Town Paths & Amenities

Below are a few proposed projects planned for the City of Steamboat Springs Core and Secondary trail systems.  If you have time to look them over and notice anything we might have missed to make them better, please let us know by filling out the comments.  There are many reasons why the projects are proposed the way we have them, but that does not mean an idea you come up with will not make them better.  We are open to constructive criticism (if you think the project could be improved) and praise (if you like the project as described & mapped).  We will not be able to respond to all comments but rest assured that if you take the time to give us your feed back, we will take the time to consider your suggestions.

Town Pathways & Amenities

  • Lodging Connection: Walton Creek Project Description: We propose the construction of a paved pathway paralleling US 40 (east side) from its southern terminus at the Fairfield Inn & Suites connecting to the Holiday Inn, La ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2012, 2:06 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Core Trail Connection: 12th Street @ Little Toots Park Project Description: Construction of a paved sidewalk as identified in the City of Steamboat Springs Sidewalks Master Plan, along the southern border of Little Toots Park from Lincoln Ave. to ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2012, 12:54 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Secondary Trail South: Legacy Ranch Project Description: An attractive Southern terminus of the Yampa River Core Trail is a much needed amenity for tourist and residents of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. At present, the Core ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2013, 11:44 AM by Eric Meyer
  • Emerald Amenties: Blackmer Dr Project Description: Trail head amenities at the junction of Backmer Dr., Routt St. and Fairview Drive a proposed new angled parking, and a full restroom with bike washing station ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2012, 12:32 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Secondary Trail West: Bear River Park Project Description: This project provides a loop destination at the west end of the Core trail until easements can be obtained to continue the Core trail further West.   A nature ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2013, 6:48 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Secondary Trail North: Strawberry Park Project Description: This project provides a loop destination at the North end of Butcher Knife trail.  Butcher Knife trail is a well used secondary gravel trail that parallels Butcher Knife ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2012, 12:00 PM by Doug Davis
  • Stehley Park: Beginner Pump Track Project Description: This purpose-built pump track is designed to allow riders to cruise the entire course without pedaling, relying instead on pumping up and down the slopes to take ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2012, 4:14 PM by Doug Davis
  • Enhanced Crossing: To Spring Creek @ Amethyst Dr. Project Description: This project increases user safety at an important trail hub at Amethyst Dr.Project Specific Benefits:Increases visual awareness of pedestrian crossing at an important connection between the ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2012, 12:04 PM by Doug Davis
  • Enhanced Crossing: To Butcher Knife @ East Maple St. Project Description: This project provides facilities sufficient enough to increase safety for trail users crossing East Maple St.Project Specific Benefits:Increases visual awareness of pedestrian crossing connecting City of ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2012, 3:04 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Enhanced Crossing: Core Trail @ 5th St. Project Description: This project provides facilities sufficient enough to increase safety for trail users crossing 5th Street to continue on the Core trail.Project Specific Benefits:Increases visual awareness of ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2012, 3:02 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Enhanced Crossing: Lodging connection at Mt Werner Circle Project Description: This project provides facilities sufficient enough to increase safety for trail users crossing Mt. Werner Circle.Project Specific Benefits:Increases visual awareness of pedestrian crossing from lodging properties ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2012, 12:07 PM by Doug Davis
  • Enhanced Crossing: Core Trail @ Mt. Werner Rd. Project Description: This project provides facilities sufficient enough to increase safety for trail users crossing Mt. Werner Rd.Project Specific Benefits:Increases visual awareness of pedestrians crossing Mt. Werner Rd ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2012, 12:08 PM by Doug Davis
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Lodging Connection: Walton Creek

posted Dec 12, 2012, 12:47 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 2:06 PM ]

Project Description: We propose the construction of a paved pathway paralleling US 40 (east side) from its southern terminus at the Fairfield Inn & Suites connecting to the Holiday Inn, La Quinta, and ending at a pedestrian bridge over Walton Creek at its northern terminus.  With these improvements visitors will no longer have to comprise their safety by riding or walking along the heavily trafficked US 40 to connect to city trails.  After crossing the proposed Walton Creek bridge, users will have the option to either connect to the existing Walton Creek underpass, linking to the Walton Creek Trail or Core Trail, or cross at the lighted intersection of US 40 and Walton Creek Road.  On the western side of US 40 we propose the construction of a detached sidewalk from Dougherty Road to Walton Creek, which will provide access to the Core Trail from residential and lodging properties alike.

These improvements will provide visitors with a seamless corridor via paved multi use pathways to access different recreational opportunities and amenities on the mountain and downtown.
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Project Specific Benefits:
Visitors staying at lodging facilities located on the south end of town, along the US 40 corridor, have limited access to the city trail system.  We propose connecting these properties via the Walton Creek Trail and Core Trail so visitors can safely link to recreational opportunities and amenities at the Mountain and downtown.  

Core Trail Connection: 12th Street @ Little Toots Park

posted Dec 9, 2012, 11:50 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 12:54 PM ]

Project Description: Construction of a paved sidewalk as identified in the City of Steamboat Springs Sidewalks Master Plan, along the southern border of Little Toots Park from Lincoln Ave. to the Core Trail, which will enhance visitor experience by providing a safe and easily navigable spur from the recreational opportunities along the Core Trail and Little Toots Park to downtown.
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Project Specific Benefits:
Little Toots Park is a hub for families, yet the absence of a sidewalk adjacent to the park at 12th Street is both dangerous and inconvenient.  We propose connecting the Core Trail to Lincoln Ave. 

