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Steamboat Springs Ski Resort Visitors Guide

From its lofty height of 6,695 feet to its natural hot springs found in Strawberry Park, steamboat springs has something for everyone. Here in steamboat springs you can enjoy summer outdoors fun like camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting at Routt national forest and cold weather activities skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding at Howelson hill complex. Also available at Strawberry Park you can setup camp or rent a cabin for an overnight stay or simply pack a picnic lunch and just spend a day.

At Steamboat lake state park you will find numerous warm weather activities on the 1,053 acre steamboat lake. At an elevation of 8,000 feet the water fun includes fishing, boating, canoeing, a sandy beach and 3 boat ramps. If water action is not for you, there are nature walks, horseback riding, camping and picnicking.

More outdoor fun can be found as you bike the five mile dual surface Yampa river trail or Mount Verner Trail. For longer rides there is the 110 mile loop over Rabbit Ears and gore passes. For more information on area trails, bike accessories or repairs, bike rentals and bike purchasing. peddle over to Sore Saddle Cyclery (970-879-1675)

Just north of Steamboat Springs is the mount Zirkel wilderness area and flat tops wilderness area where you will find a four hour scenic trail from flat top to Stillwater reservoir to the devils causeway. Other warm weather action includes fishing for trout at Straight-line Outdoor Sports, horseback riding at Del's Triangle Three Ranch (970-879-2306), Saddle Mountain Ranch (970-879-0179) or Steamboat Stables (970-879-2306), and for health and relaxation visit Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Complex or Hot Springs at Strawberry Park (970-879-0342) for lap pools, spas and massage therapy.

Havelson Hill offers year-round fun. Driving the summer you can enjoy the BMX and Skateboard Park, tennis softball, volleyball, horseback riding and mountain biking. Opened in winter of 1915 Havelson Hill is known for being the site of the first accredited public school ski classes in America. It offers day and night skiing and is the leading training ground for North American Skiers for international competition due to its ski-jumping complex. The US Ski jumping team trains here every year due to its 20-, 30-, 50-, 70-, and 90- meter jumps.

For cross country skiing race of over to steamboat ski touring center (970-879-8180). You will find 18 1/2 miles of groomed cross-country trails across from fish creek. Other nearby cross country ski areas are Rabbit ears Pan and Dunkley pass.

At the Howelson Ice Arena you can rent skates, take figure skating or hockey lessons and participate in organized ice-hockey and broom ball competitions.

Other cold weather recreation includes ice climbing at back door sports of steamboat (970-879-1870) and snowmobiling at continental divide trail where you can cruise over fifty miles of what is believed one of the finest trails in the Rockies.

Steamboat has a number of great places to kick back and eat. For upscale specialties like seafood, steaks or southwest cuisine check out Hazies, L' Apogee or La Montana. At Riggio's Fine Italian food you can sample Italy at its best or for burgers, steaks, pastas, and many other gastronomic delights try Slopeside Grill with its western ambiance and ski slopes visible through its picture windows.