Big Creek Falls

Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477

Big Creek Falls

Big Creek Falls Professional Guide

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"Big Creek Lakes attracts boaters, hunters, hikers, and fishermen from Colorado and nearby Wyoming, and the wetlands here attract a variety of wildlife. Big Creek pours through the nearby wilderness and tosses its waters over calico slabs at Big Creek Falls."

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"The first 1.3 miles of this hike are along the Red Elephant Nature Trail, named after a prominent peak four miles south of Big Creek Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. Red Elephant Mountain is clearly visible from Upper Big Creek Lake at the end of the nature trail. A Forest Service pamphlet, available at the trailhead, describes the fauna and flora along the trail at 25 numbered stops." Read more

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Trail Information

Steamboat Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
9,020 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,180 feet
Top Elevation
Routt National Forest, (307) 745-2300,; Parks Ranger District, (970) 723-2700; Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area,
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 17 B5; USGS Colorado Quad Maps: Pearl, Davis Peak
Local Maps

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Dec 2018