You'll keep cool in Steamboat in the summertime. It's guaranteed. Water is everywhere, whether you're soaking at the local hot springs, or tubing the Yampa. This Rocky Mountain cowboy town is a summer getaway with a melting pot of events and activities.

Steamboat Springs is a true ranching community that just happens to have a world-class ski mountain next to it. It sits at 7,000 feet in altitude, deep in the Colorado Rockies. The people are friendly and adventurous, active while laid back. It's the kind of place where the cattle used to be driven down Lincoln Avenue 100 years ago, and they still do it once a summer, along with parades and fireworks every Fourth of July.

The Old Town Hot Springs is in the heart of downtown, at Third and Lincoln. These historical springs are where the Ute Indians used to soak when they'd camp for the summer along the Yampa River. Now, there are eight different pools, including hot mineral pools, a kiddie pool area and a lap pool. Two waterslides and an aquatic climbing wall keep everyone happy.

Running through downtown is the Yampa River, which is another way to keep cool on your visit to Steamboat. Bring a tube or rent one from one of the local raft shops who will help you with drop in and pick up.

Tubing down the Yampa River is a popular way to keep cool during the summer in Steamboat. Photo Courtesy of Shannon Lukens.    

When you get off the river, walk over to Howelsen Hill for the Howler Alpine Slide. Two parallel tracks run from the top of Howelsen Hill down the 2,400 foot course, with eight 180-degree turns, six 90-degree turns, one set of three rollers, a waterfall with a 400-foot vertical drop and the steepest alpine slide terrain in North America. Ages seven an older may ride alone. The slide opens in early June and all of the local ski racers love to work there, including a lot of World Cup athletes and future Olympians.

Take a Ride on the Howler:

On Friday and Saturday nights, don't miss the PRCA Summer Pro-Rodeo Series. Professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money and silver belt buckles in bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer and team roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Don't miss the BBQ. The rodeo grounds are at Romick Arena, between the Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Howelsen Ice Arena, one block south of Lincoln on Fifth.

A cowboy competes in the Pro Rodeo at Steamboat Springs. Photo by Zan Blundell.

The last thing you have to do in Steamboat in the summertime is visit the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. Sixth Street between Lincoln and Oak, next to the courthouse, is filled with vendors every Saturday selling fresh breads, fruits and vegetables, clothing, jewelry, furniture, burritos, and shrimp kebobs. The locals love it and you will too, especially if you're looking for that perfect gift to bring home from your Steamboat vacation.

The Farmers Market is every Saturday in the summer in Steamboat. Photo Courtesy of Shannon Lukens.

More information:

Steamboat Springs PRCA Summer ProRodeo Series, 970-879-1818, 401 River Road, Steamboat

Old Town Hot Springs, 970-879-1828, 136 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat

Howler Alpine Slide, 970-879-0695, 645 Howelsen Parkway, in downtown Steamboat Springs

Farmers Market, 970-846-1800 Sixth & Lincoln, next to the Routt County Courthouse.