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Medicine Bow Rail Trail

21 mi
State: WY
Gravel

Yampa River Core Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt
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The Medicine Bow Rail Trail snakes through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest from the Wyoming-Colorado border in the south to near the forest boundary at SR 11. The trail is open to non-motorized...
WY 21 mi Gravel
The 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail follows the Yampa River from Walton Pond (near the Forest Service offices) north to Shield Road near where it crosses the river. The trail parallels US 40 through a...
CO 7 mi Asphalt

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Yampa River Core Trail

CO - 7 miles

The 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail follows the Yampa River from Walton Pond (near the Forest Service offices) north to Shield Road near where it crosses the river. The trail parallels US 40 through a...

Yampa River Core Trail

CO - 7 miles

The 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail follows the Yampa River from Walton Pond (near the Forest Service offices) north to Shield Road near where it crosses the river. The trail parallels US 40 through a...

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

WY - 21 miles

The Medicine Bow Rail Trail snakes through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest from the Wyoming-Colorado border in the south to near the forest boundary at SR 11. The trail is open to non-motorized...

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

WY - 21 miles

The Medicine Bow Rail Trail snakes through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest from the Wyoming-Colorado border in the south to near the forest boundary at SR 11. The trail is open to non-motorized...

Yampa River Core Trail

CO - 7 miles

The 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail follows the Yampa River from Walton Pond (near the Forest Service offices) north to Shield Road near where it crosses the river. The trail parallels US 40 through a...

Recent Trail Reviews

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Quiet, But Not the Most Scenic

October, 2017 by kerund

I did the lower half of the trail in a 20 mile out and back from Pelton Creek on a hybrid on a beautiful fall day.

The first 4 or 5 miles suffered from animal traffic, mostly cattle, which have left their embedded tracks and other calling cards (some of the trail here is on private land). The trail surface was much improved after that.

There were some pretty stretches, but this part of Wyoming is really beautiful, and it didn't feel like the trail (at least this part of it) captured that beauty, which is no fault of the volunteers and others who manage the trail.

The trailheads were well-marked and the signage explaining the history of the area was well-done and interesting.

I didn't see another soul.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

A Wonderful Example of Forest Regrowth and an Awesome Trail

November, 2016 by wilderwomn

Two friends and I rode from the Woods Creek Trailhead to Pelton Creek and back the last weekend of October 2016. The weather was crisp and the trail was deserted - we saw one woman walking her dogs over our 24 miles on the trail. I had not been on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail for many years and was worried that the beetle infestation of a few years back might have caused deforestation around the trail making it an ugly or boring ride. To the contrary, while many trees were killed and some still stand, many have been removed. This has opened up the forest around the trail to regrowth. When I rode a section many years ago near Owen Lake, it was a corridor through thick lodgepole pine - rather bland and uninteresting after a few miles. Now, at least in the section we rode, stands of aspen are growing in and there are views opened up both by fire as well as beetle kill. Nature knows how to rejuvenate. Since the leaves had already fallen this year, I can't wait to return to the trail next fall during the height of aspen leaf season, it should be even more beautiful. We rode a combination of mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes (fitted with non-knobby tires) and the trail surface was well-packed. Even a hybrid or commute bike tire would do well. We stopped for a hot drink and some appetizers at the WyoColo lodge just off the trail, and it was cozy and friendly. This would be a great trail for beginners, families and anyone who is looking for peace and solitude and a great workout.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Great gravel trail for all ages

September, 2016 by anniegowyo

This trail is a gravel trail. It's 21 miles offer various forest views, loads of wildflowers and if you're lucky you may see some wildlife. We have seen a variety of riders this summer. Volunteers are helping improve the trail from conditions brought by wildfire near Lake Owen and beetle kill a couple of years ago. The forest is regenerating. Aspen will soon be showing their beautiful fall colors. A fun, enjoyable ride for bikers of all ages.

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Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Great gravel trail for all ages

August, 2016 by anniegowyo

This trail is a gravel trail. It's 21 miles offer various forest views, loads of wildflowers and if you're lucky you may see some wildlife. We have seen a variety of riders this summer. Volunteers are helping improve the trail from conditions brought by wildfire near Lake Owen and beetle kill a couple of years ago. The forest is regenerating. Aspen will soon be showing their beautiful fall colors. A fun, enjoyable ride for bikers of all ages.

