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