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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

#15 of 65 things to do in Steamboat Springs Features Animals
Steamboat Springs, CO
+1 970-870-2299
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Family hike

We loved hiking Zirkel Circle today! My sons, ages 14 and 11 also enjoyed the hike. We think the... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
via mobile
Everything Comes Full Circle

The “Zirkel Circle” is easily one of our top-five hikes in the United States. If you plan to do... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
St. Augustine, Florida
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Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.
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  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
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Steamboat Springs, CO
+1 970-870-2299
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We loved hiking Zirkel Circle today! My sons, ages 14 and 11 also enjoyed the hike. We think the hike was 10-12 miles and all downhill on the return. There was mention of a "cinnamon bear" sighting along the way. Highlights were walking across a...More

Thank Albatross18
Reviewed 28 July 2016

The “Zirkel Circle” is easily one of our top-five hikes in the United States. If you plan to do hike the full circle, then plan for an all-day hike. Hiking guides list the full circle at anywhere between 10-12 miles. We used a tracking wearable...More

1  Thank Gobeach56
Reviewed 26 July 2016

My sister and I did this quick hike (2 miles one way) to see the famous Mad Barn. Lots of parking and bathroom at the trail head. Very healthy forest in this area but be prepared for a mostly exposed trail with patches of shade....More

3  Thank ireland2010Colorado
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Hiked the trail to "The Barn" with our daughter, her husband and our dogs. It is a well-travelled bike and hiking trail, but worth the crowds to get to "The Barn." It's amazing this was once a homestead/ranch. Very hardy people!!

Thank MountainWoman211
Reviewed 13 June 2016

We started this hike on a Saturday morning before 9 am so it was not busy. By the time we got back 2 1/2 hours later the parking lot was full and we saw a lot of people starting. up the trail. The scenery is...More

4  Thank dil345
Reviewed 8 March 2016

not buggy, rugged hiking, great views, beware of bears! real wilderness. in summer one can see lots of wildflowers.

2  Thank Geoff M
Reviewed 19 January 2016

A great area for overnight camping; both campground or disperse. Great fishing along the Elk River; requires patience. Lots of hikes; Gold Creek, Zirkel Circle, Gilpen and Mica lakes. I wouldn't recommend any of the hikes for small children or out of shape adults. While...More

Thank LenaT1055
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Drive to it then hike around it. The fall is my favorite with the Aspens turning. The air is fresh and clean. Breath taking vistas.

Thank M Richard M
Reviewed 13 November 2015

This one day hike leaves from a super busy trailhead with limited parking so get there early. You will see lots of people within a mile or two of the trailhead but otherwise there will be the perfect amount hikers for a solo hiker like...More

1  Thank GIS_Traveler
Reviewed 23 October 2015

Stunning. Beautiful. There is no reason not to go here. Although a 4x4 would be helpful if you do as the roads are pretty rough.

Thank anniemh2o
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Susan A
3 January 2017|
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Response from Gobeach56 | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty rugged and rustic so I'm thinking that it's not.
Cheryl M
7 December 2016|
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Response from Robert P | Reviewed this property |
Good anytime of the year