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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.

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 - 10

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Favorite Wildflowers and Aspens near the trailhead
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 The trail just above the Pony Express lift.
Difficult

2019 Continental Divide Trail Run - 16-mile

16.0 mi 25.7 km 3,501' Up 1067.11 m Up 3,512' Down 1070.34 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Long Lake off of Fish Creek Falls Trail.
Very Difficult

Run Rabbit Run 100 - 2018

109.4 mi 176.1 km 17,203' Up 5243.34 m Up 17,188' Down 5238.93 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Descending Lupine in early summer with sunflowers in full bloom
Intermediate

Emerald Mountain Epic-10K

6.4 mi 10.3 km 910' Up 277.27 m Up 907' Down 276.39 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Descending Lupine in early summer with sunflowers in full bloom
Intermediate/Difficult

Emerald Mountain Epic-Half Marathon

13.6 mi 21.9 km 1,620' Up 493.69 m Up 1,616' Down 492.48 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Descending Lupine in early summer with sunflowers in full bloom
Intermediate/Difficult

Emerald Mountain Epic-Marathon

27.2 mi 43.7 km 3,573' Up 1089.16 m Up 3,572' Down 1088.68 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite The trail weaves in and out of the canopy and on the switchback, peeks out for this clear view of the valley below.
Intermediate

Thunderhead Trail

4.1 mi 6.5 km 2,110' Up 643.25 m Up 0' Down 0 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Long Lake off of Fish Creek Falls Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Continental Divide Trail Run - 50K Course

29.9 mi 48.1 km 4,632' Up 1411.85 m Up 4,643' Down 1415.04 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Long Lake off of Fish Creek Falls Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

2018 Continental Divide Trail Run

31.4 mi 50.5 km 4,606' Up 1403.99 m Up 2,987' Down 910.33 m Down

Steambo…, CO
Favorite Descending Lupine in early summer with sunflowers in full bloom
Intermediate

Steamboat Stinger Marathon

26.8 mi 43.2 km 3,668' Up 1118.07 m Up 3,672' Down 1119.2 m Down

Steambo…, CO

Steamboat Springs Running

  • 505 Miles 813 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 14 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 46 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 12 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Steamboat Springs - 62

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7.0 mi 11.3 km #1Fish Creek Falls Trail
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21.1 mi 33.9 km #2CDT: Buffalo Pass to North Lake (CO Sec. 43)
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11.8 mi 19.0 km #3Flash of Gold
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3.8 mi 6.1 km #4Mad Creek Trail
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6.2 mi 9.9 km #5Mountain View
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2.1 mi 3.4 km #6Fiddlehead Trail
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6.3 mi 10.1 km #7Beall
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1.1 mi 1.8 km #8Larry's
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15.6 mi 25.1 km #9Wyoming Trail
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2.2 mi 3.5 km #10Sunshine
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Photos of Steamboat Springs - 38

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The Rabbit Ears
Feb 18, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Long Lake off of Fish Creek Falls Trail.
Sep 10, 2016 near Steambo…, CO
View from near the top.
Sep 6, 2020 near Steambo…, CO
Looking at Rabbit Ears Peak.
Sep 6, 2020 near Steambo…, CO
Singletrack through fall aspens.
Oct 6, 2017 near Steambo…, CO
Fish Creek Falls is a maelstrom in late Spring. We saw kayakers take on the Class V rapids just below the Falls as we started our run
Jun 30, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
The trail weaves in and out of the canopy and on the switchback, peeks out for this clear view of the valley below.
Jun 22, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
Fish Creek Falls!
Jan 30, 2015 near Steambo…, CO