Zapata Falls Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Zapata Falls Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles 233 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

snow

The falls were formed when South Zapata Creek wore a groove in the crystalline rocks of the Sangre de Cristos, allowing its water to spill onto the soft alluvial soils below. Over millennia, the creek has carved a dim, deep and narrow chasm through which water tumbles some 30 feet. In the summer, the falls offer a cool respite; winter temperatures turn them into a giant ice sculpture.

hiking
1 month ago

The frigid water made it painful to go to the falls. A local said it's best done in winter when frozen. Very popular and busy trail. Worth the short hike, and wading the river made it a memorable experience.

2 months ago

Rated 5 stars because of the amazingly rewarding view from the falls. You have to scale the steep rock on all 4s to get there (most fun part of the climb), but from that vantage point, you can see everything and it is awesome.

4 months ago

Super easy hike (for Colorado standards) to an amazing waterfall! Definitely walk through the water to see the fall

hiking
4 months ago

This is the second time I've been to the Falls. The hike wasn't bad. I was in my low healed, open toed sandals and thought it was doable! I went barefoot into the water to get to the falls. My first time going, the "cave" walls were covered in thick ice and the stream was more shallow. This time, no ice and deeper, faster water.

4 months ago

It is worth driving the rough road. Easy and quick trail to get to the falls. You have to get wet to get to the best part but it is worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Rough ride up to the parking lot and trail head. If you have an SUV you will be fine however I wouldn't drive up the 3 mile road with a low clearance vehicle. (You can Hike up to the trail head) Once you reach the TH it's a short hike uphill, gravel/rocky trail to the falls. Be sure to walk in the stream to the crevice then hang a left and go into what looks like a cavern. That's the $ shot. Beautiful falls. Water is cold. Your shoes will be soaked and it will be well worth it. Not recommended for children to be in the falls/stream is it was quite rapid today. (7/10/16)

6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little hike. You can walk all the way up to the waterfall and its easily accessible.

11 months ago

Trail was easy with some incline. Fall's are fabulous in the winter!

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Short 1/4 mile climb uphill with beautiful scenery, including a view of the Great Sand Dunes. But don't give up when you see water. Get your boots wet and take the last few hundred feet to the falls. It's worth the trip.

WARNING it's a rough 4 miles from the highway to the trailhead parking.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Super short uphill hike, make sure you get in the river and go upstream. Awesome waterfall.

1 year ago

This is a great family hike, you will definitely want to wear water shoes and shorts - unless you don't mind wet pants, and be prepared to carry any little ones you may have (my kids didn't care for the cold water). The trail was easy enough for my 3 and 5-year-old and we all had a blast. The whole adventure only took about 2 hours from Alamosa (including driving to and from, the hike, spending time at the falls).

hiking
1 year ago

Great Hike Beautiful Waterfall

hiking
1 year ago

Wear water shoes or shoes that you don't care about to get to the falls! It was worth it. Bring bug spray too!

hiking
1 year ago

Absolutely amazing! Such a wonderful winter trip with views that will leave you speechless. Read my official blog and check out pictures at:
http://joshlepik.com/2015/01/11/zapata-falls/

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Pretty easy climb up hill to falls. Lots of rocks and dust along way, but nothing difficult. You will need to go through water to see falls. Pretty waterfall, definitely worth seeing once you get to it.