Doing more outdoors in Steamboat with the extra sunlight of June solstice |

Doing more outdoors in Steamboat with the extra sunlight of June solstice

What to do during the extra daylight hours


There’s no better time of year to toss a line in the area’s lakes, experts say. Falling temperatures combined with fading late-day light make fish aggressive and vulnerable. Steamboat Flyfisher offers free fly-fishing casting clinics at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call 879-6552 for more information.

Run or hike

It’s the right time of year for any low-elevation trail, as they will only heat up as summer wears on. A hike to the quarry on Emerald Mountain or to the Uranium Mine near Fish Creek Falls can offer great views of the setting sun and ready-to-sleep Yampa Valley. Yampatika will offer several free early evening guided hiking tours starting later this month. One is a guided tour of the learning center at Legacy Ranch, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The other is an exploration of rivers and streams in the area, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 871-9151 to sign up.


It’s open season for more local trails. Marabou’s trails are open to the public until Tuesday, and Emerald’s trails are either open or close to being open. Pop on a headlamp and cruise down in the twilight for an exhausting evening workout. Check http://www.routtcountyri… for updated information on trail openings.

Sunset schedule

Today: 8:24 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:26 p.m.

June 13: 8:28 p.m.

June 16: 8:29 p.m.

June 20: 8:31 p.m.

June 21: 8:31 p.m.

June 23: 8:31 p.m.*

June 27: 8:32 p.m.

June 30: 8:32 p.m.

*A later sunrise makes for a shorter day