Explore CO {hikes near Steamboat Springs}

Hiking makes me happy, happy, happy! Naturally, hiking has evolved for Chris and I as we’ve gone from a dating couple to a family of seven. The toddler years were rough. Though we still have a toddler, the boys are all at such fun ages for being outside and active. They can carry their own packs and are excited about the adventure of exploring. I loved hiking alone with Chris, but it might be even more fun now taking the boys. The girls do  really well, but they don’t quite have the same endurance yet. We’ve been hiking every day – being outside makes for relaxed parents and kids that sleep well at night 🙂
6.14hiking1-0016.14hiking1-003  This next hike was a few hours along a creek. We only saw one other person the whole time – it was awesome!6.14hiking1-0056.14hiking1-0066.14hiking1-007

He learned that every naturalist should carry a camera and a sketchbook. He is quickly filling up his memory card.6.14hiking1-0096.14hiking1-0106.14hiking1-0126.14hiking1-013

Like I said – the girls don’t have quite the endurance the boys do. Chris is a good man.6.14hiking1-0146.14hiking1-015On one of our hikes a local woman began telling us a story about finding a black bear in her kitchen. She then started arranging our family in a group and told us to raise our arms up high. So there we were all standing in a group with our arms raised in the middle of a trail. Then she explained if we see a bear that is what we should do to scare it away – make ourselves as big as we can.6.14hiking1-016

I’m pretty sure we’ll scare anything away that comes near.

I also feel I need to warn you there will be a lot of pictures from this trip on my blog this month. I’ve got grandparents and great-grandparents that are missing my kids and I need to keep them happy!

Below is a list of some of the places we visited while in the area:

Steamboat Springs, CO

  • we explored all over this town and surrounding areas for about a week. You can find tons of things to do on the city website.
  • Fish Creek falls – great hike for young kids
  • Sarvis Creek – drove until the road ended and then hiked (really rough, single lane road)
  • Pearl Lake
  • Steamboat State Park
  • Botanical Gardens – kids loved this
  • Dumont Lake – closed access (but we found a way in ???? )
  • Hiked to the top of the ski slope – drove up as far as we could, then hiked
  • Alpine Slide – my kids loved this
  • Horseback riding – my son and I made a date of this, he soaked it up
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  • Avenlea - Good! I love hearing about your adventures!!

  • Mek - Oh don’t worry we LOVED seeing all the pics from your trip! Keep them coming! Have fun and stay safe 🙂

  • danielle - Awesome. This makes me want to hit the road. We just got back from Arkansas on a hiking trip and I already miss it 🙂 Have a great trip! I love sharing things like this with my boys!

  • Joe - Love the pictures! How about a hiking with children post for beginners???

  • Jenni - Bring on the pictures! I am about to have number 5 and although obviously I am over the moon, it is a little intimidating. How will I please a 9 year old all the way down to a newborn?!! You make it seem so easy. Not that it really is that easy but these smiles with give kids while hiking me me realize that everything will be perfect because we’ll be happy.

  • Beth - That is the best family picture!

    I am very excited to live vicariously through you on your trip! We’re hoping for 3 weeks with the ultimate destination of Montana next summer.

  • Amy Espinosa - LOVE the picture of you two on the posts and that last family one is perfect! Don’t you just love the people you meet up with while out hiking. They are just the greatest! Have many adventures and share away!

  • Carol - Thank you sweet daughter for the pics. Love them and miss all 7 of you.

  • Debbie C - I’m excited to see more pics! These kids are so blessed to have such adventurous parents. Question…where does everyone shower/get clean?

  • emmybrown - I’m so glad you have grandparents and great grandparents you need to keep happy……because then I can be happy too! 🙂

  • Taylor - I love the pictures! I wish I was hiking that much right now! I can’t wait to see more of the trip.


  • DebZorn - What a wonderful time for your family. I love that your girls hike in dresses! Your entire family is adorable. Thanks for sharing a bit of your adventure.

  • angie - No need to apologize for all the pictures….. I am sure everyone who reads your blog is MORE then happy to see them!

  • Catherine - I second Joe’s comment! I would really like to go hiking with my kids but I just have no clue about it. Where to go, what safety measures to take (I am not a native North American and mentions of things like poison ivy and bears doesn’t really warm my heart to the idea!!), how long to go for with kids etc. Do we all have to buy special shoes? We don’t really have the budget to do that. Anyway, any tips would be great!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Keep the pics coming! I am loving your IG feed right now too! It is so awesome that you guys have made the choices you’ve made in order for this to happen. I’ve been trying to figure out how we can get out and see more of the country in our airstream, but you know how hard it is to travel when you are a minister in a church. It makes it tricky to get away on consecutive sundays. Anyway, enough about me! You guys are seeing some beautiful places and I know you are squeezing the last drop out of it!!!

