Mike Campbell

We pulled into Steamboat Springs on a Friday evening in May. It was meant to be just a night stopover on our road trip through the Rockies that turned into a beautiful surprise.

As we drove in we noticed a bike track that wrapped around the Yampa River and wove itself through the town.

We knew that in the morning we needed to explore this picturesque town on two wheels – and that is exactly what we did.


We hired a couple of bikes and a little trailer for our four-year-old daughter Andy. She felt like a princess and all I kept hearing was, “faster Daddy, faster”.

Being a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning in spring, there was a lot of activity happening with people walking their dogs, kids playing sport and fellow riders enjoying the vitamin D on their face.

We stumbled upon the botanical gardens, chained up our bikes and went for a wander. Being spring the flowers were in full bloom and the trees were an array of greens.


We continued along the bike track towards the heart of the town, following the banks of the Yampa River. I remember riding over a bridge into town, hearing the cascade of the rapids, while looking up at the melting ski field, still being able to distinguish some of the runs. It was in that moment that I knew I would need to return to this beautiful town in winter.


We arrived at the main part of town and the street was lined with white Apple Blossoms. Even in spring the streets were dusted in white.


After a bite for lunch it was time to pedal back and return our bikes.

Before we said goodbye to this gorgeous town we drove up to Fish Creek Falls and did the small hike to the viewing platform.

Like always, Andy befriended a dog (Lucy) that was up there with her owners. If Andy had her way I am sure Lucy would have been a new addition to our family.


As Lucy’s owner said, “when you visit Steamboat Spring in the winter you fall in love with the place. When you visit in summer, you want to move here.”

I couldn’t agree more and if it wasn’t so far away from family and friends, we might have had a new postcode.

Things to know:

  • If you are only going to ride around town a Cruiser will be fine as it is relatively flat. Most places will hire Cruisers for $10/hour or $20 for three hours.
  • Fish Creek Falls is only a 7min drive from town. The upper walk to the viewing platform is an easy walk and under a kilometre round trip. There are longer walks by the creek banks and well worth taking a picnic. There is a $5 park fee.
  • Mazzola’s Italian Diner is a must if you like authentic homemade pizza. Even better is that the pizzas are half price during happy hour (4-6pm).
  • The salads and sandwiches are worth the wait at Backcountry Delicatessen, and a great choice as a picnic lunch to take with you to Fish Creek Falls.

Mike Campbell and his wife Inga, along with their daughter Andy have packed, donated or sold everything they own in Australia and hit the road for a year, attempting to housesit their way through North America. You can connect with them and read about their adventures at www.liveimmediately.com

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