Mark the start of summer fun with these Memorial Day ideas
It’s Memorial Day weekend in Routt County, which marks the unofficial start of summer. If you’re staying this weekend, we’ve put together a list of fun things to do in Routt County. So grab your picnic basket, hiking boots, or paddle board, and get ready for a fun weekend hopefully in the sun.
To take a walk
The snow has melted and several of our favorite hiking trails in town are ready to go. Pack a picnic and head to Fish Creek Falls. You can hike, have lunch, and watch the epic snowmelt crash into the waterfall at the foot of the trail.
Head to the lake
Make your way to Stagecoach State Park for the day where you can relax on the sandy beach, take a dip in the water, and hike the trail that circles the lake. Bring your bike or stop by the park office and borrow one of their fat tire bikes to ride around the lake (it’s about 11 miles of mostly flat trails). You can also borrow fishing rods for free from the park office or hook up a pontoon boat at the marina. Boats are available for day and half-day rentals, and all boats have grills, so bring hot dogs, too. Check the park’s website for boat availability and to book at SteamboatSpringsBoatRentals.com/pontoon-boat-rentals.
Take a bike
Need a new bike for the summer? Ride Saturday by the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Bike Exchange. If you need some new gear for a new season, now is a great time to buy or trade. Shippers can drop off bikes and items for sale between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and buyers have free entry from 10:00 a.m. to noon. For more information visit SSWSC.org/events/bike-swap.
Visit the botanical park
The recently reopened Yampa River Botanical Park is in full swing this spring, with flowers in bloom and events going on. Enjoy a free guided tour of the park from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday or Sunday (repeating all summer long) or stop by for Yoga on the Green at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Visit the park’s website for the calendar of events at YampaRiverBotanicPark.org/programs-and-events.
Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale
If you’re in the mood for some shopping this weekend, head to downtown Steamboat Springs for the annual Sidewalk Sale, where you’ll find great deals on last season’s produce and check out what’s new in store this summer. The sale takes place from Friday to Monday while the stores are open.
Get a head start on summer reading
Stop by the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat with children ages 0-17 to pick up a summer reading newspaper. The library challenges young readers to see if they can read or listen to books every day from June 1 to August 31. For every 30 days of reading, kids can earn $ 10 to spend at Off the Beaten Track or get a free book from the library. Pick up a few new books while you’re at it to get a head start this weekend.
Want to get out of town but haven’t booked a trip? Head to North Routt where you can spend the day paddleboarding at Steamboat Lake, playing on the beach, or picnicking in the shade. You can also dip your toes in the water near Hahns Peak Lake and Pearl Lake. This day trip is the perfect way to get a bit of a getaway without going too far.
Watch a show
Live music is back, and there are several options this weekend. Schmiggity’s will host Speak of the Devil at 9 p.m. Friday ($ 10 general admission or $ 40 for a table of four) and Chain Station at 9 p.m. Saturday ($ 15 general admission or $ 60 for a table of four. ). To visit the tickets Schmiggitys.com. Yer State Birds will be playing The Press at 8 p.m. Saturday ($ 10 cover).
Attend a service
Celebrate and remember what Memorial Day means by attending the Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the VFW and American Legion Posts at Steamboat Springs. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Steamboat Springs Cemetery. Bus service from the Steamboat Springs Transit Center to the Cemetery begins at 9:30 am.
The Hayden American Legion Post 89 will also be holding its annual Memorial Day service at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hayden Cemetery. The service will be followed by a free dinner at the Legion Post.
Sophie Dingle is a writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today. She can be contacted through the publisher.