Activities Colorado Summer Vacations

To make your stay in Steamboat Springs as enjoyable as possible, our concierge staff has compiled an overview of local summer activities & services that you might like us to arrange for you prior to your arrival. Simply fill out and submit this form, and our concierge will contact you promptly with more details. Or you can just call the concierge desk at (866) 992-0600 to inquire about all that Steamboat has to offer!

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    Airport Transportation

    We recommend that you let our concierge book your round-trip airport shuttles from either the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (in Hayden) or the Denver International Airport.

    We utilize two great local shuttle services, Storm Mountain Express and Alpine Taxi, and you will receive an exclusive discount for either one if you choose to book your shuttles through us.

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    Dinner Reservations

    We would be happy to book your restaurant reservations prior to your arrival. Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Steamboat.

    Asian & Sushi 
    Sumatera Noodles & More

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    Fiesta Jalisco
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    Alpine Slide

    One of Steamboat's most exciting summer attractions, "The Howler" is fun for the entire family. Enjoy scenic views of downtown Steamboat Springs as you ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill. Using a sled provided to you at the top of the lift, you are in control of your exhilarating ride as you wind down 2,400 feet of track through the bends and curves of Howelsen's beautifully contoured landscape. Hours vary throughout the summer.

    ATV Tours

    All-terrain vehicles are a fantastic way to explore the lay of the land and are fun for the entire family! Steamboat Lake Outfitters offers ATV tours on old mining roads that wind up and around historic Hahn’s Peak and through the Routt National Forest. Tours give you the opportunity to see beautiful wildflowers, experience incredible views of the Continental Divide, and enjoy an occasional glimpse of wildlife while led by experienced guides.

    Baby Supply Rentals

    Baby's Away is a great company here in Steamboat that rents out everything from cribs to strollers.Click here for a full listing of the rental equipment they offer, and do not hesitate to contact a Porches concierge with your baby supply requests.

    Biking and Bike Rentals

    Whether you would like to enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Yampa River bike path, or take on some serious single-track mountain biking, Steamboat offers miles and miles of trails for every ability level. Our knowledgeable concierge will be happy to assist you in choosing the right bike trail for you and your family. Steamboat has several fantastic local bike shops that offer a wide variety of rentals.

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    Stagecoach Reservoir

    Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains and located in the verdant Yampa Valley south of Steamboat Springs, Stagecoach Reservoir enjoys incredibly calm mornings and evenings for water sports of all kinds. Visitors also enjoy great fishing for rainbow trout, northern pike, and kokanee salmon. The 780-acre reservoir features a full-service marina, boating opportunities, and several nature trails. Gas, firewood, ice, fishing tackle, and camping supplies are available at the Stagecoach's camper services store.

    Steamboat Lake Marina

    Steamboat Lake is a beautiful manmade lake that was created about 40 years ago in the Willow Creek Valley of the State Park Range, approximately 28 miles north of downtown Steamboat. The surface of the lake reflects the majestic Hahn’s Peak at an elevation of 8,100 feet. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping make Steamboat Lake one of the most popular areas in Colorado. By late summer, the water temperatures only reach the low 70s for a refreshingly cool dip in the lake at the Dutch Hill swim beach. Boat rentals and dock rentals are available all summer long for your boating and fishing enjoyment.

    Fly Fishing

    No matter what time of year you're here in Steamboat, remember that great fishing opportunities are always available. Spring is a great time to catch the spawning northern pike in lakes and rivers even though local streams may be swollen over with run-off. In the summer, the streams become low and clear. The hatches of insects are prolific, with dry fly fishing at its best. The perfect summer weather is conducive to long days of wading or float fishing. Fall is the best season for fishing as all the aspens turn gold and the days become cool and crisp.


    Cattle Drive

    If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a real cowboy, head on out to Saddleback Ranch and experience the thrill of helping to work cattle on a 7,000-acre real working ranch!  Unlike most horseback riding opportunities in the area, this is not your typical nose-to-tail ride.  You will help move cattle, check them for sickness, gather in the strays, and make sure that everything on the ranch is running smoothly.  The cattle drive is suitable for ages 10 & older as well as all ability levels.  So come on out and enjoy a real Western adventure at a family-owned and operated ranch!

    Child Care

    We would be happy to arrange for any babysitters you will need during your stay. We work with several child care providers who offer outstanding service and will allow you to have a night away from the kids to enjoy Steamboat.


