I think you’re supposed to just call it Steamboat if you’re cool. Kind of like calling Jackson, Wyoming, Jackson Hole.
There are a couple of good ways to get in our out of Steamboat, crossing the mountains through the park and heading north, or driving through Poudre Canyon. We came in from the park and went back out through the canyon, a beautiful route with some stark canyonesque walls and a pair of mooses.
We initially chose Steamboat Springs because we had a couple of unplanned days and discovered Eilen Jewell was playing there in the Mountain Springs Festival. We saw her show, which was great as usual.
A bonus during our visit was a performance in a free outdoor show by Hot Rize. Asheville bluegrass band Fireside Collective opened for Hot Rise – you just can’t escape the Asheville Sound.
The free concert series is held in a field at the foot of several Olympic-class jumping hills, I think for snowboards.
The town of Steamboat Springs is pretty interesting. There’s some good hiking nearby, there’s a sulfuric hot springs in which we immersed ourselves, there are good restaurants, and there’s a river running next to the town, the Yampa, that is a tubing Mecca for thousands of people every summer afternoon.
The town seems to have a tight-knit, active community.
The only downside to the town is the highway that runs right through it. I’d compare Steamboat Springs to Telluride. Both are big-time ski resorts. Telluride is much harder to get to, but it is a cul de sac, so it doesn’t have the consistent stream of traffic through the main street one encounters in Steamboat.