Hidden Treasure: Yampa Valley Botanic Park

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Yampa River Botanic Park is a six acre oasis of calm and serenity, a hidden gem found along the Yampa River Trail in Steamboat Springs. A fall day visit revealed the park at the height of its fall splendor, bursting with yellows and oranges, and dotted with flowers blooming amongst the trickle of pond streams. Free and open to the public, this outdoor activity in Steamboat has something for all ages to enjoy.

Hidden Gem


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Peter’s Pond anchors the park, with rolling green grass on the sides, perfect for an afternoon picnic or siesta under puffy, white clouds. There is a Children’s Garden area with a playhouse, mini teepee and covered seating. A fairy garden section brings imaginative creations to life and inspires all ages to find magic among the trees and flowers. Hidden pathways and stone steps beckon to be explored. 

Outdoor Activities in Steamboat Springs

If you are visiting Steamboat and are looking for a relaxing outdoor activity, the Botanic Park will offer you a way to enjoy the fresh air without having to hike a mountain. Flat paths meander through a variety of themed gardens such as the Pioneer Garden, featuring plants brought by early settlers across the prairies and the Crevice Garden that showcases plants growing between vertical rock faces. Enjoy the view of Emerald Mountain as you wander and ponder throughout the park.

Community Centered Botanic Park

The park came to be in 1992 when the land was donated to the city by a local couple who transformed the area into a park with their own funds from 1995-1997. It was opened to the public in 1997 and since 2000 has been managed and cared for by dedicated local citizens that are part of the Yampa River Botanic Park Association. The park has remained free to visitors because of the generous volunteers, garden sponsors and donors. 

The park is open from May through the end of October. Don’t forget to swing by WildPlum before or after your outdoor activities in the valley.  We have refreshments for the park and trail and post workout rewards too; snacks, barista made coffee and adult beverages.   

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