Zapata Falls is located in the San Luis Valley near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is south of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The falls have a 30 foot drop that freeze in the winter months, but water can still be heard flowing deep underneath the ice.
- Trailhead: Zapata Falls
- Round trip: 1 mile / 1.6 km
- Elevation: 9,035′-9,250′ (+215′) / 2,754m-2,819m (+66m)
From the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, drive south about 8 miles, then turn left (east) onto a dirt road. Drive the remaining 3.5 miles to the trailhead. To view the falls, hike about 1/2 mile, cross the creek, then scramble up the rocks and stream into a crevasse where the 30 ft. high falls cascade down.
Zapata Falls has a 30′ / 9m drop
The falls are not distinguishable on Google Earth