Steamboat-Springs

A woman enjoying the fall beauty at Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the fall season is absolutely beautiful! Aspen trees showcase their golden colors, the weather is sunny and crisp, natural hot springs are inviting and crowds are low.

Known as a Colorado resort town where Western heritage meets outdoor adventure, Steamboat Springs is not only a summer town, it is also known for its world class skiing.

Fish Creek Falls hike in Steamboat Springs

The highest elevation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is over 12,000 feet and the town lies on the Western ridge of the Continental Divide. There are two ski mountains, three State Parks, over 150 natural springs, lakes, rivers and hiking trails in Steamboat Springs.

During late September 2020, I did a girls’ mini road trip with my cousin in the Western states of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Beautiful fall foliage in the mountains

We began our road trip in Kalispell, Montana and spent two days exploring Whitefish and Glacier National Park.

From there, we drove south and explored the National Bison Range, Missoula and Bozeman.

Next, we made our way into Wyoming and spent two nights in the charming western town of Cody while we explored Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

We then ended our trip enjoying the beauty of Steamboat Springs, Colorado before flying home from Denver.

Beautiful fall foliage at the hot springs in Steamboat Springs

Both my cousin and I truly enjoyed exploring the great outdoors of Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the fall season. Our hiking adventures were perfect, the hot springs were heavenly and all of the food and drinks we consumed was delicious!

In this blog post, discover all of the best things to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado within two days during the fall.

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Steamboat Springs, CO during fall

Getting to Steamboat Springs:

Beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains

Since my cousin and I visited Steamboat Springs during a road trip, we drove a little less than seven hours south from Cody, Wyoming. Please note that there aren’t many spots to stop and explore from Cody to Steamboat Springs.

The drive from Cody to Steamboat is absolutely beautiful and even though you are on the Interstate for most of the drive, you do go through some small towns every few hours. Therefore, please fill up on gas whenever you get the chance to.

If you aren’t already on a road trip out west and want to visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I recommend either booking a flight into Steamboat Springs Airport or Denver International Airport.

Since I was flying home to Newark Airport from Colorado and my cousin was heading back to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, it was easiest for us to drive three hours east and fly home from Denver since the flights were cheaper and more direct. (We could’ve flown home from Steamboat Springs, but it would’ve been more expensive and we also would have had a layover in Denver anyway.)

Beautiful fall foliage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

No matter where you fly into, you will need a rental car to get around Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas in Colorado. (I recommend booking your rental car in advance like we did.)

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Steamboat Springs does offer a free bus service called Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) that runs throughout the downtown area to the ski resort where skiers and mountain bikers can easily access the trails from the Steamboat Gondola.

GO Alpine is the only taxi service that runs in Steamboat Springs. If you are looking for a taxi driver to take you somewhere, it is best that you call ahead of time to get a ride. Uber and Lyft services are also available in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Where to Stay in Steamboat:

Having a glass of wine with a fall view in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

During our fall visit to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we stayed in a lovely mountain retreat, which was also a ski chalet condo that we found on Airbnb.

I absolutely adored staying in this beautiful and cozy condo that is located only five minutes by car from the ski resort.

A mountain chalet condo in Colorado

We had a large kitchen and living room, a nice fireplace, a balcony with stunning mountain views and more! Click here to book this beautiful condo in Steamboat.

(What is also great about this stunning condo is that it is located along the free SST bus route and the complex that its situated in also has a hot tub for communal use.)

A mountain chalet condo in Steamboat Springs

Hotels in Steamboat Springs, Colorado:

Luxury: Highmark Steamboat Springs by Mountain Resorts

Boutique: The Bristol by Magnuson Worldwide

Mid-Budget: The Steamboat Grand

Budget: Steamboat Mountain Lodge

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Where to Eat in Steamboat Springs:

Chocolate quinoa pancakes from Seedz in Steamboat Springs

Seedz Café (Breakfast): During our two days in Steamboat Springs, we enjoyed breakfast at Seedz Café one morning and it was amazing.

Peach mimosa at brunch in Steamboat Springs

This adorable organic café offers delicious breakfast and lunch dishes that range from pancakes to scrambles and specialty bowls to salads. The morning we went to Seedz just so happened to be a Sunday and brunch was going on.

I got a delicious peach mimosa and my cousin had a bloody Mary. For food, I savored the delicious chocolate and puffed quinoa pancakes (pictured above) and my cousin had the breakfast burrito.

Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria (Mexican): On our first night in Steamboat Springs, we were recommended to try Vasqueros, which offers authentic Mexican food.

Strawberry margarita in Steamboat Springs

During our evening at Vasqueros, we sat on their rooftop, which was perfect during a fall evening and it offered beautiful views of Steamboat Springs.

We also had refreshing margaritas and I savored the delicious chicken and shrimp fajitas. (My cousin had a special.) Everything was delicious and I couldn’t recommend this great Mexican restaurant more to those visiting Steamboat.  

Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant (Italian): We were craving Italian food on our second night in Steamboat Springs, so we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant.

Seafood cioppino

We both got a glass of red wine and I savored the cioppino while my cousin had the vodka shrimp dish. Everything was delicious!

The Barley Tap and Tavern (Drinks): A great place to enjoy some drinks at night in downtown Steamboat Springs is at The Barley Tap and Tavern.

At this fun bar, you could enjoy Colorado craft beer, cocktails, draft wine and appetizers while watching a game or socializing with friends.

What to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during Fall:

A woman enjoying the fall foliage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Hike Fish Creek Falls:

One of the most popular and beautiful hikes to do during a visit to Steamboat Springs in the fall is Fish Creek Falls.

A woman hiking through an Aspen woodland during fall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This ¼-mile to 6.5-mile hike in Steamboat Springs (depending on which trail you want to do) is considered moderate and it allows you to walk through a wonderland of aspen trees, admire breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains that showcase the best of fall colors and sit by the beautiful waterfalls that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

My cousin and I only hiked to the base of the falls, but it is totally worth it to go a little further and hike to the second waterfall, which is a little over a mile from the base.

The base of Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

If you are looking to hike to the Long Lake, it is 6.5 miles one way and you won’t be disappointed! We truly enjoyed hiking Fish Creek Falls and the weather was perfect.

Please note that Fish Creek Falls is a 10-minute drive from downtown Steamboat and it will cost you $5 USD per day to park your car at the trailhead’s parking lot. Fish Creek Falls is also open all year long from 6am to 10pm MST.

Other Hikes to do in and around Steamboat Springs in the Fall:

Beautiful fall views on Fish Creek Falls trail in Steamboat Springs
  • Uranium Mine (3.1 miles round trip, moderate to difficult trail)
  • Hot Springs Trail to Strawberry Park Hot Springs (5.7 miles round trip, easy trail)
  • Yampa River Core Trail (7.5 miles, paved multi-use easy trail)

Relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs:

A woman at Strawberry Park Hot Springs during the fall in Steamboat Springs

A must-do during a trip to Steamboat Springs during the fall is relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Seriously, these hot springs are absolutely beautiful and you could spend hours there!

Before you plan to relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, it is important to note that with the current world situation they require every visitor to book a reservation online. With the reservation, your time at Strawberry Park is limited to only two hours, but that was honestly perfect for me! It cost $20 USD to use the hot springs at Strawberry Park and they only took cash.

Beautiful fall foliage at Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs

In addition to the springs, Strawberry Park also has restrooms, a teepee and heated cabin for changing as well as picnic tables (there is a limited concession stand). You could also enjoy a nice massage service at Strawberry Park Hot Springs!

It takes a little less than 20 minutes to drive from downtown Steamboat to Strawberry Park. Sweet Pea Tours and The Hot Springs Shuttle transport people from the heart of town to the hot springs.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs

Overall, there are several natural warm pools at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. These springs contain healing properties that alleviate muscle, bone and deep tissue pain, so it is a popular place for hikers and skiers to gravitate towards after a long day on the mountain.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs are a year-round destination and it is open every day from 10am to 10pm MST. Children are not allowed at the hot springs once it gets dark.

This great park also has lodging where you could camp and glamp! Anyone lodging at Strawberry Park can also use the hot springs in the middle of the night from 8pm to 10am MST.

A woman at Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during fall

I went to the hot springs by myself while my cousin stayed in town and it was so nice and relaxing. I loved all of the beautiful foliage that surrounded me at Strawberry Park. There is a reason why Colorado is known as “Colorful Colorado”.

(Another cool hot spring spot that is popular in Steamboat Springs is Old Town Hot Springs. It includes eight hot spring-fed pools, waterslides, fitness facilities and more. It is also a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Steamboat!)

