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New Bike Trails in Steamboat Springs 

Mountain biking in Steamboat Springs is getting better and better. Since 2013, new trails have been built all over the city and surrounding areas, thanks to a lodging tax-funded program. Great progress has been made by the US Forest Service and trail-building crews on the exciting new trail network in the Buffalo Pass and Emerald Mountain area. Emerald Mountain trails are a quick ride from downtown Steamboat Springs and feature a variety of difficulty levels. Buffalo Pass trails can be accessed from Dry Lake Campground off County Road 38 and can be connected to create big loops and can even funnel you all the way down into town.

New Trails on Buffalo Pass


Easy | 1 mile | 174 ft climb | Multidirectional 

The trail is a 1-mile loop which begins (and ends) near the top of the Spring Creek trail, just down from the Dry Lake parking lot. It is a family-friendly beginner-level trail that features a gradual grade, and 360-degree vistas at the top.Biking on Panorama Trail


Easy | 2 miles | 135 ft climb | Multidirectional 

Great for kids or anyone wanting to ease into riding on Buff Pass, this green-rated trail winds through its namesake fern groves and aspen trees. The trail has little elevation gain and serves up great views of Soda Mountain and the Zirkel Wilderness beyond.Biking the new Fiddlehead trail on Buffalo Pass

Spring Roll: Spring Creek Trail Downhill Trail

Moderate | 3.2 miles | Downhill 

This new trail creates an intermediate directional downhill route that parallels the popular Spring Creek Trail. Riders access the route from the top of Spring Creek, near the intersection of Flash of Gold and Panorama trails. Trail features include small berms, flowy rollers, rock gardens and optional jumps. Can be combined with Flash of Gold or BTR to create a longer descent into town. 
Riders enjoy the new downhill version of Spring Creek Trail on Buffalo Pass

Flash of Gold 

Moderate | 5 miles to BTR 12 miles to GEM | 1766 ft climb | Multidirectional 

There is a ‘Flash of Gold’ in the fall when the aspens change colors. It can be done as an up and back down, or a loop connecting Buffalo Pass Road (Routt County Road 38), or BTR. This flowy route has quickly become a fan favorite for it's easier uphill coupled with a seamless downhill and spectacular views.

Flash of Gold mountain biking trail recently opened on Buffalo Pass


Expert | 3 miles | 173 ft climb | Downhill 

Grouse is the staple “black” trail on Buffalo Pass. Expert mountain bikers enjoy the cliffside edges, big rocky drops, wall rolls, and steep maneuvers through narrow passageways. If you seek expert downhill terrain with a quick uphill, you can bike up CR 38 from Dry Lake TH– Grouse will appear on your left-hand side. However, the most preferred is by taking Flash of Gold, which connects with Grouse after 11.8 miles, making for a 21-mile loop.The new grouse trail on buffalo pass is for experts only


Expert | 3 miles | 603 ft climb | Multidirectional 

This trail is suitable for intermediate riders, but is accessed by a challenging climb up Flash of Gold. The trail is remote and delivers great views of iconic Rabbit Ears peak and Fish Creek drainage and Lost Ranger Peak. The upper portion features rock gardens and berms, and the trail creates a lollipop option with Flash of Gold. 

GEM mountain bike trail on Buffalo Pass


Advanced | 2 miles | 43 ft climb | Downhill 

Accessed directly from Buff Pass Road or by climbing Flash of Gold, this downhill trail has plenty of drops, rock gardens, jumps, and other technical features. In 2017, BTR was revamped from an unauthorized trail into a challenging, sustainably built trail that minimizes resource damage.

Biking the new BTR trail on Buffalo Pass
Buffalo Billy's

New for Summer 2021

Be one of the first to ride the newest trail in Steamboat Springs. Completed in late fall 2020, Buffalo Billy’s trail is the most recent addition to the Buffalo Pass trail network. Accessible from Flash of Gold, the trail meanders through high alpine meadows and across rocky outcrops, making for fun, flowy singletrack that continues to the top of Grouse. The trail officially opened in summer 2021. 

New Trails on Emerald Mountain

Wild Rose  

Wild Rose Trail on Emerald Mountain outside of Steamboat SpringsModerate | 1.5 mile | 188 ft climb | Multidirectional 

The new 1.5-mile Wild Rose trail features an average grade of 3 percent and provides a direct connection to the Beall and Ridge Upper trailhead from the front side of Emerald. Riding up, access it about a third of the way up No Mo’ Bluez from the bottom of the Stairway to Heaven climb. From the top, access it just north of the two-track across from the Ridge and Beall trail junction. Perfect for riding up or down, it gives riders a pure singletrack option to access the backside of Emerald. Plus, it puts you in one of the best aspen groves in town.


Moderate | 2 miles | 27 ft climb | Downhill 

No Pedaling Required (NPR) is another great addition to frontside riding on Emerald. This flowy, rampy and jumpy one-way trail between Blackmere Drive and the Orton property line lives up to its name, letting you coast the entire way once you have it wired. It also reduces conflicts between trail users while giving cyclists a better route to the bottom of Emerald. If you like smooth, man-made berms and tabletops (that you don’t necessarily have to air out), this trail’s for you.


To learn more about these trails and start planning out your next epic ride, use the interactive maps below.