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Tour Northern Colorado this Summer

Tour Northern Colorado this Summer
4 days

Enjoy a four-day trek highlighting NoCo's remote beauty with a focus on things to do and see with lots of outdoors time. Bonus: Few reservations are needed.

Sustainability Activity

Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund:

This permanent funding source supports specific non-motorized trail and trailhead maintenance projects on public lands within Routt and Moffat counties. Look for “donation stations” — refurbished parking meters with credit card readers — at 11 popular local trailheads, including Spring Creek, NPR and Wild Rose. Or donate online at yvcf.org/trails.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1
Activity

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

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For a true Western experience, hike Soapstone Prairie Natural Area for its wide-open vistas and nearly pristine grasslands. Hint: keep an eye out for the local bison. This year marks the five-year anniversary of the herd's reintroduction to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space. Visitors may see them from the road in their fenced pasture through November.
Lunch

Choice City Butcher & Deli

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Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins is a full-service butcher shop and deli that also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. With 37 craft beers on tap, this FoCo restaurant is a foodie's... Read More
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Poudre River Whitewater Park

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If you'd like to try one of the two wave features yourself, you can rent equipment (SUP, tubes, kayaks and gear) from a number of local outfitters.
Dinner

The Regional

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Head to The Regional for home-style American food — "from the farm, from the ranch, and from the docks." Ingredients are sourced from Colorado farms and ranches whenever possible. Read More
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Holiday Twin Drive-In Theatre

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Watch a movie under the Colorado night sky at one of the states last Drive-In Theaters. The Holiday Twin Drive-In is the only Drive-In Theater in northern Colorado. Read More
Lodging

The Elizabeth Hotel

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The Elizabeth Hotel is where Fort Collins comes together. Situated in the center of Old Town, the cornerstone of Firehouse Alley, our Fort Collins hotel is the beat of the city's heart.... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Lucile's Creole Cafe- Fort Collins

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As a family establishment Lucile's has always strived to provide a comfortable and unique atmosphere as well as excellent food.

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Travel the Scenic Byway

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From Fort Collins follow Hwy. 14 and the Cache la Poudre River, the state’s only designated Wild and Scenic River, toward the spectacular Poudre Canyon (also part of the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway). Keep a lookout for fly-fishers, rafters, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders as you ascend. There are pullouts along the route so take your time and enjoy the journey. Pro tip: Don't miss the Poudre Falls.
Lunch

Bindle Roastery

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Enjoy artisanal coffee drinks made with Morning Fresh Dairy. Read More

Insider's Tip

Stock Up Before You Go:

Before departing Fort Collins, pack a picnic (and provisions for later) from a local grocer, like Beavers Market.

Activity

State Forest State Park

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The ultimate in rugged Colorado wilderness, 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks and alpine lakes. Features 158 campsites and 15 cabins and yurts are available for overnight stays. Moose viewing... Read More

Insider's Tip

Hike the North Loop:

The State Forest State Park North Loop "touches on a little bit of everything that makes State Forest State Park special." That includes great views of the Medicine Bow Mountains, three pretty alpine lakes (Jewel Lake, Kelly Lake and Clear Lake), a bit of singletrack and forest road, plus towering aspen trees. 

Insider's Tip

Enjoy Dinnertime & Stargazing in the Backcountry:

Snuggle into your Never Summer Nordic yurt and road-test your backcountry cooking skills. Yurts are equipped with cooking surfaces and kitchen supplies (pots, pans and utensils). You bring the fixins for your favorite meal (remember that supply stop we suggested before you departed Fort Collins?). We can (almost) guarantee it'll taste better than ever. Then head outside for a night of stargazing. You're in the perfect spot. Use the Night Sky app; it's astronomy at your fingertips on your tablet or phone.

Lodging

Never Summer Nordic

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Escape to our remote backcountry yurts located in the Colorado State Forest State Park, North/West of Fort Collins, CO. Whether you are looking to go on a weeklong backcountry ski trip or a... Read More

Insider's Tip

More About Never Summer Yurts: Each yurt is set up with beds, a wood stove and basic cooking facilities for the ultimate social-distancing escape. Several of the yurts offer two-wheel “drive-ups” and wheelchair access. Pets are permitted at all Never Summer Nordic Yurts from June through September.
Day 3

Insider's Tip

Morning fuel: Take your time — and make some breakfast at your Never Summer yurt before heading out.
Activity

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

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One of over 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System - a network of lands set aside and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specifically for wildlife. Located in an... Read More

Lunch

River Rock Cafe

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Where the world eats and greets on Main Street! Read More

On the Road Again

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From Walden continue west on Hwy. 14 and enjoy wide-open vistas, fields of sage and prairie grass, the occasional cattle ranch, abandoned cabins and peaceful miles until you reach the base of Rabbit Ears Pass. Turn west (right) onto Hwy. 40 and immediately start the climb over Rabbit Ears Pass (summit 9,246 feet). The pass is known for its false summit, a crossing of the Continental Divide, and the distinctive “rabbit ears” rock formation that creates one of the nearby peaks. Before descending into Steamboat Springs, hike the Rabbit Ears Peak Trail, located in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
Dinner

Mambo

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In the heart of the Yampa Valley, lies a true taste of Italy. Read More
Lodging

The Nordic Lodge

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The Nordic Lodge offers a central location with remodeled rooms. Enjoy access to a free shuttle traveling regularly to Steamboat Ski Resort. Read More
Day 4
Breakfast

Freshies

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Freshies has been serving fresh and entirely hand-prepared breakfast and lunch for 10 years in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Read More

Tour Steamboat's Local Trails

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Enjoy miles of seamlessly connected multi-use trails in five main network “pockets” in and around town; all are accessible from town by foot, bike or vehicle in 30 minutes or less. Tip: Ride a new trail or two in the Buffalo Pass or Emerald Mountain Trail System. Steamboat is also home to 600 miles of dirt and hard-packed gravel roads making it a nirvana for world-class gravel riding. Emerald Circuit is a favorite intermediate ride. Rent a bike and give it a go.
Lunch

Yampa Sandwich Co.

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Yampa Sandwich Company serves crave-able, good-for-you breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads. The menu offers more than 20 sandwiches, a variety of salads and sides - all full of fresh... Read More

Activity

Yampa River Core Trail

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This 7.5-mile paved multi-use recreation path runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs along the Yampa River. Don’t miss these great stops (that allow for social distancing) along the route: Yampa River Botanic Park, a 6-acre sanctuary of 40 gardens, ponds and sculptures; fishing access; Howelsen Ski Area, with volleyball, tennis and basketball courts plus a skate park; tubing the Yampa, and more.
Dinner

Salt and Lime

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Salt and Lime in Downtown Steamboat Springs is a new twist on Mexican food Read More
Activity

Pearl Lake State Park

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Nestled in the mountains, this peaceful park sits in a quiet lakeside setting.  Overlooking Farwell Mountain, camp along the shoreline or a ridge with amazing views. Two yurts are available for... Read More

Lodging

Rabbit Ears Motel

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The Rabbit Ears Motel, located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, is your choice for comfortable, affordable lodging right in the center of downtown. Either they built Steamboat around our motel,... Read More