Zapata Falls Trail

MODERATE 106 reviews

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

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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
11 days ago

Great short hike with a fresh inch of snow. Traction is key - the water at the end was a slick sheet of ice today. Go all the way to the back of the alcove to see the actual falls. We almost stopped short of the best part!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful short hike

hiking
2 months ago

Sweet short hike to a waterfall. 1 mile round trip with last 100 meters walking in stream to an amazing fall.

2 months ago

Nice trail up to the water falls. Very rocky so hiking shoes are best! I'm glad I brought my hiking boots as at the end to get to see the water fall you are basically hopping rocks in a quiet river of water to get to it. It's hidden behind a wall of rock so you can't see it unless you go back. We went in October so the water was freezing.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike. There was no way to keep your feet dry to get to the waterfall at the top though... bring extra socks!

3 months ago

Quick easy hike! Make sure to hop along the rocks and check out the waterfall hidden in the back!

5 months ago

The falls are moderate at best. You will be required to get wet walking upriver to see the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

The falls are moderate at best. You will be required to get wet walking upriver to see the falls.

5 months ago

The trail itself was ok. It is very rocky. The Falls water was nothing like the pictures I saw of it. Must have been taken in the spring. The road that you have to drive is AWFUL. It is 2.8 miles of rocky ruts. Had to drive my 2 wheel drive Honda C-RV 5 mph. Lost my navigation on the way out.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing!! Totally worth it!

400 foot climb in 1/4 mile on a rocky trail. Then you have to wade upstream in ankle-knee deep, COLD water, but seeing the waterfall at the end was absolutely worth it!

You really probably should have 4 wheel drive to get to the parking area-for sure a high clearance vehicle.

5 months ago

Road to get to the trail head is a little ruff but manageable. Bring your water shoes, pretty sweet falls.

5 months ago

Easy little hike up to an AMAZING falls carving through a mountain. Don't miss this and be ready for some cold toes.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty and easy hike near Great Sand Dunes National Park. Long and slow drive up a very rugged and rocky dirt road - beware if you're worried about your car. Maybe 2 miles to get to trail head from main road? Also pretty well-trafficked trail. Our kids loved wading through the creek and maneuvering across the rocks to reach the falls, which are back in a cave. Yes, the water is most definitely freezing, so be prepared. After a hot day on the dunes we kind of found it refreshing.

hiking
6 months ago

We walked up the dirt road because we were told that our Dodge Charger would not make it. It would have but the views were nice. To reach the falls, you have to balance yourself on a rock face just above flowing water which is ice cold. Eventually, you have to wade in the water which is like having an ice cream headache in your feet. The falls is in a cave so to speak and the constant mist provides a rainbow. This very short trail is for the young and agile, but not children as it would be very easy to slip and get injured.

hiking
7 months ago

A hassle to get to the trailhead on the unpaved road, and the trail gets very crowded. The falls are worth seeing - especially when still partially frozen! - but not much of a hike.

8 months ago

Super easy hike in, anyone can do it. Bring water socks, your feet will freeze in the water that is no lie!

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty cool for a short walk, lots of people not that it was a problem.

8 months ago

Really fun

9 months ago

Short, the falls aren't all that impressive and it's a tourist hike so expect to see and pickup a ton of trash.

hiking
9 months ago

Really short and fun hike

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