The trails surrounding Steamboat Springs are some of the best in Colorado. Whether you’re looking to see a waterfall, bike through a lush forest next to a flowing creek, or hike up to a historic barn, you can have it all. To make sure we can enjoy it all for years to come, we are dedicated to taking care of these trails, rivers, and those who love Steamboat Springs. Here’s some tips on how you can join us in respecting the trails:


Know Before You Go

Before hitting your chosen trail, it’s important to check trail conditions and any restrictions or regulations on the Forest Service website or other local news sources. Once you get to the trailhead, please observe parking signage to ensure you’re parking properly. If you can’t find a pot at your desired trailhead, don’t make one, simply find another – we have plenty!

Mountain weather can be unpredictable, so we recommend checking the forecast before you head out. Make sure you’re equipped with the right gear like a rain jacket, hiking shoes, and appropriate layers. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, a rain jacket or extra layer, and a map on every hike. Get more tips for summer and fall recreation here.


Share the Trail

Hiking, biking, trail running, and horseback riding are popular activities around the Yampa Valley and many of our trails are multi-use. To make sure we can all stay safe and enjoy our preferred activity, it is important to share the trail with those around you. Read any signs posted along the trail to know your right of way and to understand yields should you cross paths with others.


Leave No Trace

To maintain our trails, we must work together. You can do your part by sticking to the designated trail which helps to keep the natural environment thriving. You should also refrain from littering and pack anything you bring out with you.


Keep Wildlife Wild

Here in the Yampa Valley, we share a home with many wild animals including black bears, moose, elk, foxes, and marmots. Should you encounter a wild animal on your hike, it is important to know how to react so that both you and the animal remain safe. Most importantly, keep your distance. While these animals are awe-inspiring to see, they should never be approached or touched. If you find yourself too close for comfort, make noise, yell, or even throw something – these animals should have a healthy fear of humans so they can continue to thrive in the wild.


Be Kind

Last but not least, be kind. This is the best way to keep the Western hospitality and spirit of Steamboat Springs alive. Practice patience and don’t forget to smile – you’re out on the trail!