hiking
14 hours ago

Beautiful trail, but probably over 5 miles at least to the lake. The first third is pinion with little shade but gets very wooded from there. Several stream/river crossings. We had no problems with bugs June 1 so I guess go early in the season.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

I made the drive up the trail head in my Toyota Camry. Took awhile, but was worth it. I was the first person there - and had it to myself. Passed a few couples on my way down. Beautiful Views of the area and would be a great place to primitive camp - they only have vault toilets (which are kinda ewww). There is camping with showers and a store closer to the Great Sand Dunes Ntl. Park - which the park was still closed today :(

This place is amazing. I try to visit every year. Being your water shoes and be prepared for a COLD wade upstream to the falls. It's worth every frosbitten toe though! Road up is very bumpy but your car WILL make it up. We've driven up in an Avalon and I've seen tons of little hondas and other small cars do just fine. Go slow and let the kids unbuckle so you bounce them into the ceiling.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

Drive to the top is very bumpy but the trek through the creek to see the fall is very nice and short

Great trail to hike with the kiddos! The road up to the campground where the trail begins is a bit rough as others mentioned, not not extreme at all, just rocky and slow. It’s nothing that requires heavy duty 4x4, I watched some Subarus do it, and even a Honda Civic. It’s a great and easy hike after that, get your feet wet just a smidge (up to your ankles), but really wasn’t bad. We had a great time, it’s worth it! Very easy, and the road really isn’t as bad as others say.

As most people have mentioned the road to get up to the area is pretty bad. 35 minutes to go 3 miles. If you're willing to walk through some chilly water to the actual falls I would recommend bringing some decent water shoes to change into.

Road was horrible, trail leading to the falls wasn’t great (the views of the dunes were nice on the way back down though) but the falls themselves were amazing

Hiked out here back in January. Freezing cold nights around 6F. Snow still on the dunes which made it so much more amazing to see. Such a great location with with snow capped mountains in the background and sand as far as you can see. A bit difficult hiking up the dunes even with the sand still a bit frozen. Totally worth it!

hiking
24 days ago

It was incredible! Yes the road is pretty trash, really needs to be paved. But once you make it up, which will take about 45mins going 5 miles and hour, the view is incredible! You can really see the depth of the sand dunes and admire its entirety. The waterfall was not frozen, only a sheet of ice to the left of it illuminated the cave. It’s really such a view!! The little creek you have to go through isn’t a creek at all. It’s more like a bit of a low level stream that is easy to maneuver. If you have any kids with you, use them as a brace on the way up to the cave! Overall an amazing waterfall!!

Slippery rocks

hiking
off trail
rocky
26 days ago

Great trail— Rocky and rough up to the falls. It has several spots to stop and rest and admire the view. Once you reach the stream, walking into the cave into the falls is always beautiful. At this time it was still frozen. Beautiful view and hike for family’s with kids as well. Enjoy.

hiking
26 days ago

The falls was really cool, but the road to TH absolutely ruined everything. I will not be back until adjustments are made.

Super fun trail, very steep at points! I went on a cloudy day/windy day on accident, so definitely be aware of wind levels when you’re going to the Sand Dunes! ;)

Super easy hike to see this. The drive is longer than the hike. as of Thursday 4/23/20 it was frozen! Awesome look, definitely want to see it frozen!

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Great hike for a long day out. All the way until the fork between the South Zapata lake and North Zapata lake was good, rocky hiking. After the fork on the way to South Lake, it was pretty snowy. Was able to make it most of the way in just hiking shoes and falling into snow every now and then, but too snowy to make it all the way to the lake without snow shoes or spikes. Great views though

skiing
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
icy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Tough workout.

hiking
1 month ago

The waterfall is still frozen. Quick and easy hike.

hiking
icy
off trail
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Great hike today. Didn’t quite make it to the top because of some clouds but nice none the less. Can be done without snowshoes while it’s freezing at night but beware it thaws some in the after noon. As you get into the scree field the path is currently off the real trail and through the snow and scree.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful & unique horizon. It's tough walking up dunes!

hiking
icy
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

The fall still looked beautiful even though it's 80% iicy and snowy. The way back was my fault to follow the other trail then made up my own to get back.. Oopsie!

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