For all year adventure with a small town charm, The Bunkhouse Lodge does not disappoint for a vacation getaway

Steamboat Springs lies against the western ridge of the Continental Divide and is nearly surrounded by National Forest, and Wilderness areas.  The Yampa River, which begins in the Flat Tops Wilderness, flows through downtown Steamboat Springs and eventually meets the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument.  Two ski areas, four Colorado State Parks, hot springs, lakes, rivers, and trail systems cater to a plethora of outdoor activities.

SUMMER:

Hiking / Backpacking:  Beginners and expert hikers and backpackers will surely enjoy the abundant options of Steamboat Spring. For example, the Mount Zirkel Wilderness located within the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offers travelers a diverse experience of nearly every type of landscape the region has to offer. For example, alpine lakes, granite pinnacles, tundra and forests can be enjoyed within a short distance from each other. Wildlife is also in abundance during the summer months. A popular destination within this area is the Gilpin Lake Trail. The trail, boasting 12.2 roundtrip miles, offers picturesque views of an alpine lake.

Upper Fish Creek Falls: For more novice hikers, Upper Fish Creek Falls offers a 5-mile roundtrip trail that boasts prime views of Fish Creek Falls. Despite the trail being somewhat steep, much of the trail is forested meaning shade and protection from the elements throughout the majority of the hike.Rentals & Fees associated with equipment rental are dependent upon equipment type and duration. However, many retailers in and around the area of Steamboat Springs offer great short-term and long-term rental options for those looking to enjoy this form of outdoor recreation. Guides are available to customize trip packages in terms of duration, distance, food type and more based on the group ability or group size. This is a great option for those who are less experienced with mountaineering or who want to leave the planning to an experienced professional so they can enjoy the experience.

Kayaking /Canoeing: For a true adventure in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, float down the river in a kayak or canoe. The Yampa River runs right through town, providing a class II river experience for all vacationing thrill seekers. Canoeing and kayaking are sports that allow you to become one with a body of water.  There are numerous areas to go in order to enjoy kayaking and canoeing.

Within the town of Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River runs directly adjacent to the downtown area providing class II rapids that are enjoyable for beginners and experts alike.

Willow Creek offers class IV rapids and so do Cross Mountain Gorge and Fish Creek challenging kayakers and canoe enthusiasts alike. Regardless of what type of water you are searching for,  Steamboat encompasses all. Flat-water paddlers and play boaters rejoice as Steamboat offers options that cater to both novice and expert rapid runners.

Rentals & Fees: There are many outposts and retailers in and around the town of Steamboat Springs that cater towards kayakers and canoers. Rental equipment such as individual kayaks and canoes as well as additional equipment such as helmets and paddles is available for short and long term rentals. Fees are dependent upon equipment and duration.

By hiring a kayak/canoe guide, visitors can ensure their utmost safety while engaging in such a sometimes-dangerous yet adrenaline-inducing sport.

 Boating: Several sites within the Steamboat Springs area offer opportunities for boating, such as Steamboat Lake State Park.Steamboat Lake State Park is a perfect family-friendly option for boaters close to the town of Steamboat Springs. Offering a 1,100 acre surface reservoir at the base of the picturesque Hahn’s Peak, boating is a popular activity. In late summer.   Water temperatures reach the low 70’s offering a refreshing way to escape the heat.

Swimming is also swimming available at the Dutch Hill swim beach.

Boat rentals are available through many outlets in the town of Steamboat Springs as well as through certain lake marinas. Dock rentals and fuel for purchase is also available.

Climbing / Mountaineering:  Although rock climbing and mountaineering routes are available year round, such routes are amplified in the summer due to easier access and enjoyable mild weather to perfect the craft of climbing.. Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas offer many options for climbers and mountaineers alike.

Blob Rock is a very popular route very close in location to the town of Steamboat Springs. Located near the Fish Creek Falls Trail, climbers hike to the Uranium Mine Two Track approximately ¾ of a mile to Blob Rock. Facing southeast, the rock offers great top roping and prime views of the Yampa Valley.

The Domes: A less popular ascent can be found in The Domes. The Domes offers a vast array of climbing options for enthusiasts that range from one pitch to five. To find the area, head east on Highway 40 and turn right on Forest Road 100. Drive approximately 10 miles and begin to hike the approximate 1.5-mile trail marked with a rock cairn.

There are many climbing and mountaineering retail stores within the area of Steamboat Springs. Many of these retail options offer climbing equipment rentals or inexpensive options for casual recreation. Due to the sometimes-extreme nature of mountaineering and rock climbing, hiring a guide is strongly recommended.

