Beginning in 1995 the Yampa River Botanic Park sprang from a flat horse pasture to a six-acre gem of ponds, berms, and over 60 gardens.  Follow the paths that meander throughout the gardens to enjoy trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The gardens are also home to sculptures placed throughout the Park.

Map & Self-Guided Walking Tour

Pets are NOT allowed in the Park. SERVICE dogs/animals are permitted. Please do not leave pets in cars.


The Park is closed for the winter season and will reopen approximately April. Hours are from dawn to dusk 7-days a week.


Free.  Donations are greatly appreciated to help provide the Botanic Park free for visitors.  Donation boxes may be found in the gardens near the kiosks. 


1000 Pamela Ln, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Find Us and GPS information

Parking and Transportation

Limited free parking is available in designated spaces in the Emerald Park Sports Complex.  Please park in designated spaces only. Overflow parking exists on Ski Town Way. Additionally, the Botanic Park is accessible from the Yampa River Core Trail by bike or foot.  The FREE Steamboat Springs Transit system and sidewalks provide alternative access to the Park. Parking is prohibited on Pamela Lane.


Wheelchairs are encouraged to remain on the Loop Walk, Trail Entrance Walk, and North Perimeter Trail.  

Some areas in the Gardens are not wheelchair accessible without assistance. 

Six accessible parking spaces are located in the parking lot on a first-come-first-served basis.

Staff and volunteers provide assistance to enter the Botanic Park from the parking lot in the golf cart.  Please call 970-846-5172 with 24 hours notice should you require assistance to schedule a pickup.

What To Do

Explore the Gardens

Self-Guided Tours. Pick up a brochure at both entrances.

Guided Tours – Meet at the Main Gate on the Botanic Walk Fridays & Sundays from 10 to 11:30.

Calendar of Programs and Events

Children’s Activity Books – pick up one in the Children’s Garden or Sensory Garden.

Visit the Park’s Serenity Walk. Pick up a map and brochure at the Park’s Main Gate. A Spanish language version of the Serenity Walk is also available. Pick up a map and brochure at the Park’s Main Gate. You can also download the Serenity Walk here.

Visitor Guidelines

Please stay on the paths.

Please do not pick flowers, walk through gardens or climb trees.  Do not eat anything from the gardens.

Please do not touch or climb on any sculpture.

You may bring your own food and beverages into the Botanic Park. There are many lovely areas you can enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner on blankets, benches, or tables by the Trillium House.

Please clean up after yourself and use the provided waste and recycling bins located by the Trillium House and both entrances.

Service animals are welcome, but please leave dogs and other pets at home. Please do not leave your pet in your vehicle.

Please help keep the gardens a place of serenity — no loud music, bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc.

The Botanic Park is a non-smoking facility (including e-cigarettes and vaporizers).

Please do not wade in ponds.  Peter’s Pond is very deep and not safe for entry.

Peter’s Pond