Fish Creek Falls

Clear and fresh high alpine water roars down Fish Creek Canyon, spilling over the magnificent 280-ft Fish Creek Falls, one of the most popular destinations around Steamboat Springs.

Just minutes from downtown Steamboat, wilderness comes to life with a splash at the legendary falls, easily accessible for the entire family. A short 1/4-mile walk down a gravel path is a pristine view of the lower falls, while a moderate hike with picturesque views will take the more adventurous to Upper Fish Creek Falls and Long Lake, deep in the Routt National Forest.

In the springtime, Fish Creek Falls is at its roaring peak with snowmelt, while in late summer clear water cascades down the smooth rocks. In winter, ice-climbers take to the famous face; there’s no off-season at Fish Creek Falls.

Three Seasons Of Fish Creek

Operational Hours

Open year round. Daily hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Use

Heavy, especially during mid-day

Fees

$5 vehicle day use fee - cash or check

Directions

From Lincoln Avenue (highway 40) go north on 3rd Street then a right on Fish Creek Falls Road. Four miles to the parking lot and trailhead.

Trail Information

Waterfall Height: 283 Feet

Trails
Distance
Elevation
Paved wheelchair accessible overlook trail ¼ mile one way 7,440
Dirt trail to the bridge at the base of falls ¼ mile one way 7,340
From base to a second waterfall    2.5 miles one way 9,000
From base to Long Lake 6.5 miles one way 9,800

Activities

Hiking, picnicking, nature viewing, outdoor learning, photography, snowshoeing and ice climbing

Summer Tours

Join Yampatika for a hike at Fish Creek Falls on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the summer. View Calendar of Hikes

Winter Tours

Yampatika (snowshoeing and outdoor learning)
Rocky Mountain Ventures (ice climbing)