The Core Trail in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A Place to Rest

A Place to Rest

The Steamboat Springs core trail is one of my favorite aspects of Steamboat. The Yampa River Core Trail (YRCT) traverses seven miles across Steamboat Springs, Colorado and provides an excellent opportunity for exercise and recreation to locals and visitors alike.  The YRCT is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a non-profit organization which has been working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.

Beginning at Walton Pond, the trail continues alongside the Yampa River, winding its way through downtown Steamboat Springs amongst numerous scenic overlook sites, picnic areas and parks, until finally ending near the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge on the west side of the city.

Yampa River from the Trail

Yampa River from the Trail

The trail is open year-round.  It provides access to hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter, while biking, walking, and in-line skating are all popular activities on the trail in the summer.  As the YRCT also parallels the Yampa River, fishing is also quite common and even if you don’t fish, you can stop and take in the scenery and watch some fly fishing. 

If you choose to spend your day out on the trail, be aware that it is extremely popular and can become fairly busy on long summer days.  Please remember to be kind, courteous and respectful of those sharing the trail with you to help ensure that an enjoyable time is had by all.





Originally from Seattle, Washington, Charlie relocated to Steamboat Springs with his wife Carol and their son, Finn, to become a Steamboat Springs realtor eager to share the joys of Colorado. Charlie is a second generation realtor and is proud to be a member of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Charlie worked in the high-tech industry in Seattle for several years before deciding to follow his father's lead and began his career in real estate. Working for Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, Charlie had a great, innovative career in the highly competitive Seattle market before moving to Steamboat in 2005 and delving deep into Steamboat Springs real estate. At Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Charlie has become one of the top agents with his innovative style and tireless perseverance.
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