Yampa River Core Trail

Beautiful, easy walk or ride.

July, 2016 by deliasgotmail

This trail is amazing for an easy day! You can tube down the Yampa River, walk or ride to the free Yampa Botanic Park or to downtown Steamboat Springs!

Yampa River Core Trail

Worth a Trip

August, 2015 by ajw

Steamboat isnt easy to get to, but if you want a scenic getaway, throw your bikes on the car, and make a day of it (or you can rent there). The trail is mostly flat and concrete. It runs along the Yampa River. In the summer there are tons of people inner tubing down the river/stream (several places rent tubes and shuttle you back upstream). This makes for fun scenery along the way. There are several parks that offer parking, rest rooms etc, and the trail runs close to downtown which is worth a diversion. Also, take a few minutes to walk around the botanical garden - impressive. The trail so far is only 7mi long, but theres a lot to see and do in that short distance. Only 4 stars because of the short length (so far) and the length of the trip to get there.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Trail is nice, but not being maintained

August, 2014 by ltbike

We biked from Woods Creek TH to Pelton Creek and back. There are lots of cattle making for a rough, small-potholey ride on hybrids. The crushed gravel is soft in places. The scenery is mostly pine trees and the pine beetle devastation in this area is very bad. We saw one deer. We biked from Fox Park to Lake Owens and back. Saw a black squirrel. Found the trail closed from Lake Owens to Dry Park due to falling dead trees. On this section there was much ATV use although they have their own trail paralleling the RT. At least they keep the weeds mashed down. This section was smoother with no cattle and the ATVs had flung off all larger gravel. Parking lots, restrooms and signage are nice, but the forest service is not maintaining or promoting this trail. Lots of grass and weeds in trail and very few trail users other than cattle. Some locals said there is some sort of controversy about the trail...not sure if they meant the litigation RE: Fox Park area or the whole trail in general. They said the soft gravel was originally put down at the request of equestrians and there is no equestrian use; only occasional bicycles. We did see two hikers on the trail.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Wonderful remote trail

July, 2013 by jjhare

We parked at the Woods Creek trailhead on Highway 230, rode the trail north to the parking area on Dry Park Road, then south to other end at Pelton Creek, and back to Woods Creek in the middle. I was on a cross bike. The thin tires were very comfortable for most of the ride. The crushed limestone is a little deep north of Lake Owen but I got through it without too much difficulty. The entire trail is very pretty. We saw two moose, an adult and a calf. The pine beetles have damaged many of the trees but the aspens are untouched and plentiful in several sections. There are warning signs to watch for falling trees. A gentle breeze was blowing the day I was out and I didn’t feel threatened or experience any dead falls. We stayed at Woods Landing in Jelm. It’s a few minutes east of the Woods Creek trailhead. Great place, friendly people, and reasonably priced.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

September, 2012 by al_pine

Sept 10, 2012 Did a few miles on the south end of the trail Pelton Creek to Woods Creek Trailheads. Trail has a few hazzards that moove.

Yampa River Core Trail

September, 2012 by ltbike

Biked this trail August, 2012. Loved it. Lots to see and beautiful along the river. Be sure to stop at the Botanical Gardens. It is free. Wish it was longer. Surface good. Riding hybrids.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Owens Lake to Lincon Gulch closed July-Aug 2012

August, 2012 by lscrims2

We rode the trail from Dry Park Rd trail to Lake Owens on Sat, Aug.4 2012 and found the trail closed at Lake Owens southbound for fire rehabilitation. Surface is loose and a bit soft. Small crushed limestone gravel as described in another review, but still a nice ride. Wildflowers were beautiful

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Nice Trail

September, 2011 by aka_locojoe

We stayed in Laramie and drove to the Northern most trail head Dry Park. From there we rode to the trail's end the Pelton Creek trail head near the Colorado border and back for a total of 46 miles. The trail has a variety of gravel type surfaces. I rode it on my hybrid which was difficult in a few spots due to soft gravel. The trail has one short detour at the community of Fox Park where the route takes a road to bypass a segment of the former railroad that's still under litigation. This was a nice trail with a lot of beautiful scenery and wildlife. Much better than we were expecting. We spotted deer, a moose and a fox. The only other riders we seen on the trail the entire day were a group of 3 near the lake.
Bring mosquito repellent.
More on our rail-to-trail rides here http://locojoe.com/bikeblog

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