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Zapata Falls, Mosca

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Zapata Falls is a waterfall located in the San Luis Valley near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Bureau of Land Management land adjacent to Rio Grande National Forest and south of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Alamosa County, Colorado. The falls has a drop of 30ft. Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5mi hike. Viewing the falls requires fording the stream and climbing rocks.
Black swifts nest near the falls, one of the few known breeding sites for this species in Colorado.
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  • Great little hike up to the falls. And then when you get there, wow! I loved it an will go again when I get the chance  more »
  • This was such an easy hike and had great views! I hiked here the first weekend of April and the majority of the trail was clear of snow and ice. The only part that was still snowy/icy was the part of ...  more »
  • Beautiful waterfall a third of the way up the mountain. The water is clear from the mountain snows. Beautiful area to see. Highly recommended if you go to Colorado.
  • Difficult to find the falls if you don't know where to look- once you get to the water, go IN THE WATER to the right and follow in to the cave area. Don't worry about crossing. If you cross and climb the rocks, you are likely to sit on cacti prickers and get covered in fire ants (personal experience taking here). Gorgeous area, easy hike.

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