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Zapata Falls

Colorado 81146 USA

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“Hike to find this hidden treasure”

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 30-foot. Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5 mi hike. Viewing the falls requires fording the stream and climbing rocks. 

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January 07, 2016

My 5 children (ages 5-12), husband and I enjoyed this hike back to a small waterfall in conjunction with seeing the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The hike was mild enough that we were able to carry our wheelchair bound 5yo to the falls and through the water. We went in June and the water was moving good, but shallow enough to not be scary, just cold! The hike to the falls can make you a bit winded, but has sporadic benches for a rest. You can't see the falls unless you walk through the water and go around the bend, but it's a fun experience. The drive off the main road is about 20 minutes on rough gravel.

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April 22, 2014

Absolutely incredible view at the campground

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June 28, 2016
Rated 2.0

I am sure this would of been lovely if we could of made it all the way to the falls... unfortunately, we were set upon my droves, and I do mean DROVES of mosquitoes. If you go to this one, bring bug repellent/spray/flamethrower.

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August 24, 2021
Rated 5.0

The road TO the parking area is a pretty rough road. It's about 18 miles out so to where you can park to walk. The hiking trail is very rocky the entire way. We went in the 80 degree full sun heat. We aren't hikers but we did ok on the hike. BRING WATER! The Falls was totally worth it! Even my teen who was INSISTING he didn't want to go on "another stupid hike" said it was worth it! Lol

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October 02, 2015
Rated 2.0

Went during the end of September and there were no falls, just a mild stream of water at the bottom. Guess the waterfall is only active when the snow melts. Good hike though.

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April 01, 2021
Rated 5.0

Went April 1st, fall were frozen and it am awesome experience, would bring yak-tracks for the frozen River.

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March 30, 2021
Rated 5.0

Beautiful! The falls were frozen at this time of year so easy access apart from being slippery! Short hike and then into the rocks to see the waterfall. The drive up was very rocky so we went slow and it took a while, but worth it

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Zapata Falls

81146 USA

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