Fish Creek Falls is a 280 foot tall waterfall located just minutes north of the town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It flows through the beautiful Fish Creek Canyon, surrounded by evergreen covered mountains.
Fish Creek Falls is easily accessible with signs pointing the way from downtown Steamboat Springs and lots of parking. There is an entrance fee of $5. The hike, really more of a short walk, to the waterfall is short with a spectacular payoff. There is an upper trail and a lower trail to the falls, both of them approximately 1/2 mile long. The upper trail leads to a vista above the waterfalls and a picnic area. The lower trail leads to the bottom of Fish Creek Falls. For those wanting a longer hike, visitors can continue on over the bridge at the bottom of the falls. The trail leads to the top of the waterfalls and then on to Long Lake. Long Lake is about five miles east of Fish Creek Falls.
Spring is a great time for checking out the waterfalls. When I visited a few weeks ago (early June), the falls and the river were swollen with snowmelt and fast moving. The spray from the falls and the river, full of melted snow from the mountains, keeps the lower trail cool.
Fish Creek Falls is a can’t miss destination if you’re in the area, no matter what time of year.