Yampa River Botanic Park

#4 in Best Things To Do in Steamboat Springs
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Key Info

1000 Pamela Ln

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

What was once a horse pasture is now a 6-acre botanic garden filled with native plants, ponds, berms and more than 50 gardens, including a kids garden that features a playhouse and an amphitheater for special programs. During the summer, you can also enjoy free afternoon concerts (on Thursdays) and complimentary yoga classes (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).

Recent visitors loved strolling in the serene gardens, calling the attraction a hidden gem filled with well-maintained themed gardens. Many also applauded the free admission, but some suggested wearing insect repellent to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes while exploring the property.

The Yampa River Botanic Park, accessible from the Yampa River Core Trail at the foot of Mount Werner, is free to visit. It is open every day from May through October between dawn and dusk. Available facilities include restrooms, water fountains, bicycle racks and a complimentary parking lot. You can also get to the site via the city's free bus. Dogs are not permitted on the property. For more information, visit the park's website.

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#1 Yampa River Core Trail

The 7.5-mile Yampa River Core Trail, which connects downtown Steamboat Springs to Bear River Park, is a paved multiuse trail for hikers and bikers. You'll find several playgrounds along the path, as well as scenic overlooks and picnic spots. It also offers prime access to the Yampa River Botanic Park and the Yampa River, where you can fish or float in an inner tube. 

Former visitors loved this trail's picturesque scenery, adding that you'll enjoy views of nearby ski runs, Howelsen Hill and multiple hot springs. Most found it ideal for a family bike ride or a relaxing walk, and some recommended stopping in the city center for a snack or lunch. 

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