Colorado Road Trip: Steamboat Springs (Part 5)

As its whimsical name suggests, Steamboat Springs is a magical fun-filled, family-friendly town, a hugely populater Winter ski destination.  Summer offers lots of fun too, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Colorado sunshine.  The drive from Denver is just under 3 hours.

Where did we stay

In this age of Tripadvisor, you can be fairly sure what to expect of your accommodation.  It’s then satisfying to be genuinely thrilled by how well you’ve booked, as was the case at Eagleridge Lodge.  The lodge consists of individually owned apartments, often people who keep them for the ski season and rent out for the rest of the year.  Our 2 bed was roomy, comfortable and kitted out in mountain decor.  The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, especially with restaurant recommendations/bookings.

Check out the size of the living room

Check out the size of the living room

Eagleridge Lodge Pool

Eagleridge Lodge Pool

What we did

  • One of the highlights of our two-week Colorado roadtrip – tubing down the Yampa river!  Head down to Backdoor Sports and rent a tube for $18.  We hired two and each held a daughter on our lap.  It takes about an hour to float down the river with a few fun rapids along the way.
  • Great toddler/kids play area at the Old Town Hot Springs. Throughout our road trip I’ve found a trip to hot springs doesn’t come cheap.  So make sure that you get your money’s worth and plan to spend at least a few hours there. Tickets usually come in the form of a day pass.

Old Town Hot Springs

  • Met friends who were camping out at Steamboat Lake (approx. 1 hour).  We had great fun cooking dinner together and making s’mores although I was pleased to be returning to a comfortable king size bed rather than a camp bed!
  • Family friendly hike to Fish Creek Falls.  Park the car and walk a short way to the waterfall.
    Fish Creek Falls

 Where we ate

  • Delicious breakfast at local’s favourite, Freshies
  • Al fresco breakfast creekside at Creekside Cafe – go for the best named breakfast dish ever ‘the Wafflelaughagus’
  • Dinner at Mahogany Ridge Brewery (advance booking recommended).  Even their chipotle aioli is worthy of a nod.


For more of our Colorado Road Trip check out:

Part 1: Denver to Glenwood Springs

Part 2: Glenwood Springs to Ouray

Part 3: Ouray to Crested Butte

Part 4:  A Weekend in Denver

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