Summer events celebrate Colorado landscape |

Summer events celebrate Colorado landscape

Currently Open trails and camping areas:

Red Dirt Trail

Hot Springs Trail - wash out warning

Spring Creek Trail

Fish Creek Falls (open to go up to the second falls)

Emerald Mountain Quarry Trail See here for current bike trail conditions

Mad Creek

Seedhouse Road to Slovenia Basin/ Red Dirt Pass Route - snow near the trail head

Dry Lake Campground

Hinman Park Campground

Seedhouse Campground

To stay up to date on trail openings and closures call the USDA Forest Service at (970) 870-2299.

— In Steamboat, outdoors enthusiasts love their trails, and this Saturday, they will be given a chance to show appreciation and celebrate the trails that add yet another element to Steamboat’s unending charm.

Now in its 23rd consecutive year, National Trails Day, initiated by the American Hiking Society, is the largest annual trails celebration and delivers a wide variety of outdoor activities throughout Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages enthusiasts to get outdoors this weekend, whether it be to horseback ride, hike, bike or off-highway vehicle ride. The state of Colorado has more than 30,000 trails with wide ranging terrain and indescribable views.

“Colorado Parks and Wildlife is committed to encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy their natural resource,” said Mike Porras, CPW’s Northwest Region public information officer. “There are a wide variety of trails at all of the 42 state parks, and when people get out to these parks, they learn about what those have to offer.”

In Steamboat, the heavy rainfall throughout May has prevented many of the trails from opening early. However, trails at lower elevations are open for hiking and biking (if the trail isn’t too muddy).

“We thought we would have an early season; then there was that three to four weeks of rain and snow,” said Kent Foster, recreation program manager for the Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District. “But everything will start to open towards the middle of June.”

For those looking for more than just an average hike, Yampatika hosts weekly programs throughout the summer.

Those include:

Mineral Springs Tour — held every Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. through Aug. 26. The tour is offered in partnership with Tread of Pioneers Museum and is free to attend.

Guided Gourmet Lunch Hike with a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador and Yampatika Naturalist — held every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 26. The hike is $39 and includes lunch and a ride to the top of the Gondola.

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls — held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon through Sept. 5. The tour is offered in partnership with USFS and is free to attend.

Another event offered on Wednesday at the Yampa River Botanic Park (1000 Pamela Lane) is “Wednesday Wonderings.” Held from 5:50 to 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 26, the event will feature a different theme each week.

The free guided hikes teach participants about new trails, plants and animals found in the Yampa Valley.

“I think every day constantly impresses me how important our natural world is, and sometimes, we take it for granted, and think that it’s there and will always be there,” said Karen Vail, a naturalist who leads many guided hikes throughout the summer. “Opening up people’s eyes to what is around them brings them closer to the natural world, gives them ownership, and hopefully, they will be more proactive about protecting what they love.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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