Participate in the Steamboat Brew Trail:

Craft beer

If you are a craft beer lover like myself, I highly recommend participating in the Steamboat Brew Trail. This 2.7-mile trail along the Yampa River makes its way into downtown Steamboat Springs and you could either walk or bike it!

Unfortunately, my cousin and I didn’t have time to participate in the Steamboat Brew Trail, but I totally will do it next time.

Colorado is known for its renowned beer scene, so you will not be disappointed when you visit any brewery in the state!

Below are the breweries along the Steamboat Brew Trail:

Go Shopping Downtown:

Escape Rooms neon sign

Another great thing to do during a beautiful fall day in Steamboat Springs is walk through the downtown area and shop.

There is a plethora of souvenir shops, boutiques, luxury stores and so much more along Lincoln Avenue, which is the main street that goes through the downtown area!

During your time in Steamboat Springs, also check out the Steamboat Art Museum, The Tread of Pioneers Museum and if you’re feeling even more adventurous, do The Crooked Key, which is an escape room.

Horseback Ride through the Aspens:

Beautiful Aspen trees during fall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado during fall would not be complete without horseback riding through colorful aspen trails. (My cousin and I unfortunately didn’t have time to horseback ride either, but if we were staying an extra day, it definitely would’ve been on our itinerary!)

Horseback riding in Steamboat Springs allows you to experience how cowboys traveled through the Yampa Valley back in the day.

This experience is perfect for every riding level and some of the local ranches you could horseback ride at are Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Clark, Lucky 8 Ranch in Oak Creek, Saddleback Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s High Lonesome Outfitter & Guides in Toponas, CR Summit Ranch & Riding Center in Steamboat Springs and Del’s Traingle 3 Ranch in Clark.

Optional Day Trip – Rocky Mountain National Park:

A woman walking through Rocky Mountain National Park in the snow

A trip to Colorado would not be complete without visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. I had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park during my 6-day Colorado road trip in November 2019 and it was absolutely breathtaking.

I visited Rocky Mountain National Park in late fall, but there was snow on the ground. Even though Colorado’s weather could change drastically within days, if you get the chance to see the National Park during peak foliage season, you will be in for one real treat!

You could easily do a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park from Steamboat Springs. The Grand Lake Entrance (west entrance) to the park is located an hour and 45 minutes from downtown Steamboat and you could enjoy some of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks in the area.

Click here to discover some of the best hikes on the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. I also recommend checking out Grand Lake itself and exploring the downtown area there.


Base of Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the top things to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the fall. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

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28 Comments

  1. Traveler's Itch on October 20, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Those hot springs look amazing! Colorado always sounds magical in my head, even though I’ve never been. One day…!

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2020 at 9:50 am

      They really are! I truly enjoyed my time there! You totally have to visit Colorado. It’s such a beautiful state. 🙂

  2. Stephanie on October 20, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Wow, what a comprehensive guide to Steamboat Springs! Thank you for including Vista Verde Ranch as an option for making it a horseback riding vacation. We love the fall season, it’s the best time of the year here!!

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much Stephanie and of course! I would love to stay at your ranch at some point in the future. 🙂

  3. Kim Deer on October 20, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    These beautiful landscapes remind me of Banff ~ the gorgeous Rocky Mountains ~ love these hot springs! They look so relaxing and you look so beautiful in all your photos. It looks like the perfect place to hike and relax in the springs. My type of vacation ~ all natural wonders and perfect activities during the fall months. Love your amazing photography of breathtaking Steamboat Springs ~ great blog, really enjoyed the read! Love you, Mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you mom! Love you too! xoxo

  4. Lina on October 22, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Omg the Strawberry Park Hot Springs are exactly my place to be! I’d love to relax there one day 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on October 22, 2020 at 9:43 am

      You totally have to go! It’s so beautiful there. 🙂

  5. Jessica on November 7, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Wow it looks beautiful there! It seems my travel bucket list is growing again!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Colorado is such a breathtaking state. You totally have to go in the future. 🙂

  6. Hannah on November 7, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Wow, the scenery around Steamboat Springs looks incredible! Your photos are stunning! I’d love to go hiking to admire all of the autumn foliage! The hot springs also look incredible and like a wonderful place to relax! Thanks for the great guide, I hope I get an opportunity to visit!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      It really is absolutely beautiful Hannah! You would totally love it. It’s also really nice during winter too. 🙂

