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Overview


Steamboat Springs has often been known as Ski Town USA but boasts a vast and extensive network of world-class mountain bike trails. Located 160 miles from Denver, Steamboat is nestled into the Yampa Valley on the western side of the Continental Divide.

At 6,695 feet, the riding season filters into both spring and fall and provides a multitude of experiences. To get your legs ready get started with Howelsen Meadows or Spring Creek Trail, both rideable from downtown.

From there, head up on Emerald Mountain where you many choice rides. The Beall - Ridge - Rotary Loop, a beautiful tour of the backside of Emerald Mountain featuring amazing views. On the front side, Emerald Mountain Intermediate or Emerald Mountain Advanced will give you a top to bottom tour right from the base of Howlesen Hill.

Looking to skip the ride up and let gravity do the work? Head to Steamboat Ski Area where the recently developed bike park is only a lift ride away. Start with Tenderfoot to E-Z Rider to get a feel for the berms and turns before moving onto more advanced trails like Rustlers Ridge and Rawhide.

For backcountry solitude, head north to the North Fork to Coulton Creek Shuttle. The singletrack is amazing and so is the ice cream at the Clark Store.

If you bring a dirt jumper with you, don't forget to check out the Bear River Bike Park - a winner of the 2013 Bell Built Grant awards.

In August of 2014, Steamboat Springs will play host to the IMBA World Summit, a week-long event for enthusiastic mountain bike advocates from North America and beyond.

Food & Libations


Creekside Cafe - excellent breakfast featuring 13 different eggs benedict options
Laundry - small plates, cocktails
Rootz - 737 Lincoln Ave. Fantastic health food cafe and real smoothies.
Mazzola's Italian Diner - Solid pizza and Italian.
Sumatera - 1104 Lincoln Ave. Surprisingly good Thai food in a hole-in-the-wall with just 5 tables.

Camping & Places to Stay


As a very popular resort destination, there are a multitude of places to stay from a tent to 5 star and beyond accommodation. The ski area to the south of downtown has oodles of hotel rooms and condos.

The following accommodations are IMBA supporters in the area:


Camping is plentiful throughout the Yampa Valley. Both primitive and established sites are available on USFS lands. There are also Colorado State Parks in the area that offer both tent and RV sites with established facilities.

Other Activities


Steamboat is a mountain playground. For full details on summer activities in Steamboat Springs, click here.
  • At the ski resort: Check out Gondola Square for free concerts, hiking, gondola rides, mountain top dining, kids adventure zone, horseback riding, an alpine slide, splashing in the creek and more than 50 miles of mountain biking trails for all skill levels. Learn more

  • Downtown: Rent a float tube or cruiser bike, or just stroll along the Yampa River. Head to Howelson Hill for park riding, alpine sliding and more. Refresh yourself at one of the many great restaurants and microbreweries.

  • Outside of town: Strawberry Hot Springs is a must-soak spot, especially after enjoying the epic World Summit riding. There are also many opportunities for hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

