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Rocky road . . . but oh so worth it

It took a good 20-30 minutes to travel the 3 miles to the trailhead - wonderful views, interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gloria T
A Must Destination

This is a must do while visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is currently outside the... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It took a good 20-30 minutes to travel the 3 miles to the trailhead - wonderful views, interesting walking - but best part was Zapata Falls at the end and traipsing through the creek to the Falls. Very worth the time and road if you're...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is a must do while visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is currently outside the park boundary, but I understand there are plans to include this in the park system. It is a worthy natural attraction to be so included for future...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

The road is for sure bumpy but it didn’t take that long. The creek was cold and the rocks were slick. Got 10 feet away and almost quit. But I really wanted to see it. It was so amazing. A walking stick would have helped...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

My wife and I are both 74. Despite what others say, Seniors can enjoy the falls. Sure the road up is rocky, but most people drive it in 18 to 25 minutes. It doesn't take an hour. As far as the hike to the falls....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Nice thing to do for a half-day trip. It is right next to the Great Sand Dunes so one could cover both the dunes and the falls in 1-day. Free to access, unlike the Great Dunes. Make sure your vehicle can handle a very rough...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

We are in our sixties, pretty good shape. The road in is miserable the whole way. We set the tripmeter- 3.4 miles (one way), not the 1 or 1 1/2 that some people said.The hike is very rocky and it would be easy to fall,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Went on a trip to this beautiful fall on First week of August. Usually weather is warm around that time (80s degree). Last 3 miles are really rough, noticed a flat tire later. People are advised to bring SUV or vehicle with good ground clearance....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank IndraDutt
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Great experience! Beautiful falls, very much worth the hike up and through the creek. You would be well advised to bring walking sticks.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank risu1259
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We did this hike with our family of five and thoroughly enjoyed it! The road is pretty rough getting here but the hike is pretty short but you are rewarded with a cold creek and amazing waterfall!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joshua R
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Cold water walk after being in the hot sand at The Great Sand Dunes National Park. The drive up is very bumpy, but the short walk in the cold creek to the cave and waterfall was very fun. My family loved the contrast of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Mari N
August 22, 2018|
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Response from Jenbrandi | Reviewed this property |
It’s in a rather isolated area and I only saw one campground, which is the one I stayed in, while I was there. It’s a small campground with a small lodge with rooms to rent. So, I’m not sure on your odds. I’d call the Desert... More
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July 7, 2018|
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Response from Anne V | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We've seen some small sedans going up with us. Just drive slow and cautious. It will take a while but if you carefully drive and avoid deep partitions of the road you will be fine. Again drive slow, take your time and... More
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Response from jpetty311 | Reviewed this property |
Be prepared to drive very slow if you are worried about your vehicle. There are a few ruts but they are easy to spot and avoid as the road is wide. You may spend half an hour driving 3 miles if you don’t want to beat your... More
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