Summertime in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is one of our family’s favorite places to visit in the summer.  It’s a ski town, but also has a wonderful Old West feel.  It’s completely normal to see a rancher with a truck full of hay next to you at a stoplight.

When shopping downtown make certain you stop in F.M. Light & Sons.

F.M. Light & Sons Store

The store was started by Mr. Light, who arrived by stagecoach in the early 1900s.  He started the store in 1905 and is still ran by his descendants.

Cowboy Boots at F.M. Light & Sons

It’s the epitome of a cowboy store!

Stetsons at F.M. Light & Sons

Kids (of all ages) will want a picture with the horse out front!

F.M. Light & Sons -Horse out front

The entire town is full of wonderful shops and restaurants, but our favorite thing is the drive!  If you’re coming from the south make a few stops in the Routt National Forest.  Our newest discovery was Dumont Lake.

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It was a short, easy hike from the parking spot to the lake.


And the view of the lake was worth it!

view of Dumont Lake

Our family found a beautiful spot for fishing. If I would have known that it was still frozen the previous week…I might have not waded in to untangle my son’s fishing line!

Dumont Lake

As you’re coming in to Steamboat Springs from the south there are some beautiful views of the valley below.

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The drive north out of Steamboat is why I love this area of Colorado.

Steamboat ranchers

The immensity of the wilderness,

Ranches north of steamboat

the beautiful ranches that have stood for generations.

Cow skull ranch

I adore all the character!

beautiful colorado ranch

It’s easy to see why the brave souls who headed West settled here.

Cattle everywhere you look

You must stop by the Clark General Store.

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It’s a post office, library, local café, grocery, deli, restaurant and bait shop.

Noah in front of Clark CO post office

You might even see a modern cowboy!

Cowboy in front of Clark Store

On the recommendation of the guy who sold us bait, we drove past Steamboat Lake State Park and on towards Hahns Peak Lake.

Hahns Peak Lake

There’s a great trail around the lake for an easy hike.

Owen sitting beside Hahns Peak Lake

According to a local we met, this camp area is only open for a short period of time.  Plan ahead if you want to stay here…and why wouldn’t you want to?

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My husband had good luck trying out his new fly fishing gear.

fly fishing

And my son caught three fish on his pole…and even more minnows in his net!

catching minnows

My other two were more interested in trying to catch a chipmunk…I think they fed him an entire bag of Doritos.

Mr. Chipmunk

This lady and her dog were pretty brave…that water was COLD!

SUP w dog

As always, watch out for wildlife, this little guy was hiding beside us at a stoplight on the edge of Steamboat.

young deer walking beside the road

See?  A rancher with a pickup full of hay is to be expected in this ski/ranching town!

Steamboat Springs

I hope you put Steamboat Springs on your list of places to visit in Colorado.  It’s a great place to stay with your family and there is a very reliable bus system to take you all over for free. It has a very different feel than the Front Range or Summit County.  I hear the skiing is pretty great, too!

I later learned that the village of Hahns Peak is a former mining village turned ghost town.  We’ll definitely explore that on our next trip!

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is another really magical place we love but didn’t have time for on this trip.  Make sure you take the time to visit – you’ll never forget this unique place!

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