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Yampa River Core Trail

Park Range Area, Colorado

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  • The Yampa River Core Trail.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • D-Hole on along the Yampa River.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Pedestrian bridge along the core trail.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • The multi-use trail follows the river through downtown Steamboat.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Sulphur Spring on the Yampa River Trail.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • The Yampa river.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Relaxing at Charlie's Hole on the Yampa River.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Yampa River and Soda Creek.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Yampa River is ideal for tubing.- Yampa River Core Trail
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  • - Yampa River Core Trail
  • The Yampa River Core Trail at Little Toots park.- Yampa River Core Trail
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  • Black Sulpher Spring. - Yampa River Core Trail
  • Steamboat Spring.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Steamboat Spring.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • Charlie's Hole on the Yampa Core River Trail.- Yampa River Core Trail
  • West Lincoln Park along the trail.- Yampa River Core Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multi-use trail. Historic landmarks.
Cons: 
Can be crowded for biking through town.
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Region:
Park Range Area, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
7.50 mi (12.07 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,649.00 ft (2,026.62 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Yampa River Core Trail is a 7.5-mile multi-use trail that runs through downtown Steamboat Springs. Whether you want to walk, ride, or float, spending time along the river is a must for those visiting the area. There are a number of parks and swimming holes along the trail that make it a great activity for the whole family. 

The Yampa River Botanic Park is one of those parks that is certainly worth a stop. The 6-acre park is home to 40 different gardens, ponds, and sculptures. 

If you'd like to explore the river by tube, rentals are allowed below the 5th Street bridge. You'll find a few rental companies along the river ready to supply you with a tube to enjoy for a few hours. Don't miss Charlie's Hole and D-Hole; they are both great spots to catch boogie boarders and kayakers playing in the waves or to stop and dip your toes in the water. 

The trail also offers great fishing access to the Yampa River. If you're lucky and you miss the tuber hatch, you'll catch yourself a rainbow trout. 

As you approach the library, there are a few hot springs worth checking out. Leave your bathing suit at home as none of these springs are suitable for soaking. 

You'll know you are near Sulpher Spring by the strong odor pouring from the hole in the ground. It's said that the water in this spring has been used to treat a number of ailments, but we don't recommend taking a sip.

Steamboat Spring is the famous spring from which Steamboat derived its name. When people first started to visit the valley, this spring was actually a bit of a geyser that hurled water 15 feet into the air. The construction of the railroad disrupted the spring; it now bubbles and gurgles, but it is no longer a geyser. 

Black Sulphur Spring has a milky black-blue color that results from a conversion of hydrogen sulfide into sulfur. 

If you want to soak in a local spring, pay a visit to Strawberry Hot Springs or Old Town Hot Springs.

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