City plans to extend Core Trail

3,700-foot project slated for Steamboat's south side


— City Open Space Supervisor Craig Robinson is looking for an aggressive contractor to build the newest extension of the Yampa River Core Trail, while hoping for the benign November construction weather Steamboat Springs saw in 2007 and 2008.

The city is advertising for bids to build 3,200 linear feet of 10-foot-wide concrete trail and 500 feet of soft-surface trail, much of it running along the Yampa River on Steamboat's south side.

"In a perfect world, we'd be pouring concrete even this fall," Robinson said. "I wouldn't be surprised if that happens. But it will depend upon the contractor's plan of attack and the weather. We're shooting to have it done by the beginning of June next year."

The urgency behind the completion date is because of the need to meet the terms of a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

There was hope of beginning the construction in the heart of summer, but the project had to wait until a second grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation came through, Robinson said. The combined grants total $47,000.

Robinson is anticipating a mandatory pre-bid conference for contractors Oct. 13 at the consulting engineer's office.

The bid opening will take place Oct. 19. Bid packets may be picked up at City Hall on 10th Street.

Construction would begin just upstream from the parking lot at River Creek Park, near the stoplight at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road, where an existing pedestrian bridge crosses Walton Creek.

A soft-surface trail exists on the south side of the pedestrian bridge.

It runs across an undeveloped commercial lot and then through open space in front of the South Side Station convenience store and, finally, the U.S. Forest Service headquarters.

The trail easement makes a 90-degree turn before it reaches the parking lot of the Steamboat Hotel - formerly Super 8 - and leads west through a lightly used portion of the parking lot at Walton Pond Apartments before reaching the river.

The existing trail turns right again and heads downstream, but Robinson said the new extension will make a left turn at that point and roughly parallel the river upstream behind the Bunkhouse Lodge, Majestic Valley townhomes and River Place residential subdivision, until it reaches Dougherty Road.

Dougherty is a private road at that juncture and the trail dead-ends there.

Although the new trail extension closely parallels the river, the easement does not provide direct public access to the water, Robinson said.

The potential for a further trail extension exists if the city someday approves a proposed residential/commercial development called The Bridges.

Developers are seeking annexation of a more than 40-acre property behind Steamboat Christian Center.

The prospective developers have said their project presents the opportunity to extend the Core Trail south toward the city-owned Hay Meadow Ranch - formerly known as Legacy Ranch - at Colorado Highway 131.

Yampatika recently has relocated and begun a science school for youngsters there.

That is the limit of the trail as described in the current master plan, Robinson said.

- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail


greenwash 7 years, 6 months ago

obviously canyonwind your not from Denver.... Stapleton was way past its time and traffic congestion was horrible.DIA is the best thing to happen to Denver mabye ever.


greenwash 7 years, 7 months ago

wilson and robinson need to go.clean house and take back our departments.


canyonwind 7 years, 7 months ago

That is great news, it is good to hear positive news for a cchange. 3200 feet or .61 mile is a nice start. However it would be great to have a much longer bike trail. Glenwood Springs has one that runs 40+ miles to Aspen, The City of Leadville has the mineral belt trail that is over 14 miles long and circles the town. And down at the beach in Newport they have a bike trail that runs almost 50 miles along the Santa Ana River to Corona. So we could do better. The core trail is great but too short, just how hard would it be to run it south to Yampa along the river. That route would also give you over 1300 feet in elevation gain going into Yampa and almost a 50 mile roundtrip. Or run it the other way out to Hayden or get Moffat county onboard and run it all the way to Craig for a trail that would be over 80 miles roundtrip. Now that would be tax money well spent for a change. With alot of that stimules $$$ out there going to projects that won't help anyone and even more money being spent in slums like Denver. A 50 mile bike trail is something that will be there 10 years from now and would provide jobs as well as recreation. Whenever tax money go's out it seems like too much of it go's to places like Denver, El Paso, Oakland and Los Angeles and not enough to your favorite ski town. Hopefully the right person will read this post.


JusWondering 7 years, 7 months ago

canyonwind, perhaps the ranchers don't want a bunch of cyclists cutting through their property and all that comes with it. Get outside of the 10 square miles of Routt County that represents Steamboat and we are still very much an agricultural community and not a playground for a bunch of over indulged self-centered cyclists. I say leave it as it is. Enjoy your little trail running through town and leave the rest of us alone.

If you like the tails in California and Aspen so much move ther.


housepoor 7 years, 7 months ago

agricultural??? 35 ac multi million dollar homes who hay a few acres to save thousands on taxes is more like it, yeah the are ranchers alright


JusWondering 7 years, 7 months ago

I believe canyonwind's post was about the river bottom. I know of more long-term ranchers along the Yampa/Bear river than 35 ac mc-mansions. I said get beyond the 10 squares that is Steamboat and maybe the 1 square that is Thorpe Mountain area and 1 square that is Catamount. Look at the county GIS site for property boundaries:

South of the 'Boat (sorry I am not as familiar with all of the land owners West on the river) there are a few (very few) mc-mansions but the vast majority of acerage is still agricultural with those few scraping to get by. Families like Crawford, Herold, Moore, Rossi, Redmond, Gay, Nielsen, Palmer, Clyncke, Huffstetler, Hammer, Hinkle. Families that still love the valley and put their sweat and blood into it and have for multiple generations. Surrounding the 'boat there are still very strong advocates for ag like the Daugenbaughs and others (though they are not technically on the river).

Point still stands.


boater1 7 years, 7 months ago

if these ranching families are struggling could an extension of the trail provide them some compensation? how much value $ in hay would they loose if they didn't utilize a then strip of land right near the river? or is they issue you speak of, stay off my private land/river at all cost???


boater1 7 years, 7 months ago

it's good to see the trail provide access to the people living in river place. that is a heavy biking local community.

next is the push west to steamboat 2, heritage & silver spur. that would complete the bike path to include to greater steamboat community of locals.


canyonwind 7 years, 6 months ago

jus wunduin It is called a idea, one that you clearly don't like, and no I do live a few miles from the city limits so I know that South County is not high rise condos and urban sprawl. Also not sure on who owns what but would not be for eminent domain to build it or anything else. That law was used to kick people off their land to build DIA plus it was a waste of tax dollors since the old airport (stapleton) only needed a facelift.
Then again if all the ranchers, McMansion owners and the County were all for it, some guy from out of state would try to stop it by finding the endangered 3 leged river spider in the proposed trail and stop it and all furture development.


mtroach 7 years, 6 months ago

canyon, there already exists fine roads for acessing the outer limits of our county. The bike path money would be better spent putting more connecting trails through the town, offering kids safe places to get to school, and locals a place to walk, run or ride without having to constantly look out for speeding SUV's.

Frankly I would rather see sidewalks or protected rec. corridors up on Tamarack than more bike path right now. What about a connector between the Barn Village to Anglers crossing Fish Creek? That would allow for pedistrians to get to the mountain from the FCF area without going through the Pine Grove/City MKT intercection, or dropping all the way to the river to access the core trail and up.


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