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This was an unplanned side trip near the Sand Dunes National park. It is on the highway that leads to the park, but it is not well marked except by a drive with Bureau of land... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 11, 2017
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

This was an unplanned side trip near the Sand Dunes National park. It is on the highway that leads to the park, but it is not well marked except by a drive with Bureau of land management sign near by. I saw other cars turning in, so I followed. Totally unplanned, and knew nothing of it in advance. Wow, what... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

We went with a couple of pre-teens, a boy and a girl. We ALL got in the water, and followed the fast rushing creek around the bend to see the falls. We were there in June, and the water was STILL just above freezing. The hike to get there, the crawl/climb along the edge to get as close as possible... More 

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Montana City, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

I have never been to Zapata Falls in the summer. We only ever go in the dead of winter, and we go for one reason - the stunning, amazing, frozen Zapata Waterfall. The good news is the coldest part of the journey, the approach, is done by car (a 4x4 is probably wise in the winter). The trailhead is a... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

We have hiked this twice. The drive to the trail head for Zapata Falls is a little rough! We see people taking their regular cars up the road. Eek! It's do able, but rough. The trail/hike isn't very long or hard. Depending on the year, there may be a lot of water or not very much. We waded in the... More 

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Alamosa, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

This is a great hike, cuz its not too hard for little kids, but challenging enough for older people to enjoy. Its about 1.5 miles, and I have done it when I've been very pregnant. Its fun in sun or snow, and beautiful in both. It's perfectly family friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a small hike that you can only reach after a pretty bumpy dirt road. Someone mentioned boulders which we didn't encounter at all. But it's teeth rattlingly bumpy. The hike starts off pretty rocky and an average incline but it's only 1/4 mile so not terrible. The waterfalls are only visible after you hike a couple hundred feet... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We enjoyed the route up toward the falls...a BLM road poorly maintained. We'd recommend a four-wheel drive rig. It's not that there are ruts.. or you might need a high- clearance vehicle. No, there are just thousands of large ROCKS in the road...makes for very slow going! That notwithstanding, the falls parking area is well inscribed with reader boards and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Located up a long bumpy road. A short walk to the falls. Somewhat dangerous for very young children. You have to cross some water to see the waterfall, which is back in the cave. There isn't a bridge. It was worth it though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

There is a good national forest campsite here, as well as the relatively short hike to the falls. The road up to the trail head and campground is really bumpy - lots of rocks.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

As we drove by, we decided to see the falls on a whim. No research. Yes, the road is VERY rocky. I wouldn't describe it as a gravel road. We needed to weave from side to side to try avoiding the big rocks and rough spots. The hike up from the parking areas was do-able, even for we seniors in... More 

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