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Steamboat Central Reservations. Dogsledding, hot-air ballooning, and snowmobiling can be arranged by calling the activities department at Steamboat Central Reservations. 1475 Pine Grove Rd., Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477. 970/879–0740 or 877/237–2628.
Haymaker Golf Course. Three miles south of Steamboat Springs, this public-access 18-hole Keith Foster course has a pro shop and café. The challenging, rolling course has hills, streams, and native grasses, as well as exceptional views. The course is noted for being well maintained, with large greens and a 10,000-square-foot putting green. 34855 U.S. 40, Steamboat Springs, CO. 970/870–1846. www.haymakergolf.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. Silver course: 7308 yds. Par 72. Slope 137. Blue course: 5059 yds. Par 72. Slope 137 (127 women). Gold course: 6728 yds. Par 72. Slope 129. White course: 6151 yds. Par 72. Slope 123 (138 women). Green fee: $109. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Expect to see plenty of wildlife on this 18-hole championship course, which was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Jr. The extensive practice facilities include a driving range, a bunker, and a putting green. The Fish Creek Grille ($) serves lunch and a well-rounded happy hour and appetizer menu after 3 pm. 1230 Steamboat Blvd., Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487. 970/879–1391. www.rollingstoneranchgolf.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. Black course: 6902 yds. Par 72. Slope 141. Green course: 5205 yds. Par 72. Slope 129. Green fee: $140. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.
Because of the ranches surrounding the Yampa and Elk rivers, Steamboat is full of real cowboys as well as visitors trying to act the part. Horseback riding is popular here for good reason: seeing the area on horseback is not only easier on the legs, but it also allows riders to get deeper into the backcountry—which is crisscrossed by a web of deer and elk trails—and sometimes closer to wildlife than is possible on foot. Riding, however, isn't for everyone. There's usually a personal weight limit of 250 pounds, and children need to be able to handle their own mount. If you've never ridden a horse before, book a short test ride first. Allergies and sore muscles can turn a dream ride into an epic journey. Riding, instruction, and extended pack trips are offered at a number of ranches in the area, although some may require a minimum stay of a week.
Del's Triangle 3 Ranch. This facility can organize rides from hour-long tours to journeys lasting several days. It's about 20 miles north of Steamboat via Highway 129. Clark, CO, 80428. 970/879–3495. www.steamboathorses.com.
Howelsen Rodeo Grounds. Every Friday and Saturday evening in summer, rodeos are held at the Howelsen Rodeo Grounds. 5th St. and Howelsen Pkwy., Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487. 970/879–1818.
Sombrero Ranch. This ranch is right in Steamboat Springs and has one-hour guided tours that are perfect for novices. 835 River Rd., Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487. 970/879–2306. www.sombrero.com/steamboatsprings.
Bridgestone Winter Driving School. Here's something for anyone who's either been intimidated by snowy roads or gotten teenage thrills from executing donuts on icy shopping-mall parking lots. The Bridgestone Winter Driving School has half-day and full-day winter driving courses, as well as custom programs. 2300 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477. 970/879–6104 or 800/949–7543. www.winterdrive.com.
Steamboat Springs' rolling mountains, endless aspen glades, mellow valleys, and miles and miles of jeep trails and single-track make for great mountain biking. In summer, when Front Range trails are baking in the harsh summer sun and cluttered with mountain bikers, horse riders, and hikers, you can pedal some of the cool backcountry trails in Steamboat without passing a single cyclist.
Gore Pass Loop. The 27½-mile Gore Pass Loop takes you through aspen and pine forests, with gradual hill climbs and long, sweet descents. Trailhead: Follow Hwy. 134 to Gore Pass Park, Hwy. 134 and Forest Rd. 185, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80483.
Orange Peel Bicycle Service. This bike shop offers a sweet line of demos that cost about double the regular rental rates, which start at $28. It's a good deal if you're in the market for a new bike. 1136 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477. 970/879–2957. www.orangepeelbikes.com.
Bucking Rainbow Outfitters. This outfitter runs rafting excursions to the Yampa, Elk, Colorado, North Platte, and Eagle rivers. Half-day to two-day trips are available for all levels. 730 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477. 970/879–8747 or 888/810–8747. www.buckingrainbow.com.
Steamboat Snowmobile Tours. This company offers guided snowmobile tours. A shuttle serves most hotels. Steamboat Springs, CO. 970/879–6500 or 877/879–6500. www.steamboatsnowmobile.com.