The Yampa River is super important to Steamboat Springs. It’s the river that the town was built alongside; it runs alongside the US40 / Lincoln Avenue, the main thoroughfare through town, and thus the river that connects the whole town together.  Not surprisingly, the Yampa River Core Trail can take you past many great spots throughout the city. The trail is well-maintained, too, keeping it a beautiful place for walking, biking, and enjoying nature all year long.

The Trail

The trail itself is about seven miles. It stretches from the northern part of town, around Shield Avenue east of the skate park, to a little bit south of Walton Creek Road. It is one of the easier Steamboat Springs trails. The reason Yampa River Core Trail is so highly-rated as a trail is for the natural beauty that you can enjoy, from the towering trees to the sounds of the running river, and it’s a great way to access downtown from the mountain area without having to walk or ride along a road.

The trail is paved, and good for biking or walking. No motor vehicles are allowed on the trail, including motorized scooters and the like. Fishing is also popular at spots along the trail. It’s a great place to get your dog some exercise, but remember that dogs must be on a leash 6-feet or shorter, except in certain off-leash areas.

Much to Do Along the Yampa River Trail

Even without walking the whole way, this Steamboat Springs trail is practical for all sorts of excursions. It’s convenient access to downtown makes it a good choice for walking off some calories after a delicious local meal—or for working up an appetite for one. If you enjoy tubing, there are some great starting points along the trail. Along this trail, you’re in walking distance of Howelsen Ice Arena and the Rodeo grounds. Plus, it’s a great lead to the fabulous Yampa River Botanic Park. For those with children, the trail gives you access to a few playgrounds, including the one at the base of Howelsen Hill, Brooklyn Park, Emerald Park, Little Toots, and the Wild West-themed Community Center Park.

Enjoy a Fantastic Stay with Resort Lodging Company

Places like the Yampa River Core Trail are just one reason that Steamboat Springs makes an amazing vacation destination all year long! From breathtaking hikes in summer to exhilarating slopes in winter, there’s no better mountain town to enjoy getting out in nature.

Stay with Resort Lodging Company, and you’ll have convenient access to all the best Steamboat Springs trails. With dozens of fine lodgings near the base of the ski area, you’ll be able to switch each day from hitting up shops and hikes to shredding snow on the slopes. Browse our rentals and book today!

If you need to rent a bike, helmet or bike trailer for the little one, we recommend checking with Christy Sports, they will take good care of you.  If you need directions from your condo to the Core Trail, stop by the front desk at your property and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Core Trail Map

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