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Flashes of Gold in Steamboat Springs

Flashes of Gold in Steamboat Springs
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The days are warm, the nights are cool and the adventure is endless. Come experience the fall side of Steamboat Springs. From soaking in hot springs to leaf-peeping from the trail, here's what you need to know to make the most of your autumn escape to Steamboat Springs.

Sustainability Activity

Help Save Trails:

Help take care of our trails by checking out the trail meters — dubbed "donation stations" — at many of our trailheads! These donations go to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, which preserves trails for future generations.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1
Activity

Explore Rabbit Ears Pass

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The pass is known for its false summit, a crossing of the Continental Divide, and the distinctive “rabbit ears” rock formation that creates one of the nearby peaks. Rabbit Ears Peak Trail, located in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, is a moderate out-and-back trail featuring exceptional views of the valley.
Lunch

Freshies

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Freshies has been serving fresh and entirely hand-prepared breakfast and lunch for 10 years in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Read More
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Steamboat Springs Creative District

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Out of the historic Depot Art Center we offer creative workshops, youth art programs, the natioally known Art in the Park festival (July) and Heritage Month (September), fine art gallery,... Read More

Dinner

Ore House at the Pine Grove

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Tradition, history, rustic elegance.

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Take a Hike

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Relax this evening by the cool Yampa River. The Yampa River Core Trail is a 7.5-mile paved multiuse trail that runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs and along the river.
Lodging

Rabbit Ears Motel

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The Rabbit Ears Motel, located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, is your choice for comfortable, affordable lodging right in the center of downtown. Either they built Steamboat around our motel,... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Creekside Cafe & Grill

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Everything at the Creekside Café that we serve to you is the highest of quality. All of the fruits and vegetables are cut by hand. Our salad dressings are made from scratch with our secret... Read More

Insider's Tip

Take Your Lunch To-Go:

Stop at Yampa Sandwich in the morning before your hike and order your mouthwatering sandwiches to-go, so you can eat on the trail like a local. Remember to pack out all your trash!

Activity

Hike the Morning Away

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Bask in the beauty of the changing aspen trees as you meander along the Hot Springs Creek. Place your feet in the cool creek for breaks along the way as you travel higher to reach Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
Lunch

Yampa Sandwich Co.

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Yampa Sandwich Company serves crave-able, good-for-you breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads. The menu offers more than 20 sandwiches, a variety of salads and sides - all full of fresh... Read More

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs

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Imagine relaxing in 104 degree mineral water while Steamboat's famous Champagne Powder® gently collects in the surrounding forest. Enjoy a massage in one of our beautiful private massage huts or... Read More

Insider's Tip

Reservation Required & Shuttle Service:

To make for the best guest experience and limit crowds, Strawberry Park Hot Springs requires reservations in advance. Tired after the hike or soaking? Book a shuttle on their website for a ride back to town.

Dinner

Aurum Steamboat

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Enjoy seasonal new American fare and craft cocktails in a chic riverfront space. Read More
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Yampa River Botanic Park

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The Yampa River Botanic Park is an innovative, perhaps unique, experiment in private/public development and maintenance of a public botanical gardens. The 6 acre park sits on land donated to the... Read More
Lodging

Camp on Buffalo Pass

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For an alternative lodging choice, opt to camp on Buffalo Pass. You can see spectacular views and access some of the best trails Steamboat has to offer.
Day 3
Breakfast

Off the Beaten Path

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Good books, good coffee, good friends. Read More
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Bike Flash of Gold

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True to its name, there’s no better time to bike the Flash of Gold trail than in the fall when the aspens that line the single-track pass by in a flash of gold. Rent your bike from Steamboat Ski & Bike online so you can hit the dirt with ease.
Lunch

Yampa Valley Kitchen

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YVK is uncompromising in its selection and sourcing of ingredients. We only use local, organic, or sustainable foods of the highest quality. This includes everything, down to the salts, oils, and... Read More
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Take a Scenic Drive

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One of Colorado’s prime fall drives is a loop out of Steamboat Springs. Travel south on Hwy. 131 through working ranchlands, the historic rough-and-tumble former coal-mining town of Oak Creek, the railroad town of Phippsburg and the quaint town of Yampa.
Dinner

Mazzola's Italian Diner

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Pizza, pasta, and great italian food

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Do the Steamboat Brew Trail

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Start in downtown and make your way west on this brew trail that serves up some mighty fine beers. You'll also stop at a distillery offering small-batch whiskey, vodka, gin and moonshine.
Lodging

Glen Eden Resort

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Glen Eden Resort offers charming 2- and 3-bedroom cabins, with fully equipped kitchens for all your needs. Outdoor pool, tennis courts, hot tubs, kid's playground and private river fishing. Our... Read More