Summer Programs

Yampatika Summer Programs: 2017

Summer Weekly Programs:

NEW THIS SUMMER! Tuesdays from July 25 through August 22, 2017

Hike with A Yampatika Naturalist and a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador!

All tours leave from the Mount Werner Information Center in Gondola Square at 10:30 am. This is a free tour, but a gondola ticket is required. Call 970.871.5444 for more information and to reserve a spot.


Wednesdays from June 28- August 30

Mineral Springs Tour:  9-11am

FREE, no registration required, meet in the parking lot of the Art Depot with water and good walking shoes; offered in partnership with Tread of Pioneers Museum


Wednesdays July 26 – August 23

Guided Gourmet Lunch Hike with a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador and Yampatika Naturalist: 10:30 am-1:00 pm

This is a fun, informative and invigorating hike with gorgeous views on Mt. Werner. Guided by a Steamboat Ambassador, the hike begins at the top of the Gondola then proceeds along the Vista Nature Trail stopping along the way for pictures and interesting talks about the mountain and community. Guests need to make reservations 24 hours in advance by calling 970-879-0740.   On the day of the hike guests will meet at the information center at 10:30 am. Lunch will be served on Oasis Sundeck overlooking the Yampa Valley at approximately at 12:00 noon. Lunch consists of several entrees, salads and desserts along with wine and soft drinks.

Pricing (includes the ride up on the Gondola, the guided hike, a gourmet lunch, a refreshing glass of wine and gratuity)


$45.00 (season pass holder – 10%)


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 22- September 2

Yampatika Naturalist on Site at Fish Creek Falls:  10 am-1 pm

FREE, no registration required, provided in partnership with USFS

Plan to join us right at 10 am for a free naturalist led nature tour to the bottom of the falls!


ADULT FIELD SCHOOLS: (Advanced Registration Required for these Programs!)

Mountain Wildflower Hikes and Medicinal Herb Walks 

Join Karen Vail or Mary O’Brien for educational hikes around the Yampa Valley! Locations and times vary and registration is required.

These FREE Programs are sponsored by the Over The Hill Gang, call or email:  970.871.9151 or

Destinations vary with best viewing opportunities and exact times are confirmed closer to dates once a destination is chosen; programs typically run between 8 am and 3 pm. All programs meet at the USFS Offices in Steamboat Springs

Wildflower Hikes:

  • June 10
  • July 1
  • August 5

Medicinal Herb Walks:

  • May 13
  • June 24
  • July 15


Geology Hikes

Join a Geologist from CMC for a hike through time.  $10 Fee. Registration required.

  • Mad Creek Hike (9 am – 1 pm): June 30 and August 19
  • Flattops Geology Hike (8 am – 4 pm): July 29

Watershed Walks: 9:30 am – 11:00 am; FREE  Registration required

  • June 26; at Fish Creek Falls
  • July 10; at Fish Creek Falls
  • August 7; Yampa River Core Trail

Yampatika’s 25th Anniversary Hikes! (details TBC)

  • July 22
  • August 26 (CANCELLED)
  • September 23

Bird Walks offered in Partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Registration required. $10 fee or free for members of either organization (Sponsored by Nancy and John Merrill).

Programs run from 8 – 10 am and the destinations will be posted as we get closer to the date so we can find the best spots for viewing!

Birding by cart: May 25 (Haymaker Golf Course)

Bird Walks: (destination varies – call or email for specifics)

  • June 15
  • June 22
  • June 29
  • July 6 (Spring Creek)
  • July 13 (Botanic Park)

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