While the crowds have dispersed, May is the perfect time to be in Steamboat
As the snow melts and the Valley turns a vibrant shade of green, the wildflowers start to bloom and the crowds in town begin to thin. While many locals use this time to escape to the desert and tourists look to other spring time destinations, there is something wonderful about Steamboat in the off season.
Perks of mud season:
The off season is the perfect time to get out and sample the different restaurants in town with many of them offering amazing off-season discounts. One of our favorite spots in town, Winona’s, offer a two for one special on breakfast and lunch. Be sure to try their Eggs Benedict or a signature sandwich. Sit on the patio of Mahogany Ridge and enjoy $1 tapas in the evening sun or head over to Backdoor Grill for their lunch special.
The Porches front desk has a list of restaurant closures and also on-going specials.
Peace and quiet
During the off-season months, peace and quiet abounds in Steamboat. Take a stroll on the Yampa River Core Trail or bike along 131. Head to the legendary Strawberry Park Hot Springs and soak in the natural springs. Hike to the base of Fish Creek Falls or keep going to see how far you’ll make it to the top! No matter what your interest, you’re sure to find the rejuvenation and relaxation you’ve been longing for.
Enjoy the river at its peak
As the snow melts the Yampa River is running at it’s peak! With the river flowing well above the rocks now is the time to kayak, raft, or paddleboard down the river. Just be sure to bring a buddy and a wet suit! Not into cold water adventures? Sit along the river at E3 or Aurum Food & Wine and watch the enthusiasts that dare to brave the frigid water.
Take a scenic drive
Head out on the open road! Just a few miles south down 131, you’ll end up past rolling hills of ranch land. If you feel like going for a longer drive we suggest heading north to North Routt and stopping in for lunch at either Hahn’s Peak Café or the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse before returning home. This is the best time of year to see the hills come alive with shades of green and also all the newly born livestock.