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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 waterfall has a drop of about 30 feet (9 m). Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5-mile (800 m) 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 place. We went at the end of April and the falls were still frozen over. It was really pretty to see. We did not actually walk on the ice as all the reviews warned of how slippery it is. The... 
    Great place. We went at the end of April and the falls were still frozen over. It was really pretty to see. We did not actually walk on the ice as all the reviews warned of how slippery it is. The...  more »
  • this was an amazing hike after visiting the sand dunes. The fall was frozen and it took some steady foot work to get to the base of the falls but it was worth it. The hike was just fine for our... 
    this was an amazing hike after visiting the sand dunes. The fall was frozen and it took some steady foot work to get to the base of the falls but it was worth it. The hike was just fine for our...  more »
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  • Beautiful waterfall! It is currently still frozen except a small sliver you can see under the ice. Since you typically walk through water to get here you do have to walk over ice to get there. It wasn’t too slippery and I was wearing hiking boots and my mom tennis shoes. ~400’ eg but you can’t forget the elevation you are already at before you start. Being from Wisconsin my mom was quick to tire
  • Such a pretty place. Short but steep and rocky hike up. Crossing the creek can be a little intimidating for some at first, but the rocks weren't very slippery (you should definitely still tread carefully and check before foot placement) and you should resign yourself to the fact that your feet will get wet. Do that and you'll have no problem.

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