  7. Katherine on November 7, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve wanted to visit Steamboat Springs for the hot springs, but it looks like there’s so much more awesome stuff to see and do as well!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Yes, it is such a great place to visit in Colorado! 🙂

  8. Albi on November 8, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Seems like a really nice hiking place, the wild nature around is amazing, I wish I could go there right now

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 9:29 am

      It definitely is! I loved it so much! 🙂

  9. Rachel Hall on November 8, 2020 at 4:58 am

    Wow, your pictures are beautiful and serene – loving the fall colours! Relaxing in the hot springs sounds awesome and just what I need right now.

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Thank you so much Rachel! It was so nice! 🙂

  10. Melinda on November 8, 2020 at 6:27 am

    I love following outdoor exercise with good food and craft beer. And Steamboat Springs has that and looks charming and fun.

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Yes, it’s seriously the best Melinda! 🙂

  11. Mayi on November 8, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    First time hearing about this place and I love it. The hot springs and surrounding mountains give it a relaxing feeling, especially with the autumn colours. Very beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you Mayi! It sure was an amazing time there. 🙂

  12. kmf on November 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I would love to go hiking at Steamboat Springs in Colorado…especially the Fish Creek Falls trail. And the Strawberry Park Hot Springs would be perfect in the fall!

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      It is absolutely amazing! You would totally love it. The springs are heavenly! 🙂

  13. Sophie on November 9, 2020 at 5:29 am

    I am desperate to get to Colorado and will definitely be adding Steamboat Springs to my list! Some of the trails look gorgeous and the Strawberry Park Hot Springs look divine! That’s awesome that you can use them during the night if you’re staying there too!!

    • Taylor Deer on November 13, 2020 at 9:31 am

      It is such a beautiful state! I loved Strawberry Park and could’ve stayed there all day and even the night. You totally need to get there at some point 🙂

  14. Mayuri on November 10, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Such a useful guide! Love all of your gorgeous photos. Saving this for the future!

    • Taylor Deer on November 13, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Thank you so much Mayuri! 🙂

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Steamboat-Springs

A woman enjoying the fall beauty at Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the fall season is absolutely beautiful! Aspen trees showcase their golden colors, the weather is sunny and crisp, natural hot springs are inviting and crowds are low.

Known as a Colorado resort town where Western heritage meets outdoor adventure, Steamboat Springs is not only a summer town, it is also known for its world class skiing.

Fish Creek Falls hike in Steamboat Springs

The highest elevation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is over 12,000 feet and the town lies on the Western ridge of the Continental Divide. There are two ski mountains, three State Parks, over 150 natural springs, lakes, rivers and hiking trails in Steamboat Springs.

During late September 2020, I did a girls’ mini road trip with my cousin in the Western states of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Beautiful fall foliage in the mountains

We began our road trip in Kalispell, Montana and spent two days exploring Whitefish and Glacier National Park.

From there, we drove south and explored the National Bison Range, Missoula and Bozeman.

Next, we made our way into Wyoming and spent two nights in the charming western town of Cody while we explored Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

We then ended our trip enjoying the beauty of Steamboat Springs, Colorado before flying home from Denver.

Beautiful fall foliage at the hot springs in Steamboat Springs

Both my cousin and I truly enjoyed exploring the great outdoors of Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the fall season. Our hiking adventures were perfect, the hot springs were heavenly and all of the food and drinks we consumed was delicious!

In this blog post, discover all of the best things to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado within two days during the fall.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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Steamboat Springs, CO during fall

Getting to Steamboat Springs:

Beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains

Since my cousin and I visited Steamboat Springs during a road trip, we drove a little less than seven hours south from Cody, Wyoming. Please note that there aren’t many spots to stop and explore from Cody to Steamboat Springs.

The drive from Cody to Steamboat is absolutely beautiful and even though you are on the Interstate for most of the drive, you do go through some small towns every few hours. Therefore, please fill up on gas whenever you get the chance to.

If you aren’t already on a road trip out west and want to visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I recommend either booking a flight into Steamboat Springs Airport or Denver International Airport.

