Rabbit Ears Pass

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Rabbit Ears Pass

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"Throughout the winter months, the snow is plentiful in this region and allows the outdoor enthusiast excellent opportunities to ski or snowshoe from early to late in the season.

If cross-country ski touring is your passion, the gently rolling terrain, open meadows, and variety of trails are ideal. Most of the terrain is rated up to an intermediate skill level."

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Lafayette, CO
Explorer | 30 pts
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Some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever witnessed, with very little traffic on any of the trails.
Aurora, CO
Adventurer | 250 pts
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Great day hike. This year we had heavy rain so wildflowers were out in force.
Hike gets a little steep at the end, but there are plenty of places to stop and take breaks for kids (creeks, fields, trees, etc)

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Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
"The hike to Rabbit Ears Peak, named for its twin rock pillars visible from the highway, begins as a casual walk through a spectacular flowerland. For some hikers, the last 0.25 mile to the “ears” poses a challenge; to others, it’s a fun rock scramble. Either way, the views near the summit are grand. The trail begins on an old jeep road, following an easy grade through what appears to be a carefully orchestrated explosion of colors. Wildflowers of scarlet, pink, yellow, and lavender brighten the field throughout the summer. Locals say they peak in mid-July. However, the flower show during my early-August trek to Rabbit Ears was my summer’s best. A flower guide is useful for such walks, but kids have more fun finding their favorite color, the oddest-shaped, tallest, shortest, best smelling, and so on. Remind your crew to leave the flowers for other hikers and bees to enjoy."

Trail Information

Steamboat Springs
Nearby City
1,051 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
9,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,651 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Routt National Forest. Call (970) 879-0880 for information about Steamboat Springs and adventures in the area, or visit
Local Contacts
Ungroomed, but usually tracked by skiers or snowshoers
Trail/Surface Quality