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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 trails for all users. Located 160 miles from Denver, Steamboat is nestled into the Yampa Valley on the western side of the Continental Divide.

Details


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.

Camping and Lodging


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.

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.

Food and Drink


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.

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. There are also many opportunities for hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

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A tour of lower Emerald Mountain's best singletrack.
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TOP FEATURED RIDES
Best Rides in Steamboat Springs
#1 Beall - Ridge - Rotary Loop 15.8 mile25.5 km
Dry, Oct 7
Steamboat Springs, CO A great long loop that has it all; long climbs,...
#2 The Divide Trail Epic 24.8 mile40.0 km
Aug 18
Steamboat Springs, CO An epic Rocky Mountain route from Rabbit Ears P...
#3 Emerald Mountain Intermedia... 8.2 mile13.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A tour of lower Emerald Mountain's best si...
#4 Emerald Mountain Advanced Loop 8.8 mile14.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great expert tour of the Emerald Mountain are...
#5 Spring Creek Trail 10.4 mile16.7 km
Aug 18
Steamboat Springs, CO A fantastic ride, right from town!
#6 Snowbiking Emerald 8.2 mile13.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great fat biking loop on Emerald that travers...
#7 2015 Steamboat Stinger 53.9 mile86.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO The famed "Steamboat Stinger:" a ~50-...
#8 Tenderfoot to E-Z Rider 5.5 mile8.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Great introductory ride to the gravity experien...
#9 Mad Creek / Red Dirt Loop 10.2 mile16.4 km
A big cli..., Jun 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A nice varied loop not far from town, even clos...
#10 Steamboat Springs to Rabbit... 53.2 mile85.5 km
Dry and i..., Aug 22
Steamboat Springs, CO A big loop from Steamboat Springs up Highway 40...
TOP TRAILS
Best Mountain Bike Trails in Steamboat Springs
#1 Beall 6.3 mile10.1 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO An excellent singletrack climb up the backside ...
#2 Mad Creek Trail 3.8 mile6.1 km
Mostly Dry, Apr 14
Steamboat Springs, CO Fast and scenic trail that gets better the high...
#3 Mountain View 6.2 mile9.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A scenic high country route connecting to Steam...
#4 Sunshine 2.2 mile3.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Primo singletrack on the middle section of Mt W...
#5 Rustlers Ridge 4.0 mile6.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A wild ride in the Steamboat Bike Park.
#6 Larry's 1.1 mile1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO One of the best on Emerald Mountain!
#7 MGM 1.2 mile1.9 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO An awesome descent through aspens, ferns, and m...
#8 Ridge 4.6 mile7.5 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO An exciting descent on the backside of Emerald ...
#9 Raw Hide 2.4 mile3.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Steamboat Bike Park's premier double black...
#10 Morning Gloria 4.0 mile6.4 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A new 4 mile trail that connects the top of Qua...
#11 Rotary 3.3 mile5.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A whole lotta flow packing into one great littl...
#12 Fish Creek Falls Trail 6.8 mile11.0 km
Mostly Dry, Jul 6
Steamboat Springs, CO Great high alpine descent route; connects with ...
#13 Creekside 1.1 mile1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A rowdy descent along Burgess Creek.
#14 Pete's Wicked Trail 3.0 mile4.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A stout descent boasting rock drops, boulder ro...
#15 Valley View 3.2 mile5.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An advanced singletrack traverse of Mt Werner.
#16 Hot Spring Trail 2.6 mile4.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Beautiful trail along Hot Springs Creek that en...
#17 Buckin' Bronc 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An expert trail with features that include a wo...
#18 Tenderfoot 3.9 mile6.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great introduction to the gravity experience ...
#19 Wild Rose 1.4 mile2.3 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A smooth, flowy connector from Beall - Ridge - ...
#20 Cathy's Cutoff 0.6 mile0.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Fun singletrack that you'll wish were longer!
#21 Root Canal 0.5 mile0.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fun blast along the ridge with a little bit o...
