Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is not a destination for maritime buffs. There are no steamboats here. Steamboat Springs takes its name from the peculiar sound made by a nearby hot spring, which the first non-native settlers mistook for a chugging steamboat engine.
Steamboat, as it’s popularly called, does have several beautiful (non-navigable) waterways fed by snowmelt from the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s also an acclaimed downhill skiing destination, with Steamboat Ski Resort routinely cited as one of Colorado’s best, and the smaller Howelsen Hill Ski Area beloved by cost-conscious locals and tourists. In the warm season, the rich waters and stunning mountain scenery draw anglers, hikers, cyclists, off-road riders, and campers.