    Haymaker Golf Course

    At Haymaker you will find a hint of Scotland here in Colorado, with classic links-style golf in the Yampa Valley basin.   Haymaker is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Keith Foster, including a full practice facility, a pro shop, and Staxx Restaurant.  The course features rolling fairways, deep bunkers, meandering streams, and surrounding native grasses, all in a setting bordered by mountains.

    Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club

    Robert Trent Jones II designed Rollingstone Ranch's course, which has been open to the public for over 30 years.  Located along the flanks of Mt. Werner, the magnificent layout is complete with tumbling streams as well as endless rows of aspen & evergreen trees.  The tee shots are dramatic, the bluegrass and ryegrass fairways are challenging, and the undulating greens are large and protected by many bunkers.

    Steamboat Golf Club

    Founded in 1964, the Steamboat Golf Club is the oldest established golf course in the valley.  The affordable, family-oriented, and scenic 9-hole course borders the Yampa River and offers beautiful views of the valley and of Mt. Werner.

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    Gondola Ride

    Steamboat Ski Resort is widely known for its winter beauty, but during the summer you can enjoy Mt. Werner in a completely different way. Bring your camera, your hiking boots, and even your mountain bike for a breathtakingly scenic day spent high above the Yampa Valley. Hiking, biking, or just enjoying a casual lunch at one of Mt. Werner's on-mountain restaurants combined with the breathtaking scenery are sure to make your visit to Steamboat Springs a memorable one.

    Helicopter Tours

    Zephyr helicopter tours can design a customized tour anywhere in the Yampa Valley for you and a friend. Enjoy incredible views of Mt. Werner, Buffalo Pass, the Flat Tops, Elk River Valley, Rabbit Ears Pass, and the Yampa Valley aboard one of their helicopters. Their goal is to give you a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the beautiful valley we live in, while always remaining environmentally conscious.

    Horseback Riding

    If you would like to experience the quiet of the mountains, the roar of the river, and an opportunity to observe wildlife in its own domain, go horseback riding at a local ranch during your vacation in Steamboat. You'll travel into the forest through lush aspen groves, wildflower-studded hillsides, and majestic pines.


    Hot Air Balloon Rides

    Start your morning with a continental breakfast and a glass of champagne as you prepare to ride high above the Yampa Valley, taking in the wonderful sights of the Flat Tops and all of the snow-covered peaks that surround Steamboat. There is nothing quite like the aerial view of Mt. Werner you will experience from the vantage point of a hot air balloon!


    Hot Springs

    There's no better way to unwind than at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Enjoy the epic mountain scenery as you take a 30-minute shuttle tour to the famous mineral springs, where you can soak in the therapeutic thermal pools with temperatures up to 105 degrees. If you will have a sturdy 4WD vehicle, you can drive up to Strawberry Park on your own; otherwise you are required to use a shuttle service due to the challenging mountain terrain. If you would like us to reserve a shuttle, just specify the size of your group and the preferred time of day for your hot springs visit. Tours leave every 90 minutes, and you are guaranteed a soak time of at least 75 minutes. Please note that after dark, no one under 18 is admitted and clothing is optional!


    Ice Skating

    A great way to cool off in the summertime, Steamboat’s very own Howelsen Ice Arena hosts a plethora of activities and programs for all ages and ability levels. From figure skating classes to hockey leagues, broomball to speed skating, private rentals to public skating sessions, you can find it all at the Howelsen Ice Arena, the coolest place in town. They offer both figure skate and hockey skate rentals. Howelsen's public skating hours fluctuate from week to week.

    Kayak Lessons

    Barry Smith’s Mountain Sports Kayak School has been serving Northwest Colorado with top-quality kayak instruction since 1980. Barry Smith has been exploring rivers and canyons most of his life, and has even been featured in magazines and on National Geographic Explorer. The most popular program at his Mountain Sports Kayak School, based right here in Steamboat, is structured for those who have never kayaked before or have tried it only a few times. This program is a great way for you and your family to experience the fun and challenge of kayaking. All kayaks & equipment are provided.

    Kids' Programs

    There are plenty of fantastic kids’ summer programs available in Steamboat that your children will love. Yampatika, a great local non-profit organization, hosts a series of day camps and week-long camps with an emphasis on nature exploration. Or you can opt for Steamboat Ski Resort’s very own day camp, the Kids’ Adventure Club, which is offered daily or weekly. Each of these programs runs from mid-June to late-August and children must be between 3 and 12 to participate. Please contact a Porches concierge for more details.

    Massage and Spa Services

    Enjoy a luxurious spa experience at one of Steamboat's many spas specializing in massages, facials, aromatherapy, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, acupuncture, and much more. Visit for an hour or spend the entire day! Or if you're interested in reserving an in-home massage appointment, please see below.

