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Zapata Falls

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Address: 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 there were many small cars making the trek as well without any problem. It's not... read more

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 road. At the parking area there is a beautiful day use/picnic area that is very... More 

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Pemba, Mozambique
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 down through the mountains and golden aspen glades, along cliffs and past rich wildlife areas,... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 sandals rec.) and the waterfall still had a large ice plug on one side restricting... More 

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Thank Steve261
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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 might be the best bet. Trail to the falls is easy, except for the rocky... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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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. It was amazing to see the icy remains of winter with the rush of mountain... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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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 as everyone claims; drive carefully or ruin your shocks. Not a must-see item, but a... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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. The short hike to the falls involves crossing a rushing creek. Not deep and there... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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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 canyons in Utah. Right now very icy to get to the falls so beware as... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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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 to the trail is very bumpy and can be detrimental on small sedans or sports... More 

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Miami, Florida
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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 in the area.. then we walk is really small.. and the falls and the river... More 

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