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worth the very little hike and not something you see that often

Took about an hour overall to do up and back and we did it with our 7 year old. Its 3 miles of... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Denver, Colorado
A delightful side trip to Great Sand Dunes

The drive up to the parking area is certainly teeth-chattering. We drove it in a Suburban, but... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“rough road” (24 reviews)
“sand dunes” (46 reviews)
“short hike” (27 reviews)
Mosca, CO
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Took about an hour overall to do up and back and we did it with our 7 year old. Its 3 miles of rough road to get there and then a very short 1/2 mile hike that my kid did in flip flops very easily....More

1  Thank isthatyourdog
Reviewed 27 May 2017

The drive up to the parking area is certainly teeth-chattering. We drove it in a Suburban, but there were many small cars making the trek as well without any problem. It's not particularly steep and there are no large obstacles, just a very rough, unpaved...More

1  Thank DanTrav9
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Located just south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and preserve on a Bureau of Land Management parcel, Zapata Falls offers a beautiful waterfall in a narrow gorge much akin a cave. Zapata Falls and the stream which it forms a part of, flows...More

6  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The road up and down is awful...no one's fault, it's just a mountain road thats rutted and full of rocks. 2.8 miles up at 10 mph had me expecting something good. Unfortunately the stream up to the falls is icy cold (waterproof boots, shoes or...More

1  Thank Steve261
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We were not planning on visiting the falls after our afternoon at the Great Sand Dunes, but decided to give it a go when we saw the sign and googled the falls. Road to parking lot is very rutted and rocky. A high clearance vehicle...More

Thank MTtraverler
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

I LOVED the walk up the creek to the falls. Wearing hiking boots with gators kept my feet dry and warm, but my husband had on water shoes and enjoyed it with cold feet. Another tip...hiking poles helped me to stay on the dry rocks....More

2  Thank dsessel
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Trail thru pinion trees is easy, except for the rocky surface. Wear hard-soled shoes. Crystal-clear brook and mountain waterfall at the top, with benches to rest on. Excellent views of the Dune field. Vault toilets at parking lot. Road to parking lot is as bumpy...More

2  Thank Kathryn D
Reviewed 19 April 2017

On our way to the sand dunes I happen to come across these falls on the Roadtrippers phone app. It listed it as a Place of Interest. I mapped it. The drive up is rocky, 4 wheel drive / SUV with bigger tires is recommended....More

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great example of the power of water. Fed by the high mountain snows the creek has cut through the hard stone into softer material and has left and incredible cut into the earths crust similar to what you might see in slit...More

2  Thank SLNColo
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The waterfall is really beautiful and the small stream that stems from it on the outside of the cave is a great place to sit and relax after the hike up there. The ice is dangerous inside so caution must be taken. The road leading...More

1  Thank David M
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Johnny L
19 June 2017|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
I went in March and the waterfall inside was nearly all frozen. Once inside the cave, the ice is very slippery. I'm assuming as summer progresses, the ice thins out.
Richard T
10 June 2017|
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Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
yep! ride slow but worth the small bad road trip :)
5 May 2017|
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Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
Yes sure We drove an SUV perfect up to the parking for he falls