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Zapata Falls, Mosca

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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 waterfall has a drop of about 30 feet (9 m). Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5-mile (800 m) 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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  • Where Great Sand Dunes NP lacks in diversity of attractions, this is a nearby attraction when you are ready to get out of the sand. There are mountain hikes in GSDNP but they don't have a waterfall.....  more
    Where Great Sand Dunes NP lacks in diversity of attractions, this is a nearby attraction when you are ready to get out of the sand. There are mountain hikes in GSDNP but they don't have a waterfall.....  more »
  • We hiked Zapata Falls after leaving Great Sand Dunes National Park. The road to the trailhead climbs quite a bit. The trail is rocky and clings steadily. The end is a pool that you need to climb... 
    We hiked Zapata Falls after leaving Great Sand Dunes National Park. The road to the trailhead climbs quite a bit. The trail is rocky and clings steadily. The end is a pool that you need to climb...  more »
  • My kids like hikes that involve water way better than dry hikes. Took my five boys ages 9-17. All five liked it. It had rained the morning that we came so there was plenty of water. There was no.....  more
    My kids like hikes that involve water way better than dry hikes. Took my five boys ages 9-17. All five liked it. It had rained the morning that we came so there was plenty of water. There was no.....  more »
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  • Beautiful place not a bad drive, it's a decent hike up the Mountainside but doable. Take water to drink, the stream is ice cold and totally worth the hike absolutely stunning area, kids had a great time. No bathrooms at top of hike plenty of benches along the hike to rest.
  • Absolutely GORGEOUS. Quick out and back which is a bit of a lung workout if you're acclimating to the elevation (but the hike itself is not hard). Trailhead is easy to identify and trail is well maintained. Be careful and prepared if crossing the falls. Water can be fast and it may be icy, but the hike into the fall can absolutely be worth it !
  • Did the short little hike to see the water fall and it was gorgeous! We went around 6pm in June and it was super nice. The water was freezing but the rocks weren't super slippery to walk/balance on. There's even a little wade pool to the left of the water fall entrance if you go on a hotter day. Excellent trip if you're in the area!
  • The Dirt road up was improved a lot! It's a very pleasant and easy drive. The falls were completely frozen over which was really cool! The experience was great it's one I would highly recommend! The hike is easy and best of all it's free!
  • Super cool experience... Roughly 1/2 mile hike up a moderately steep and Rocky trail. Soon you start to hear the roar of the waterfall. Be prepared for several stream crossings at the end and the water will likely be frigid. We were there in early auguafter rains and the water was high, fast, and freezing! Enjoy.

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