Steamboat is surrounded by National Forest, Wilderness Area and other public lands with thousands of miles of hiking trails. There are trails to suit everyone’s distance and ability levels and provide almost year-round enjoyment. See below for a few of our favorites, your Grand Adventure Co vacation rental will make the perfect base for your hiking adventures.
Yampa River Core Trail:
If you prefer a mild walk on a paved trail along the beautiful Yampa River and through downtown, then the Yampa River Core Trail is your ticket. Family friendly and the option to go as long or as short as you want, the core trail is paved and accessible year round. The trail runs from the western side of downtown Steamboat, all the way to the mountain area. Fun for everyone.
Fish Creek Falls:
Fish Creek Falls is one of the iconic waterfalls in Colorado. Fun Fact: It was the inspiration for the waterfalls on the Coors Original Cans back in the day. Drive to the Fish Creek Falls parking lot located just a few miles from town and either take the flat accessible trail to the overlook for a picnic or hike ¼ mile downhill to the falls and bridge. The trail is short but steep, the whole family should be able to make it with a little help. If your legs want a longer trek, hike a few miles up the trail to the Upper Falls or all the way to Long Lake.
The Rabbit Ears:
Drive up Rabbit Ears Pass just East of Steamboat to reach the hike to the iconic Rabbit Ears geological formation. Most of the trail is along an old jeep road and is relatively flat. The last part is a steep jaunt up to the ears for a closer look at the rocks that give the pass it’s name and a magnificent view of the valley beyond. On a clear day you can see all the way to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Vista Nature Trail:
If you want to take in a nice view, but can’t take a more strenuous hike, or you have little ones with you, the Vista Nature Trail at the top of the Gondola is an excellent choice. Ride the gondola up the mountain and the trail starts just outside the exit. Its a short loop that takes you around the top of a ridge where you can check out the commanding views of the Yampa Valley and read the interpretive nature signs.