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Zapata Falls, Mosca

(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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  • This was an unplanned side trip near the Sand Dunes National park. It is on the highway that leads to the park, but it is not well marked except by a drive with Bureau of land management sign near by....  more »
  • We went with a couple of pre-teens, a boy and a girl. We ALL got in the water, and followed the fast rushing creek around the bend to see the falls. We were there in June, and the water was STILL just...  more »
  • I have never been to Zapata Falls in the summer. We only ever go in the dead of winter, and we go for one reason - the stunning, amazing, frozen Zapata Waterfall. The good news is the coldest part of ...  more »
  • This place is amazing! I visited in February 2014, and the falls were frozen. I walked right up to the falls and stood in front of them listening to the roaring water somewhere behind the frozen part. It sounded like it would burst through at any second.
  • Nice short hike and a short trip through pretty cold water. (Bring some sport sandals and hiking pole that can get wet.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.