Steamboat Springs Mountain Bike Vacation

The bicycle continues to fuel our adventures, going deeper and longer into the mountains and forests of this wondrous planet. In Steamboat Springs, CO lucky riders are able to access miles of backcountry singletrack straight from this cozy, comfy little town. Steamboat Springs is a river valley town with great people, good food and beer, with even better trails

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Steamboat Springs, being in the Yampa Valley is a perfect place to escape life’s grind and access miles of fluid, flowy, and fun singletrack straight from town. Riding east of town puts you on a connector trail leading to the Continental Divide Trail which spans 3100 miles from the Mexico border to the south, all the way north to the Canadian border. You can turn this access into an epic ride that allows exploration of miles of backcountry trails and then descend over 4,000 ft back to to town.

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Camping is possible right next to most of the trailheads all over the Routt National Forest. There’s no better way to embrace a long ride than smelling the morning air straight from the tent and waking up to a warming sunrise. Making a breakfast full of eggs, bacon and coffee is a great way to fuel for the climb and the day of exploration ahead.

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The trails surrounding Steamboat take you through granite rock tech, lush Christmas tree patches with soft tacky soil, and steep open meadows with fun little rock features to send it off of. The terrain can be a beast of its own but the majority of the trails are consistent fun factories.

Like tech? Check out the Fish Creek Falls Trail. An uphill and downhill traffic, bike legal trail known for gnarliest stuff in town. You’re faced with some crazy rock waterbars followed by endless amounts of chunder on steep, exposed spots. Mountain goating should be in your quiver of skills for this one.

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You know you’re in a great place when the town slogan is “Work hard, Play harder”. One visit and you will a have a special place in your heart for The Boat. With exceptional accessibility and a beautiful mountain town, it’s easy to become spoiled here.

The town is filled with people who do the same things you like to do. Everyone seems to greet you with a smile and always wants to know where you’re from, why you came to The Boat, what you do with your life, etc. The medium-sized Steamboat feels like a small, cozy, mountain town as soon as you arrive. It is a unique town being in Colorado, where we have dispensaries, breweries, and distilleries so you can enjoy all of your guilty pleasures.

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If you’re considering a trip to the Colorado Rockies, Steamboat Springs deserves a look. A dream vacation possibility would be to fly into Denver, first stop Salida, CO riding the legendary Monarch Crest Trail, then back north to Keystone Bike Park near Breckenridge, CO then head over to Trestle Bike Park for a day, then head northwest wrap up your trip with a couple days in Steamboat Springs. The possibilities are endless!

Come explore each section to learn about the best trails, lodging, rentals, and restaurants to explore during your mountain bike vacation in Steamboat Springs.

Over 500 miles of Singeltrack
Home to Steamboat Bike Park
Trailhead Camping and Natural Hot Springs
Excellent Food and Drink

Steamboat Springs Mountain Bike Vacation

Trails

The Divide Ride

Type: Epic!
Location: Rabbit Ears Pass outside of Steamboat Springs
Address: Rabbit Ears Pass
Contact: N/A

The Divide Ride

You’ll want/need to shuttle this one but, trust us, it’s totally worth it. Bring water, first aid, all-weather gear and... Read More ›

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Mad Creek Trailhead to Strawberry Park to Hot Springs

Type: Singletrack to Hot Springs
Location: Steamboats Springs
Address: You can park about 5 miles up CR 129 at the Mad Creek trailhead or you can opt to ride CR 129 directly to the trailhead.
Contact: N/A

You can park about 5 miles up CR 129 at the Mad Creek trailhead or you can opt to ride CR 129 directly to the trailhead.

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Spring Creek Trail

Type: Local Favorite
Location: Downtown Steamboat Springs
Address: Downtown Steamboat Springs
Contact: N/A

This classic from downtown is a local favorite. The trail weaves back and forth over Spring Creek and through aspen forests with 15  bridge crossings.... Read More ›

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Lodging

Rabbit Ears Motel

Type: Motel
Location: Downtown Steamboat Springs
Address: 201 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970 879 1150

Rabbit Ears Motel, is proud to be one of the last remaining locally owned and operated hotels in the area, with over 70 years of Family friendly service. Soft beds,... Read More ›

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Nordic Lodge of Steamboat Springs

Type: Motel
Location: Downtown Steamboat Springs
Address: 1036 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-879-0531

Nordic Lodge of Steamboat, located downtown, has recently remodeled and it has paid off. With an indoor hot tub and outdoor pool, laundry facility, comfortable... Read More ›

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Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals

Type: Vacation Rentals
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: You Choose!
Contact: 303-532-4349

Steamboat and surrounding areas – Vacasa offers visitors the at-home feel of home in the convenience of a hotel. With locations on Mt. Werner, downtown and in... Read More ›

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Cabins at Strawberry Park Hotsprings

