Howelsen Ice Arena#10 in Best Things To Do in Steamboat Springs
The Olympic-size Howelsen Ice Arena is a great place to cool off in the summer months and enjoy year-round activities like ice bumper cars, ice skating and ice hockey. The facility is also home to various adult and youth programs, plus summer hockey camps (for a fee).
Past visitors with little ones raved about the arena's bumper cars and ice skating. Many also appreciated having access to equipment like helmets and training aids. Additional highlights include the friendly staff, clean facilities and reasonable rates.
The Howelsen Ice Arena is open to the public for ice skating, ice hockey and ice bumper car rides from July to May. Each 15- to 20-minute ice bumper car ride costs $11, while ice skating is $8 per adult and $7 for each child between 6 and 17. Playing ice hockey at the rink costs $9 or $10 per person, depending on age. A combo package that includes ice skating and an ice bumper car ride is offered for $18; ice skates can also be rented on-site for $4 per person. Located on Howelsen Parkway, the arena is accessible by the free bus on the yellow line and also offers complimentary on-site parking. Many local teams practice at the arena, meaning public access hours vary by day, so check the property's website before visiting.
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#1 Yampa River Core Trail
The 7.5-mile Yampa River Core Trail, which connects downtown Steamboat Springs to Bear River Park, is a paved multiuse trail for hikers and bikers. You'll find several playgrounds along the path, as well as scenic overlooks and picnic spots. It also offers prime access to the Yampa River Botanic Park and the Yampa River, where you can fish or float in an inner tube.
Former visitors loved this trail's picturesque scenery, adding that you'll enjoy views of nearby ski runs, Howelsen Hill and multiple hot springs. Most found it ideal for a family bike ride or a relaxing walk, and some recommended stopping in the city center for a snack or lunch.
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