Steamboat Springs is known for many things: world-class skiing, western roots, gold-level biking, recreational opportunities galore….and family.
Yes, Steamboat is one of the most family-friendly, and family-fun, communities we know. In fact, it’s why many of us have come to call this town home. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family - or, if you’re not quite so lucky, to vacation with your family.
In the winter there is, of course, skiing for all ages, with a top-rated ski school and abundant after-skiing activities to boot. And there are just as many fun options in the summer (heck, maybe more) for the whole family to enjoy.
The Howler Alpine Slide is fun for the entire family. Enjoy scenic views of downtown Steamboat Springs as you ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill. Using a sled provided to you at the top of the lift, you are in control of your exhilarating ride as you wind down a 2,400 foot track through the bends and curves of the natural landscape of beautiful Howelsen Hill. Proceeds from The Howler Alpine Slide benefit the young athletes of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
From short, one hour expeditions perfect for younger families, to full, day-long adventures, there are a variety of horseback options to suit any riding level. One thing’s guaranteed: You’ll get twice the views from the saddle as on foot. Click here to find a local ranch.
Biking for All
Whether you have teenage mountain bikers or young riders, you’ll find a place to ride in Steamboat (only one of five cities rated a gold-level biking community). The Core Trail is an excellent option for novice and younger riders, while more the more advanced can tackle trails like Emerald Mountain or Mt. Werner. Click here for more biking information.
ATV & Jeep Tours
Get in a jeep or on an ATV and get riding! Explore Steamboat’s surrounding mountains and valleys with some real horsepower underneath you, with an experienced guide as your lead. Find an outfitter here.
Tube the Yampa River
A true favorite for locals and visitors alike, there’s nothing like a lazy day of tubing the scenic Yampa River. Best for children of age who can swim and wear life jackets. Be sure to wear water shoes, and no glass bottles/containers allowed. Click here to find a tubing outfitter. Find out more information here.
Hot Hair Balloon Ride
Imagine the view as you soar high above town and the mountains around Steamboat! Wild West Balloon Adventures / Pegasus Balloons offers 45 minute Yampa Valley flights. The flight includes continental breakfast consisting of pastries, cookies, juice, hot beverages, flight certificate and traditional champagne ceremony.
Adventure Zone at the Ski Area
Along the Promenade and Creek edge at the Base of the Mountain join us for a mountain of family fun with many new and exciting activities from the Sling Shot Bungee Jump, Human Gyro, WaterWalkerz, East Face Climbing Wall and more! Then spin a T-Shirt or Bandanna and create a new zany souvenir!
Get Western at the Rodeo
Show the kids real cowboys and girls at Steamboat’s Pro Rodeo Series. The most successful weekly rodeo in the country, Steamboat’s rodeo will delight all ages, with events that include bull riding, barrel racing, the kids’ calf scramble, and more.
Ride the Gondola
Take a ride up Mt. Werner and enjoy the views that can only be appreciated from Steamboat’s own eight-passenger gondola. Enjoy panoramic views, wildflowers, or changing aspens as you hike or bike on one of our trails. Soak up the sun and scenery of the valley from the Oasis Sun Deck or a memorable Sunday Brunch at Hazie’s.
Water Slides at the Old Town Hot Springs
Take a break from the heat and enjoy the pools and water slides a the Old Town Hot Springs. There are also warm pools for soaking, childcare facilities, and and fitness classes and equipment.