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.


Open from dawn until dusk, from early May through the end of October, weather dependent.


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

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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 pick up.

No pets are allowed. Service dogs/animals are permitted. Please do not leave pets in cars.

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 Sundays from 10 to 11:30 ish. Please pre-register online as groups are limited to 9 people per tour. Walk ups are welcome if space is available.

Calendar of Programs and Events

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

Visitor Guidelines

Please stay on the paths.

Please do not pick flowers, walk through gardens or climb trees.  

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 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

Facility Rental and Private Events

The Yampa River Botanic Park offers a gorgeous setting at affordable rates for private events including weddings, celebrations, corporate events, and nonprofit functions.  

Wedding on the Green

The Green is an ideal wedding ceremony venue and can accommodate a large group.  The Green is a beautiful, tranquil amphitheater, surrounded by pine and spruce trees. Water lilies fringe the pond. The fragrance of flowers and the sound of bird calls fill the air. 

The Trillium House and its flagstone patio beside the Yampa River looks out at the Yampa River and at beautiful, forested Emerald Mountain.  It may be used to support bridal parties getting ready, a place to shelter in inclement weather, and it houses a basic kitchen for catering companies to use.  The Trillium House is also an excellent space to host meetings. 

Facility Rental is a benefit for Members.  If you are not a member, learn how to become one.

Trillium House Fall

To see the facilities and discuss arrangements, call the Park at 970-846-5172 or email

Please watch this helpful video on how weddings are coordinated in the Botanic Park.