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Zapata Falls, Mosca

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Waterfall Nature / Park
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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  • After you turn off of the main highway onto the road going to Great Sand Dunes National Park start looking for the sign on the right. It's not far and if you get to the Park entrance gate, then you we...  more »
  • Our front-wheel drive sedans made it up to the campsite, it was just slow going. Once we got there, it was a quick walk to the waterfall. Be prepared to get your feet wet to see the waterfall inside t...  more »
  • Steep but short hike up to the creek. We were there when spring runoff was at its peak; very few people attempted to navigate the water to actually see the falls as it was 2-3 feet deep & flowing very...  more »
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  • An easy hike to a really cool waterfall and a great view of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Be prepared to wade through a bit of water to get back to the waterfall. You can stay mostly on the rocks, but shoes will not stay dry! If you're coming from the overflow lot, it's worth walking to the main parking lot and leaving from the trailhead there. We took a wrong turn and ended up taking the trail toward Zapata Lake on accident. When we realized it, we had to do some backtracking to get to the falls. Once we made it there, though, the trail was super easy to find!
  • What a great little hike! The guides we read beforehand warned us of the steep trail (not too bad - nothing so hard scrabble to require hands) and the possibly swift stream just before the falls (ok for us, but conditions will vary depending on the snow melt). Both good to know. But none of the guides mentioned how rough the dirt road to the trail head is! It was 3.4 miles of really rough going - glad we rented a crossover rather than a sedan!
  • Seems as though some people were not prepared to get wet. Hike really wasn't that bad. I carried a three year old on my shoulders the whole walk with zero issues. Water was cold but we were expecting that. Completely worth the hike to see the falls.
  • I love this short little hike to the waterfall. In winter, the falls freeze over, allowing for easier access. The nearby campground is a great place to stay overnight, especially if you're visiting the nearby Great Sand Dunes. Primitive camping though, so bring what you need!
  • Great little waterfall; Suggestion: Bring aqua sock or water shoes so you can see the fall b/c it is hike the mountain stream; 3+ miles of rough rocky road