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    For your convenience, you can also arrange for a massage therapist to come directly to your Porches townhome. If you do not specify a certain treatment, we will arrange for a regular 60-minute Swedish massage. Please be specific, including the type and duration of each massage, as well as the number of people who are interested.


    Music Events

    Strings in the Mountains Music Festival has enhanced the cultural landscape of Steamboat for 20 years with their extensive schedule of musical events that appeal to every age and musical inclination. Strings offers an international roster of musicians — from classical to bluegrass, Grammy winners to young rising stars — coming together throughout the summer to produce one of the country’s most wide-ranging music phenomena. For information on this season's concerts, visit Strings Music Festival.

    Pro Rodeo

    A fun event for the whole family, Steamboat’s very own Pro Rodeo Series is one of the most successful weekly rodeos in the USA. Friday and Saturday night rodeo festivities includes some or all of the following events: Bull Riding, Calf Scramble, Ram Scramble, Tie-Down Roping, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Cowgirls’ Barrel Racing, Pee Wee Barrel Racing, & Clown Act intermissions. Gates open at 5:30pm every Friday & Saturday from mid-June to mid-August, and events begin at 7:30pm. You can book discounted rodeo tickets through the Porches concierge.

    River Rafting

    Enjoy the beauty of Colorado from a new perspective. Choose the river trip that is right for you. From spring runoff right into summer splendor, our knowledgeable staff have several rafting trips that can fit your specific requirements. Be it an exhilarating whitewater thrill, a scenic and serene float trip or a fun filled afternoon on a "duckie". The rivers of Colorado provide family fun and lifelong memories!

    Rock Climbing

    At Rocky Mountain Ventures, they can customize half-day or full-day guided rock climbing trips in various surrounding locations, including Rabbit Ears Pass and the Fish Creek Falls area.  Adults, teenagers, and children as young as 6 are all more than welcome to participate, and they can accommodate anyone from first-timers to advanced climbers.  The climbing is all top-rope climbing, which means that the rope is attached to the climber, goes up through bolted anchors at the top, and goes down to the guide at the bottom who does the belaying. Water bottles, day packs, and all climbing equipment (helmets, ropes, & harnesses) are provided.  Half day and full day trips are offered, for more information visit Rocky Mountain Ventures.

    Sporting Clays

    The historic 1,200-acre Hogue Ranch just west of Steamboat is home to Three Quarter Circles, which from May through October offers the use of its recreational sporting clays range to the general public. The range includes 12 log shooting platforms that are designed to accommodate beginners, seasoned competitors, or sportsmen who simply want to sharpen their craft. These 12 stations can be modified daily to accommodate individual or team play, sport or training, camaraderie or competition.


    Old Town Hot Springs is located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The facility is open seven days a week and features an olympic-sized pool, a kiddie pool with fun animal toys, eight hot spring-fed pools, two water slides, an aqua climbing wall, a fitness center, exercise classes, and massage. Steamboat's Old Town Hot Springs is a must on your visit to Steamboat.


    The Tennis Center is one of the finest indoor/outdoor tennis facilities in the country and is available to the public by reservation. Hours of operation are from 8:00am to 9:00pm every day of the week. There are 6 indoor cushioned hard courts, 6 outdoor clay courts, and 4 outdoor hard courts.


    Tubing the Yampa River

    There is no better way to enjoy summer in Steamboat than tubing down the Yampa River! Backdoor Sports and One Stop Ski Shop can equip you with the convenience of a tube rental. Please note that tubes are rented out on a first-come, first-served basis only. All rates include not only a tube rental but also transportation from the take-out point back to the starting location, where your car will be parked.

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    Wagon Ride Dinners

    You can either take a 30 minute horseback ride or horse-drawn wagon ride to Saddleback Ranch's Double Dollar Lodge, where you will be welcomed with cold drinks and the chance to take in the gorgeous scenery before dinner. After dinner, take the opportunity to learn the art of calf roping! At the end of the evening, you will enjoy the ride home viewing the beautiful Colorado sunset from the wagon or on horseback. We recommend this wagon ride dinner for families and larger groups..

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    Yampa River Botanic Park

    The beautifully sculpted gardens of the Yampa River Botanic Park are a great place to take a break, and admission to the park is free to the public! Benches, walkways, and a grassy knoll are available for picnicking, bird watching, or just relaxing. The gardens attract a wide variety of native birds and butterflies. During the summer, hour-long outdoor concerts called Music on the Green are featured on Thursday at noon. The park is open from dawn to dusk from May to October.