Since I was flying home to Newark Airport from Colorado and my cousin was heading back to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, it was easiest for us to drive three hours east and fly home from Denver since the flights were cheaper and more direct. (We could’ve flown home from Steamboat Springs, but it would’ve been more expensive and we also would have had a layover in Denver anyway.)

Beautiful fall foliage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

No matter where you fly into, you will need a rental car to get around Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas in Colorado. (I recommend booking your rental car in advance like we did.)

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Steamboat Springs does offer a free bus service called Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) that runs throughout the downtown area to the ski resort where skiers and mountain bikers can easily access the trails from the Steamboat Gondola.

GO Alpine is the only taxi service that runs in Steamboat Springs. If you are looking for a taxi driver to take you somewhere, it is best that you call ahead of time to get a ride. Uber and Lyft services are also available in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Where to Stay in Steamboat:

Having a glass of wine with a fall view in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

During our fall visit to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we stayed in a lovely mountain retreat, which was also a ski chalet condo that we found on Airbnb.

I absolutely adored staying in this beautiful and cozy condo that is located only five minutes by car from the ski resort.

A mountain chalet condo in Colorado

We had a large kitchen and living room, a nice fireplace, a balcony with stunning mountain views and more! Click here to book this beautiful condo in Steamboat.

(What is also great about this stunning condo is that it is located along the free SST bus route and the complex that its situated in also has a hot tub for communal use.)

A mountain chalet condo in Steamboat Springs

Hotels in Steamboat Springs, Colorado:

Luxury: Highmark Steamboat Springs by Mountain Resorts

Boutique: The Bristol by Magnuson Worldwide

Mid-Budget: The Steamboat Grand

Budget: Steamboat Mountain Lodge

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Where to Eat in Steamboat Springs:

Chocolate quinoa pancakes from Seedz in Steamboat Springs

Seedz Café (Breakfast): During our two days in Steamboat Springs, we enjoyed breakfast at Seedz Café one morning and it was amazing.

Peach mimosa at brunch in Steamboat Springs

This adorable organic café offers delicious breakfast and lunch dishes that range from pancakes to scrambles and specialty bowls to salads. The morning we went to Seedz just so happened to be a Sunday and brunch was going on.

I got a delicious peach mimosa and my cousin had a bloody Mary. For food, I savored the delicious chocolate and puffed quinoa pancakes (pictured above) and my cousin had the breakfast burrito.

Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria (Mexican): On our first night in Steamboat Springs, we were recommended to try Vasqueros, which offers authentic Mexican food.

Strawberry margarita in Steamboat Springs

During our evening at Vasqueros, we sat on their rooftop, which was perfect during a fall evening and it offered beautiful views of Steamboat Springs.

We also had refreshing margaritas and I savored the delicious chicken and shrimp fajitas. (My cousin had a special.) Everything was delicious and I couldn’t recommend this great Mexican restaurant more to those visiting Steamboat.  

Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant (Italian): We were craving Italian food on our second night in Steamboat Springs, so we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant.

Seafood cioppino

We both got a glass of red wine and I savored the cioppino while my cousin had the vodka shrimp dish. Everything was delicious!

The Barley Tap and Tavern (Drinks): A great place to enjoy some drinks at night in downtown Steamboat Springs is at The Barley Tap and Tavern.

At this fun bar, you could enjoy Colorado craft beer, cocktails, draft wine and appetizers while watching a game or socializing with friends.

What to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during Fall:

A woman enjoying the fall foliage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Hike Fish Creek Falls:

One of the most popular and beautiful hikes to do during a visit to Steamboat Springs in the fall is Fish Creek Falls.

A woman hiking through an Aspen woodland during fall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This ¼-mile to 6.5-mile hike in Steamboat Springs (depending on which trail you want to do) is considered moderate and it allows you to walk through a wonderland of aspen trees, admire breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains that showcase the best of fall colors and sit by the beautiful waterfalls that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

My cousin and I only hiked to the base of the falls, but it is totally worth it to go a little further and hike to the second waterfall, which is a little over a mile from the base.

The base of Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

If you are looking to hike to the Long Lake, it is 6.5 miles one way and you won’t be disappointed! We truly enjoyed hiking Fish Creek Falls and the weather was perfect.

Please note that Fish Creek Falls is a 10-minute drive from downtown Steamboat and it will cost you $5 USD per day to park your car at the trailhead’s parking lot. Fish Creek Falls is also open all year long from 6am to 10pm MST.

