Steamboat Springs is surrounded in almost every direction by National Forest and Wilderness Areas with many trailheads close to town. Whether you are looking for a couple hours' hike, or a multi-day backpacking trip, Steamboat is fortified with trails to suit every desire.
Hiking in Steamboat Springs is an adventure everyone should experience. We are located on the edge of some of Colorado’s least populated national forests and Wilderness Areas, so you can enjoy the peaceful serenity of the Rocky Mountains without the crowds.
If you are coming from a low elevation, it is best to take some time to acclimatize before heading above 9,000 feet. Fortunately Steamboat's elevations are moderate in comparison with other destinations in Colorado.
Wildflowers peak mid-late July. In the fall, Aspen trees usually see their peak colors mid-late September. Always bring water, snacks, extra layers, a map, cell phone and let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Please hike with others, it's more fun and safer!
Ask our staff, or just about anyone in town for suggestions on hikes. We have a variety of hikes for all levels and abilities and depending on how much time you would like to spend on the trail.