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Trip Report Steamboat Springs Trip Report - July 2013

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I've lived in Colorado for nine years, but just enjoyed my first trip to Steamboat Springs this past weekend for the balloon festival. Our family (me, DH, DD5 and DS 7 mos.) packed a lot into four days and thoroughly enjoyed our visit! We highly recommend!

Activities - We did the Alpine Slide, the Yampa River Botanic Park, Yampa River Paved Trail, Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Farmer's Market, Fish Creek Falls hike, Balloon Festival, Art in the Park, and the Balloon Glow.

I loved the Botanic Park! This place was beautiful with tons of gorgeous flowers. What a pleasant surprise. My daughter loved the slide and my husband really enjoyed the hot springs. The balloons were fun but some difficult weather slowed things down on Saturday. The highlight was probably the Fish Creek Falls hike, though. We decided to do the upper falls, which is a two-mile trail each way. This trail was tough with a 2,000-foot elevation gain in the two miles, but it is a spectacular hike. We had two kids with us, and it took us about 3.5 hours there and back. The views are breathtaking and the waterfalls are gorgeous. Our daughter did this hike and did great, but we didn't see any other children younger than about 8 on this hike. It is challenging, but well worth it!

Restaurants - We ate at Johnny B Goods (casual diner), Cuginos (pizza), Backcountry Deli (sandwiches), the Farmer's Market, Azteca, and Creekside Café. Cuginos was a family friendly, decent Italian place. We had pizza, salad, and breadsticks. A medium Hawaiian pizza was less than $11 and it was good. The deli had great sandwiches, if a little pricey ($8.50-9.50). Azteca was marginal Mexican, but we wanted takeout after the hot springs. Creekside Café was good with a large menu and had a nice patio.

We stayed at the Inn at Steamboat, which is located near the Gondola base area. We enjoyed this hotel for our stay. It was a bit of a hassle to drive into town for meals or activities at times, but it wasn’t too far. The hotel was small and was clean with a pool and hot tub. It provided breakfast each morning with cereal, fruit, yogurt, burritos, and waffles. It was not a huge selection, but was adequate. The pool area was pretty and the hotel had a fitness area, sauna, and refrigerators in the room. The rooms were good sized and we had two beds. We were on the first floor, but the second floor had a shared balcony. Todd, the owner, was on site, and very friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

Steamboat is green, lush, beautiful, and has tons to do. We will definitely return. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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