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Getting around Steamboat

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London, United...
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Getting around Steamboat

Considering a week in Steamboat Springs, hiking mostly, relax, and wondered if it is easy to access trailheads without a vehicle ?

Has read there is a free shuttle service that runs around the area.

So a week in July, probably 7th to 14th for some Rodeo and hopefully the Balloon Rodeo too if it goes ahead. A week too long ?


Park City, Utah
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1. Re: Getting around Steamboat

A week is probably a touch on the longish side but you could fill it all with hikes and other activities. I would think you would be disadvantaged without a vehicle. There's a lot to see and explore in the region. Locals will have some more specific tips on getting around. But, as an example, driving over to Rocky Mountain National Park for a day or two would be a great experience, too.

Have fun.

Steamboat Springs...
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2. Re: Getting around Steamboat

Free bus and resort shuttles are a great way to get around the downtown and mountain areas. Unfortunately they're mainly for getting around to the grocery store, restaurants, retail stores and whatever property or hotel you may be staying at. You can get rides, or walk to the local trails. Hike off the ski area, Spring Cr, Emerald mt, Core tr and maybe Fish Cr, could all be accessed from a shuttle ride. If you want to get over near the Flattops, Sarvice Cr, or Mt Zirkel wildernesses. You will need your own transportation. The shuttles will not take you there. There is also Buffalo Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, and Hahn's peak ares to consider for hikes too. You could rent a car in town, for a day or two, if you wanted to see any of these places.

London, United...
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3. Re: Getting around Steamboat

Thanks for the replies.

I will be doing a cross USA trip on Amtrak's Zephyr service and was considering a few days in Denver and then use Greyhound to visit Steamboat for a few days. Had been looking for somewhere where there were decent mountain hikes available from town.

Did not particularly want to rent a vehicle but may have to reconsider. Typically European and has relied on public transportation. Has not driven for almost 10 years !

Looks at a few other stop over options.

London, United...
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4. Re: Getting around Steamboat

Well is definitely in Steamboat Springs for a week and has been doing some reading.

There are some trails with fairly easy access and I am still not sure about hiring a vehicle which will mostly sit parked outside of the motel.

Question for any locals.

Best gym in town for free weights and heavy lifting ?

The gym at The Old Town Hot Springs or Anytime Fitness ?

Does not need any cardio, the walking will be good but has taken up bodybuilding in the last year and looking for a good selection of Free Weights,

Ski Country...
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5. Re: Getting around Steamboat

You may like to rent a bicycle for the week to get around. If you are not used to driving, it's a great way to see the town. Check Ski Haus for rentals. You can rent beach cruiser type bikes, or mountain bikes.

I prefer the gym at Old Town Hot Springs, plus you can use the beautiful hot springs pool facilities.

Easy trails:

Howelsen Hill complex

Steamboat Ski Area (pay for Gondola ride up, or hike up/down, hike up/free Gondola ride down)

Core River Trail

Fish Creek Falls (a couple of miles from downtown and not accessible by bus, but could take a bike there)

Spring Creek Trail (just past the High School, easy walk from downtown)

Butcherknife Trail (small but nice walk)

Where are you staying? Many of the properties in town have a free shuttle, and would be happy to drop you off/pick you up for your hike.


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6. Re: Getting around Steamboat

Butcher Knife connects to Spring Creek. It's also a place frequented by locals for teaching and practicing rock climbing.

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