Dog Lovers in Ski Town USA: Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

“Good ole’ Woody playing in the Yampa Valley River here in Steamboat right off the bike trail!”

Today outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers don’t wait for the snow to fall to make their way to Steamboat Springs.

In town, the Yampa River Trail system links Steamboat Springs with the surrounding mountain area. The trails provide easy dog walking along the Yampa River and through city parks. More than 150 hot springs gurgle around Steamboat Springs. Following the Hot Springs Walking Tour takes your dog to seven historic springs, including Heart Springs. The origin and history of each spring is detailed on interpretive signs.

To get out of town head for the Spring Creek Trail, an 8-mile round-trip that begins at the corner of Amethyst Drive and East Spring Street. The route is an easy canine hike on a well-graded trail that meanders up to the Spring Creek Reservoir and Dry Lake Campground.

Just north of town is Fish Creek Falls, a 283-foot plunging waterfall that is the town’s leading visitor attraction. Canine hikers will know it as the starting point for the Fish Creek National Recreation Trail. Long wooded inclines at the beginning of the trail give way to a steep, rocky climb before leveling off in alpine meadows on the 5-mile journey to Long Lake. Continuing past Long Lake, you shortly reach the Continental Divide. The elevation gain on this out-and-back trail, Forest Service Trail #1102, rises from 7400 to more than 10,000 feet and and patches of snow in shady spots will delight your dog even in summer.