Above: Katie proved to be the bravest by scrambling
up the wet and slippery rock to the base of the waterfall.
Zapata Falls is a beautiful waterfall near
Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado.
A short 0.5 mile hike (one way), the trail is popular for casual hikers and ends
at the base of a creek, where one must travel through or on the creek (depending on the season),
to waterfall in a tall rock crevasse. Zapata Falls is fueled by underground spring water and
Zapata Lake, a high elevation lake far above in the
Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
This is a unique place in the
San Luis Valley
that is a "must see" for those who love waterfalls.
Directions: A google maps search for
Zapata Falls, Alamosa, Colorado pinpoints the waterfall.
From the main entrance of the Great Sand Dunes National Park,
travel south on Highway 150 (as if you're traveling to Blanca) for a few miles.
(Not sure of the exact mileage at this time.)
On the left (east) is a dirt road that is marked for Zapata Falls. Take that dirt road towards the end,
where there is a clearly marked trailhead and parking lot.
Photos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado.