The trails in Steamboat Springs couldn’t be more accessible offering a variety suited for every ability and age. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend with your family or searching for the most stunning vistas and landscapes, your hiking trail is waiting to be discovered. Here are a few of our favorite hikes in the area that are sure to please everyone in the group!
The Rocky Mountains offer unbelievable scenery in the summertime. The high peaks and lush valleys are filled with cascading creeks, alpine lakes, wildflowers, and wildlife, making hiking one of the most enjoyable activities. The trails in Steamboat Springs couldn’t be more accessible offering a variety suited for every ability and age. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend with your family or searching for the most stunning vistas and landscapes, your hiking trails, near bye, are waiting to be discovered. Here are a few of our favorite hikes in the area that are sure to please everyone in the group!
Fish Creek Falls
One of the most recognizable waterfalls in the state, Fish Creek Falls is perfect for all ages and is also wheelchair accessible. From downtown, take Fish Creek Falls Road 3.5 miles to the trailhead where you will find a couple different options for instant viewing. Located ¼ mile from the trailhead, take the paved path to the stunning overlook of the 283 foot falls. If your desire is a hands on experience, head down the trail ¼ mile to the bridge at the base of the falls where the roar of the water will stop you in your tracks. If you are looking to get a few more miles under your belt, continue on the trail for another 2.5 miles climbing 1,600 vertical feet to the second falls (at 40’ the second falls is much smaller but also breathtaking).
Trying to find a scenic view of Steamboat Springs and Mount Werner? Look no further than the Quarry Overlook on Emerald Mountain. Although there is an entire network of trails that will take you to the overlook, the most convenient access is the Blackmere Trailhead. Heading west through downtown Steamboat, take a left on 13th Street, take your next left on Gilpin Street followed by a left onto Fairview Drive which will lead you to the trailhead. Begin hiking on Blackmere Drive, climbing 1,000 vertical feet and 1.75 miles until the road comes to an end, giving way to the stunning overlook of Steamboat Springs. Witness the contours of the entire valley, from Rabbit Ears Pass to downtown Steamboat, carved by the beautiful Yampa River some 1,200ft below.
This is a perfect hike if you’re short on time or have a few youngsters in your brood. The Mad Creek Trail offers soothing views of the Flat Tops as it climbs up the canyon overlooking Mad Creek. Hiking for approximately 2 miles and 1000 vertical feet will lead you to the 110-year-old barn on a homestead that James (Harry) Ratliff (a notable member of the National Forest Service) built after purchasing the land in 1904. This hike is most popular in the spring and fall however, if you find yourself hiking in the summer months, escape the heat and continue walking on the trail another ¼ mile where you will reach a small bridge and a shaded sandy beach that’s perfect for cooling off and enjoying lunch.
Steamboat Ski Resort
Mount Werner has a wide variety of hiking to offer, and with access via gondola, it’s one of the easiest ways to take in the stunning vistas of the Yampa Valley with very little effort. Hop on the gondola, located at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort where you will be whisked up to 9,080f’.Take your pick from many scenic trails offering breathtaking views from 10,568f’.