About 3 1/2 hours from Denver, Steamboat Springs makes the perfect fall weekend getaway for families along the Front Range. Its proximity to Denver, gorgeous fall colors, great rates and amazing wheelchair accessibility quickly bumped Steamboat Springs close to the top of our “Favorite Rockies Getaways” list.
We left on a wet, snowy Fall day and after a stressful stretch of road through Rabbit Ears pass we made it safely to our hotel for the weekend, The Steamboat Grand. We checked into the 2 queen bed wheelchair accessible room we had booked and I called the front desk immediately to see if they had anything else available. The room was just too tight for 3 people. My husband, myself and our 15 year old son who is a full time chair user would have been miserable trying to make that room work. They cheerfully upgraded us to a condo at no charge. While not ADA compliant, the condo worked perfectly for us for 2 nights. Similar to our trip to Breckenridge lst year we can do a non ADA room for 2 nights as long as we have space. But that is my limit. The one bedroom condo had a small kitchen and a beautiful view. It was decorated in the typical ski resort style and would have fit 6 people comfortably.
My husband was there for meetings so the next morning my son and I took advantage of 1/2 price gondola tickets and headed up mid mountain where we strolled around and took some gorgeous photos. I was happy I made the choice to grab just my Samsung S4 because it took great, clear photos of the amazing fall colors all weekend long without being bogged down with something heavier. The gondola is a great way to entertain kids and feed your inner shutterbug and the last weekend before Mud Season starts, everything is 1/2 price although the restaurants run extremely limited menus this time of year so be aware of that if you are traveling with any special food needs.
For lunch we met my husband and headed into town for a bite at The Boathouse. We were able to get 1/2 priced drinks and sat out along the Yampa River enjoying the sunshine that had eluded us the day before. After lunch we attempted a drive up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Its a beautiful and muddy drive. Bring your 4 wheel drive vehicle and don’t attempt it in the winter without chains. It’s against the law. But for all the pretty leaves on the way, it was a waste of time for us. This park is in no way wheelchair accessible. People needing ADA access should visit the Old Town Springs instead.
The next morning we went up to Fish Creek Falls and went on a beautiful ADA accessible trail to view the Falls. You cannot actually get to the Falls in a wheelchair but there are viewing areas within .25-.50 miles from the parking area that are very doable for someone using a wheelchair.
We had a wonderful time in Steamboat Springs and continually talked about how amazing the wheelchair access was here. The scenery is breathtaking in the Fall and I can’t wait to try Steamboat Springs out in the Winter knowing how easy it is to get around with so much to do!