Zapata Falls is remarkable waterfall hidden in the beautiful San Luis Valley. Access to the falls requires a half-mile, uphill hike. From atop the Zapata Falls recreation area you see can the whole valley.
To really see the waterfall, you’ll need to step over the creek on wet rocks. Wear good shoes. From the parking area, it’s about a 0.5 mile uphill hike to the falls.
If camping, arrive early for a prime spot with uninterrupted views. It’s less crowded than the Great Sand Dunes, with unbelievable views of the San Luis Valley. There are 20+ campsites; $11/individual sites, $20/group sites; depending on season, sometimes free. Restrooms are available.
Zapata Falls is located just a few miles south on Highway 150 from the Great Sand Dunes. A large sign marks the turn, which continues for 4 miles up a primitive, dirt road. 2WD cars with high-clearance would be fine. Follow the road to the main parking area.
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Address: Highway 150, Mosca
Coordinates: 37°37′08″N 105°33′11″W