Other Hikes to do in and around Steamboat Springs in the Fall:

Beautiful fall views on Fish Creek Falls trail in Steamboat Springs
  • Uranium Mine (3.1 miles round trip, moderate to difficult trail)
  • Hot Springs Trail to Strawberry Park Hot Springs (5.7 miles round trip, easy trail)
  • Yampa River Core Trail (7.5 miles, paved multi-use easy trail)

Relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs:

A woman at Strawberry Park Hot Springs during the fall in Steamboat Springs

A must-do during a trip to Steamboat Springs during the fall is relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Seriously, these hot springs are absolutely beautiful and you could spend hours there!

Before you plan to relax at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, it is important to note that with the current world situation they require every visitor to book a reservation online. With the reservation, your time at Strawberry Park is limited to only two hours, but that was honestly perfect for me! It cost $20 USD to use the hot springs at Strawberry Park and they only took cash.

Beautiful fall foliage at Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs

In addition to the springs, Strawberry Park also has restrooms, a teepee and heated cabin for changing as well as picnic tables (there is a limited concession stand). You could also enjoy a nice massage service at Strawberry Park Hot Springs!

It takes a little less than 20 minutes to drive from downtown Steamboat to Strawberry Park. Sweet Pea Tours and The Hot Springs Shuttle transport people from the heart of town to the hot springs.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs

Overall, there are several natural warm pools at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. These springs contain healing properties that alleviate muscle, bone and deep tissue pain, so it is a popular place for hikers and skiers to gravitate towards after a long day on the mountain.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs are a year-round destination and it is open every day from 10am to 10pm MST. Children are not allowed at the hot springs once it gets dark.

This great park also has lodging where you could camp and glamp! Anyone lodging at Strawberry Park can also use the hot springs in the middle of the night from 8pm to 10am MST.

A woman at Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during fall

I went to the hot springs by myself while my cousin stayed in town and it was so nice and relaxing. I loved all of the beautiful foliage that surrounded me at Strawberry Park. There is a reason why Colorado is known as “Colorful Colorado”.

(Another cool hot spring spot that is popular in Steamboat Springs is Old Town Hot Springs. It includes eight hot spring-fed pools, waterslides, fitness facilities and more. It is also a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Steamboat!)

Participate in the Steamboat Brew Trail:

Craft beer

If you are a craft beer lover like myself, I highly recommend participating in the Steamboat Brew Trail. This 2.7-mile trail along the Yampa River makes its way into downtown Steamboat Springs and you could either walk or bike it!

Unfortunately, my cousin and I didn’t have time to participate in the Steamboat Brew Trail, but I totally will do it next time.

Colorado is known for its renowned beer scene, so you will not be disappointed when you visit any brewery in the state!

Below are the breweries along the Steamboat Brew Trail:

Go Shopping Downtown:

Escape Rooms neon sign

Another great thing to do during a beautiful fall day in Steamboat Springs is walk through the downtown area and shop.

There is a plethora of souvenir shops, boutiques, luxury stores and so much more along Lincoln Avenue, which is the main street that goes through the downtown area!

During your time in Steamboat Springs, also check out the Steamboat Art Museum, The Tread of Pioneers Museum and if you’re feeling even more adventurous, do The Crooked Key, which is an escape room.

Horseback Ride through the Aspens:

Beautiful Aspen trees during fall in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado during fall would not be complete without horseback riding through colorful aspen trails. (My cousin and I unfortunately didn’t have time to horseback ride either, but if we were staying an extra day, it definitely would’ve been on our itinerary!)

Horseback riding in Steamboat Springs allows you to experience how cowboys traveled through the Yampa Valley back in the day.

This experience is perfect for every riding level and some of the local ranches you could horseback ride at are Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Clark, Lucky 8 Ranch in Oak Creek, Saddleback Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s High Lonesome Outfitter & Guides in Toponas, CR Summit Ranch & Riding Center in Steamboat Springs and Del’s Traingle 3 Ranch in Clark.

Optional Day Trip – Rocky Mountain National Park:

A woman walking through Rocky Mountain National Park in the snow

A trip to Colorado would not be complete without visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. I had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park during my 6-day Colorado road trip in November 2019 and it was absolutely breathtaking.

I visited Rocky Mountain National Park in late fall, but there was snow on the ground. Even though Colorado’s weather could change drastically within days, if you get the chance to see the National Park during peak foliage season, you will be in for one real treat!

