Snowshoe or Ski Rabbit Ears Pass

Rate this Adventure Colorado West Summit Loop 1A

Added by Jason Hatfield

Powder-filled backcountry trails right off the highway heading to Steamboat Springs.

Rabbit Ears Pass outside of Steamboat Springs is packed with winter nordic trails. Most trails are marked and accommodate cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; to be courteous to other users keep snowshoes and dogs off ski tracks. Depending on how much recent snow there has been, the trails can be packed snow or completely fresh.

The most popular trail is the West Summit Loop 1A, located 13 miles east of Steamboat on Highway 40. From the trailhead on the north side of the road, a 3.7-mile loop extends into the forest with views of Yampa Valley and the Flat Tops.

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Pack List

  • Snowshoes or Nordic Skis & Poles
  • Nordic Skins (optional)
  • Shell jacket & pants
  • Warm layers
  • Snacks & Insulated Water
  • Map & Compass or GPS
  • Waste bags if bringing a dog
  • Camera
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Skiing, Snowshoeing

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3.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

700 Feet


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at

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