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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.

Local Info

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.

Food & 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.

Camping & 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.

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.

Recommended Routes in Steamboat Springs - 14

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Favorite Pedaling past beautiful columbines on Spring Creek.
Intermediate

Spring Creek Trail

10.4 mi 16.7 km 1,435' Up 437.4 m Up 1,435' Down 437.26 m Down

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Favorite Wall ride on Buckin' Bronc
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The Divide Trail/Mountain View

26.0 mi 41.9 km 1,699' Up 517.92 m Up 4,343' Down 1323.73 m Down

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Favorite Quarry Mountain climbs to the top of Emerald Mountain through big aspens
Intermediate

Emerald Mountain Flow Fest

10.2 mi 16.4 km 1,470' Up 448.05 m Up 1,472' Down 448.64 m Down

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Favorite May Riding Through the Wild Flowers
Intermediate

Beall - Ridge - Rotary Loop

15.8 mi 25.5 km 2,169' Up 661.06 m Up 2,152' Down 656.06 m Down

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Favorite Awesome flow on MGM
Intermediate

Emerald Mountain Intermediate Tour

8.6 mi 13.8 km 1,083' Up 329.95 m Up 1,086' Down 330.93 m Down

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Favorite Expect this down 90% of Grouse Ridge!!! - And you'll beg for more when its over :)
Difficult

Flash of Gold to Grouse Ridge

21.0 mi 33.8 km 2,552' Up 777.81 m Up 2,552' Down 777.82 m Down

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Favorite Steeps to start on Stairway to Heaven
Difficult

Steamboat Stinger

26.9 mi 43.2 km 3,456' Up 1053.5 m Up 3,460' Down 1054.61 m Down

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Favorite Steeps to start on Stairway to Heaven
Intermediate

2020 Emerald Mountain Epic presented by Honey Stinger Marathon and MTB

27.1 mi 43.7 km 3,180' Up 969.29 m Up 3,155' Down 961.76 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Steeps to start on Stairway to Heaven
Intermediate

2020 EMERALD MOUNTAIN EPIC PRESENTED BY HONEY STINGER 10-Mile

10.3 mi 16.6 km 1,548' Up 471.91 m Up 1,527' Down 465.32 m Down

Steambo…, CO

Steamboat Springs Biking

  • 409 Miles 657 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 31 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 57 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 11 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Steamboat Springs - 85

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11.8 mi 19.0 km #1Flash of Gold
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2.5 mi 4.1 km #2NPR
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4.0 mi 6.4 km #3Morning Gloria
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3.8 mi 6.1 km #4Grouse Ridge
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4.1 mi 6.6 km #5Rustlers Ridge
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6.3 mi 10.1 km #6Beall
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1.1 mi 1.8 km #7Creekside
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3.7 mi 5.9 km #8Pioneer Trail
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #9Wild Rose
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6.8 mi 11.0 km #10Fish Creek Falls Trail
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Photos of Steamboat Springs - 172

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Wall ride on Buckin' Bronc
Aug 23, 2013 near Steambo…, CO
Expect this down 90% of Grouse Ridge!!! - And you'll beg for more when its over :)
Sep 4, 2018 near Steambo…, CO
Beautiful track along the Divide Trail
Sep 5, 2018 near Steambo…, CO
Whipping a turn on the wood. @Steamboat Resort
May 26, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Pedaling past beautiful columbines on Spring Creek.
Jun 26, 2014 near Steambo…, CO
The views from the top of Buffalo Pass are spectacular.
Jan 17, 2017 near Steambo…, CO
Sending it wide on Buckin Bronc
Jul 3, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Wildflower run along the Wyoming Trail.
Aug 13, 2014 near Steambo…, CO