Secondary Trail South: Legacy Ranch

posted Dec 9, 2012, 11:35 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Jan 8, 2013, 11:44 AM ]

Project Description: An attractive Southern terminus of the Yampa River Core Trail is a much needed amenity for tourist and residents of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. At present, the Core Trail and linking trails provide more than 35 miles of hard surface trail; many of those miles also include a parallel soft surface trail for mountain biking, jogging, and snowshoeing.  The Core Trail connects to over 18 miles of public single track trails on Emerald Mountain and a gated gravel road that extends to near the top of Emerald Mountain; these trails connect to BLM trails on the backside of Emerald Mountain.  It also links directly to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation’s 25-mile network of trails, which provides linkage to Forest Service Trails and the Continental Divide Trail.  In the future, it will make up part of the 200-mile Yampa River Trail, extending from the Flattops Wilderness Area in Routt County to Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County. continued below.....

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Emerald Amenties: Blackmer Dr

posted Dec 9, 2012, 11:10 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 12:32 PM ]

Project Description: Trail head amenities at the junction of Backmer Dr., Routt St. and Fairview Drive a proposed new angled parking, and a full restroom with bike washing station.  A rendering of this project location is shown below.

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Project Specific Benefits:

Currently, Emerald Mountain is accessible via three trailheads: The Stables at the Rodeo Grounds, Mile Run (adjacent to Howelsen Lodge), and Blackmer Drive.  Both the Rodeo Grounds and Mile Run provide adequate parking for visitors, however these routes are limiting to families and beginner riders due to the steep grade of the trails.  In contrast, Blackmer drive provides much easier access up Emerald’s trail network.  However, the current on-street parking situation on Fairview Street at the Blackmer trailhead limits opportunities for visitors and creates a congested bottleneck for the Fairview neighborhood.  Construction of two angled paved parking lots, new restroom, and a bike washing station will help alleviate resource damage to this area and will enhance user experience.

Secondary Trail West: Bear River Park

posted Dec 9, 2012, 10:39 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 6:48 PM ]

Project Description: 

This project provides a loop destination at the west end of the Core trail until easements can be obtained to continue the Core trail further West.   A nature walk style trail including a boardwalk would provide an alternate activity for family members while others are utilizing the existing Skateboard & Bike Parks at Bear River Park.  

At approximately 0.4 miles (including approximately 0.05 miles of Boardwalk) in length and an average grade of approximately 3%, this trail provides an excellent loop with views of the Yampa river, Steamboat Ski Area & wetlands.

Project Specific Benefits:
  • Provides a destination at the West end of the Core trail that would eliminate the trail to nowhere feel.
  • Improves an already used set of trails and connects them with a board walk to complete the loop.
  • Saves cost by establishing the trail as an all-season gravel secondary trail that could be paved at a future date if desired.
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Secondary Trail North: Strawberry Park

posted Dec 9, 2012, 10:38 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 12:00 PM by Doug Davis ]

Project Description: 
This project provides a loop destination at the North end of Butcher Knife trail.  Butcher Knife trail is a well used secondary gravel trail that parallels Butcher Knife Creek and currently dead ends just past the schools.  By creating a loop on an old irrigation ditch on the hillside above the school, trail users will have a clear destination on an excellent beginner trail that originates downtown near Old Town Hot Springs and the Rabbit Ears Motel.

At approximately 0.5 miles in length and an average grade of approximately 3%, this trail provides an excellent beginner loop with views back toward town that complement the existing trail which parallels Butcher Knife Creek.

Project Specific Benefits:
  • Provides a loop at the north end of Butcher Knife trail. 
  • Saves cost by establishing the trail as an all-season gravel secondary trail that could be paved at a future date if desired.

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Stehley Park: Beginner Pump Track

posted Dec 9, 2012, 10:37 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 4:14 PM by Doug Davis ]

Project Description: This purpose-built pump track is designed to allow riders to cruise the entire course without pedaling, relying instead on pumping up and down the slopes to take advantage of gravity and momentum.  This beginner friendly course is the ideal learning environment for children and families and can be ridden on strider bikes to full suspension mountain bikes.



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Enhanced Crossing: To Spring Creek @ Amethyst Dr.

posted Dec 9, 2012, 10:33 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 12:04 PM by Doug Davis ]

Project Description: 
This project increases user safety at an important trail hub at Amethyst Dr.

Project Specific Benefits:

  • Increases visual awareness of pedestrian crossing at an important connection between the City of Steamboat Springs Pathway system and the backcountry trails system.
  • Provides a key "Safe Routes to School" connection.
(Photos of facilities are just for reference and the Land Manager would have the final say on design of facility)
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Enhanced Crossing: To Butcher Knife @ East Maple St.

posted Dec 9, 2012, 10:26 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 3:04 PM ]

Project Description: 

This project provides facilities sufficient enough to increase safety for trail users crossing East Maple St.

Project Specific Benefits:

  • Increases visual awareness of pedestrian crossing connecting City of Steamboat Springs Pathway system to the backcountry trails system.
  • Provides a key "Safe Routes to School" connection.
(Photos of facilities are just for reference and the Land Manager would have the final say on design of facility)
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Photo Reference (Here)

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Enhanced Crossing: Core Trail @ 5th St.

posted Dec 9, 2012, 10:17 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 3:02 PM ]

Project Description: 
This project provides facilities sufficient enough to increase safety for trail users crossing 5th Street to continue on the Core trail.

Project Specific Benefits:

  • Increases visual awareness of pedestrians crossing 5th Street continuing on the Core trail. 
(Photos of facilities are just for reference and the Land Manager would have the final say on design of facility)
Photo Reference (Here)

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