Biking Trails

Bike GuideSee our Bike Guide for additional trails in and around the Steamboat area or visit the City of Steamboat's interactive trail map for a more comprehensive list of biking trails.

Interactive Trail Map

Please inquire about bike trail status with the Forest Service (970) 870-2299 or the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center, (970) 879-0880.

Mountain Bike (MB) and Dirt Bike (DB) Trails

Steamboat, also known as Bike Town USA, offers a variety of mountain biking and dirt bike trails for all levels.


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Buffalo Pass/Long Lake Loop

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14 Miles Rountrip | Easy

Take the Buffalo Pass Road, #60 to Summit Lake. Turn right on Road 310 and follow approximately two miles to trail 1101. Park in the parking area and begin biking along the Continental Divide to junction 1102. Turn right onto 1102 to Long Lake. At Long Lake follow the service road to Fish Creek Reservoir. Return to starting point on Road 310.

Coulton Creek Loop

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13 Miles Rountrip | Moderate/Difficult

Take Routt County Rd. 129 to Routt County Rd. 64 and continue east for about 4 mi, to NFSR 429 on left. Take Coulton Creek Trail #1188 about 5 mi. north to Cutover Trail #1188A. Follow trail #1188A east for about 1 mi. to Scott Run Trail #1177. Take trail #1177 south for 1 mi. to NFSR 430, then follow this road south about 2 mi. to Routt County Rd. 64 about 2 mi. west back to trailhead #1188. Mostly singletrack trail.

Elk Run Trail - Stagecoach State Park

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10 Miles Rountrip | Easy

Trail begins at fishing access parking lot off Routt County Road 16 at south end of Stagecoach Reservoir. At about 4.5 mi., trail crosses the dam and joins Routt County Road 18. Follow Routt County Road 18 to park road, past marina and offices. Take right on Routt County Road 14 and back to Routt County Road 18. Wildlife viewing is common along this trail.

Emerald Mountain Trail System

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Varying Distances | Easy, Moderate, Difficult

From 5th Street downtown, head south and make a right on Howelsen Parkway. Park at the horse stables behind the rodeo grounds or at Olympian Hall. Trailhead starts behind the horse stables near the rodeo grounds. Refer to the Bike Guide for a full listing of trails, difficulty, and mileage.

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Fishhook, Lost, and Lake Elmo

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6 Miles Roundtrip | Moderate

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

Hare Loop

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26 Miles Roundtrip | Moderate/Difficult

Take Routt County Rd. 129 to NFSR 550, then north 4 mi. to NFSR 500, then east 2 mi. to NFSR 402, then south 1 mi. to trailhead #1203. Take Farwell Mountain Trail #1203 (single track, no ATVs) southeast about 5 miles to NFSR 409, then follow the road about 3 mi. to Wyoming Trail #1101. Take Trail #1101 north about 10 mi. to Hare Trail #1199, then follow the trail west about 3 mi. to NFSR 520. Take 520 west 3 mi. to NFSR 500, south on 500 about 1 mi. to NFSR 402 and back to trailhead #1203.

Mad Creek Trail/Hot Springs Trail

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4.5 Miles Roundtrip | Easy/Moderate

Take Routt County Road 129 to the Mad Creek trailhead. To access the Hot Springs trail, bike back down Routt County Road 129 approx. 400 yds on left (trailhead not marked) to NFSR 128. About ½ mile up, the hot springs trail cuts off to the right. Strawberry Park Hot Springs are private; admission is charged to access the springs. This is a popular mountain bike trail.

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Manzanares Loop

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27.5 Miles Roundtrip | Moderate/Difficult

Take CR 129 to FS Rd 550, then north 4 mi. to NFSR 500, then east 2 mi. to NFSR 402, then south 1 mi. to trailhead #1203. Take Farwell Mountain Trail # 1203 (single track, no ATVs) southeast about 5 miles to NFSR 409, then follow the road about 3 mi. to Wyoming Trail #1101. Take Trail #1101 north about 13 miles to Manzanares Trail #1204, follow the trail west about 5 mi. back to trailhead 1203. This trail offers hilly, rocky sections and steep grades that are challenging.

Nipple Peak Loop

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30 Miles Roundtrip | Most Difficult

Take CR 129 north to Forest Road 047. Turn left and continue about 10 miles to trailhead #1127. Left on trail #1156 about 10 miles. Left on CR 129 back to the car. Hills, rocks, and trees add to the difficulty of this loop.

North Fork/Diamond Park Loop

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30 Miles Roundtrip | Most Difficult

Follow County Road 129 to Clark. Turn right on Seedhouse Road. Continue for 8.5 miles to Road 431 and park in the designated parking area. The trail follows Road 431 to Diamond Park. Turn right on Trail 1101 and follow it back to Road 433. Turn right on 433 and follow it to Road 400. Turn right on 400 and follow back to the starting point. 

Red Creek Loop

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10 Miles Roundtrip | Easy

Take County Road 129 to Clark. Follow Forest Rd. 440 east of Clark approximately four miles to junction Rd. 471. Park here. Loop starts at junction. Take left fork (Road 440) to junction with Road 469, turn right and follow 469 to junction with 471. Turn right and follow 471 to starting point. This trail offers beautiful views of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness.

Red Dirt

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12.6 Miles Roundtrip | Moderate

Drive west of Steamboat on U.S. 40 approximately 2 miles. Turn north on County Road 129, Elk River Road. Travel about 7 miles to Red Dirt on right side of the road (just past the Mad Creek trailhead). This trail climbs steadily uphill until it drops into the Mad Creek drainage. It is also used extensively by hunters in the fall.

South Fork Loop

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12 Miles Roundtrip | Easy

Can be done as a loop or one way. For the loop, start at Hinman Campground. Trail exits at NFSR #433; follow it west and north to NFSR 400 and then west back to Hinman. To go one way, park at trailhead #1100 off NFSR #443 and walk downhill to Hinman. This trail offers spectacular views of mountain peaks and follows the south fork of the Elk River.

Spring Creek Trail

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10 Miles Roundtrip | Easy/Moderate

Access trail at corner of Amethyst Drive and Maple St. Follow Routt County Road 34 (single-lane, rough road) 1/2 mi. to reservoirs. Trail continues approximately 5 mi. to Dry Lake Campground. This is a popular and easily accessible trail within Steamboat Springs city limits.

Steamboat Bike Park

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Take Mount Werner Road off of Hwy. 40 to Mount Werner Circle. Park in the Knoll parking lot and walk or bike into Gondola Square to the mountain base area. Trail maps are available whether you are biking up the mountain, or taking your bike on the gondola to access more terrain. 

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Yampa River Core Trail

8 Miles Roundtrip | Easy

This is a paved, in town, four-mile, multi-use recreation trail which runs along the meandering Yampa River. There are several access points from West Lincoln Park, along U.S. 40, throughout downtown, and East to Walton Creek Road. This trail offers several easy fishing access points, picnic areas, and access to the botanical gardens.

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