Family Friendly Bike Rides
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Easy Trail Rides
Stagecoach State Park
Approximately 8 miles of trails and adventures await at Stagecoach State Park. Two trails skirt the lake in a scenic well maintained easy to ride, dirt track. On the north side is the two mile Lakeside Trail and on the south shore is the 6 mile Elk Run Trail which runs from the inlet to the dam. Join the two trails together for an 8 mile ride, or complete a loop by riding on county road 18. Stagecoach Lake offers camping, showers, and bathroom facilities. From Steamboat Springs travel 4 miles south on US40, then 5 miles south on CO131 to County Road 14. Drive 7 miles south on 14 to the park entrance.
Steamboat lake State Park
Steamboat Lake State Park offers easy scenic biking for the family. Ride the Willow Creek trail from the Dutch Hill Marina for 3.8 miles to the Sage Flats Day Use area. Try the Poverty Bar Trail, which highlights the rich gold mining history of the area while connecting to the Routt National Forest. Access this 1.1 mile trail from the visitor’s center.
Pearl Lake State Park
Pearl lake offers beautifully shaded trails and a great access point to US Forest Service Coulton Creek Trail. This easy ride is less than a mile towards the dam. Continue on for a more difficult route through the Routt County National Forest. To reach Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake drive west on US40 2 miles to County Rd 129. Drive north and look for the park entrance signs.
Colorado State Parks
Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake require a day use park pass for $7/day or use a valid CO State park season pass. Convenient parking, picnic and restrooms are available at all three parks.
Yampa Valley Core Trail
Yampa Valley Core Trail is the best ride for cruiser bikes! Follow the Yampa River from Walton Creek Road and Highway 40 to the James Brown Bridge on Shield Drive along a wide paved trail. Abundant parking is available at Rotary Park or 13th and Yampa River.
This is a well used trail by pedestrians, remember to ring your bell or shout out “on your left” while passing pedestrians.