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Fall in Steamboat Springs: Top 5 Activities
[caption id="attachment_11044" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Photo: Rod Hanna/Steamboat Today"][/caption] What are the must-dos for locals and visitors alike in Steamboat Springs? In no particular order, check out the top 5 activities and places to see in Steamboat this fall.
1. Scenic Singletrack
Fall is when the trails are at their finest – tacky and smooth with stunning views of the Yampa Valley all dressed in gold. Love a good climb? A ride up the Spring Creek Trail takes you toward Buffalo Pass through thick aspen groves and alongside a picturesque creek. Downhill more your style? The Steamboat Bike Park, featuring 50 miles of lift-accessed gravity trails, will be open weekends through the end of September.
2. Hike to your heart’s content
A walk through the mountains is a peaceful escape, and there’s no better way to take in the autumn colors. The golden aspen leaves whisper in the breeze as little critters flit in and out of the orange sagebrush preparing for the season change ahead. Fall just might be the perfect time to knock an epic hike off your bucket list: Try the Devil’s Causeway or a hike to the Rabbit Ears atop the Continental Divide as a final farewell to summer.
3. Gold on the Greens
The golden-leaf aspen trees, cool air, and crisp blue skies are the perfect backdrop for a round of 18 with good friends. The ranch-like setting of Haymaker Golf Course offers stunning views of Mount Werner on a challenging links-style course while Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club offers its own excitement in a mountainous setting with trees lining many holes.
4. Soak it in
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a magical escape just 10 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs. In the fall breezes, the geothermally warmed pools filled with relaxing mineral waters are more inviting than ever. You’ll feel fully immersed in the natural world nestled among an aspen grove with nothing but cool mountain air surrounding you. More about Steamboat's hot springs.
5. Fall on four-wheels
The Yampa Valley is vast, and exploring by car can take you to vistas you’ve never imagined. A drive up Elk River Road towards Hahns Peak ends in the rewarding view of the picturesque Steamboat Lake, reflecting Hahns Peak in its calm waters. Trailheads and beautiful hikes are abound, and a stop at the Clark Store for ice cream is the perfect sweet treat for the ride back to town. via Steamboat Chamber