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.
dogs on leash
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.
Short, the falls aren't all that impressive and it's a tourist hike so expect to see and pickup a ton of trash.
Really short and fun hike
I cannot get over how incredible this hike was. We wore YakTrax but could have gone without traction and would have been fine. Get there early so you can have the cave to yourself.
Short hike with a beautiful ending at the falls.
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.
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.
Super easy hike (for Colorado standards) to an amazing waterfall! Definitely walk through the water to see the fall
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.
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.
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)