This guided tour takes you along a quiet section of the Yampa River Core Trail that is perched along the river bank allowing for beautiful views close up. Depending on the time of year there are wildflowers in the spring and fall colors going into September. Your Naturalist will be able to point out geography, recreational areas, plant/tree species, bird's and talk about wildlife- we will even go check out the nearby osprey nest which as of May has been claimed by a nesting pair!
The walk begins and ends at a 3 in 1 building; The Yampatika Nature Center, The US Forest Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. You can purchase maps & guides, find free information and obtain permits if you need any- all in one place! Your naturalist will be happy to answer questions about trails and things to do in town as well.
The is a free tour that does not require registration.
Meeting Location: 925 Weiss Drive*, Steamboat Springs, CO; the Naturalist will be outside at 8:45 am
Meeting Time/duration: arrive at 8:45 am; tour between 9 -10 am
Cost: Free and open to all ages!
The loop is about 1 mile in total with zero elevation gain on a paved recreational trail and a wide dirt trail.
What to wear: This is a casual walk have clothes and shoes on that are comfortable for an hour outside; be ready for what the weather brings for the day. Sun protection such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen recommended- UV rays are much more powerful at our elevation so even one hour is enough to cause sunburns and sight damage. Bringing a bottle of water is a good idea.
*Please note the building is closed to the public due to governmental regulations as of May 2021 and is not expected to open during the summer. There is a full-service window, however no access indoors or to bathrooms. Your naturalist can help you select maps or guides.