Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Steamboat Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely beautiful hike, slow & steady will get you to the top. I took lots of water & a
protein/carb snack which really helped (PB&J) Beautiful views throughout the hike,
Say hi to those that pass :)
I plan to hike this trail again.

Amazing trail! Part the hike had hundreds of Butterflies! Length of trail way off! Really closer to 4 miles from car to Strawberry Park hotsprings! (one way)

on Fish Creek Falls Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Wonderful hike in the winter with frozen falls!

The best hike I’ve ever done!

We are from Minnesota and have never experienced anything like this hike before. The views are gorgeous and the water at the peak from the waterfall was breathtakingly worth it!!!

hiking
3 days ago

Loved this trail. We went early on a week day and it wasn’t too busy. Make sure you bring cash or check to pay to get in. Short walk to the first waterfall and we went for another mile or so with our two little ones. There were some beautiful views! We loved it.

off road driving
3 days ago

Beautiful and relaxing. The road isn't too bad in the warmer months. Winter time - you might want to consider a larger 4 wheel drive or take the shuttle. The pools were a bit dirty but the overall 'natural' ambiance of the entire place was wonderful. Biggest bang for your buck here, as far as hot springs go. They could use some more changing rooms though. Everybody seems to use the bathroom stalls, which makes it difficult when someone actually needs to use the bathroom.

Great trail, beautiful Aspen forest, dip in the pool below the upper falls, but not for those who aren’t cardio fit. It’s a stairclimber for the first 3/4 Mile and a good 1.5 hours to the upper falls at moderate pace with a fairly level section around halfway. Lots of scrabble, so wear a good hiker for trek down.

Soooo crowded-went around 10:30 on a Saturday so not surprising. Pretty hike with 2 waterfalls. The one at the top is big and really pretty!

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail. No bikes on a Thursday 10-2. Runs along the creek so you can hear running water through the hike!!

Easy walk from where I was staying to trail head. Encountered a few bikers but a good morning hike.

Mix of sandy, rocky, hilly and flat. Trail is narrow at times with heavy brush surrounding. Made it to 2nd falls. Took just over an hour each way. Some sun and some shade. Bring plenty of water. Can be challenging in places. Worth it to get to overlook.

I’d give it 5 but the first bit is quite busy - we went on a Sunday and everyone plus their mother was there. The second waterfall is glorious, and was much quieter. A quick swim in freezing water is just the tonic, and there are some beautiful views on the way down. Really easy to reach from Steamboat Springs too.

Hiked one way to the hot springs. Enjoyed the sound of the stream running alongside the trail. The incline was gradual and the trail was mostly shaded. I was recording the hike and it showed the trail ending before I reached the hot springs. There were people camping near the end and they assured me that I was almost to the hot springs.

Be prepared for a workout! Hiking uphill almost the entire way to the top. Pretty rocky. The view is worth the hike to the top though! Just watch the trail carefully— it’s so rocky at the top, I took a wrong turn 3 times coming down; the trail is easy to use, especially since people have created a bunch of little cutoff trails to get some good views. The waterfalls are beautiful!

Amazing! Not an avid hiker and was able to navigate well. Bring water!!! Hiked to the second falls after turning back half way earlier in the week...so glad we went back! The views and scenery are so worth it! Will head for the lake next time!

hiking
17 days ago

Spent two hours meandering this trail with my toddler. It was perfect for him, 3 bridges which he could throw rocks and sticks off, mostly shaded and through forest, a place to dip feet in the steam. On an August Tuesday from 10-12pm we saw 1 biker only.

hiking
19 days ago

Very pretty trail on mostly open meadows. Does seem like you are walking on an off toad trail

my first hike it was amazing but snow kept us from finding the lake at the top

19 days ago

Unexpected lake if you continue further than the beginning Ridge. Saw a deer at the beginning hopping through the meadow.

I’m glad to I know you are know a you better call him at sometime o

Nice, easy hike. Went with my 64 year old mother-in-law with bad hips. Made it up in about 82 minutes. Plenty of shade, nice views, hundreds of butterflies! We saw a few small snakes, nothing poisonous.

A few important notes:
1. From the trailhead, the path starts at the entrance to the parking lot and goes south about a half mile before turning up a dirt road. DO NOT go up the Mad Creek trail, this leads in the complete opposite direction.
2. We found the trail to be longer than reported on here by about a half mile. It is about 6.4 miles round trip.

Not a ton of elevation gain, and coming back is super quick. Takes about 50min to an hour. Very doable in regular sneakers or even sandals. We carried water and food with us in addition to a change of clothes and towels to the hot springs.

Hike there: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2878118874
Hike back: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2878124077

As others have said, beautiful hike with epic views and really convenient to Steamboat. We saw 3 full grown elk, countless wildflowers and the best views that CO has to offer. Ends up at a small quarry with stunning views, especially for those with no fear of ledges! Take your time and take it all in. Pack a lunch. Much more exposed to the sun than you might guess. Slightly downhill most of the way out so slightly uphill on the way back.

We hiked only to the second falls, so total it was about 6 miles round trip. Entirely up hill for the three miles in. This was definitely a good work out, and the reward is so worth it. After you pass the bridge, make sure to turn around a couple times, the view is amazing. Once we got to the falls, there were pools to swim in, and we even went under the water fall. The water sure does take your breathe away, it is very, very cold!

It was unbearably hot the day I ventured to Fish Creek Falls, so I didn’t make it but a quarter mile past the bridge and waterfall before I turned around and went back. The trail down to the waterfall is mostly shaded, and not too steep coming back up. I also walked a short ways down the overlook trail that leads to the top of the waterfall; different scenery and very pretty, but exposed to the sun so very hot. Some loose dirt and a little rocky in spots on the trail, so sturdy shoes are a good idea. Chipmunks, ground squirrels, anglewing butterflies, birds, and very pretty wildflowers were all out in mid July. Very nice, short hike with lots of changing scenery to see: waterfall, aspen groves, conifers, small meadows, rocky cliffsides (overlook trail), surrounding mountains. Went on a weekday late afternoon / early evening, and there was moderate traffic.

on Spring Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with only one drawback — loose dogs and lots of poo on trail. Many dogs off leash in the first mile. Most trail users on the early weekday I went were MTB’rs but plenty of room to get out of their way.

Was a beautiful evening to hike and was fun for my whole family! Was easy to access beautiful views of the falls without having to hike too long.

Great trail for new hikers. My family loves hiking, but we don’t go often and we are definitely not very good. This trail was super easy. There is an off leash dog area where my boys got to pet and play with several friendly dogs. A great pond for dogs to swim. A little further is a second pond we walked around and threw rocks. The trail goes on for a long ways but we just went to the second pond and came back. Perfect for 5 and 6 year old new hikers.

on Windy Ridge

1 month ago

Windy Ridge is a beautiful, easy trail that is great for people of all ages! We saw some groups but hiked alone almost the entire time. The view of rabbit ears and the surrounding lakes are really spectacular from the top of the quarry. As mentioned below, definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen (the ridge is completely open with no coverage)! I would likely avoid after a heavy rain, as it may be pretty muddy.

hiking
1 month ago

Had an amazing time today hiking the upper Fish Creek Falls!! Completely worth it! It’s rated difficult and that was fairly accurate for a few portions, (although that rating seems a little strong for the trail overall). I saw several people hiking without a water bottle and that isn’t wise at all, especially on a day as hot as today was.

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