Whether you're on a cross-country trek or a single day getaway, taking a ride along the Yampa River or through the Rocky Mountains is a dream for every motorcyclist: switchbacks, sweeping curves, and miles of open road.
- Rabbit Ears Pass is popular with motorcyclists, connecting via the 125 mile loop over Gore Pass.
- With plains, valleys and mountains all within easy reach, riders have their pick of terrain.
- The area is perfect for riding two-up, as the scenic views will give both pillion and driver incredible views of the valley and mountains.
Any rider knows that a good motorcycle tour values the ride as much as the destination. Taking a ride in the area around Steamboat Springs is a rare opportunity to visit both natural and cultural sights while enjoying the sweeping curves of the Yampa Valley, the tight switchbacks of the mountain passes, and the straight, open roads of the eastern Colorado plains.
Some riders are on trips from coast to coast, while others are on the popular Yellowstone to Denver trail. Even if you only have the chance to get out for a few miles, be sure to make time to experience some of the incredible rides around Steamboat.
Where to go Motorcycling
Rabbit Ears Pass
Named for a particular rock formation that clearly resembles rabbit ears, this section of US 40 is a great ride to the east of Steamboat Springs, accessing a number of different options.
The ride is perfect for a beautiful 150 mile drive to Fort Collins, passing through the section of Colorado known as North Park. Heading north of CO-14, this route passes Poudre Canyon and Cameron Pass before descending into town.
Making a great 125 mile loop by connecting into the Rabbit Ears Pass for the finish, Gore Pass is located between Toponas and Kremmling on CO-134. This pass may be out of the way, but hey, that's what motorcycle touring is all about. The less traffic, the better!
From Steamboat, head south on CO-131 until Toponas. Head east on CO-134, then turn your wheels north at Kremmling for the ride along US-40 back to Steamboat Springs.
The descent from Rabbit Ears is a prefect sunset ride, looking west over the entire valley in front of you.
If you're on your way to or from Utah or Wyoming, a great alternative route is CO-318. Located south of Rock Springs and east of Salt Lake City, this road cuts north of Dinosaur National Monument and right by Browns Park Wildlife Refuge.
The River's Edge Wildlife Drive in Brown's Park gives people a chance to view the protected animals of the area, while the Dinosaur Monument has a visitors center to explain all the important finding of the quarry, as well as tours of the discovery sites.
Guided Tours and Rentals
In addition to the comfort of knowing someone will change your flats and manage any mechanical issues with your bike, a guide will provide insider tips and reveal hidden diners, back routes and scenic pullouts, so take a look at the options below for the right guide or rental.