Zapata Falls SRMA, Colorado Camping & Hiking

Zapata Falls SRMA, Colorado Camping & Hiking

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Directions

From Alamosa, depart on US Highway 160/Main Street eastwards. Go east on Highway 160 until you reach Colorado State Highway 150. Turn left and go north on Colorado State Highway approximately 12.5 miles. Turn right onto the unpaved gravel road (Lake of The Falls Road).

Phone

719-852-7074

Activities

CLIMBING, CAMPING, HIKING, PICNICKING, PHOTOGRAPHY

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Zapata Falls Recreation Area

Zapata Falls Campground

BLM – Zapata Falls Recreation Area

BLM – Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway

Hidden Colorado Gem: Zapata Falls

Zapata Falls is a waterfall located 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. The falls has a drop of 30-foot (9.1 m). Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5 mi (0.80 km) 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 During the summer months, the falls provide a cooling oasis, but during the winter months, the waterfall freezes into an enormous column of ice, perfect for the experienced ice climber.

A short but adventurous hike over slippery rocks leads to a magnificent 25-foot waterfall at Zapata Falls Recreation Area. This area is just as impressive during the winter months, when the falls freeze into an enormous column of ice. Travelers along Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway can stop at Zapata Falls Campground for a convenient overnight stay. For more information, please contact the San Luis Valley Field Office.

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