Biking:The city of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area offer numerous options for both novice and advanced bikers and mountain bikers. Flat trails as well as rigorous downhill trails are available for outdoor recreation.

In the nearby town of Kremmling, the Continental Divide creates the Arapaho Ridge Trail ideal for travelers who are looking for a technically demanding and challenging ride. Advanced riders can enjoy a 12.2 total mile journey within the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest that is an approximate 3-hour journey over hillsides, creeks, meadows, ponds and evergreen forests.

Emerald Mountain: For the beginner biker, riders can journey directly from downtown Steamboat Springs to Howelson Hill. From the historic ski area, travelers can ride towards Emerald Mountain, which offers multiple trails that are all interconnected. Such trails include Strawberry Park, Mad Creek or Copper Ridge trails. Rentals & Fees: There are many shops in downtown Steamboat Springs that offer rentals for bikes. The fee is determined by the equipment rented as well as the duration of the rental.

Horseback Riding:  By horseback riding in Steamboat Springs, visitors can experience the mountain west while enjoying a picturesque setting in the Yampa Valley.There are many different outlets to enjoy the sport of horseback riding.

For example, there are many public and private stables that rent horses to the public and offer guided tours for guests and travelers alike. Many of the stables and guest ranches are located in and around Steamboat Springs.

As ranching is a viable career option in the high country, many ranches also offer access to cattle drives, sunset rides and rides along the Yampa River in order to truly provide visitors with lasting memories of the beauty offered in the area.

Rentals and fees are dependent upon the outpost/private individual that is renting out the horse or equipment for use.

Motorcycling:  Taking a ride in the area around Steamboat Springs is a rare opportunity to visit both natural and cultural sights while enjoying the sweeping curves of the Yampa Valley. Tthe tight switchbacks of the mountain passes and the straight open roads of the eastern Colorado plains make for an exciting ride. An experienced guide can tailor the ride that best suits you and your friends for an unforgetable adventure in Steamboat Springs.

Fishing:  Where to fish is going to be the hardest question for a fly fisherman in Steamboat Springs. Whether you fish in The Elk River that offers smaller fish or the Yampa with it trout rich waters, you will not be returning to the Bunkhouse Lodge empty handed   Don't forget the countless creeks and the Little Snake River. which are also terrific fishing grounds.

Whitewater Rafting:  Ranchers need plenty of water for their herds, so they traditionally settled close to water sources like the Yampa River Basin, where Steamboat Springs is located. Fortunately, these rivers are snow-fed works of art in the eyes of whitewater rafters. Whether visitors are out for a quiet scenic float on with a group of friends and family, or searching the wet thrill of hitting holes and surfing waves, whitewater rafting around Steamboat Springs will not disappoint.

Yampa River runs right through Steamboat Springs, the Yampa Valley, past pre-Colombian petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks in the canyons of Dinosaur National Monument, then finally meets with the Green River - all without a single dam. The rapids range from Class I to Class V, so there's something for everyone. Most of the river is class I-III, but Juniper Canyon and Cross Mt. Canyon offer some great challenges for adventurous.  No matter the length of the trip, the sights and stories that come from the trip will be shared with friends and family for years. If you can manage to get the time, try the three-day or five-day trips. For the truly bold visitor, cover the entire route in 9 or 10 days for an unforgettable experience.

ATV / Off Roading: Within the town of Steamboat Springs, there are options to rent both single and multi passenger ATV/off roading vehicles. By taking advantage of these options, visitors can explore the beautiful backcountry that may have otherwise been left unexplored. There are many different options available for travelers looking to take advantage of the many off roading options the area has to offer.  Fees are charged at self-service stations at many trails for camping and day use of the areas.

 WINTER:

Skiing / Snowboarding: Steamboat snowcat skiing or snowboarding is one of the most accessible ways to enjoy the backcountry. An experienced guide will help you choose safe and fun terrain that is appropriate for everyone's ability level. If you've never been in the backcountry, they will brief you on avalanche safety protocols and environmental matters. The best part about the trip is that you didn't even have to carry your skis on your back. You reached your pristine destination in the comfort of a snowcat, without the tiring effort of hiking up from the bottom!

Some things to consider about snowcat skiing:  • Either rent powder skis or snowboards or make they sure are included in the package. The wide bases will help you float on the powder and keep you from tiring too quickly.

