We wouldn’t be nicknamed Bike Town, USA without both paved and off road trails abundant in the area!
If you’re a serious road biker, read no further; you already know Steamboat is the best place to enhance your training, as the altitude and scenery give you the best excuse in the world to bike all day long.
For families, our guests love the Yampa Core Trail, a paved multi-use 7 mile trail that runs along the Yampa River. Beginning at Walton Creek Road and Hwy 40, this easy path winds past the Botanic Park, through downtown Steamboat, and onto to the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge on the west end of town. Take a break to visit a local sandwich shop, let the kids try out one of the many skate parks and playgrounds, or jump in the Yampa when you get too warm!
For the mountain bikers, there is seemingly no end to your choices. The Gondola allows bikers access to 30+ miles worth of scenic trails on the Steamboat Ski Resort. Some favorite single tracks, two tracks and dirt roads include Pete’s Wicked Trail, YooHoo, Valley View and Zig Zag. Helmets are required. Adrenaline seekers can then hit the Howelsen Hill loops, Red Dirt at Mad Creek, The Hot Springs Trails, and so many more!
The Ferndale Loop is a moderate, consistent downhill single track and wide two track run. This forest service road used to be part of the old highway 40. The Ferndale Loop is approximately 5 miles long with an elevation gain of 960 feet. From Bella Vista ride or drive a short way up US hwy 40 to the Ferndale Picnic area. If driving, park here and continue on your bike past the picnic area to a concrete barrier with red and white warning signs on it and a FR 299 sign in front of it. This is the beginning of the downhill ride back to the picnic area. At the bottom of a switchback at mile 4.8 a narrow trail drops down and will bring you back to the picnic area.
The Walton Repeater is an easy, 8.6 mile, out and back ride on pavement and dirt road with awesome views of the Rabbit Ears and Sarvis Creek Wilderness area. From Bella Vista, drive up Rabbit Ears Pass to the Walton Creek Campground. Park ¼ mile past the campground on the right. Ride east on Hwy 40 one mile to FR 302. Turn right and follow the road 4.3 miles to the top. The last part of the road is a stiff uphill push but worth it for the ride back down.
The ride to Fish Creek Falls is a favorite for the stunning views of the waterfalls at the end of the ride. Try this ride during off peak times, weekdays or early morning, to avoid vehicle traffic. From the Courthouse downtown turn right on Oak Street which turns into Fish Creek Falls Road. The road is paved and climbs steadily from town about 6.5 miles to the main parking lot. Walk your bike down the path to the falls. There are great trail guide books, like “Steamboat Single Tracks,” that will help you choose a trail, but it’s always best to head to the local shops and ask about trail conditions and closures.
The Bella Vista Estate is the ideal base for the serious mountain biker, as it offers prime access to backcountry trails in the Routt National Forest and the perfect place to return to for a soak in the rock Jacuzzi or a dip in our heated pool after a day of riding.