Fall Preview: What to do in Steamboat Springs


It’s the end of August in Ski Town, USA®, and for us that means the fall season is about here.  But what’s there to do when the snow hasn’t yet fallen and the summer bustle is over?

A lot, actually.

From horseback riding to world-class big game hunting to everything in between, Steamboat Springs offer a plethora of fall activities to suit most tastes and ages clear through to when that first ski lift opens in November.

Top Fall Activities in Steamboat Springs

elk-bugle-copyBig (or Small) Game Hunting
You haven’t really experienced Colorado until you’ve been on an elk hunt. From those who’ve accomplished it, they’ll tell you there’s nothing quite like it.  From simply being in the outdoors, to see the animals in their natural habitat, to successfully harvesting one - it’s an experience you’ll never forget.  Other options include moose, bear, mule deer, and small game like grouse and rabbits. If you are unfamiliar with the area and/or are an inexperienced hunter, you will most certainly want a guide.  Click here for a list of outfitters.

Enjoy the Colors
Come September and October, Steamboat lights up in gold.  The aspens are ablaze with gorgeous hues of golds and oranges, something that must be seen in person to appreciate.  Take a jeep tour or a hike and take in the sights.

Take a hike or bike ride
Steamboat’s trails are still open and, until the snow falls or gets too deep, are enjoyable by foot or mountain bike. It’s an excellent way to not only get some exercise, but take in Steamboat’s fall beauty as well. Click here for a trail list.

Ride a horse
Area stables and ranches stay open through the fall season until the snow falls and trails get too deep. It’s in fact an excellent time to take a ride in Steamboat, as not only are the colors gorgeous, but you get to escape the summer heat and enjoy the crisp mountain air.  You are also more likely to sneak in a private or semi-private ride now that summer’s crowds are gone.  Click here for a list of area stables.

Go fishing
Like horseback riding, most outfitters still offer fishing trips, either to area lakes or rivers, through the fall season until weather conditions no longer permit.  Catch a fly or fish from a boat, either way you’ll get to see Colorado from an entirely new perspective. Click here for a list of fishing outfitters.

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