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Hiking in the Mountain Area

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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Vista Nature Trail

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0.86 miles roundtrip | Staring Elevation 9,080 ft | Steamboat Ski Resort

This trail can be accessed at the top of the gondola and is a short loop with views of town. It begins as a wide gravel road and becomes narrow singletrack about half way around the loop.

This can be a leisurely hike followed by lunch at the Oasis Sundeck.

Another great option is to pack a picnic and stop where the views suit you just right for a lovely day in nature.

Fishhook, Lost, and Lake Elmo

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6 Miles Roundtrip | Starting Elevation 10,000 ft | Highest Point 10,000 ft | Excellent Fishing

Lost Lake ColoradoTake US 40 southeast to Dumont Lake NFSR 315 to NFSR 311. Take 311 north about 4 miles to Wyoming Trail #1101 at Basecamp Trailhead. (NOTE: 4WD suggested on NFSR 311). Follow Trail #1101 north about 3 miles, past Fishhook and Lost Lake to Lake Elmo. Return to Basecamp Trailhead. Trail # 1101 continues north to the Wyoming state line.

Rabbit Ears Peak

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6 Miles Roundtrip | Starting Elevation 9,600 ft | Highest Point 10,651 ft | Wildflower Fields

Summer Hiking Steamboat SpringsTake East U.S. 40 to Dumont Lake Campground turn off. Follow road past the campground and picnic area, turn left at Rabbit Ears Pass monument and follow signs to NFSR 311 (rough road; 4-wheel drive suggested). Continue approx. ¼ mile to NFSR 291 on right. Park and hike on road, which bears to the right.

The Rabbit Ears are remains of pyroclastic materials, which are layers of extruded rock and ash. Do not climb on the “ears,” which are unsafe, crumbly rock.

Thunderhead Hiking Trail

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3.81 miles one-way | Starting Elevation 6,900 ft | Highest Point 9,080 ft | Steamboat Ski Resort

Trail is accessed at the Steamboat Ski Resort base area. This trail winds up the mountain to the top of the gondola. There are a few steep sections but the trail is always in great condition so no need for concern. Just stop and catch your breath when need be; great excuse for photo ops of the beautiful views.

Hikers can take the gondola down from the top of the mountain at no charge. You can also enjoy lunch or a beverage at the Oasis Sundeck.

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