Whatever your appetite for activities, Downtown Steamboat Springs can deliver. There is easy access to the river for fishing, tubing and Kayaking. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are over 55 miles of trails in the Steamboat Springs area ranging in difficulty from easy to very challenging.
In the early 1990’s City Council first set aside funds for the Yampa River Core trail. This 7.5 mile trail links Steamboat Springs from east to west starting at Dougherty Road, just east of the Resort area below Rabbit Ears Pass to the west end of town at Bear River Park passing directly through the center of Steamboat Springs and the Main Street District. This trail is wide enough for 2 way traffic and is only open to non-motorized forms of traffic including pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. It is not uncommon for horses to be on the trail so remember that they have the right of way and if you are with your dog, they should always be on a leash unless in a designated off-leash area.
The Emerald Mountain Trail System Starts at Howelsen Hill Recreation Center. This City-owned system contains 24 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. The Howelsen Hill Recreation area is also home to many other activities. This truly is the heart of our community both summer and winter. The oldest ski area in Colorado and the only one that is right Downtown Is Howelsen Hill Ski area. This is where our future Olympians practice every snow sport imaginable (yes they practice snow sports in the summer too) and the best part is, you can watch right from the deck of several of the restaurants along Yampa Street in our Entertainment District.
Howelsen Hill Recreation Area includes
- Emerald Mountain Skiing, Biking and Hiking Trail System
- Ice Arena
- Ski Area
- Volley Ball
- Skate Park
- The Howler Alpine Slide
- The Nordic Screamer
Tubing start and end locations