You could easily do a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park from Steamboat Springs. The Grand Lake Entrance (west entrance) to the park is located an hour and 45 minutes from downtown Steamboat and you could enjoy some of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks in the area.

Click here to discover some of the best hikes on the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. I also recommend checking out Grand Lake itself and exploring the downtown area there.


Base of Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the top things to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during the fall. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

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28 Comments

  1. Traveler's Itch on October 20, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Those hot springs look amazing! Colorado always sounds magical in my head, even though I’ve never been. One day…!

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2020 at 9:50 am

      They really are! I truly enjoyed my time there! You totally have to visit Colorado. It’s such a beautiful state. 🙂

  2. Stephanie on October 20, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Wow, what a comprehensive guide to Steamboat Springs! Thank you for including Vista Verde Ranch as an option for making it a horseback riding vacation. We love the fall season, it’s the best time of the year here!!

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much Stephanie and of course! I would love to stay at your ranch at some point in the future. 🙂

  3. Kim Deer on October 20, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    These beautiful landscapes remind me of Banff ~ the gorgeous Rocky Mountains ~ love these hot springs! They look so relaxing and you look so beautiful in all your photos. It looks like the perfect place to hike and relax in the springs. My type of vacation ~ all natural wonders and perfect activities during the fall months. Love your amazing photography of breathtaking Steamboat Springs ~ great blog, really enjoyed the read! Love you, Mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you mom! Love you too! xoxo

  4. Lina on October 22, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Omg the Strawberry Park Hot Springs are exactly my place to be! I’d love to relax there one day 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on October 22, 2020 at 9:43 am

      You totally have to go! It’s so beautiful there. 🙂

  5. Jessica on November 7, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Wow it looks beautiful there! It seems my travel bucket list is growing again!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Colorado is such a breathtaking state. You totally have to go in the future. 🙂

  6. Hannah on November 7, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Wow, the scenery around Steamboat Springs looks incredible! Your photos are stunning! I’d love to go hiking to admire all of the autumn foliage! The hot springs also look incredible and like a wonderful place to relax! Thanks for the great guide, I hope I get an opportunity to visit!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      It really is absolutely beautiful Hannah! You would totally love it. It’s also really nice during winter too. 🙂

  7. Katherine on November 7, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve wanted to visit Steamboat Springs for the hot springs, but it looks like there’s so much more awesome stuff to see and do as well!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Yes, it is such a great place to visit in Colorado! 🙂

  8. Albi on November 8, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Seems like a really nice hiking place, the wild nature around is amazing, I wish I could go there right now

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 9:29 am

      It definitely is! I loved it so much! 🙂

  9. Rachel Hall on November 8, 2020 at 4:58 am

    Wow, your pictures are beautiful and serene – loving the fall colours! Relaxing in the hot springs sounds awesome and just what I need right now.

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Thank you so much Rachel! It was so nice! 🙂

  10. Melinda on November 8, 2020 at 6:27 am

    I love following outdoor exercise with good food and craft beer. And Steamboat Springs has that and looks charming and fun.

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Yes, it’s seriously the best Melinda! 🙂

  11. Mayi on November 8, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    First time hearing about this place and I love it. The hot springs and surrounding mountains give it a relaxing feeling, especially with the autumn colours. Very beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you Mayi! It sure was an amazing time there. 🙂

  12. kmf on November 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I would love to go hiking at Steamboat Springs in Colorado…especially the Fish Creek Falls trail. And the Strawberry Park Hot Springs would be perfect in the fall!

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      It is absolutely amazing! You would totally love it. The springs are heavenly! 🙂

  13. Sophie on November 9, 2020 at 5:29 am

    I am desperate to get to Colorado and will definitely be adding Steamboat Springs to my list! Some of the trails look gorgeous and the Strawberry Park Hot Springs look divine! That’s awesome that you can use them during the night if you’re staying there too!!

    • Taylor Deer on November 13, 2020 at 9:31 am

      It is such a beautiful state! I loved Strawberry Park and could’ve stayed there all day and even the night. You totally need to get there at some point 🙂

  14. Mayuri on November 10, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Such a useful guide! Love all of your gorgeous photos. Saving this for the future!

    • Taylor Deer on November 13, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Thank you so much Mayuri! 🙂

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