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Steamboat Lake State Park, located in Clark, Colorado, is the perfect getaway for those searching for rest, relaxation, and recreation. Campers can enjoy a full-service marina as well as hiking through the park. The fun doesn't stop when the weather turns cold; many people prefer RV camping at Steamboat Lake State Park in the winter for ice fishing, cross-country skiing, or even snowmobiling through the valley.
Book an RV in Routt County and head over to Steamboat Lake State Park. Steamboat Springs is about 30 minutes southeast of the park, whereas bustling Denver is a picturesque three-and-a-half-hour drive to the southeast. Enjoy the scenery when driving into Fort Collins since you'll be driving through the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest on your four-hour journey.
Pull your boat behind your rental RV and have some fun on the water. Steamboat Lake State Park has a full-service marina and is open to boating from May to October, weather permitting. The 1,053-acre lake is situated in a valley and offers majestic mountain views. All watercraft entering the lake must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species. Visitors can have their watercraft inspected and stamped at the visitors' center, boat ramps, or by a park ranger anywhere within the park. Motorized and wind-powered motorcrafts must be registered with the visitors' center before entering the water. Pay attention when on the water; some areas have been restricted to wakeless boating only and are marked with buoys.
When cross-country skiing at Steamboat Lake State Park, you'll also want to do some motorhome camping so you can thaw out at the end of the day in a toasty RV. You can even bring along your pets for the weekend as long as they remain under your control and on a leash. The trails that wind through the park make excellent ski trails and are maintained year-round. The winter trails are usually ready for skiers by late December through early April.
Spend the weekend RV camping at Steamboat Lake State Park and hit one of the three hiking trails that meander throughout the park. The Tombstone Nature Trail is a self-guided loop trail spanning just over a mile that educates visitors with well-maintained plaques on the history of the area. The Willow Creek Trail gives hikes a fantastic view of the lake and connects to the marina. The Poverty Bar Trail connects to the Willow Creek Trail and teaches visitors about the mining history of the area.
State park RV campgrounds are a great place to pull in and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. Two campgrounds at Steamboat Lake State Park offer 188 sites, clean, crisp mountain air, and spectacular views. Reserve your campsite well in advance to guarantee you get a place in the park’s campgrounds.
Electric hookups are available at some sites. A fire ring and a picnic table are also provided at each campsite. Additional amenities include restrooms, coin-operated showers, and laundry facilities. All campers must have a permit for the campsite, and all vehicles, including RVs, need a daily or annual vehicle pass.
Sometimes, state park RV camping can get a little crowded, especially during the summer months. Check out the Elk Creek Campground and RV Park in Grand Lake as an alternative to camping at Steamboat Lake State Park. Full hookups with 20, 30, and 50-amp service are available. RVs up to 40 feet long are well-accommodated here. A dump station is also available for guests only.
When all else fails, the Steamboat Springs KOA is a great place to pull in your RV rental and enjoy the weekend. Larger rigs, up to 60 feet long, are allowed, and 50-amp service is available. Wi-Fi and cable TV are a great complimentary service for guests. Guests can also enjoy a full-service kitchen, modern restrooms, and shower facilities.
While camping at Steamboat Lake State Park, drive over and explore Stagecoach State Park. Stagecoach is about an hour south of Steamboat Lake. When exploring Stagecoach State Park, you'll want to hike, fish, canoe, and even visit in the winter for skiing and ice fishing. You can even spend a few days camping at Stagecoach State Park after you leave the Steamboat Lake State Park campgrounds.
Drive over to Steamboat Springs and visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum. This museum is a local gem and gives visitors a glimpse into the past of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area. Exhibits include Native American art, skiing history, and agriculture throughout the years. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian home. Guests can enjoy a historical walking tour through downtown Steamboat Springs. Skilled storytellers will entrance audiences with fables and tales that incorporate the history of the area.
After visiting the Tread of Pioneers Museum, stop into the Yampa River Botanic Park just outside of Steamboat Springs. The Yampa River Botanic Park opened in 1995 and is six acres of ponds, berms, and gardens. Alpine and desert plants can be found nestled together in more than 50 different garden areas.