Steamboat Springs Winter Itinerary

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In this blog, we cover how to have a safe, happy, and socially distanced trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 2020 has been all about uncertainty; even now, so much is still up in the air, but here at Nomadness Rentals, we’re certain that with a little planning, you can enjoy your winter wonderland getaway in Steamboat Springs! Below, we talk about socially distanced activities and hikes, grocery delivery, takeout options, and last but not least, information on resort protocols to keep you safe.

Get Off the Beaten Path

Snowshoe on Rabbit Ears

The Rabbit Ears Pass trails are made up of several different loops. To reach Summit Loop A, drive east on U.S. 40 for about 13 miles to the West Summit parking lot. You’ll begin your snowshoe or cross country ski adventure on the north side of the road. The route goes in a clockwise direction and involves some gentle climbs as well as a few steep descents through wooded and open areas. This is one of the most popular trails in the area. For more information on different loops, visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber website.

Check out Fish Creek Falls

Get ready to take some legendary pictures! There are three routes to the stunning Fish Creek Falls: one is a short .5-mile walk to the base; the upper trail takes you eye level with the falls across the way; the third and longer 7.6-mile roundtrip hike brings you to the upper falls loop, directly above the falls. From downtown Steamboat Springs, travel east on Third Street, then take a right onto Fish Creeks Falls Road. From there, it’s 3 miles to the parking area and trailhead. There’s no off-season at Fish Creek. While you won’t see the roaring falls mid-winter, you will see an incredible wall of ice, and maybe, if you’re lucky, some ice-climbers on the face of the falls.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take to the skies with only your closest circle. The launch site for Wild West Balloon Adventures is at 36005 East Highway 40 at the end of Dougherty Road. Senior and child discounted rates are available, and prices include a continental breakfast, champagne toast, and certificates of flight. Get above all the stress of the world for just a moment. Currently, Wild West Balloon Adventures is limiting the number of passengers in their balloon to 4, but they can accommodate larger groups of the same family. To make a reservation or get more information, call (970) 879-9191.

Grocery Delivery

Grocery delivery is made easy in Steamboat with WildPlum Grocer! This women veteran-owned business wants to take care of your shopping, delivery, and stocking so you can enjoy your trip without fear of crowds and long lines at the store.

Tasty Takeout

In Steamboat, restaurants are operating at 25% capacity, so you can choose to either support local restaurants by dining in, eating outdoors, or opting for take-out and curbside pickup. Try a meal from one of the following spots:

The Back Door Grill

Open from 11am to 10pm, the Back Door Grill can satisfy your craving for Americana. They use fresh, natural ingredients and all-natural Colorado beef for their old-fashioned burgers. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a new-school burger like the Maholo or Umami.

Gondola Joe’s

Order grab-and-go breakfast or lunch at Gondola Joes from 7am to 5pm. Get your morning pastry, Starbucks coffee, or an easy lunch to enjoy up on the mountains. It’s in an extremely convenient location in Gondola Square, right next to the Steamboat Gondola itself.


Want a fancier experience? Try Harwigs 7 days a week. Dine-in starts at 5pm and takeout is available from 5-9pm. They’re celebrating 40 years in business, serving locals and travelers only the best cuisine. They have even appeared in the 2020 Travelers’ Choice on TripAdvisor. Be sure to try the Shetland Island Salmon!

Resort Protocol in Steamboat

First and foremost, before arriving at Steamboat Springs, CO, familiarize yourself with the Health and Hygiene Code of Conduct. This will make sure everyone is on the same page to follow both state and local health guidelines in an effort to reduce exposure to coronavirus. Please note that masks are required throughout the entire resort — inside and out — and you should maintain at least six feet between your group and others.

No single or multi-day tickets can be purchased on the day of skiing. Also, in an effort to limit on-mountain capacity, Steamboat resorts are regulating stand-along lift tickets. You can purchase them online or by calling Central Reservations at 877-783-2628. Tickets for Outlaw Mountain Coaster, First Tracks, and Night Skiing must also be bought in advance.

This season, the Steamboat Springs shuttle will run at 50% capacity and requires all riders to wear a mask, so plan accordingly. They will also be managing lift lines and space on the Gondola to maintain social distance and limit capacity on the mountain itself. Reservations for equipment rentals will be required.

Rent with Nomadness

Steamboat Springs is doing its part to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 while still operating as safely as possible for anyone who is able to travel. Nomadness Rentals is doing the same. We guarantee that our rental properties will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected so that you can have a worry-free winter trip! Contact us with any questions or concerns. Remember, we’ll get through these tough times together.

If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to travel or if your rental purchase will be protected, learn more about our Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance. We’ve got you covered!