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Zapata Falls

Mosca, CO
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A delightful side trip to Great Sand Dunes

The drive up to the parking area is certainly teeth-chattering. We drove it in a Suburban, but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Neat year around hidden gen

Located just south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and preserve on a Bureau of Land... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pemba, Mozambique
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“short hike” (26 reviews)
“rough road” (20 reviews)
“your feet” (34 reviews)
Mosca, CO
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The drive up to the parking area is certainly teeth-chattering. We drove it in a Suburban, but there were many small cars making the trek as well without any problem. It's not particularly steep and there are no large obstacles, just a very rough, unpaved...More

Thank DanTrav9
Reviewed 3 days ago

Located just south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and preserve on a Bureau of Land Management parcel, Zapata Falls offers a beautiful waterfall in a narrow gorge much akin a cave. Zapata Falls and the stream which it forms a part of, flows...More

Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 1 week ago

The road up and down is awful...no one's fault, it's just a mountain road thats rutted and full of rocks. 2.8 miles up at 10 mph had me expecting something good. Unfortunately the stream up to the falls is icy cold (waterproof boots, shoes or...More

Thank Steve261
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not planning on visiting the falls after our afternoon at the Great Sand Dunes, but decided to give it a go when we saw the sign and googled the falls. Road to parking lot is very rutted and rocky. A high clearance vehicle...More

Thank MTtraverler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVED the walk up the creek to the falls. Wearing hiking boots with gators kept my feet dry and warm, but my husband had on water shoes and enjoyed it with cold feet. Another tip...hiking poles helped me to stay on the dry rocks....More

1  Thank dsessel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trail thru pinion trees is easy, except for the rocky surface. Wear hard-soled shoes. Crystal-clear brook and mountain waterfall at the top, with benches to rest on. Excellent views of the Dune field. Vault toilets at parking lot. Road to parking lot is as bumpy...More

2  Thank Kathryn D
Reviewed 19 April 2017

On our way to the sand dunes I happen to come across these falls on the Roadtrippers phone app. It listed it as a Place of Interest. I mapped it. The drive up is rocky, 4 wheel drive / SUV with bigger tires is recommended....More

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great example of the power of water. Fed by the high mountain snows the creek has cut through the hard stone into softer material and has left and incredible cut into the earths crust similar to what you might see in slit...More

2  Thank SLNColo
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The waterfall is really beautiful and the small stream that stems from it on the outside of the cave is a great place to sit and relax after the hike up there. The ice is dangerous inside so caution must be taken. The road leading...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 14 April 2017

we did not have any idea of were we were going! very near the dunes, the road is gravel and more of less long up to the trail.. the view from the top is amazing, you see the mountains the dunes and the flat lands...More

Thank magdabruna
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Can midsize SUV be able to drive up there to the parking lot through bumpy road? How bad the road is? Will it be a safe hike to go with a 5 year old?
5 May 2017|
Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
Yes sure We drove an SUV perfect up to the parking for he falls
Would I be able to take a jogging stroller on this trail?
22 February 2017|
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Response from travlin_fam5 | Reviewed this property |
Jog stroller might be okay on the trail to the stream, but you have to hike in the stream to get to the falls. Maybe a baby back pack would be best, but take care as it is slippery walking in the stream...and cold. Wear... More
Hello! Taking my wife and 9yo son to Zapata Falls this weekend. Was curious if you can hike to the lake from the falls, or did you go to a different trailhead? Google Maps only shows a small stream from the lake to the falls, but not sure if thats how you get there. Thanks for any info you can share. :) Best, Bill
16 August 2016|
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Response from Bdbanshee | Reviewed this property |
The hike ends at the falls. You actually have to hike up the stream a little ways to even see the falls, nowhere to go but back out the way you came unless you climb the falls.