|Hiking in Steamboat Spring, Colorado|
When you arrive at the Hot Springs, make sure to walk up to the check-in counter. All guests must pay to use the hot springs. Cost is $12 adults (Sun-Fri) and $15 (Saturday and Holidays), $7 for teens, and $5 for kids. The hot springs was a great spot and very family friendly. They had running water and restroom facilities. We brought a pack lunch and enjoyed it "pool-side" before hiking back down the same way. Overall, this is a 5 mile round trip hike.
|Hot Springs Sign|
|Trail to Upper Falls|
|Lower Fish Creek Falls|
|Hiking through wildflowers up to Rabbit Ears|
Because of it is mostly hiking through meadows, we saw amazing wildflowers along this hike as well as great views of distant mountains. The trailhead is tricky to find. Take East US 40 to Dumont Lake turnoff and continue onto National Forest Road 315. This road goes for about 1.5 miles until you see a large stone monument on your left. Turn left at the monument into a small parking area. Park in the first lot begin walking down the road. At a second parking lot, you will bear right - there will be a sign marking 291. This is your trail. The trail (or road) winds through meadows up to the "Rabbit Ears" rock formation. Admire the volcanic rock along the trail and multitude of wildflowers in summer. It is 3 miles of moderate trail to the summit (10,694 ft elevation). Return the way you came for a total of 6 mile hike. There is no charge for parking and no bathroom facilities.
|Approaching the Rabbit Ears|
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