Posts From The Road: Fish Creek Falls

Fish Creek Falls: This view of the 280 foot Fish Creek Falls in Colorado is one of several viewpoints across the canyon. Water from several mountain lakes in the Rabbit Ears Range flow into Fish Creek. Photo by Gary Warren/


Formerly of Los Alamos

When visiting Steamboat Springs, Colo., it is easy to be drawn to the many downtown activities, shops, and restaurants. In the winter, life centers around skiing and snow boarding in this mountain town.

However, Steamboat Springs  is also known for its natural beauty. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking and the Yampa River running just a block off of the main street through town offers fishing and other water activities.

Fish Creek Falls less than five miles from downtown up a paved road and is perhaps the most popular hike in town. We have visited the area several times but had never taken time to view the falls until a recent visit. 

There are two falls, a lower falls and upper falls. On this visit, we chose to view the lower falls and we were not disappointed. The ideal time to view a water fall in this part of the country would be early summer shortly after the snow melts but Fish Creek Falls flows year-round.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

River and Falls: From river level looking up towards the water falls visitors get a different view and perspective of the falls. The river also reveals thousands of rocks and boulders, which have traveled through the creek carried by the rushing waters. Photo by Gary Warren/
Downstream: A view of the river looking downstream still shows the fast flowing river waters over rocks and boulders but this view is more calming than seeing the water rushing at you. Photo by Gary Warren/
Fish Creek: Farther down stream from the water fall Fish Creek levels out somewhat as it flows toward town and eventually flows into the Yampa River. Photo by Gary Warren/