Steamboat Springs | US 40

Steamboat Springs | US 40

Fish Creek Falls - Steamboat Springs, CO
Fish Creek Falls – Steamboat Springs

Highlights:

  • FlowersWaterfallFlowers, hot springs and a waterfall within 4 miles of Steamboat Springs.
  • Fall ColorsScenic vistasFantastic fall foliage and the heart stopping scenery of the Devils Causeway along the Flat Tops Scenic Byway.
  • Scenic vistasWildlifeAncient petroglyphs and pictographs, wild horses and the canyon country around Rangely.

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Steamboat Springs

A wealth of opportunities!

Steamboat Springs Ski Resort

How to get there:

I-70 west to the US40/Empire exit, then northwest to Steamboat Springs.

  • From I-70/C470 to Steamboat
  • 146 miles 3 hrs
  • GPS
  • US40/3rd St
  • 40.48294 -106.8292

In General:HikingBike TrailsCampgroundFishing AvailableKayaking/River Rafting

Steamboat Springs has genuine western hospitality, a world class ski resort, and nearly unlimited outdoor recreational and photo opportunities.

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Fish Creek Falls

One of the most photogenic in the state.

Fish Creek Falls, just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

How to get there:

Turn north on 3rd Street, then east on Fish Creek Falls Rd for approximately 3 miles to the parking area.

  • From US40/3rd St to Parking Area
  • 146 miles 3 hrs
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 40.4824 -106.7730

In General:HikingPicnic Area Day Use Fee: $5

It’s an easy 0.5 mile RT to Fish Creek Falls. To reach the upper falls:

  • Length: 5 miles RT
  • Elev gain: 1200 ft
  • Rating: Moderate/Difficult
  • Hiking Time: min. 2 hour 30 mins

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Flat Tops Trail Vaughn Lake

Flat Tops Scenic Byway

From Yampa to Meeker Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Aspens from Ripple Creek Pass
Aspens on Ripple Creek Pass

How to get there:

From US 40/3rd St in Steamboat, south about 4 miles to SH 131, then south to CR 17 in Yampa.

  • From 3rd St to CR 17
  • 30 miles 40 mins
  • GPS
  • CR 17 in Yampa
  • 40.1577 -106.9086

From I-70/C470 via US 40 — 144 miles 2 hr 50 mins

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableHikingPicnic AreaSnowmobiles Allowed Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 83 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 2 hrs 30 mins

The eastern half of the byway is a well maintained, gravel road and, in good conditions, is passable by most 2wd passenger vehicles. The western half, into Meeker, is paved. Open to snowmobiles in winter.

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Devils Causeway

Three feet wide and 800 down!

The narrows on the Devil's Causeway.
The Devil’s Causeway!

How to get there:

From CR17/Main St in Yampa, head south on Main (CR7) 7 miles to FR900, then anther 10 miles to the Stillwater Trailhead.

  • From CR17 to TH
  • 17 miles 1 hr 10 mins
  • GPS
  • TH Parking
  • 40.0276 -107.1233

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableHiking

  • Length: 5.6 miles RT
  • Elev gain: 1600 ft
  • Rating: Moderate/Difficult
  • Hiking Time: min. 3 hrs

The Devil’s Causeway follows a narrow strip of land that connects two major sections of the Flat Tops. Both sides of the trail are 60′-80′ cliffs with steep talus slopes dropping another 600′-800′ into the drainage below. The rough, 3′ wide crest is a spot any hiker or climber will never forget.

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Dinosaur National Monument

Fossils and many striking viewpoints.National Monument

Steamboat Rock from the Hapers Corner trail in the Dinosaur Ntl Monument, Colorado.
Steamboat Rock from Harpers Corner Trail courtesy NPS

How to get there:

The Visitor’s Center is located at the intersection of US 40/Harpers Corner Drive.

  • From Steamboat to V.C.
  • 127 miles 2 hr 20 mins
  • From Meeker to V.C.
  • 78 miles 1 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • Visitors Center
  • 40.2448 -108.9735

In General:Picnic AreaSeasonal Closure

A scenic, paved 32-mile road leads to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument’s canyon country. Several picnic areas and the trailheads of three hiking trails are located just off Harpers Corner Drive.

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Canyon Pintado Rock Art

The Freemont Indians lived here from ~200 BC to ~1200 AD.

Petroglyph in Cow Canyon near Rangely, CO

How to get there:

The tour begins in the town of Rangely. Pick up a brochure and map in town to help with navigation.

  • From Steamboat Springs
  • 135 miles 2 hrs 35 mins
  • From Meeker
  • 58 miles min. 1 hour
  • GPS
  • SH64/White Ave
  • 40.0875 -108.8039

In General:

  • Length: 69 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 2 hrs 30 mins

There are three sections to the tour; SH 64, SH 139, and Rangely Dragon Road (and other county roads used to connect with SH 139). Rangely Dragon Road and the other county roads are maintained, gravel-surfaced and passable, in dry conditions, by 2wd passenger vehicles. High clearance is recommended.

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Wild Horses Loop

Bring binoculars, the horses aren’t easy to spot.

Wild horses near Rangely, CO.
Wild horses near Rangely, CO.

How to get there:

From SH 64/SH 139 St in Rangely, drive east 9.1 miles and turn south on CR 122. Drive 14 miles to CR 103; turn right and continue south on CR 103 for another 11.7 miles to CR 80, Turn left and proceed 9.7 miles to CR 24X and turn left (N). Drive 5.1 miles and continue straight on CR 122 16.4 miles to return to SH 64.

  • GPS
  • SH 64/CR 122
  • 40.1599 -108.6687

In General:4wd high clearance vehicle required

  • Length: 75 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 3 hours

This route is entirely on maintained county roads; most of them are unpaved and in rugged
terrain. A four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is recommended, especially on CR 103.

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