Have you ever looked down a mountain path and wondered what was around the corner? It’s one of the best, most adventurous feelings there is. If you haven’t experienced it, you’re missing out. You need to get to Steamboat Springs as soon as possible. Summer is still in full swing, and we’re headed toward fall, when your hike will be glorious with gorgeous colors. When you do, make sure you invest in our luxury real estate and ask us where the best hiking paths are. We know the Steamboat Springs mountains well, and we can send you to a path made for your fitness level.

We’ve been talking about hiking in our last blogs, and believe it or not, we aren’t finished! Hiking is an incredible mountain activity in summer and fall, mostly because it’s so darn simple. You find a buddy, a path, and you travel it for a while together while drinking in beautiful aspen groves, alpine meadows, and pine forests. Yes, please! In our last blog, we explored how hiking helps people form deeper connections and keep depression at bay. Today, we have two more healthy benefits of pounding the trails to discuss!

Hiking Boosts Your Fitness

  • This one may seem overly obvious, but it’s so important, we couldn’t leave it out. Did you know that an hour-long hike can burn over 500 calories? Hills are calories’ worse enemy, and if you add a backpack, you’ll burn them faster. The altitude just takes it from there and makes it even faster. Basically, you can burn a lot of calories without running. Many hiking trails are kinder to joints than concrete and asphalt, so your knees and ankles will protest less. Hiking truly is one of the most effective fitness activities there is!

Hiking Gives You Control

  • Leave the intrusive fitness trainer behind and drink in the peace of the mountains! Hiking almost requires you to sit down and chart your course, deciding how many hills you want to tackle and how far you want to go. Whether you land on a morning hike, a weekend away, or something longer, you have control from start to finish. You can plan trips with your hiking buddy and motivate each other to get around that mysterious corner and find vistas you’ve never seen before. For many people, that is more motivating than having someone hound them through a gym routine. Stay at The Porches and try it!

The Porches is an intimate neighborhood of luxurious vacation homes. We feature all different sizes and styles, but each one delivers an incredible experience. Our housekeeping and maintenance staff will ensure the facility and grounds are in perfect shape. If you need, we can do your grocery shopping for you before you arrive. There’s nothing like arriving to find the pantry and fridge stocked, especially if you have a big group of people to feed. You and your family or friends can get around Steamboat in our private shuttle and enjoy the heated pool and hot tub at The Barn. The Barn also has a Kids’ Game Room, with all sorts of video and board games. Your entire group will love their time at The Porches!

If you think you can’t afford to participate, don’t worry! We offer fractional, half, and whole ownership of our beautiful homes, and we’d be happy to find the perfect fit for you. No matter which option works for you, you’re guaranteed several weeks in a world-class home. Whether your family needs a gathering place or you want to get away with some friends, The Porches at Steamboat is your answer.