Length: 23.91 miles
Time: 1 – 2 hours
Season: April through October
Route: From parking areas at Howelsen Ice Arena or Rodeo Grounds just across 5th Street from downtown Steamboat Springs, head south on CR 14 (River Road). For the shortest route, head left on CR 22 (Bartholomew Lane) then left on Hwy. 131 to head back to town. For a longer route, continue on CR 14 (called Hudspeth Lane after intersection with CR 35) then left on Hwy. 131 to head back to town. For even more, at CR 35 turn right onto dirt road and follow to Hwy. 131, turn left and ride back to town.
Highlights: Three routes – one short, one medium and one longer – that can be combined into figure-8s or completed by a group with varied endurance.
Note: CR 35 is a dirt road, but it’s a smooth one! When taking Hwy. 131 back into town, you can also turn left on CR 14F just before Haymaker Golf Course then right on River Road.