Steamboat Springs Travel Guide

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Getting Around Steamboat Springs

The best ways to get around Steamboat Springs are on foot and by using the free bus system, but if you want to explore the surrounding area, you will need a car. Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) is 24 miles west of the city, while Denver International Airport (DEN) is about 178 miles southeast. Both airports offer rental cars. A variety of private shuttle services are available as well.

On foot

The Yampa River and the Yampa River Core Trail run right through downtown, making a stroll from one end of the city to the other easy to do. Along the way, you'll have access to a variety of shops, galleries and restaurants, plus panoramic water and mountain views. If you get tired or want to follow the river trail farther, you can hop on the free bus to return to your starting point.

Bus

Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) offers free bus service throughout the city and from the downtown area to Steamboat Ski Resort, where skiers and mountain bikers can access trails via the Steamboat Gondola. The complimentary bus system operates three fixed routes year-round with stops approximately every 20 minutes, although there may be some modifications to the schedule during the summer season. See the bus map for details on available routes and schedules.

Car

You won't necessarily need a car to get around Steamboat Springs, as the free bus service runs through downtown and to the base of Mount Werner, where you can access the gondola to head up the mountain. However, if you want to visit farther attractions like Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Fish Creek Falls, you may want to consider getting your own set of wheels. Vehicles are available at both the regional airport and Denver International Airport. Though exact rates will vary by car rental agency and vehicle model, expect to pay roughly $45 to $60 per day.

Taxi

GO Alpine is the only taxi operator available in Steamboat Springs. Taxis can be hailed 24 hours a day, but you must call in advance to get a ride. Local rates begin at $4 per person, plus $2 per mile traveled. Children younger than 2 always ride for free.

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