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Zapata Falls

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Address: Mosca, CO

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Super hike. Icy interlude

Lovely hike. Once we reached the stream, we realized that in order to view the Falls we had to walk upstream. There was no trail or placard explaining that walking a 100ft in icy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
Eileen B
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greenwood village, United States
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greenwood village, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Lovely hike. Once we reached the stream, we realized that in order to view the Falls we had to walk upstream. There was no trail or placard explaining that walking a 100ft in icy rushing water was necessary to enter the cave/opening to view the Falls. Wet hiking boots, soaked jeans and well-worth it.

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Plano, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The 3-4 mile road was extremely rocky...almost need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Then once finally get to the top, there's a 1/4 mile hike up 400 ft in elevation across an even more rocky and treacherous trail. You finally get to the creek, and need to "follow the creek" a ways to see the falls. Only problem is, you... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

First ... the drive to the falls is on a poorly maintained gravel road that is VERY bumpy. I found it fun, my wife not so much. ;-) There is a short, up hill hike (15-20 minutes) to the river. Once there you have to hike in the river to the falls. Is it worth doing/seeing? Yes if you are... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We turned off on the road to Zapata Falls on a whim, not knowing what to expect, and were very pleasantly surprised. While the rocky dirt road up to the falls is not designed for small two-wheel drive vehicles (although there were plenty of rental cars making the trip), it is definitely worth the trip. A short, easy hike from... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

I realize this is pbly a great attraction in spring, with a huge runoff, but I'm here to tell you, in the fall don't waste your time...After driving for 15 minutes to the Zapata Falls parking lot, from the Dunes, you have a choice of driving up a rock road, huge rocks for four (4) miles up to the trailhead... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The 3 mile drive up the rocky road will make you question your commitment; the ride down will make you happy that you did it. The falls is in a canyon that requires that you wade through a stream. Yes your feet get wet, and the water is cold, but what awaits is fantastic. Alpine water falling over the cliff... More 

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Moore, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This waterfall is a must see if you are near the Great Sand Dunes and you can borrow a friends car because the 3 mile road up to the falls is terribly rocky. And yes, once you've survived to trail up to the falls parking area, you still have to hike up a rocky path to see the falls. And... More 

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Warrensburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

3 mile road of large rocks to get there, ends at 8,000 ft elevation. Saw passenger vehicles up there, but I wouldn't do it. Trail is also rough--400 ft rise in 1/2 mile. Have to wade thru ice cold mountain stream to get to the falls. But, it's all worth it when you get there.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The road in to Zapata Falls is full of softball sized rocks so if you car rides low, don't try it. the hike from the parking area is all up hill through beautiful scenery. when you get to the river expect to get your feet wet if you want to see the falls. There is no dry path up to... More 

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Well worth the effort to see this interesting falls, but need to knows....1) you need to drive about 3 miles in on a dirt washboard road, 2) wear Keen or Teva types sandals for hiking in water, 3) water was ice cold in June, 4) some mosquitos in June, 5) use caution with young kids or if have balance issues,... More 

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