Steamboat Springs is a mountain community about 3 hours northwest of Fort Collins. After promising to make a trip up there all summer, we finally made it last weekend. James Crawford first settled there in 1874, and in 2010, the town's population was about 12,000. The area is home to many natural hot springs, the bubbling of which reminded early French trappers of steamboat engines.
Steamboat is a mecca for winter sports, but there is a lot to do there in the warmer seasons, too.
|Hot air ballooning (which we didn't do)|
|Strawberry Park Hot Springs|
|Riding the chair lift to the alpine slide|
|View of Steamboat from chairlift|
|Hiking to Fish Creek Falls|
We also visited the botanic garden and wetland boardwalk, shopped, and ate entirely too much barbecue. Good times.