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Zapata Falls

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Aaron K wrote a review Aug 2020
19 contributions15 helpful votes
After hiking to the top of High Dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park, which was nauseatingly taxing but totally awesome, we decided to hit Zapata Falls next. If you have never seen a waterfall in your entire life, and I guess if your already here, you might as well abuse your vehicle traversing the jarring, barely drive-able seemingly endless seems like 5 miles of 5-10 mph max roads to the falls. The entire drive on the road there, which is comprised of dirt and medium, and some large and very large rocks make the excursion a chiropractors dream. You will be amazed at how your body contorts and you bounce to and fro like a weeble-wobble when your 4 wheel drive city dweller can barely handle the “minefield” of cringe-worthy hard driving. The entire event of the journey there had me questioning why we were even doing it at all, as were the other four people in the car. Your mind keeps telling you to just turn around and go back. One thing would have been nice at the Park entrance, but it is not there. A sign that reads “4 wheel drive vehicles only”. There is a sign that says “rough road”. Wow thanks for the warning. It should really read, “Jeep or 4 wheel drive, off-road capable vehicles only.” I’m not sure what all the fuss is about, but save your spine, patience, and your 4 wheel drive vehicle from this albatross. What a shame. When we finally did get to the top, the waterfall was dry. My wife said to me “that’s it, right there” and I didn’t believe her. This is one of those moments in your life when you feel like you are on candid camera, like everyone knows the joke but you. Didn’t matter if there was water falling or not I barely cared, took my hiking boots off and put my feet in the almost freezing cold creek bed, and shortly after said “let’s go.” Yeah, let’s go, anyplace but here. Oh that same jarring ride greets you in the painful drive down too. It’s like the walk of shame. You want to stop everyone driving up the ascent That is passing you, and warn them, but you don’t for some schadenfrudian reason. Nope. Don’t do it.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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WishIWasInTexas wrote a review Jul 2020
Bonn, Germany227 contributions101 helpful votes
We made the drive out; the first half mile is the worst of the trip. Once thought that, the road improved. Once parked, you still have a half mile hike at altitude that will smoke most of us flat-landers. Understand that you're going to soak your shoes for a view of the waterfall, and you're way better off. It's worth the effort, but... it's still not easy. RECOMMENDED!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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rosa_00603 wrote a review Jun 2020
Nashville, Tennessee60 contributions13 helpful votes
•Well worth 3 miles Bumpy road. •Comfy shoes will be get soaking wet. •Rocky 0.45 miles and 25 feet high falls. •Tip : Visit after Great Sand Dunes National Park. •Tip: Bring hand sanitizer. The bathroom don’t have running water or hand sanitizer.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Mark Vetock wrote a review Jun 2020
Omaha, Nebraska1,056 contributions50 helpful votes
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The drive up to the trail is rocky and bumpy but go slow and you will make it. Its a short half mile walk to the stream then a short walk in the stream on rocks to the falls. Make sure you are ready to walk in cold water and slippery rocks. Its so beautiful!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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stevesgirl1111 wrote a review Jun 2020
Centennial, Colorado55 contributions46 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our trip to Zapata Falls! The road is bumpy but we easily did it with our Subaru Outback. Fun fact - it’s actually less jarring of a ride if you drive a little faster. Go slow and you feel every rock. The hike to the falls was also rocky but fairly short. Make sure you bring water shoes! You will need to walk through the stream to see the actual falls. The water was very cold but it was worth it! We were with two 12-year-olds who thought it was “lit.” Lol. Next time we’ll pack a lunch, bring our hammocks, and make an afternoon of it!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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