The trails program is responsible for the maintenance and management of approximately 55 miles of trails in the Steamboat Springs area. For information on trail conditions, trail open/closed status, and distances see the Steamboat Springs Interactive Trails Map

There are three major trail systems in and around the city:

Howelsen Hill

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

Cruiser Bikes

Spring Creek

The SPRING CREEK TRAIL (PDF) is a 5.2 mile, multi-use trail, that is very popular for hiking and biking with residents and visitors of Steamboat Springs. Parking is located at the intersection of East Maple Street and Amethyst Street. The signed multi-use trail is adjacent to RCR #34 for the first half mile up to the Spring Creek Park. People choosing to use RCR #34 should follow the rules of the road and expect vehicles and bicycle traffic. The trail continues through a gate past the park, and continues on two track up the canyon for approximately another mile. Trail users should stay on the right side of the two track trail and expect vehicles and bicycle traffic. The trail becomes 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. Trail users should expect bicycle traffic and all users are required to follow the rules of the trail, travel at safe speeds, and respect other users. Dogs are required to be on leash on the entire trail, and pet waste is to be disposed of properly.

Yampa River Core Trail

The YAMPA RIVER CORE TRAIL (PDF) 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 (PDF) and more miles of trail that can be accessed off of the Core Trail.

For additional information on cycling in Routt County including events, races, trails and maps, and bike rentals see the BIKE TOWN USA website.


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

Trail Condition Reporting

Do you frequently hike or ride on our city trails? You can help out the Open Space and Trails crew by reporting any downed trees or other unfavorable trail conditions that you may encounter along the way.

Complete a quick and easy submission form that will be emailed to the crew.

Or email Jenny Carey, Open Space and Trails Coordinator, or call her at 970-871-7014. You can also call the front desk at the Parks and Recreation office at 970-879-4300.

Volunteer Work Days (Summer 2018)

In 2018, the Open Space and Trails crew will host a variety of volunteer days on our city trails and open space properties. The work days will provide a great opportunity to get outside and be involved in our community, across a wide variety of projects. There will be something for everyone!

Depending on the scheduled projects, work days will typically last from 9 AM until 1 PM or 2 PM. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate and should come prepared with a water bottle, sturdy shoes, gloves, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Tentative volunteer work dates for the season are as follows:

June 2 - Emerald Mountain Trailbuilding
Celebrate National Trails Day by helping build the new T-Bar hiking trail on Emerald Mountain

July 21 - Emerald Mountain Trailbuilding
Help build the new T-Bar hiking trail on Emerald Mountain

August 25 - Yampa River Restoration
Help assemble and install protective wire baskets around young cottonwood trees to project them from beavers. This project will benefit the long term health of the Yampa River by promoting and encouraging cottonwood growth and creating more shading along our river corridor. 

Please sign up in advance at: 

September 22 - TBD

More details coming soon!

For more information, please contact Open Space and Trails Coordinator, Jenny Carey at 970-871-7014 or email Jenny.