Yampa River Core Trail
Yampa River Core Trail
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The Yampa River Core Trail is a seven mile, non-motorized multi-use trail that follows the meandering Yampa River from Dougherty Road through downtown Steamboat Springs to Bear River Park. Groves of cottonwood trees, excellent fishing, scenic overlook benches, and lovely picnic spots make this trail a great place for a leisurely stroll or a commuter route through town. Additionally, there are many parks and playgrounds and more miles of trail that can be accessed off of the Core Trail.
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  • Rachel W
    Huntersville, North Carolina12 contributions
    Note about Yampa River
    My note is about the Yampa River, not the core trail (I couldn't find a category for the Yampa River alone). We visited in July 2021 and were looking forward to tubing the Yampa River with the tubes we had brought. The local publications recommend tubing from June-August, BUT when we arrived, they had shut down the river to all recreation. Apparently the water temperatures are getting too warm for the fish, and tubing makes them even higher?? Just a warning for others hoping to tube. // If you visit the core trail, make sure you check out the Sulfur Spring close to the library. It smells worse than anything we smelled in Yellowstone. A must smell! ;)
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 14, 2021
  • Pesky H
    Shreveport, Louisiana54 contributions
    Challenging and scenic
    I took long walks every morning I was in Steamboat along the Yampa River Core Trail. It winds along the river to downtown. You can walk or run as far as you like. It was chilly in the early morning (40 degrees) but just take an extra layer. I stayed on the side of the mountain so I got a good uphill climb on the finish.
    Visited September 2020
    Written November 4, 2020
  • John M
    Dallas, Texas79 contributions
    Do it on a Fat Tire Bike!
    We rented some fat tire bikes from Wheels Bike Shop (Ski Haus and Orange Peel had sold all their summer rental bikes already) and rode the trail up and back. It was cold (wear good gloves) but a silly-easy ride. We are experienced road cyclists, so we were in it just to look at the sights and get a fell for the fat tire bikes. You can rent them for one hour or three. We rode for an hour and easly saw everything we wanted to see.
    Visited November 2022
    Written November 16, 2022
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ColoDream
Silverthorne, CO205 contributions
Jun 2022
Great bike path BUT.... This is advertised as a non motorized bike/hike path. Howerver, the number of tourists on eBikes with a throttle is downright dangerous. As a regular bike rider you are traveling under your own power at a moderate speed. But when we were there, many tourists were on the path traveling at a high rate of speed with no regard to speed limits. They were also passing on blind corners creating a big hazard. I had to YELL at several for being reckless. The town of Steamboat Springs definitely needs to addrss this. I doubt I will ride this trail in the future.
Written August 1, 2022
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icemenhockey31
Jacksonville, FL274 contributions
Jul 2022
Have used this trail many times while we have visited Steamboat in the summer and winter. Summer time is great for walking, biking, and just taking in the sights. Winter time is great for snow shoeing and just enjoying the views of the snow everywhere. It is easily accessible and has a number of stopping points to relax and take a break.
Written December 26, 2022
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Jeff R
Fort Collins, CO347 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
This trail us flat and scenic. Good for biking, running or walking. It was busy mid day, during the week. It is most scenic in the middle third, which goes through the downtown area. Nice views of the various ski runs. Great access to restaurants. Seems like a great artery to various spots, including the botanical gardens, over its 10 mile stretch. Look for an Osprey nest right by the botanical gardens bike gate.
Written July 20, 2022
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Mary K
Milford, MI76 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Walked from The Steamboat Grand hotel to the Yampa River (total round trip walk was about 2.5 miles) along this paved and partially shaded path. Nice and wide! Easy to walk, run, or bike! See picture for elevation changes and details of this part of the trail.
Written July 14, 2019
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loadeddownwithkids
Longmont, CO51 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
If you were drawn to this by the photo someone added of the trees hanging over and shading the trail, then enjoy the photo. While the trail is nice and wide and easily shared by walkers, bikers, joggers and rollerbladers, most of it is not nearly so picturesque. The river is impressive in June with the snowmelt, true. And the vista across the river is pretty. I would not recommend it for a walk because it isn't a loop; it's a meandering trail. So when you want to go back to your car or whatever, you have to turn around and go back the way you came. That can get a little boring, and when the sun is beating down on you, it can get very hot.

We took about a half hour walk, and then decided we really wouldn't see anything without a faster mode of travel. So we went back and rented bikes. In our hour long, leisurely ride, we were able to traverse about 4 times the distance, and it opened up more interesting and diverse views. The trail obviously gets used by locals to commute to work and to have a workout, but as a touristy thing, it's a little of a yawn.
Written June 15, 2016
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Debbie S
7 contributions
Jun 2019
The trail is great for walking or biking on. It is all concrete and a lot of it runs along the Yampa River. You do have to watch out for the biker though, most of them pay attention and warn you they are coming up behind you, but not all of them. Lots of nice scenery.
Written August 7, 2019
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Michael
Steamboat Springs, CO208 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
If you are not into hiking, this is a great walk. It is along the river and is quiet. Not strenuous at all.
Written February 13, 2017
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jarevalo2015
Houston, TX7 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We rented bikes not far from the river and biked around. Neither of us is a great biker but the trails were easy to follow and didn't get us tired at all. Lots of playgrounds for the children to stop at and pay. Also took us to the beautiful botanic garden.
Written July 1, 2015
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FoxTravelers
San Antonio, TX872 contributions
May 2021
Great way to get to/from town and also super for morning exercise via walk, run or bike. Goes along the river and runs for a ways -- where we stayed it was 3 miles into town so we did the trail every morning. Quiet and a few locals walking their dogs or biking to/from work. Very well maintained.
Written May 8, 2021
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Jktchorne
Fort Smith, AR1,069 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
It a great trail that is path runs through downtown Steamboat and farther. We only walk the area by town to the Sulfur Park (stinky park). We enjoyed watching the tubers go down stream while walking. Stop at the park. I would be cautious of those riding bikes. The bikers would zoom by and you have jump out of way. We had our pup walking on trail with us.
Written August 8, 2020
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