Mountain Biking and Hiking in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is a mountain biking and trail hiking mecca! Everyone will find a favorite trail, no matter if you are a beginner or an expert. Both the Routt National Forest and Steamboat Ski Area offer miles and miles of biking and hiking trails with spectacular scenery.Choose From: Recommended Trails | Guided Hikes
Our Favorite Trails in and around Steamboat Springs:
Emerald Mountain serves as the backdrop and the site on which the Howelsen Hill Trail System is located. This is a favorite among locals and guests alike for its convenient location and incredible views of the ski area. The area offers over 10 miles of multi-use recreational trails. These trails allow two-way traffic for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians. Dogs must be leashed.
The beautiful 283-foot Fish Creek Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Steamboat Springs. It's located close to downtown, and there is a paved road to the trailhead. Picnic grounds are located on site, along with reserved camping. It is a short walk to the falls viewing bridge or the scenic overlook. The trail continues on for a another few scenic miles. There is a $5 fee for parking, but it is free if you ride your bike.
Hiking and biking in the Steamboat Ski Area (US Forest Service land) ranges from easy to challenging trails. For a fee, you can ride the Gondola up to Thunderhead Lodge and begin your hike or bike there. The free option is start your hike at the base area and ride the Gondola back down.
Rabbit Ears Pass (moderate to difficult)
Hike to the twin rock pillars that stick up like Rabbit Ears—hence the name. Drive to the Dumont Lake sign and follow National Forest Road 315. Drive for another 1.5 miles until you see a stone monument on your left. Park here and walk through a small gate. Follow the road marker 291 which will begin a rolling ascending hike to the peaks.
The Spring Creek Trail is a 5.2 mile, multi use trail that is popular for hiking and biking. Parking is located at the intersection of East Maple Street and Amethyst Street. The trail follows a maintained dirt road for approximately .5 miles to the Spring Creek Park with an educational pavilion and two small city reservoirs. Trail continues past the park, up the canyon for approximately another mile. The short trail ends here or you can continue by taking the right fork past the sign and go uphill another 4 miles with numerous crossings of Spring Creek, with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. The trail ends at the parking area across from the Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass Road. Either return back down the trail or head down the Buffalo Pass Road to Strawberry Park.
Yampa Core Trail Bike Path (easy)
This seven mile, multi use paved trail follows the meandering Yampa River from Walton Creek Road and Highway 40 to the James Brown Bridge on Shield Drive. Groves of cottonwood trees, excellent fishing, scenic overlook benches and lovely picnic spots make this trail a great place for a leisurely stroll or a commuter route through town.
Additional Trails and Information
- Learn about more hikes and rides in the Routt County National Forests
- View Bureau of Land Management Trails
- Visit Routt County Riders for more maps and biking information
Guided Hikes in Steamboat
Yampatika Guided Interpretive Hikes
Yampatika offers a variety of guided hikes, nature walks, and historical tours of the Steamboat area. Popular hiking tours include trips to Fish Creek Falls and the Vista Nature Trail. The organization offers a wide array of children's programs and day camps. Contact our concierge to reserve a spot.
Guided Gourmet Hikes on the Mountain
This is a fun, informative and invigorating hike with gorgeous views high up on Mt. Werner. The gourmet hike begins at the top of the Gondola and proceeds along the Vista Nature Trail, with stops for picture-taking and interesting talks about the Mountain and Steamboat. This hike is offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Sunday hike will enjoy the Sunday brunch, and the Wednesday and Friday hike will enjoy a buffet lunch. Contact our concierge to make a reservation.
Guided Hikes by Rocky Mountain Ventures
Rocky Mountain Ventures will customize your memorable hike in the Rocky Mountains to your desires and abilities—whether it is climbing to the top of Hahn's Peak at over 10,000 feet or through meadows, aspen groves and along mountain streams. Choose from half day or full day hikes. Contact our concierge to make a reservation.