Summertime biking is one of Steamboat Springs’s many activities. From cruises on the Yampa River Core Trail to participating in the Town Challenge, men, women, and children alike never say no to an opportunity to pedal around one of the best biking locations in the state.
With 500 miles of trails, iconic scenery, and a close-knit cycling culture, there’s never been a better time to bike the 'Boat. All different types of terrain are available to bikers, regardless of your level of skill. Try a rugged mountain trail or an easy cruise around downtown Steamboat -- either way, you’ll be able to try out a new hobby or make the most of one you already love! Steamboat is a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Dubbed “Bike Town USA”, there are tons of great locations and resources to make your biking experience a great one. Here you can fully immerse in the cycling culture which includes road biking, downhill, and cross-country biking.
For those who prefer to cruise around town, the Yampa Valley Core Trail is perfect for all ages and all experience levels. This 7.5-mile paved trail runs river-side through downtown Steamboat. While it remains uncrowded and perfect for families, it provides a pleasant journey into the heart of Steamboat. Along the way, stop at the Yampa River Botanic Park, Bud Werner Memorial Library, or one of our many delicious eateries and breweries. This is a great way to dip your toes into the biking community and see how you do. If it’s something you find that you enjoy, crank it up a notch by trying out road biking!
Road bikers can be found all over the county during the summer months. With tons of loops and rides for road bikers, people come from all over the state and country to test their skills on our terrain. As a previous host to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado Classic, and more, it is needless to say Steamboat is full of road biking fans. From cruising up and down Rabbit Ears Pass or the challenging route to South Routt on 131, there are many scenic areas to try out road biking. Elk River Road allows for a 36, 49, 62, and 73.5-mile ride, allowing you to choose your distance and difficulty. With road biking, of course, comes safety and rules of the road as well. Always stay visible, use hand signals, and wear your helmet. Share the road regardless of if you’re on the bike or on the road. For a full list of routes, rules, and bike safety, click here.
Mountain biking is a sport Steamboat locals frequent -- the Town Challenge being the first example of that. This summer Mountain Biking Series is a race for all ages to compete in the sport they love. With endless opportunities for mountain and dirt biking, there’s never a shortage of scenic areas to take your fat-tired mountain bikes on the trail. For the first stab at mountain biking, try Buffalo Pass and Long Lake Loop for a quick 14 miles. For those who want to progress in their sport, Emerald Mountain Trail System provides easy, moderate, and difficult biking for those who wish to challenge themselves and track their progress. In the summer, Steamboat Mountain even allows you to haul your bike up to the top and cruise over the runs you were skiing down just months ago! For more information on mountain biking, click here.
Whether you are new to biking or looking to test your skills, Steamboat has a diverse and close-knit biking community that allows you to interchange the sport and constantly challenge yourself. You’ll experience different terrains with gorgeous scenic views, and also find opportunities to introduce your children to this active sport as well. With 500 miles of trails, iconic scenery, and close-knit cycling culture, there’s never been a better time to bike the ‘Boat. All different types of terrain are available to bikers, regardless of what level you find yourself in. Dubbed the name “Bike Town USA”, there are tons of great locations and resources to make your biking experience a great one. For all of your biking needs, head over to Steamboat Bike Shop or Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare.