Biking Trails

Bike GuideSee our Bike Guide for additional trails in and around the Steamboat area or visit the City of Steamboat's interactive trail map for a more comprehensive list of biking trails.

Interactive Trail Map

Please inquire about bike trail status with the Forest Service (970) 870-2299 or the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center, (970) 879-0880.

Mountain Bike (MB) and Dirt Bike (DB) Trails

Steamboat offers a variety of mountain biking and dirt bike trails for all levels.

Buffalo Pass/Long Lake Loop

Take the Buffalo Pass Road, #60 to Summit Lake. Turn right on Road 310 and follow approximately two miles to trail 1101. Park in the parking area and begin biking along the Continental Divide to junction 1102. Turn right onto 1102 to Long Lake. At Long Lake follow the service road to Fish Creek Reservoir. Return to starting point on Road 310. Roundtrip distance: 14 miles. Rating: Easy. MB

Coulton Creek Loop

Take Routt County Rd. 129 to Routt County Rd. 64 and continue east for about 4 mi, to NFSR 429 on left. Take Coulton Creek Trail #1188 about 5 mi. north to Cutover Trail #1188A. Follow trail #1188A east for about 1 mi. to Scott Run Trail #1177. Take trail #1177 south for 1 mi. to NFSR 430, then follow this road south about 2 mi. to Routt County Rd. 64 about 2 mi. west back to trailhead #1188. Roundtrip distance: 13 miles. Rating: Moderate/Difficult. Description: mostly single track. MB

Elk Run Trail – Stagecoach State Park

Trail begins at fishing access parking lot off Routt County Road 16 at south end of Stagecoach Reservoir. At about 4.5 mi., trail crosses the dam and joins Routt County Road 18. Follow Routt County Road 18 to park road, past marina and offices. Take right on Routt County Road 14 and back to Routt County Road 18. Roundtrip distance: 10 miles. Rating: Easy. Description: Wildlife viewing. MB

Emerald Mountain Trail System

From 5th Street downtown, head south and make a right on Howelsen Parkway.  Park at the horse stables behind the rodeo grounds or at Olympian Hall.  Trailhead starts behind the horse stables near the Alpine Slide. Refer to the Bike Guide for a full listing of trails, difficulty, and mileage. MB

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Fishhook, Lost, and Lake Elmo

Take US 40 southeast to Dumont Lake NFSR 315 to NFSR 311. Take 311 north about 4 mi. to Wyoming Trail #1101 at Basecamp Trailhead. (NOTE: 4WD suggested on NFSR 311). Follow Trail #1101 north about 3 mi., past Fishhook and Lost Lake to Lake Elmo. Return to Basecamp Trailhead. Trail # 1101 continues north to the Wyoming state line. Roundtrip distance: 6 miles. Rating: Moderate. Description: Excellent fishing. MB

Hare Loop

Take Routt County Rd. 129 to NFSR 550, then north 4 mi. to NFSR 500, then east 2 mi. to NFSR 402, then south 1 mi. to trailhead #1203. Take Farwell Mountain Trail #1203 (single track, no ATVs) southeast about 5 miles to NFSR 409, then follow the road about 3 mi. to Wyoming Trail #1101. Take Trail #1101 north about 10 mi. to Hare Trail #1199, then follow the trail west about 3 mi. to NFSR 520. Take 520 west 3 mi. to NFSR 500, south on 500 about 1 mi. to NFSR 402 and back to trailhead #1203. Roundtrip distance: 26 miles. Rating: Moderate/Difficult. MB & DB

Mad Creek Trail/Hot Springs Trail

Take Routt County Road 129 to the Mad Creek trailhead. To access the Hot Springs trail, bike back down Routt County Road 129 approx. 400 yds on left (trailhead not marked) to NFSR 128. About ½ mile up, the hot springs trail cuts off to the right. Strawberry Park Hot Springs are private; admission is charged to access the springs. Roundtrip distance: 4.5 miles. Rating: Easy/Moderate. Description: Popular mountain bike trail. MB

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Manzanares Trail Loop

Take CR 129 to FS Rd 550, then north 4 mi. to NFSR 500, then east 2 mi. to NFSR 402, then south 1 mi. to trailhead #1203. Take Farwell Mountain Trail # 1203 (single track, no ATVs) southeast about 5 miles to NFSR 409, then follow the road about 3 mi. to Wyoming Trail #1101. Take Trail #1101 north about 13 miles to Manzanares Trail #1204, follow the trail west about 5 mi. back to trailhead 1203. Roundtrip distance: 27.5 miles. Rating: Moderate/Difficult. Description: Hilly, rocky sections and steep grades are challenging. MB & DB

Nipple Peak Loop

Take CR 129 north to Forest Road 047. Turn left and continue about 10 miles to trailhead #1127. Left on trail #1156 about 10 miles. Left on CR 129 back to the car. Roundtrip distance: 30 miles. Rating: Most difficult. Description: Hills, rocks and trees add to the difficulty of this loop. MB & DB

North Fork/Diamond Park Loop

Follow County Road 129 to Clark. Turn right on Seedhouse Road. Continue for 8.5 miles to Road 431 and park in the designated parking area. The trail follows Road 431 to Diamond Park. Turn right on Trail 1101 and follow it back to Road 433. Turn right on 433 and follow it to Road 400. Turn right on 400 and follow back to the starting point. Roundtrip distance: 10 miles. Rating: Moderate. MB

Red Creek Loop

Take County Road 129 to Clark. Follow Forest Rd. 440 east of Clark approximately four miles to junction Rd. 471. Park here. Loop starts at junction. Take left fork (Road 440) to junction with Road 469, turn right and follow 469 to junction with 471. Turn right and follow 471 to starting point. Roundtrip distance: 10 miles. Rating: Easy. Description: Beautiful views of Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. MB

Red Dirt

Drive west of Steamboat on U.S. 40 approximately 2 miles. Turn north on County Road 129, Elk River Road. Travel about 7 miles to Red Dirt on right side of the road (just past the Mad Creek trailhead). Roundtrip distance: 12.6 miles. Rating: Moderate. Description: steady up hill until it drops into the Mad Creek drainage. Trail used extensively by hunters during the fall. MB

South Fork Loop

Can be done as a loop or one way. For the loop, start at Hinman Campground. Trail exits at NFSR #433; follow it west and north to NFSR 400 and then west back to Hinman. To go one way, park at trailhead #1100 off NFSR #443 and walk downhill to Hinman. Roundtrip distance: 12 miles. Rating: Easy. Description: Spectacular views of mountain peaks; follows south fork of Elk River. MB

Spring Creek Trail

Access trail at corner of Amethyst Drive and Maple St. Follow Routt County Road 34 (single-lane, rough road) 1/2 mi. to reservoirs. Trail continues approximately 4 mi. to Dry Lake Campground. Roundtrip distance: 8 miles. Rating: Easy/Moderate. Description: Within Steamboat Springs city limits. MB

Steamboat Bike Park

Take Mount Werner Road off of Hwy. 40 to Mount Werner Circle. Park in the Knoll parking lot and walk or bike into Gondola Square to the mountain base area. Trail maps are available whether you are biking up the mountain, or taking your bike on the gondola to access more terrain. MB

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Yampa River Core Trail

This is a paved, in town, four-mile, multi-use recreation trail which runs along the meandering Yampa River. There are several access points from West Lincoln Park, along U.S. 40, throughout downtown, and East to Walton Creek Road. Roundtrip distance: 8 miles. Rating: Easy. Description: several easy fishing access points, picnic areas, and botanical gardens. MB & Cruiser

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