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Fish Creek Falls - Routt County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Explore this entire day-use area, including the trail to the upper falls, the trail to Uranium Mine, and the area along Fish Creek. The day use area is mostly stunted aspen providing shade for thick undergrown of riparian brush. The hillsides are mostly typical Gambel oak/serviceberry. The area around the falls is rocky and cliff-like, providing nesting areas for Common Ravens in past years. There is a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons that use this area as a morning and night flyway, but I have yet to find their roost/nesting area. This is the only area where I've regularly found Rock Wren in the county and pikas at low altitude. Look for Townsend's Solitaire, MacGillivray's & Orange-crowned Warblers and American Dipper. Naturalists lead seasonal walks here, including snowshoe hikes in winter to Uranium Mine. Note that this is a USFS day use fee area; you must pay $5 daily or purchase a Golden Eagle Pass. There is an easy handicapped-accessible trail to the falls view.

Habitat: Aspen Grove, Lowland Riparian, Scrub Oak Forest, Cliff Face, Stream
Directions: In Steamboat Springs from US 40 turn northeast on 3rd Street, then right on Fish Creek Falls Road. Follow this road approximately 3 miles to the first or second parking lot.
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