The Elk River Area in Steamboat
Driving north out of Steamboat Springs is one of the most enjoyable and scenic journeys that there is in this area. Following Route 129, this winding road carries you along the Elk River and through some of the oldest homesteads in the valley. Large cattle ranches dominate the scenery, with endless fields of hay and alfalfa. Deer and Elk frequent these areas to feed in the early morning sunshine while Hawks and Eagles soar the heavens, surveying from above. It’s a wildlife oasis and if you are searching for peace and tranquility, the Elk River valley is for you. There is plenty of room to roam in the Elk River Valley. If you enjoy fishing, camping or hiking than you’ll feel right at home. Beginning high in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, the Elk is one of the best fishing rivers the area. Various public access points will guide you to the best spots to land the fish of your dreams. Mad Creek trailhead is located halfway up the valley and provides the perfect spot for a summer adventure. Whether by foot or bike, this trail will quickly become your favorite destination.