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FEATURED RIDES
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A great long loop that has it all; long climbs, stellar views and rippin' des...
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An epic Rocky Mountain route from Rabbit Ears Pass to the base of Steamboat S...
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A big wilderness adventure on less-traveled trails with beautiful and varied ...
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A fantastic ride, right from town!
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TOP FEATURED RIDES
Best Rides in Steamboat Springs
#1 Beall - Ridge - Rotary Loop 15.8 Miles25.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great long loop that has it all; long climbs,...
#2 The Divide Trail Epic 24.8 Miles40.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An epic Rocky Mountain route from Rabbit Ears P...
#3 North Fork to Coulton Creek... 15.4 Miles24.8 km
Yellow
Steamboat Springs, CO A big wilderness adventure on less-traveled tra...
#4 Spring Creek Trail 10.4 Miles16.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fantastic ride, right from town!
#5 Emerald Mountain Intermedia... 8.2 Miles13.1 km
Yellow
Steamboat Springs, CO A tour of lower Emerald Mountain's best si...
#6 Emerald Mountain Advanced Loop 8.8 Miles14.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great expert tour of the Emerald Mountain are...
#7 Tenderfoot to E-Z Rider 5.5 Miles8.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Great introductory ride to the gravity experien...
#8 Mad Creek / Red Dirt Loop 10.2 Miles16.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A nice varied loop not far from town, even clos...
TOP TRAILS
Best Mountain Bike Trails in Steamboat Springs
#1 Sunshine 2.2 Miles3.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Primo singletrack on the middle section of Mt W...
#2 Beall 6.3 Miles10.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An excellent singletrack climb up the backside ...
#3 Mad Creek Trail 3.8 Miles6.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Fast and scenic trail that gets better the high...
#4 Mountain View 6.2 Miles9.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A scenic high country route connecting to Steam...
#5 Larry's 1.1 Miles1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO One of the best on Emerald Mountain!
#6 Rustlers Ridge 4.0 Miles6.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A wild ride in the Steamboat Bike Park.
#7 Buckin' Bronc 0.3 Miles0.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An expert trail with features that include a wo...
#8 Wyoming Trail 15.0 Miles24.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Rolling high country singletrack.
#9 Pete's Wicked Trail 3.0 Miles4.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A stout descent boasting rock drops, boulder ro...
#10 Creekside 1.1 Miles1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A rowdy descent along Burgess Creek.
#11 Valley View 3.2 Miles5.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An advanced singletrack traverse of Mt Werner.
#12 Rotary 3.3 Miles5.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A whole lotta flow packing into one great littl...
#13 Fish Creek Falls Trail 6.8 Miles11.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Great high alpine descent route; connects with ...
#14 MGM 1.2 Miles1.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An awesome descent through aspens, ferns, and m...
#15 Ridge 4.6 Miles7.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An exciting descent on the backside of Emerald ...
#16 Hot Spring Trail 2.6 Miles4.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Beautiful trail along Hot Springs Creek that en...
#17 Tenderfoot 3.9 Miles6.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great introduction to the gravity experience ...
#18 Diamond Park Trail 3.8 Miles6.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A relatively smooth and incredibly scenic trail...
#19 Root Canal 0.5 Miles0.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fun blast along the ridge with a little bit o...
#20 Ricky's Ridge 0.4 Miles0.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Fun switchbacks!
#21 Bluffs Loop 2.2 Miles3.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Beautiful, varied scenery on a great beginner /...
#22 Cathy's Cutoff 0.6 Miles0.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Fun singletrack that you'll wish were longer!
#23 Howelsen Meadows 0.5 Miles0.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Astounding views on an easy cruise.
#24 Overlook 0.4 Miles0.6 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An old doubletrack bench cut filled with flowers.
#25 Wrangler Gulch 0.7 Miles1.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fast luge-style run connecting the upper and ...
#26 Morning Gloria 4.0 Miles6.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A new 4 mile trail that connects the top of Qua...
#27 Quarry Mountain 1.2 Miles2.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A nice, consistent climb with great alpine scen...
#28 Blair Witch 0.6 Miles1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An easy connecting trail featuring a long board...
#29 Hinman Park Trail 7.1 Miles11.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A less traveled, challenging, and remote advent...
#30 Lupine 2.5 Miles4.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A scenic and flowy singletrack trail, mostly us...
#31 Little Moab 0.1 Miles0.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A short grind of a climb to get you to better t...
#32 Lower Bear 2.8 Miles4.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Exposed easy swithbacks with a ton of climbing!
#33 Eye to Eye 0.6 Miles1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A more interesting, but slower and less flowy o...
#34 Prayer Flag Road 1.2 Miles1.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A good, scenic way to connect many singletrack ...
#35 E-Z Rider 0.8 Miles1.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fun flowy finish in the Steamboat Bike Park.
#36 Yampa River Core Trail 6.0 Miles9.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great way to get around the city, or a nice f...
#37 Coulton Creek Trail 3.9 Miles6.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An interesting trail with good scenery and dece...
#38 Red Dirt Trail 5.0 Miles8.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A scenic, remote climb or a fast, fun descent, ...
#39 Saddle Trail 1.1 Miles1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A nice connector between Mad Creek Trail and Re...
#40 Madhouse Trail 3.2 Miles5.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A less-good alternative to the Mad Creek Trail.
#41 Abby's 0.3 Miles0.6 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A short but sweet overall descending trail feat...
#42 Duster 1.2 Miles1.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An easy access route connecting Elkhead to Suns...
#43 Hudson 0.8 Miles1.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Very steep trail featuring loose sand and multi...
#44 Orton Trail 0.4 Miles0.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A good ending to your ride down MGM.
#45 Stairway to Heaven 0.5 Miles0.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fun trail, most commonly ridden as a descent ...
#46 Zig Zag 2.3 Miles3.6 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A mediocre old-school cross country trail.
#47 Mile Run 0.9 Miles1.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A mediocre option on the lower mountain.
#48 Cutover Trail 1.4 Miles2.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A short and not particularly memorable connecto...
#49 Zig Zag Connector 0.6 Miles1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A dirt road connector and nothing more.
#50 Storm Peak Challenge 1.4 Miles2.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Continuation of Chisholm Trail to the summit of...
#51 Chisholm Trail 1.5 Miles2.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Relentless climb from the Gondola to Four Points.
#52 Spur Run 1.1 Miles1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Dirt road connecting better trails.
#53 Blackmere Road 1.9 Miles3.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO The primary road heading up Emerald Mountain.
#54 Emerald Meadows 1.4 Miles2.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Mostly for horses - avoid this trail!
#55 Saddle Trail connector - us... 0.9 Miles1.5 km
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#56 Angry Grouse is a short fas... 0.2 Miles0.3 km
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#57 Prayer Flag Trail 0.3 Miles0.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO
#58 MGM to Larry's Connector 0.1 Miles0.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO
#59 Moonlight - A short advance... 0.7 Miles1.2 km
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#60 Elkhead - a contouring conn... 0.6 Miles1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO
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