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Hiking In and Around Steamboat

Yampa River Core Trail

The Yampa River Core Trail is a 7.5-mile paved multi-use trail that runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs and along the Yampa River. The Core Trail ties all aspects of Steamboat together: it’s a straight shot from one side of town to the other, but more importantly it brings people of all ages onto one path to enjoy the outdoors.

The Core Trail may be the means to an end, but don’t forget to savor the journey just as much as the destination. Walk or bike your way from park to park, stopping at the various scenic stops to enjoy the views.

The Yampa River Botanic Park is one of those stops! Come see the six-acre sanctuary of 40 gardens, ponds and sculptures. The pathways wind through the colorful flowers and native trees and offer a serene, meditative experience.

Hop back on the trail and you’ll cruise over wooden bridges and alongside the picturesque Yampa river. The Core Trail offers excellent fishing access, as well as a place to start or end a relaxing float down the Yampa on an inner tube. As you make your way down the Core Trail, you can watch fishermen cast flies and listen to the delighted whoops of children playing in the water at the famed C Hole standing wave, located on the trail just behind the Library.

Points of Interest and Activities Accessible from the Core Trail


You can fill your Steamboat experience full of memories from this very trail, but don’t forget to wander off the path now and again.

Views of the Yampa River from the Core Trail

More Hiking Trails In and Around Town

See below for hiking and backpacking trails, please note that many trails also offer biking and/or ATV.

See our biking trails for a complete list of biking options or view the City of Steamboat's interactive trail map for a more comprehensive list of trails.

Hiking around Steamboat Springs in the fall

Hiking Spring Creek Trail in the Fall in Steamboat Springs Colorado

More Information

There are more than 80 maintained trails on U.S. Forest Service land. See the local Forest Service office for more information and detailed trail maps.

U.S. Forest Service
925 Weiss Drive
(970) 870-2299
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

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