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The trails program is responsible for the maintenance and management of approximately 55 miles of trails in the Steamboat Springs area. There are three major trail systems in and around the city.  For additional information on cycling in Routt County including events, races, trails and maps, and bike rentals see the BIKE TOWN USA website.


Emerald Mountain serves as the backdrop and the site on which the EMERALD MOUNTAIN TRAILS SYSTEMis located. The City of Steamboat Springs owns this land that offers over 24 miles of non-motorized multi-use recreational TRAILS. These trails have been planned and constructed for the public to enjoy and allow two-way traffic for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.

The SPRING CREEK TRAIL is a 5.2 mile, multi-use trail that is popular for hiking and biking with residents and visitors of Steamboat. Parking is located at the intersection of East Maple Street and Amethyst Street. The trail follows RCR #34 for approximately half a mile to the Spring Creek Park and continues past the park, up the canyon for approximately another mile.

The trail becomes a classic single track on City of Steamboat Springs property for the next 1.5 miles, climbing gently along the creek. The last 1.4 miles of the trail continues to climb in the Routt National Forest to the end of the trail at Dry Lake Campground, off of RCR # 38, Buffalo Pass Road.

The YAMPA RIVER CORE TRAIL is a seven mile, non-motorized multi-use trail that follows the meandering YAMPA RIVER from Dougherty Road through downtown Steamboat Springs to Bear River Park. Groves of cottonwood trees, excellent fishing, scenic overlook benches, and lovely picnic spots make this trail a great place for a leisurely stroll or a commuter route through town. Additionally, there are many PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS and more miles of trail that can be accessed off of the Core Trail.

Dogs must be on a 6 foot handheld leash unless in an OFF LEASH ZONE.