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Fish Creek Falls a sight to see

How to get there

Heading east on Lincoln Avenue, turn left on Third Street. At the next stop sign turn right onto Fish Creek Falls Road. Travel on Fish Creek Falls Road for three miles until you reach the parking area.


The Forest Service charges $5 per vehicle per day.


The spring runoff flows over the top of Fish Creek Falls at a dizzying pace, as it has during the past few weeks. However, that trend is expected to end soon as the snow pack disappears from the higher peaks.

— One of the most popular hiking spots in the area is accessible off Steamboat's main drag.

The 283-foot cascading waterfall is a winter's worth of snowmelt crashing over a cliff into the canyon creek below.

Acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in the early 1980s, the Fish Creek Falls area offers hikes, a picnic area and signs with nature information. The area also is open to bikers and horseback riders.

A quarter-mile trail leads down to the falls. From there, hiking enthusiasts can take the six-mile hike to Long Lake that leads to the Continental Divide trail. A half-mile overlook trail gives visitors a birds-eye view of the falls.

The hikes to the overlook and the bridge at the base of Fish Creek Falls are well groomed and easily accessible.

Eventually, hikers reach the Upper Falls before continuing onto more switchbacks, a meadow area and Long Lake.

The six-mile hike to Long Lake will take hikers up steep switchbacks through heavily forested areas and aspen groves before opening into a lush green valley. As hikers continue along the trail, they will cross a bridge and can turn around to catch stunning views of the Yampa Valley and town.

Visitors also can take a shorter hike starting between the park's lower and upper parking lots. The 1.5-mile hike takes hikers to the Uranium Mines.


thirschmann (anonymous) says...

Steamboat Springs provided us with plenty of awesome filming opportunities! Top of the list was Fish Creek Falls, one of the most easily accessible and beautiful waterfalls in Colorado. Rumor has it that this waterfall is what inspired the logo on the Coors can!

This short film includes clips shot over 2 days. One 20 minute morning session and another 15 minutes late afternoon shoot. It turned out to be an amazing opportunity to capture the falls like few have seen them!

Shot with a custom built Spidex quad and a Hero3

August 7, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )