Emerald Mountain is the shining gem of outdoor recreation in Steamboat Springs. Think of it as your home base for hiking, mountain biking, walking the dogs, exploring Steamboat Springs heritage and culture as well as fun for the whole family.
About Emerald Mountain Trails
With more than 4,000 acres of public lands to explore easily accessed from the Yampa River Core Trail, outdoor adventure is at your fingertips on Emerald Mountain.
Emerald Mountain is home to miles and miles of smooth and inviting singletrack trails - the best cross-country mountain biking in Colorado. Perfect for hiking and trail running as well, you’ll be free to explore endless combinations of trails and loops among the aspen trees and lodgepole pines.
Hike to the quarry for sweeping views of Mount Werner and downtown Steamboat Springs from above – a can’t-miss photo op stop. Or, try out the grueling Stinger Loop, a tour of Emerald that includes the epic Ridge and Beall trails on the backside. Don’t miss the brand new Morning Gloria trail and look out for three more new trails opening in summer 2015.
Beyond Hiking and Biking
The front side of Emerald Mountain is home to Howelsen Hill, which in winter serves as the oldest continuously operating ski area in North America. At the base of the mountain are the rodeo grounds, where you can take a trail ride up Emerald on a steady steed or catch the pro rodeo events every Friday and Saturday nights in the summers.
From family fun to outdoor adventure you won’t soon forget, Emerald Mountain is Steamboat’s crown jewel.
More Trail Information
See our Bike Guide for details on the 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.