Zapata Falls Trail

MODERATE 70 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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12 days 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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Really fun

3 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.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Really short and fun hike