  • kimberly oyler - keep the pictures coming. although they are making me seriously miss alaska. i know you’re not in alaska, but the hiking and the nature and the wide open air all feels the same. you’re also really making me want to do crossfit. but lets be real, that will never happen. #tooscared

  • Eva - These photos are so awesome. I, for one, can’t wait to see all the photos you share to keep the grandparents and great-grandparents happy.

  • Necole@seriouslysassymama - This makes me so excited about our three day trip we are taking to Turner Falls and the Arbuckle mountains. I actually got my husband to take a few days off of work so we can swim, hike, and adventure. It is very important to keep the grandparents updated.

  • Kelly - We love hiking! My husband & I used to go backpacking all the time pre-kiddos. Our youngest is now 6 and has built up quite a bit of endurance (he actually lasted the longest on our last hike!) we’re looking forward to doing it again.

  • RaD - Yay! I love fun posts that are full of lots of pictures and adventure! Bring it on!

  • Erica - I think it is safe to say that we all enjoy these pictures too! Love the one of you and your son on the fence posts, so fun!

  • Laura S. - I can’t wait to see more pictures. I have very fond childhood memories. My parents took my brother and I all over the western United States camping. We started out in a little camper like yours and eventually Dad wanted something a bit bigger. We went from a 14 foot camper to a 33 foot motorhome. I am 48 now, and those childhood memories flood back every once in a while. I am going to tell my Dad this Father’s Day how grateful I am for all those wonderful vacations.

  • bethanyb - I don’t mind seeing your sweet family enjoying Gods amazing creation on bit. 🙂 I’m actually excited to see how the ‘living in an RV’ works out for you all.

  • Rachel G - I love it! How much fun for your family!

  • Betsy - awesome pictures ! Can’t wait for more– and what a great family picture– a framer for sure !

    Memories for a lifetime are being made

    Love Betsy

  • Meg - I love the photos. I am curious to how you hike with your camera. Also, Do you pose your kids? Ask them to hold still for a moment while you snap a photo? I try to shoot my kiddos as candidly as possible but they move so fast! I would love to hear some tips about how you travel with your camera and how you get such clear, candid shot of your kiddos 🙂

  • Haley - Can you share any hiking with kids tips? Specifically young toddlers in my case, but I’m still interested in tips for any age. I’m impressed that the girls are hiking in skirts… and that Chris is carrying both the girls.
    Thanks for sharing these!

  • Diana - Amazing!! This makes me miss family camping vacations from my childhood. Enjoy!!

  • Emily - What a fun trip! I can’t wait for more pictures!

  • Candace - you should all get on each others shoulders and that would really scare away the bear =)

  • Jenn - super fantasmic.
    love this…..all of it

  • Christina - What a great family photo! I love everything about this post 🙂 Wonderful memories for those kiddos

  • Emiles - Just wanted you to know…Love without Boundaries has a surprise shop today on Sevenly!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - YAY! All the pictures makes us happy, too!

  • Heather - Loving all the photos! Can’t wait to see the photos of Glacier. I hope Going to the Sun Road opens while you are there…your kiddos will love all the snow. It’s pretty amazing with all the plowing they do. My grandfather helped build that road. You should check them out on Facebook-if you haven’t done so already. I’ll be out there July 8th! My home away from home…where a big part of my heart is. My mom grew up on Lake McDonald.

  • Megan - These pictures are amazing! I want a family adventure like this!

  • Beth in the City - I traveled like this with my parents, brother and sister, and great aunt and uncle when I was young. I loved it and I’m enjoying your family’s trip so much!

  • Kristin S - Those last two (not bear) photos? Ashley, those are keepers. Daddy/daughters ultimate photo. What true love and care. Great family pic too.

  • Eva - Beautiful pics! It is very alike to my country, we have a beautiful hills and Waters, it reminds me on my beautiful country.

  • katie - Your trip looks like a blast!
    That is so something that sounds like a dream to do!
    I think you mentioned you were coming to Montana, and Kalispell. That is our home, and Welcome, Welcome! 🙂 Travel safe! 🙂

  • Clare - Lovely photos – sounds like an amazing holiday. Btw…where are those beautiful falls?

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Love hiking! Looks like you guys are having a blast!