I was visiting my cousin while she was staying in Denver and we decided to take a trip out to Steamboat for the weekend! We had already made plans to do a hike near Glenwood springs on Sunday and decided we would add on Steamboat to it. Here is what our weekend looked like:
We left around noon to start driving out to Steamboat from Denver and had not eaten lunch yet so we decided to stop by Idaho Springs to grab a bite. We had found this grilled cheese place called Big B’s. Their soups and grilled cheese hit the spot and I can only imagine being there in the winter and stopping by to warm up.
Once we got to Steamboat we decided to walk around the downtown area and just explore a little as we were in no rush. We stumbled upon a honey store, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, that had amazing honey caramels that we ended up coming back to for more. For dinner we went to Storm Peak Brewing which has a pizza place next door that we bought food from to eat at the brewery.
Saturday in Steamboat Springs
We slept in on this day which was much needed as I had not adjusted to the time change yet. We got breakfast from Freshies and some drinks from Big Iron Coffee. Freshies had amazing breakfast burritos! We enjoyed our morning on the patio of the VRBO we had rented with the view of the mountains.
We then drove out to Rabbits Ear Peak trailhead to do our wildflower hike. If you also want to see wildflowers on this hike I suggest going mid to late July. This hike is about 5.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1,000 right at the end. It is a pretty easy hike overall and saw a lot of different age groups doing it while we were there.
After the hike we went back to downtown Steamboat to grab a bite to eat. We chose to go to Mountain Tap Brewery which was so refreshing after the morning hike. We had some beers and then shared two appetizers as we were not starving. Then we headed back to shower and refresh before heading out later for the rodeo. We had seen a rodeo arena on Friday while exploring and looked up to see if there was one in town. We got lucky and there was and we decided to go! This was my first rodeo and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was amazing to see the bronc riders and barrel racers do their thing.
Sunday leaving Steamboat
We had made reservations to hike Hanging Lake but we were not sure if we would be able to make it with all the mudslides that had happened. Our back up hike was Devils Causeway if the roads to Hanging Lake were still closed. We had heard that this hike was really nice from others. Thankfully, we were able to drive to Glenwood Springs and hike the original hike we had planned. We grabbed a quick breakfast in Glenwood before starting the hike.
Hanging Lake is about a 3.1 mile hike depending on where you start in the parking lot. It has a quick 1,100 elevation gain and is quite the climb up. This hike is definitely harder than most I have done but I will say we killed this hike. We pushed our way to the top in about 45 minutes. This lake at the end is stunning and we took our time enjoying its beauty. There is also another waterfall just a bit further up (an easy climb) and you are able to walk behind it.
After this hike we headed back to Denver as we were all still working on Monday and we had decided to eat dinner back in town. We had a jam-packed weekend filled with good hikes, good food and good times. I can’t wait to visit Steamboat Springs in the winter next time!