooms and lovely picnic areas, for only $10 enjoy an off-the-beaten-path experience. Credit cards are not accepted here.

Backdoor Sports
841 Yampa St.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Price: $18 per person

Steamboat Springs locals know the Yampa River is the ideal place for tubing. Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Backdoor Sports specializes not only in tube rentals, it also offers equipment for kayaking, climbing and camping. Owned and operated by locals, its staff is knowledgeable and its prices are right.  

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Fish Creek Falls (credit: Colleen Bement)

Fish Creek Falls
North on Third Street
Right on Fish Creek Falls Road
Four miles to the trailhead
(307) 745-2300

Price: $5 per car

Fish Creek Falls is a beautiful hike with a minimal elevation gain, making it perfect for all levels of hikers. Located about four miles from town, this trail offers two scenic waterfalls considered to be some of the most beautiful in Colorado. The trail to the first waterfall is an easily accessible quarter-mile hike in. For the more enthusiastic hiker, the second waterfall sits just a short three-mile additional hike away.

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Sunpies Bistro (credit: Colleen Bement)

Sunpies Bistro
735 Yampa Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 870-3360

Ideal for both lunch and dinner, Sunpies Bistro is quite well known as one of the hotspots of Steamboat Springs. Located right on the Yampa River, this restaurant is the perfect place to kick back, sip a brew and watch the world float by. With relaxing beer-garden-style outdoor dining, it offers a tasty Southern Louisiana fare in both its sandwiches and drinks.

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Backcountry Provisions (credit: Colleen Bement)

Backcountry Provisions
635 Lincoln Ave.
Old Town Square
Steamboat Springs, CO
(970) 879-3617

In the heart of Old Town Square in Steamboat Springs, Backcountry Provisions restaurant is ideal for lunch. The fourteener sandwich made up of roast beef and roasted peppers is the perfect food to refuel for the rest of the day’s activities. This place has a casual atmosphere and offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on