When it comes to outdoor activities in Steamboat Springs, one place seems to come up quite frequently in the conversation: Fish Creek Falls! Surrounded by the Fish Creek Falls Trail frequented by joggers, hikers, and bikers, it is difficult to come to Steamboat and not fall in love with this waterfall that could almost be considered the heart of our mountain village. Standing 283 feet tall, the rushing waters have carved a path into the landscape of Colorado and into our hearts as well! This guide to everything wonderful about the waterfalls will make you want to move it to the top of your vacation bucket list!
Located in the Routt National Forest, 34165 Fish Creek Falls Road
As you pull into the parking area where the Fish Creek Falls Trail begins, be prepared to pay the parking fee. Costing $5 per car, they do take cash or checks, and it will be the best $5 you have ever spent! There are multiple trails that lead to the falls, including one that is paved and accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, making it popular throughout all seasons. The easy path takes visitors to spots where the splash of the water tumbling over the rocks will kiss their cheeks, but for those who don’t believe in taking the easy way through life, another trail will lead hikers to the Upper Fish Creek Falls, onto Long Lake, and eventually to the Wyoming Trail, which leads you even deeper into the Routt National Forest.
In the spring, the falls are at their most boisterous, as snowmelt creates a surge that has to be seen to be believed. In the fall, the trees that surround the falls offer a kaleidoscope of color, making the pictures you take frame-worthy. In the winter, the falls freeze into place, creating a challenge that is accepted by ice climbers in the area! Offering a glacier white backdrop to climbers wearing winter clothing of all colors, this exciting winter sport isn’t as dangerous as it looks and is definitely as fun as it seems!
The Animals You May Find
This natural spot draws wildlife from within the depths of the forest, of course, but it also attracts domesticated animals in the form of horses and dogs. Horseback riding is popular on many of the trails around the falls and leashed dogs are happily accepted as long as owners are willing to do their part in keeping the trails clean!
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