Camping in Steamboat, CO

Steamboat Campground, Steamboat, ColoradoI arrived in Steamboat, CO bewildered. After nearly missing my Southwest flight between Oakland, CA and Denver, I was in every mood to book into a hotel and crash through a cost barrier well above what I could afford. But several hours of downtown available, and knowledge of a nearby campground, I chanced it, arriving at the doorstep to the HQ of tent-maker Big Agnes in the downtown area.

Despite Steamboat’s considerable distance from Denver, it has developed a network of small businesses deep in the Yampa Valley between Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone. Located one street back from the main drag (Lincoln Avenue), Big Anges is one such company, carving a global reputation beneath a solar-panel loaded roof with Bap and Honey Stinger. The trio form a bustling hub of adventure activity in the famous Little Red House, offering an oasis to one weary traveller during his first few hours at 6000 feet. Leaving with 2-person tent from Big Agnes, I took the free local bus to, Steamboat Campground, found on the northern reaches of the mountain town.

Amenities and rates

Given that there is no hostel in Steamboat, I accepted the $30 entry to the resort content that wi-fi, hot showers and and unbelievable setting on the Yampa River were well worth paying for. As a measure of care through detail, each shower cubicle had a fold-down bench and a towel hook so that you’re clothes don’t get damp when you’re in the shower. A small detail, but one that makes all the difference in the early morning.

Single room cabins are just over $60 with tax, while cabin cottages come in at around $100, also including tax. If you arrive after 8pm and there are still camping sites available, then you can choose your own place for your tent and pay the next morning.

Access

This map of Steamboat will help you get an idea of how to take the free transit bus to the campground. The bus runs from 0633 in the morning to 11pm, seven days a week, 365 days a week. There is only one route that heads through the downtown area, which serves as a mid-point between Steamboat resort, to the south-east of town, and the Campground in the north.

Getting to Steamboat isn’t easy; with no Amtrak, Greyhound or airport shuttles are your best bet.

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Yampa River Camping Paradise

Yampa River camping paradise

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