While known for its powder days, Steamboat Springs offers just as much for the adventurous vacationer in summer and off-season as it does during the winter.

From hiking Rabbit Ears Pass at the Continental Divide to soaking in Strawberry Park Hot Springs to strolling by art galleries on an idyllic Western main drag, Steamboat is far enough removed from Colorado’s growing population centers to feel as if you’re escaping for a time.

Best Time to Visit: If you’re looking for a relative deal, head to Steamboat during a shoulder season — either in the fall or the spring. Fall offers foliage and a first dusting of snow. An Easter Eggstravaganza, complete with 25,000 plastic eggs, is an annual tradition in spring. Ski season is more expensive, as is the summer.

Getting There: Steamboat is just over 3 hours from Denver International Airport. All of Colorado’s ski resorts are at least two hours from DIA, so if you’ve got some staying power, consider Steamboat. It’s often less crowded than other Colorado ski resorts and it offers a more classic Western feel.

Must-See Attraction: Tube the Yampa or soak at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Enjoy a (mostly) leisurely 2-hour float from River Creek Park to downtown Steamboat along the Yampa River. Dozens of other tubers will float along with you in the river, many with cold brews in their hands. The Yampa is a tame river by Colorado’s standards and provides a mellow ride to downtown. There are several put ins and small beaches along the way, and the river runs under a few bridges where passersby wave hello. Finish your trip downtown and enjoy (another) beer and grab lunch. You will encounter some small eddys and rapids to maneuver. You can buy a tube or rent one for $18 at Backdoor Sports, backdoorsports.com.

A group tubes down the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs in 2015. The river flows through downtown Steamboat with many convenient locations to get in and out of the water.

If you’re looking for warmer water or if you’d like to relax those sore muscles after a long hike, head over to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The park’s pools feature 104-degree mineral water for you to soak in. At just $15 for adults and $8 for kids ages 3-17 (no youths allowed after dark), it’s a relative deal for a relaxing and scenic experience.

Best Hike: If you’re not inclined to recline for the day, consider instead a hike to Fish Creek Falls. Just a short drive from downtown Steamboat, Fish Creek Falls is one of the area’s most popular summer destinations. The falls cascade 280 feet and are often considered one of the best in Colorado. They’re so beautiful, they inspired the original 1937 Coors beer can. You can even take the kids on this one, as it’s a short quarter-mile trek to the lower falls. Continue on to Upper Fish Creek Falls and Long Lake, in Routt National Forest, if you’re up for a challenge

Best Place to Take a Photo: There’s a barn in Steamboat Springs that’s perfectly nestled in front of the ski runs and it makes for tremendous photos. Stop into the galleries in town to find your perfect print or try to triangulate your way to it by taking hints from the photos from the pros. We won’t tell you where it is, though. Half the fun is in discovering it yourself.

Best Splurge Accommodation: The Steamboat Grand is directly across from the base of the ski resort. Its large hot tubs and pool offer stunning apres-ski views. Fireplaces are charming and over Christmas the decorations are a must-see, even if you choose to stay elsewhere. http://steamboatgrand.com/

Best Bargain Accommodation: Consider a condo or vacation rental through VRBO, AirBnB or Expedia, as there are hundreds available for short term lease. Many are priced comparably to the budget hotels in town.

Hidden Gem: Most folks head right past Rabbit Ears Pass on their way into town. But consider stopping for a hike to the summit, which is shaped like – you guessed it – rabbit ears. Or stop for a photo at the Continental Divide sign that denotes the pass and your current elevation — 9,426 feet.

People enjoy the day at Fish Creek Falls on July 13,

Best Special Occasion Dinner:Café Diva offers fine dining with a personal, approachable touch. It’s located right next to Mount Werner ski center. Make your reservation early as tables fill quickly.

Best Comfort Food: If you’re in the mood for something more low-key, try LOW Country Kitchen for its 24-hour buttermilk fried chicken, and pair it with the rich, gooey mac and cheese. The restaurant also serves grits and a green tomato BLT with pork belly.

Best Breakfast: Winona’s is known for its football-size cinnamon rolls, which sit behind the glass counter. The eatery is located on Lincoln Ave — the main street through Steamboat — so you can walk off your cinnamon roll or other choices easily. We’re also fans of Freshies, which offers breakfast burritos and white cheddar enchiladas in addition to healthier fare like the acai bowl and homemade granola.

Best Place to Take the Kids: The resorts offer family-friendly skiing or snowboarding in the winter. Try the ice bumper cars at Howelsen Ice Arena if you’re looking to mix it up. Visiting in summer? Let the little ones take off their shoes and splash around in the creek at the base of the ski resort.

Where the Locals Go: The best taco shops are the hole-in-the-wall types, and Tacos del Barco — a humble taco shack in the corner of a gas station parking lot — fits the bill. A fusion of Mexican and Jamaican cuisines, the tacos range from pork carnitas and chorizo to jerk chicken and curry shrimp. Pair with a Mexican Coke. Steamboat offers just as much during off-season as it does in winter. Fish Creek Falls is a fun hike for all ages. It inspired the original Coors beer can in 1937.