Snow Tubing:  Snow tubing in the Rocky Mountains holds thrills for everyone and Steamboat Springs is no exception. If you’ve never tried it before, don’t be shy. Get right down that hill! Whether visiting on an extended vacation or just out for a weekend of recreation, snow tubing should be one of your top activities. Float over the snow, feeling slightly out of control, but in complete safety.Snow tubing gives riders a feeling of freedom that can’t be beat. And what’s more, the whole family can enjoy it together.Rather than taking off on your own to find a hill for solo-tubing, eliminate the hassle by visiting one of the facilities designed especially for the sport. Facilities generally have a slower lane for those not quite ready for the daring speeds you can reach on your tube. This makes the snow tubing experience a real pleasure no matter your skill level. All in all, this is a must-do for everyone, from young to old.  Rentals & Fees: Reservations are recommended, as the tubing hill hours can change because of weather or private functions. Personal tubes and sleds aren't permitted.

Snoeshoeing: The Steamboat mountain range features beautiful forests, splendid valleys and spectacular ridges. However, most of this is never seen by the vast majority of tourists because getting into the backcountry can require technical skills, good physical conditioning and expensive gear. Snowshoeing has none of these obstacles. A beginner needs no more than half an hour to learn how to walk properly with snowshoes. Then, the backcountry will be as open as you want it to be.  Also, since snowshoes are designed to go anywhere, you are free to go wherever you want, whether or not a trail leads there!

Ice Skating: Steamboat Springs, Colorado is home to one of the best Olympic-sized ice skating rinks in the northwest. A fully enclosed arena provides both the professional and novice a chance to enjoy the wonders of ice skating no matter what the weather. Ice skating can be enjoyed as an individual, as a couple, or in groups. With a little practice and a lot of energy, any one can perform spins, jumps and other types of moves on the ice. The freedom of movement as you glide across frozen water is exhilarating.Ice skating is great exercise for both body and mind.  Howelsen Ice Arena is located at 285 Howelsen Parkway, just across the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs.  Rentals & Fees:  Generally speaking, the public skate is $7 for an adult, $6 for youth and $4 for skate rental. Cheap Skate sessions are $4 with $3 skate rentals. Rock On Ice is $6.  However, prices vary according to the activity and season, so be sure to contact the arena for details.

Dog Sledding:  For a memorable adventure on your winter vacation in Steamboat Springs, enjoy the white valleys and rugged mountains at the speed of a dog. Taking a nice, peaceful trip on a dog sled is the perfect way to spend a day during your ski trip. You can appreciate the beauty and kindness of tail wagging, eager-to-please Siberian or Alaskan Huskies as you enjoy the supervised, hands-on experience of mushing through the vast expanses of white winter wonderland. Remember to bring your camera and lots of appreciative patting for your new pals!

On sleds pulled by a happy, healthy dog team, you can stay warm under the blankets as the sled glides along the banks of the scenic Yampa River, the Stagecoach Reservoir, or the snowy hills and valleys of private ranches.

Rentals & Fees: Each guiding company has different packages and prices, so inquire with the companies listed below for details.  Several companies in the area offer one hour, half day, or full day trips. For longer trips, most tours provide lunches and, of course, that favorite warm up drink – hot chocolate. The experienced guides will educate you about the sport of dog sledding, the friendly, loving dogs themselves, and the natural environment of the area.

Sleigh Rides:  When the day's skiing is over and snowboards are melting ice from bindings, there is still plenty of time to go on an afternoon or dinner sleigh ride at one of the ranches around Steamboat Springs. Being pulled by horses through snow is a simple pleasure that everyone should have the chance to experience, and there's no better place than the beautiful scenery of Colorado's winter mountain ranges.

Afternoon Sleigh Rides: Enjoy the afternoon being pulled through the snow by a gorgeous team of burly draft horses.  This type of sleigh ride will take you through the open meadows and imposing mountain geography. Refreshments provided generally include hot cocoa, cider and cookies. This type of trip will be approximately 2 hours from start to return.

Dinner Sleigh Rides:  If you’re looking for romance or an evening out, make a reservation for a dinner sleigh ride. You’ll travel through meadows and ridges with the moon and the stars brightly shining down upon you. The generous meals can include grilled ribeye, lemon pepper salmon, marinated chicken or vegetable kabobs, all barbecued to perfection. Add some baked potatoes, ranch beans, homemade sourdough rolls and dessert and you truly have a meal fit for a king or a cowhand. Beverages generally include hot cocoa and hot spiced cider. Beer and wine may or may not be served, so make sure to inquire with the specific companies if that's part of the plan.

 

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