Colorado is known to be bike-friendly, and Steamboat Springs is no exception. In fact, the beautiful Yampa Valley has plenty of trails for bike enthusiasts of all kinds! Steamboat’s other nickname is Bike Town USA, and we were designated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2013. In addition to the suggestions below, check out the annual Bike Guide for more trail descriptions and information.
Bringing your bike along is a great idea if you’re staying in Steamboat, or you can rent Colorado bikes while you are here. Much of the town accessible by bike. It’s enjoyable exercise, too, with the summer temperatures getting just warm enough that the breeze will feel fantastic against your face. Autumn rides before the snows come are popular too, as people are looking for ways to keep their body temperature up! If you’re an avid biker coming to Steamboat Springs, here are some places you should know:
Yampa River Core Trail
Closer to a nature walk than a serious bike ride, the Yampa River Core Trail still bears special mention because it makes such a great thoroughfare. The town follows the course of the Yampa River, so the trail is a great choice for getting from point A to point B on bike. It offers a quick way to downtown, the Botanic Park, and more! As always, remember to be courteous to pedestrians and fishers.
Steamboat Ski Area
If you’re really serious about Steamboat Springs biking, good news: The Steamboat Ski Area offers Colorado bikes for rent, biking lessons, and over 50 miles of trails. Whether you want to ride up and down and all around for a good workout or just want to coast downhill, after riding the gondola up, there’s a trail here for you. Tickets can even be purchased online—if you don’t have a Bike Park Pass, then adult daily tickets are $45 and children’s are $35. They also offer special “Twilight Ticket” deals on certain Fridays from June to September.
Emerald Mountain is accessed from downtown at the base of Howelsen Hill and is home to miles of singletracks ranging from smooth cross-country trails to the grueling Stinger Loop and the Morning Gloria Trail. You will be tempted to stop at all of the photo worthy views along the trails.
Play Hard, Rest Well
Whether it’s a leisurely ride along the Yampa River or a thrilling trip up the Bike Park’s Bull Whip trail, Steamboat Springs biking is sure to make you sleep better that night. Sleep even better with a king-sized bed in a Resort Lodging Company condo. With hot tubs, free Wi-Fi, and more, our properties are among the best in enjoying Steamboat Springs and making the most of your vacation. Browse our rentals to begin your Steamboat getaway today!