Zapata Falls Trail

MODERATE 82 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
367 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.

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8 days ago

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

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8 days ago

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

14 days 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.

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19 days 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.

20 days ago

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

20 days ago

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

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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.

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