Steamboat Gondola#6 in Best Things To Do in Steamboat Springs
Situated at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort, the Steamboat Gondola is one of the area's most popular activities. During ski season, lines can be long for skiers waiting for a ride in the eight-passenger gondola to the top of Mount Werner. In the summer, cyclists use the gondola to transport their bikes to upper bike trails. However, many visitors simply enjoy the scenic ride and panoramic views. Travelers can also grab a bite to eat at the mountaintop restaurant, the Oasis Sundeck, or take a short hike on the Vista Nature Trail, an activity that's covered by gondola admissions.
Previous skiers complimented the helpful crew on the gondola, adding that they are quick to assist in loading and unloading. Others, though, reported long lines in the mornings and on holidays. And despite its pricey menu items, many recommended dining at the Oasis Sundeck.
The gondola operates daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between mid-July and late August. It is also open Labor Day weekend and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 5 to 24. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12; kids 5 and younger ride for free. You can take the complimentary bus to the base area or park for free in the Knoll Lot across from the skier drop-off area. Check out Steamboat Ski Resort's gondola page to learn more.
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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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