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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.

Cruisers Steamboat SpringsThe 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

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
(970) 870-2299
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

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Spring Creek Trail

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10.5 Miles Roundtrip | Staring Elevation 7,000 ft | Highest Point 7,920 ft | Within city limits

Access trail at corner of Amethyst Drive and Maple Street Follow Routt County Road 34 (single-lane, rough road) 1/2 mile to reservoirs. Trail continues approximately 4 miles to Dry Lake Campground. Popular mountain bike trail on improved surface.

Emerald Mountain Quarry

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4 Miles Roundtrip | Views of downtown and ski area

Drive west out of town on U.S. 40 until you reach 13th Street. Turn left onto 13th Street, drive over the bridge, and make a left onto Gilpin Street. Take the first left onto Saratoga Aveune, and make a quick right onto Routt Street. The trailhead is at the top of Routt Street.

You are sure to take in some amazing views of downtown and Mt. Werner on this hike that's conveniently located within City limits.

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