Find Your Ideal Biking Trail06/22/2022 11:13AM ● By Dan Greeson
Photograph by Ben Duke©
Steamboat Springs, a.k.a. Bike Town USA, may be known for its Olympic athletes, fluffy powder and Western heritage, but don’t sleep on its biking community, offering trails for every ability level. Whether it’s mountain biking, trail biking, road biking or anything in between, Steamboat has rides for everyone.
Emerald Mountain, Steamboat’s main hub for mountain biking, offers a range of trails with easy access from town. Ride the singletracks through wildflower meadows and aspen groves all while soaking in panoramic views of downtown. For those seeking something more adventurous, both Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass offer extensive networks of trails throughout Routt National Forest.
The Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Resort offers thousands of vertical feet of riding. For the more extreme, bomb downhill while nailing jumps and huge rollers on Mount Werner. From first timers to seasoned pros, the resort offers trails for all riding levels.
Share the land with the ranchers and pedal through a huge network of county roads. Steamboat Springs has over 600 miles of hard-packed gravel roads and a virtually unlimited number of loops for road bikers. Take a scenic ride along County Road 14 or head west on Elk River Road – the options are endless when it comes to road biking in Routt County.
There are plenty of easy to moderate trails around town for the less extreme. Spring Creek is a popular trail with direct access right from downtown. Pedal along the flowing creek, past rock formations and through aspen groves. Another laid-back family favorite, the Yampa River Core Trail, is a 7.5-mile paved multi-use trail that winds through downtown. Cruise along the Yampa River and enjoy the surroundings on this easy ride through town.