Type: Cabin
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 44200 County Road #36
Contact: 970-879-0342

Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers limited overnight camping at designated campsites and cool, rustic cabins, too.... Read More ›

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Food

The Laundry

Type: Drinks & Small Plates
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 127 11th St, Steamboat Springs 80487
Contact: 970-870-0681

The Laundry, happy hour and dinner, chic-rustic kitchen serving everything from locally sourced charcuterie to globally inspired small plates, plus unbelievably... Read More ›

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Sweet Pea

Type: Farm to Table
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 720 Yampa Ave, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-879-1221

Sweet Pea, lunch and dinner, fresh and flavorful for the gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo travelers in your group, Sweet Pea sources over 70% of it’s... Read More ›

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Mountain Brew

Type: Coffee House
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 27 Oak St, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-879-7846

Mountain Brew, breakfast – coffee house, breakfast and lunch, fresh smoothies and home-baked baked goodness every day, they sell out early so be there early,... Read More ›

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Creekside Cafe

Type: Breakfast & Brunch
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 131 11th St, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-879-4925

Creekside Cafe, breakfast and brunch – good coffee and locally-sourced breakfast offerings, on the sweetest patio around. Get there early for a pre-ride fuel... Read More ›

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Drinks

Mountain Tap Brewery

Type: Brewery
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 910 Yampa St, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-879-6646

Mountain Tap Brewery, is the newest brewery to emerge in Steamboat Springs and has unique and delicious beers on tap. With plans to run seasonal rotations, this... Read More ›

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Mahogany Ridge

Type: Brewery
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 435 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-879-3773

Mahogany Ridge, offers great small-batch brews and better happy hour cocktails. With small plate specials and a unique cocktail and beer menu, this place is not to... Read More ›

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Rootz Cafe

Type: Organic Cafe
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 737 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-871-4510

Rootz Cafe, offers organic smoothies and fresh juices. A healthy option to a cocktail, your selection can be made gluten free, vegan or... Read More ›

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The Paramount

Type: Breakfast, Lunch & Apre-Shred
Location: Steamboat Resort
Address: 1855 Ski Time Square Dr, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Contact: 970-879-1170

The Paramount, a locals favorite apre-ski place has upped it’s summer game – thanks to the Steamboat Bike Park – and offers amazing seasonal fare... Read More ›

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Rentals

Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare

Type: Bike Shop
Location: Steamboat Resort
Address: 2250 Apres Ski Way, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: (970) 879-6350

Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare, two locations, both stocked with road bikes, curisers and mountain bikes, mechanics are great for minor repairs and helpful with trail... Read More ›

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Orange Peel Bike Shop

Type: Full Service Bike Shop
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 1136 Yampa St Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Contact: 970.879.2957

Orange Peel Bike Shop, Steamboat’s oldest bike shop, home to Erikson Cycles,  is a full service bike shop and with a variety of rentals for all ages,... Read More ›

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Camping

Meadows on Rabbit Ears Pass

Type: Camping
Location: Rabbit Ears Pass
Address: 15 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass, U.S. 40 east, campground on south side.
Contact: (970) 870-2299

Meadows on Rabbit Ears Pass, great for riding the Continental Divide to Mt Werner, 15 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass, U.S. 40 east,... Read More ›

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Steamboat Springs KOA Campground

Type: Campground
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 3603 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Contact: 970-879-0273

Steamboat Springs KOA Campground, near Yampa Core Trail for quick access to Emerald Mountain Trails. 970-879-0273 / 3603 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, CO 80487... Read More ›

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Shops

Urbane

Type: Skate Shop
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 703 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: (970) 879-9169

Urbane is a low key, high fashion skate shop offering clothing, boards, art and... Read More ›

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Ohana

Type: Upscale Boutique
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 700 Yampa St, Steamboat Springs CO, 80487
Contact: 970-367-3008

Ohana is a Hawaii-themed t-shirt shop turned upscale boutique, with everything from Colorado bison wallets to reclaimed... Read More ›

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Natural Grocers

Type: Organic Grocery
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 335 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Contact: (970) 871-0100

Natural Grocers is a health food store chain that specializes in organic produce, all-natural prepared foods and yummy drinks; it’s a great stop before... Read More ›

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Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company

Type: Meat and Seafood
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: 1030 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs CO 80487
Contact: (970) 879-3504

Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company is the premier deli in town and is used by some of the city’s nicest restaurants. If you’re grilling or cooking on a... Read More ›

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Saturday Farmers Market

Type: Famers Market
Location: Steamboat Springs
Address: Yampa Street and 7th, Saturdays through September
Contact: See the web site

Saturday Farmers Market, 9am – 2pm, highlights Steamboat’s local craft and food scene, with a variety of fresh, delicious locally grown vegetables,... Read More ›

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Tours & Guides

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