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Zapata Falls, Alamosa

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • There is a good national forest campsite here, as well as the relatively short hike to the falls. The road up to the trail head and campground is really bumpy - lots of rocks. 
  • As we drove by, we decided to see the falls on a whim. No research. Yes, the road is VERY rocky. I wouldn't describe it as a gravel road. We needed to weave from side to side to try avoiding the big r...  read more »
  • Lovely hike. Once we reached the stream, we realized that in order to view the Falls we had to walk upstream. There was no trail or placard explaining that walking a 100ft in icy rushing water was nec...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Very rough road on the way up, but it is worth it. I wouldn't recommend taking a sedan on this road. The trail is about a quarter mile to the falls with some nice views of the Great Sand Dunes. The falls are amazing with good water flow. The falls were flowing well while I was there. Very much worth the hike and drive.
  • Awesome dog friendly getaway from the sand dunes...great camping and views of Valley below!! Quiet