Though it looks like you're walking with tennis racquets on your feet, snowshoes are easy to use, cheap to rent, and allow access to backcountry areas that skiers simply can't reach.
Where can I go snowshoeing in Steamboat Springs?
Rabbit Ears Pass
Rabbit Ears Pass is a mountain pass in the Colorado High Country that is known for its false summit and the distinctive rabbit ear appearance of a nearby peak.
There are many trails off Rabbit Ears Pass, with the area west of Walton Campground being designated for non-motorized use only. Trails are marked with blue diamonds.
A few recommended snowshoe hikes:
- The West Summit Loop has a 3.7 mile and 4 mile loop option. This moderate trail starts from the West Summit Parking Area.
- The Fox Curve Loop is a 3-mile gem, starting from the Fox Curve Loop Parking Area on Highway 40. This moderate trail offers a wide variety of terrain with many steep ascents and descents.
- The Walton Creek Loop is 1.6 miles and considered difficult. Starting at the Walton Creek Parking Area, the trail climbs the knoll to the south and then crosses Walton Creek and meanders through the Walton Creek Campground.
To get there from Steamboat Springs, head east on US 40 for 21 miles. From the town of Kremmling, drive west on US 40 for 30 miles. There are multiple parking areas and pullouts to start your snowshoeing expedition.
Dunckley Flat Tops
Away from the busy Rabbit Ears and Buffalo passes, the Chapman/Bench Trail makes a great loop by coming back on the Spronks Creek Trail. At 4.8 miles, it's a great afternoon out in the snow, challenging for beginners, but worth the effort of 800 feet elevation gain. To get to the trailhead, take Highway 131 south of Steamboat, turning west on CR 16, just south of Phippsburg. This runs into the unpaved Dunckley Pass Road, where the trail starts.
Fish Creek Falls
The 7.6 mile round-trip trail is great for snowshoeing. To get to the trailhead, drive down Fish Creek Falls Road to the parking area. There is a $5 parking fee.
Steamboat Springs Ski Mountain
Access Steamboat Springs Mountain's snowshoeing area by riding the gondola. Call the resort directly at 970-871-5444 for more information.