With the variety of biking Steamboat Springs has to offer you can experince three unqiue days of biking while mixing in a little bit of western culture and enjoying some of the many other amenities and activities Steamboat has to offer.
Day 1: Cruising the Yampa River Core Trail
The scenery along the 7.5-mile Yampa River Core Trail can’t be beat. Restaurants, parks and picnic spots line the multi-use trail as it winds through the heart of downtown Steamboat. Here are some highlights to make a day of it:
- Stop in and smell the flowers at the Yampa River Botanic Park. This six-acre garden is a serene, meditative oasis that also offers an education in native plants and wildlife.
- Next stop is for breakfast at locals’ favorite Freshies, a fun and family-friendly restaurant with a relaxing outdoor patio.
- Continue west on the Core Trail, winding along the Yampa River to Howelsen Hill. Watch U.S. Ski Team members training on the K-68 Nordic ski jump (yes, they even practice in the summer).
- Take the Howler Alpine Slide down on a wild ride. On select summer evenings, Howelsen Hill plays host to big-name bands for the Free Summer Concert Series, easily accessible via the Core Trail.
- Then, stop by the MainStreet Farmers Market, taking place every Saturday in the summer at Seventh and Yampa streets.
- If you take the Core Trail to 13th Street, you’ll reach the Depot Art Center, a historic train depot and home of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Check out nearby Bud Werner Memorial Library for the lively children’s section or to read a magazine on the terrace.
- Then, ride over to the Old Town Hot Springs to relax poolside and try out the two waterslides, a perfect way to cap off an exciting day
Day 2: Downhill at Steamboat Bike Park & Giddy Up at the Rodeo
- Enjoy breakfast outside at Rex’s American Bar & Grill where chefs make everything from scratch. The restaurant is very bike friendly, offering tools and bike stands if you need to make some minor adjustments or repairs.
- Head up the hill towards Steamboat Ski Area, which in the summer transforms into the Steamboat Bike Park. Load your bike onto the gondola to access flowy downhill trails, wooden freeride features and technical trails. Singletrack also offer top-notch cross country riding from the top of the gondola.
- Don’t miss Sunset Happy Hour at the top of the gondola, which occurs one Friday each month in the summer. Watch alpenglow take over the aspens as the sun dips below the horizon.
- Shower up and prepare to giddy up as you head to the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, where you can sit in your Wranglers in the bleachers and socialize with the local cowboys while an entertaining and exciting pro rodeo comes to life before your eyes.
Day 3: Mad Creek Trail to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs
- Get rolling early for breakfast on the patio of Creekside Café and enjoy the beautiful flowers, the sounds of Soda Creek and the incredible food – not to mention town’s best bloody mary as voted by Steamboat locals.
- A unique ride waits on the Mad Creek Trail, head north on Routt County Road 129. The trail winds through forests and along Mad Creek before opening up into a meadow where the historic Mad Creek Barn sits.
- Take the Red Dirt Trail loop from the barn for a rewarding climb and technical downhill section, or head back to the trailhead and jump on the nearby Hot Springs Trail, which will take you to Strawberry Park Hot Springs - a spectacular mineral spring in a secluded mountain setting.
- Head back into town for dinner in the vicinity of Wildhorse Marketplace, where restaurants range from Irish pub fare to gourmet burgers and high-end steak and wine.
- Make sure you don’t lounge too long as tonight’s Strings Music Festival performance is right next door and you won’t want to miss nationally-renown musicians matched with the immaculate acoustics of the Strings Music Pavilion.
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