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 just one of those stops – a 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, where rainbow trout are known to swim, waiting for a fly to bite on. 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 walk or ride your way down the Core Trail, you can watch fishermen cast flies and listen to the delighted woops of children playing in the water at the famed Charlie’s Hole standing wave, located on the trail just behind Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Points of Interest and Activities Accessible from the Trail
- Rodeo grounds, featuring the Pro Rodeo Series, Ranch Rodeo and Bull Bash
- Howelsen Ice Arena, featuring bummer cars on ice
- Howelsen Ski Area, featuring volleyball, tennis and basketball courts and a skate park
- Tubing start points
- Bud Werner Memorial Library
- Yampa River Botanic Park
- Art galleries
- Shops, see shopping directory
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.
More Trails In and Around Steamboat
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.
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
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday