Approximately five miles east of Steamboat Spring, Colorado is Fish Creek Falls. The falls are on Fish Creek Road in the Routt National Forest. The waterfall is two-hundred and eighty-three feet and can be accessed by a short trail which takes visitors one hundred feet down the falls. It is the ideal place to visit for those that love both the water and the outdoors. Visitors to the falls should be properly prepared with the proper attire and supplies for the day.
Traveling to Fish Creek Falls is simple. Take the Fish Creek Road three miles east from Steamboat Springs until you reach the parking area for Fish Creek Falls. There are two lots that visitors can park in when visiting the falls. There is overnight and horse trailer parking available in the lower lot while the upper lot is for picnic and day hiking parking. There is a fee of $5 per vehicle charged to use either lot.
Those that prefer can use U.S. 40 from Steamboat Springs twenty-one miles until they reach the turn off for Dumont Lake. Then travel to the Forest Road #311 at the stone monument and there is parking available. Visitors can also go to the Base Camp; parking is available here also. Once you reach the falls the view is amazing and the trails give you something to do for hours.
There is a paved trail at the falls that can be accessed by wheelchair. The Routt National Forest that contains the Fish Creek Falls was formed during 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The park was originally named Park Range Forest Reserve and includes over one million acres of federal land. The forest is named for Colonel John N. Routt. There are a number of activities for visitors to the forest in addition to the falls.
The park that houses the falls offers cross country and downhill skiing, camping and sightseeing opportunities. Fishing, snowmobiling, boating, hiking and picnicking are available as well. Those that wish can go horseback riding, biking and backpacking the park.
The temperature of the trails at Fish Creek Falls is usually in the 80's during the summer in the day and at night the temperature drops down to the 40's. The winter temperatures at the falls are in the 20's during the day and colder at night. The trail at the upper portion of Fish Creek Falls is two and a half miles one way. The trail is moderate to difficult and takes just under two hours to walk to the falls.
The falls has restrooms and is dog friendly. The fee for entry to the park is only $5 for those that wish to visit. The Fish Creek Fall is an ideal place for anyone in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado area to visit. Additional details about the falls and the facilities in the park can be obtained by contacting the state park service. Directions can be obtained by contacting the park service. The Fish Creek Falls provide an enjoyable experience for the entire family.