Yampa River Core Trail

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Yampa River Core Trail
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Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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. 

To get to the Yampa River Core Trail, travelers can drive and park for free in one of several lots by the trail (hourly parking restrictions may apply), walk from downtown or climb aboard the city's complimentary bus. The path is open 24 hours a day and is free to access. You can rent bikes at shops like Wheels Bike Shop and Orange Peel Bicycle Service, both on Yampa Street. Two-hour, half- and full-day, and multiday rentals are offered; half-day rates range from $17 for a kids bike to $67 for a full suspension model. Check out the trail's website to see a detailed map and learn more about nearby activities and facilities.

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