#22 Ricky's Ridge 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Fun switchbacks!
#23 Bluffs Loop 2.2 mile3.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Beautiful, varied scenery on a great beginner /...
#24 NPR 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO "No Pedaling Required" - A new trail ...
#25 Molly's Trail 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A short, fun descent on Emerald.
#26 Howelsen Meadows 0.5 mile0.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Astounding views on an easy cruise.
#27 Overlook 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An old doubletrack bench cut filled with flowers.
#28 Wrangler Gulch 0.7 mile1.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fast luge-style run connecting the upper and ...
#29 Quarry Mountain 1.2 mile2.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A nice, consistent climb with great alpine scen...
#30 Lupine 2.5 mile4.1 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A scenic and flowy singletrack trail, mostly us...
#31 Wyoming Trail 15.0 mile24.1 km
Lots of s..., Jul 6
Steamboat Springs, CO Trail climbs approx 7 miles of mixed single and...
#32 Blair Witch 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An easy connecting trail featuring a long board...
#33 No Mo Bluez 0.5 mile0.8 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO Short, winding connector from Abby's to Wi...
#34 Little Moab 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A short grind of a climb to get you to better t...
#35 Lower Bear 2.8 mile4.5 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Exposed easy swithbacks with a ton of climbing!
#36 Orton Trail 0.4 mile0.7 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A good ending to your ride down MGM.
#37 Prayer Flag Road 1.2 mile1.9 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A good, scenic way to connect many singletrack ...
#38 Red Dirt Trail 5.0 mile8.1 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A scenic, remote climb or a fast, fun descent, ...
#39 Eye to Eye 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A more interesting, but slower and less flowy o...
#40 E-Z Rider 0.8 mile1.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A fun flowy finish in the Steamboat Bike Park.
#41 Yampa River Core Trail 6.0 mile9.7 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A great way to get around the city, or a nice f...
#42 Saddle Trail 1.1 mile1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A nice connector between Mad Creek Trail and Re...
#43 Madhouse Trail 3.2 mile5.1 km
Snowy, Apr 27
Steamboat Springs, CO A less-good alternative to the Mad Creek Trail.
#44 Abby's 0.3 mile0.6 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A short but sweet overall descending trail feat...
#45 Stairway to Heaven 0.5 mile0.8 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A fun trail, most commonly ridden as a descent ...
#46 Hudson 0.8 mile1.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Very steep trail featuring loose sand and multi...
#47 Ridge Connector 1.2 mile1.9 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A connector along the ridge of Emerald Mountain...
#48 Duster 1.2 mile2.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO An easy access route connecting Elkhead to Suns...
#49 Mile Run 0.9 mile1.4 km
Dry, Oct 17
Steamboat Springs, CO A mediocre option on the lower mountain.
#50 Zig Zag 2.3 mile3.6 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A mediocre old-school cross country trail.
#51 Lane of Pain 0.5 mile0.9 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A steep, doubletrack connector from Little Moab...
#52 Zig Zag Connector 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO A dirt road connector and nothing more.
#53 Storm Peak Challenge 1.4 mile2.3 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Continuation of Chisholm Trail to the summit of...
#54 Chisholm Trail 1.5 mile2.4 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Relentless climb from the Gondola to Four Points.
#55 Spur Run 1.1 mile1.8 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Dirt road connecting better trails.
#56 Blackmere Road 2.0 mile3.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO The primary road heading up Emerald Mountain.
#57 Emerald Meadows 1.4 mile2.2 km
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Steamboat Springs, CO Mostly for horses - avoid this trail!
#58 Saddle Trail connector - us... 0.9 mile1.5 km Steamboat Springs, CO
#59 Angry Grouse is a short fas... 0.2 mile0.3 km Steamboat Springs, CO
#60 Prayer Flag Trail 0.3 mile0.4 km Steamboat Springs, CO
#61 MGM to Larry's Connector 0.1 mile0.2 km Steamboat Springs, CO
#62 Moonlight - A short advance... 0.7 mile1.2 km Steamboat Springs, CO
#63 Elkhead - a contouring conn... 0.6 mile1.0 km Steamboat Springs, CO