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Experience a diverse hike with views of the sand dunes, creek crossings, open rock, dense woods, and meadows.


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Map Key

4.9

Miles

7.8

KM

Point to Point

11,876' 3,620 m

High

9,079' 2,767 m

Low

2,949' 899 m

Up

152' 46 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

84%

Max Grade (40°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Description

From the parking lot the trail starts off by following up to Zapata Falls before splitting off at a marked sign/kiosk. The sign was vandalized to say 14 miles but it's only 4.5 up to South Zapata Lake. The trail goes in and out of shaded forest with some extended sections of full sun exposure. Early on the trail merges with a rocky creek with flowing water and then becomes more clear further up at a creek crossing over suspended logs. There are several more creek crossings on the trail, some of which require less agile dogs to be carried across. About a half mile from the lake the trail opens up into high meadows with several small pools and water on the trail. Just before the final rise to the lake the trail all but disappears and you're left to find your own path up the rocks. After the rocks the lake is finally visible and provides for a very refreshing (cold!) swim after a hot hike.

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Adam Darling

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  4.1 from 7 votes

#10044

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#824

in Colorado

#10,044

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Photos

Zapata Falls - Looking down the creek from the base of the falls.
Apr 17, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
Zapata Falls- Views From Trail
Apr 17, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
View of South Zapata Creek near base of the falls.
May 26, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
Heading down to the creek.
Jun 1, 2016 near Alamosa…, CO
Even the view from the parking lot is pretty spectacular.
Feb 17, 2016 near Alamosa…, CO
Zapata Falls Trail.
Jun 1, 2016 near Alamosa…, CO
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Oct 16, 2022
Willm Wrkm
10mi
Oct 11, 2019
Livia Abuls
Jun 18, 2019
Andrea Risen
Sep 30, 2018
Hannah Boatright
Sep 16, 2018
Sean P
Hiked and camped out side of the lake.
Jan 9, 2018
Nathan Cragg
4.9mi
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