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Zapata Falls, Alamosa
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Zapata Falls is a waterfall located in the San Luis Valley near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Bureau of Land Management land adjacent to Rio Grande National Forest and south of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Alamosa County, Colorado. The falls has a drop of 30ft. Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5mi hike. Viewing the falls requires fording the stream and climbing rocks.Black swifts nest near the falls, one of the few known breeding sites for this species in Colorado.
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  • This is a great hike, cuz its not too hard for little kids, but challenging enough for older people to enjoy. Its about 1.5 miles, and I have done it when I've been very pregnant. Its fun in sun or sn...  more »
  • This is a small hike that you can only reach after a pretty bumpy dirt road. Someone mentioned boulders which we didn't encounter at all. But it's teeth rattlingly bumpy. The hike starts off pretty ro...  more »
  • We enjoyed the route up toward the falls...a BLM road poorly maintained. We'd recommend a four-wheel drive rig. It's not that there are ruts.. or you might need a high- clearance vehicle. No, there ar...  more »
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  • It's a nice hike, and some interesting falls to look at. However, be aware that it takes about 45 minutes to drive 3 mile in to the trailhead since the road is so rough and you have to take it slow to avoid ruining your tires and suspension. Also, the actual falls are a challenge to get to since you have to wade or hop on slippery rocks to get there. My wife did not even attempt it. I'm not sure it was worth the 1.5 hour drive in and out to get there.
  • The hike was enjoyable and while rocky, was fairly easy. The stream was fun to wade through, and the falls were amazing. Road and trail are very uneven, no paved areas, and significant inclines. This location is likely impassable for folks with mobility issues. BEWARE the road. I drove up in a sedan, and while it is doable, I would not enthusiastically recommend it. It would be very easy to break your car, get a flat, etc. in the middle of nowhere. I'm not saying don't do it, just know what you're getting into.
  • Absolutely beautiful!!! Quite a hike up and quite a hike through the stream. Water is freezing so make sure you are ready to get wet or go prepared with water proof shoes and even a big stick to help guide you through the stream but in the end the whole trip is worth it.
  • The first parking lot you see off the "main" road is not the closest parking lot to the hike. The road, however, is awfully bumpy! Once you get up there, it's about a half mile hike, uphill hike. There are many benches along the away for those who need breaks. If you plan on seeing the falls, plan on getting your feet wet! It is worth it though, as long as you have an extra pair of shoes.
  • It is July 4th week and the falls are pretty much done. I hiked up the trail through all the mosquitos and when we got there you had to walk the creek a ways to get to "the falls". Only about a 5 foot drop now. They may be amazing earlier in the year but they are not worth the hike now, or the rough 2.8 mile drive. We saw folks with flat tires on the sharp rocks.