Steamboat Springs, Colorado

●Steamboat is home to natural hot springs. Settlers believed that the hot springs were actually a steamboat coming down the river. When settlers saw that there was no steamboat, and that the sound was coming from the hot springs, they decided to name the town Steamboat Springs.

There is something for everyone in Steamboat no matter the season. There is skiing, snowshoeing, hot springs, and cross country skiing in the winter. There is hiking, tubing, kayaking, and camping in the summer.
1. Fish Creek Falls: The falls are located about 2 miles from town. It is a 260 foot drop. The parking is $5. There are picnic tables and hiking trails. There is a short easy hike to see the waterfall. From there you can continue on a trail that goes up in elevation.
2. Strawberry Park Hot Springs: These hot springs are located in the hills, 7 miles out of town. It features two pools and natural rock features. Clothing is optional. It costs $10 each.
3. Steamboat Ski Resort: A year-round resort offering winter and spring skiing on 141 trails. There is hiking and biking in the summer.

Rabbit Ears Pass: This is a mountain pass to the south of Steamboat. It is called Rabbit Ears Pass because there are two rocks at the top of the mountain that look like rabbit ears.

5. Howelsen Ski Area: Oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado. It also serves as an Olympic training site. The winter carnival features fireworks and flare runs. Night tubing and ski jumping occurs here.  

6. Downtown: The downtown area features many great restaurants, coffee shops, and stores.

7. West Lincoln Park: This park is located along the Yampa River. It features a small pond and playground area for kids.

8. Old Town Hot Springs: The hot springs are located downtown. It features multiple pools and two slides.