Known for its famous ski area, Steamboat Springs is a wonderful outdoor recreation mecca. Steamboat is located in the upper valley of the Yampa River just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass. It’s a wonderful recreation area in summer, popular for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and fishing. Summer brings gorgeous wildflowers, while the aspens are sparkling golden in the fall. There are great options for running in Steamboat Springs, from the 6-mile multi-use path along the Yampa River to scenic trail running options for all abilities.
The best place to run in Steamboat is the 6-mile Yampa River Core Trail, easily accessible from town. For some easier trail running, head to the Spring Creek Trail or some of the ‘green circle’ trails at Emerald Mountain. Trail runners will find great variety on the 55 miles of trails maintained by the town, with even more options a short drive away.
Runners should be aware that winters here are cold with tons of snow. It’s a major winter sports destination. Use caution during ‘mud season’. It can be hot in summer.