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Biking in the Community
Steamboat Springs is involved in many projects to increase and improve trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes for the safety and enjoyment of bikers and pedestrians. 

2A Trails - Accommodations Tax

In November of 2013 the voters of Steamboat Springs approved a portion of the municipal accommodations tax to develop trails. Over the next ten years there will be a $5.1 million dollar investment in the trail infrastructure in Steamboat Springs. There is a committee made up of Steamboat Springs residents prioritizing the expenditures of this investment, here is a link to the committee minutes.

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The City of Steamboat Springs 2A trails committee will host a 2A Trails Project Open House on Tuesday, May 30 in partnership with the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.  Local U.S. Forest Service staff will be in attendance. 

The happy hour event will provide updates on completed 2A funded trail projects, 2A funded trail construction on Buffalo Pass in summer 2017 and 2018, and the upcoming Forest Service NEPA planning process, which will determine new trail process in the Mad Creek, Rocky Peak, and Rabbit Ears Pass areas.  In addition, the names selected as finalists for the new 2A trail on Buffalo Pass will be displayed and votes will be accepted during this time.

Mountain Tap Brewery (910 Yampa St, #103) brews up ideas and conversation along with plenty of refreshments during the open house outlining the future of trails in Steamboat Springs centered on the 2A community efforts.  The open house will run from 5 to 7 PM. 

2A Trails - Trail Naming Contest
Voting for finalists open until June 15th 

Ever wonder how particular mountain  trails received their names. Say NPR, Cow Creek, Morning Gloria and Prayer Flag Road. Now you have an opportunity to make history and leave your mark on Routt County by naming the new 2A funded mountain trail on Buffalo Pass. 

Initially dubbed, Buffalo Billy’s, this soon-to-be-named trail is an intermediate level multi-directional trail with great views, runs approximately 5 miles long and features both uphill and downhill traffic. Originating near the Dry Lake campground, it allows riders to bypass the Buffalo Pass Road and was completed in the fall of 2016.

Nominations were vetted by the Forest Service, and four names carried forward for voting.   You can cast your vote either online by making a donation to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund by selecting your chosen name below.  To vote without making a donation to support maintenance of Yampa Valley trails, you may vote in person at the US Forest Service Office at 925 Weiss Dr.

Only one vote per person will be considered.  

Voting is open until June 15th.

Trail Name Finalists: 

Spring Creek Highlands
The trail is an extension of the Spring Creek Trail upwards towards Buffalo pass. The trail does not have its own independent trailhead, and instead is an offshoot off the top of Spring Creek, thus the name should tie in with Spring Creek.

Painter’s Pathway
“This trail should be named Painter’s Pathway because when I looked at a picture, it showed me the trees in the fall were different colors.  It looked as if each tree was painted with a different color.  In the winter, the trees and ground are painted white.  In the summer, they are painted green. In the spring, the forest gets splattered with different colors. On the ground, there are flowers which a painter creates and paints.  The rivers, lakes, and ponds are th leftover blue and green paint.”

Flash of Gold
There is a Flash of Gold in the fall when the aspens change colors.  This trail takes you through several flashes of gold during the fall.

SunDog is a synonym of a rainbow. While the trail builders were working to make this trail a reality, they saw several SunDogs.  It is a colored ring around the sun.  When you are enjoying the trail, hopefully, you will be lucky enough to see a SunDog too.

Voting on the finalists will run to June 15 at the USFS office or through YVCF Trails

Bicycle Friendly Community

Steamboat Springs is recognized as a GOLD level Bicycle Friendly Community.

"A community recognized by the League as Bicycle Friendly is one that welcomes cyclists with trails, bike lanes, share the road campaigns, organized rides, Bike to Work Day events and so much more. A rich matrix of options that recognizes your area’s unique resources, the BFC application evaluates how your community encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation through the five Es: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation." 

To find out more about what it means to be a Bicycle Friendly Community go the the League of American Bicyclists website.

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Safe Routes to Schools

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Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.  In Steamboat Springs, a dedicated group of individuals, along with the generous efforts of the local graphic design team at Creative Bearings, have come together to identify and create a map identifying recommended paths to travel to and from school to various locations within the community.    The map is periodically updated based on trail and sidewalk improvements.  See the Safe Routes website and MAP.

Share the Road Campaign

The City of Steamboat Springs in conjunction with Routt County and Livewell Northwest Colorado is committed to educating residents and visitors about shared responsibility for safety on local roads, sidewalks and trails.  Recognizing that it is an ever present job to promote road safety rules and tips, these organizations have developed educational and marketing  materials for distribution throughout the community.  Via a proactive outreach effort, all roadway users are reminded to keep an eye out for those on, in, or around the roadway regardless of mode of travel.

Check out this video on "Right Turns and Bike Lanes"

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Sidewalk and Trails Master Plan

The City of Steamboat Springs is in the process of updating the Sidewalk and Trails Master plan.  City staff is currently gathering data and updating existing maps prior to a public outreach process that will occur later in 2014.   See the current adopted Sidewalks and Trails Master Plan from 2006.

For more information on trails, biking, and other local organizations go to Steamboat Bike Town USA.

Related Community Links

Steamboat Bike Town USA

City Trails Info