5 Hikes You Can’t Miss Near Steamboat Springs

dreamstime_xxl_22730849One of the best, most affordable activities to do when you visit your vacation home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is to go hiking. With miles of trails for every skill level you can’t go wrong with any number of day hikes or overnighters. In fact, you could spends weeks vacationing here and still have many more miles and vistas to explore. Make Steamboat Springs your new home or treat yourself to a yearly retreat and vacation home, and let your feet lead the way.

Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide Trail traverses much of Colorado with just a small section of it being found around Steamboat Springs. For more adventurous hikers, you can tackle large chucks of the trail through backpacking excursions. For the more typical dayhiker, the section of the Colorado Divide Trail located between Dumont Lake and Buffalo Pass provides 16 miles of beautiful single-track hiking. This is definitely one you’ll want to do again and again.

Fish Creek Falls

A popular spot in Steamboat Springs, everyone has to visit Fish Creek Falls at least once. With a variety of trail options, everyone can get to the falls. There is a quarter mile paved trail for wheelchair access, all the way up to over 6 miles to Long Lake, the start of the falls. The highlight truly is the beautiful falls and for those feeling up to it a second set of falls further down the trail. If you like to go ice climbing, definitely hit up Fish Creek Falls in the winter.

Vista Nature Trail

If you’re interested in family friendly hikes appropriate for younger children, head over to the Vista Nature Trail. At just over three-quarters of a mile round trip, the start of the trail can be found near the top of the ski resort after you exit the gondola. As you follow the loop around the mountain, you will see wonderful views of the town. This loop also remains relatively level, great for young children to waddle along on.

Devil’s Causeway

One of the most unique rock formations in the area, the Devil’s Causeway hike is not for your average leisure hiker. This 10.5 mile loop has steep and long climbs but the effort is completely worth it. Mid-way through this hike you find a 50 foot long land bridge that is roughly four feet wide with sharp drops on either side. You can’t be faint of heart to tackle this crossing. Even if you are too afraid to cross the causeway, you won’t be disappointed with the views along this trail.

Gilpin Lake

Found in the Zirkel Wilderness Area, Gilpin Lake is a nine mile, intermediate hike that you will definitely want to pack your lunch for. There is no better place to sit and enjoy your lunch then on the banks of this bright blue lake. Along with both Gilpin Lake and Gold Creek Lake, you will also have an astonishing view of the Sawtooth Mountains. Take in the site of Big Agnes and Little Agnes as they tower and watch over the lake below.

With these hikes to start with, how can you turn down a beautiful vacation home at The Porches of Steamboat? Contact us today to start the process of making Steamboat your regular vacation getaway.