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Address: Mosca, CO

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On our way to the sand dunes I happen to come across these falls on the Roadtrippers phone app. It listed it as a Place of Interest. I mapped it. The drive up is rocky, 4 wheel... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ashley S
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Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Trail thru pinion trees is easy, except for the rocky surface. Wear hard-soled shoes. Crystal-clear brook and mountain waterfall at the top, with benches to rest on. Excellent views of the Dune field. Vault toilets at parking lot. Road to parking lot is as bumpy as everyone claims; drive carefully or ruin your shocks. Not a must-see item, but a... More 

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Wisconsin
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to the sand dunes I happen to come across these falls on the Roadtrippers phone app. It listed it as a Place of Interest. I mapped it. The drive up is rocky, 4 wheel drive / SUV with bigger tires is recommended. The short hike to the falls involves crossing a rushing creek. Not deep and there... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great example of the power of water. Fed by the high mountain snows the creek has cut through the hard stone into softer material and has left and incredible cut into the earths crust similar to what you might see in slit canyons in Utah. Right now very icy to get to the falls so beware as... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The waterfall is really beautiful and the small stream that stems from it on the outside of the cave is a great place to sit and relax after the hike up there. The ice is dangerous inside so caution must be taken. The road leading to the trail is very bumpy and can be detrimental on small sedans or sports... More 

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Miami, Florida
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we did not have any idea of were we were going! very near the dunes, the road is gravel and more of less long up to the trail.. the view from the top is amazing, you see the mountains the dunes and the flat lands in the area.. then we walk is really small.. and the falls and the river... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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141 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice short (.5 miles) and easy hike up to a beautiful waterfall inside a cave. Right now it is frozen, so you are able to walk all the way back in to see the waterfall. When it thaws you can still view it but plan to walk a little bit in the water to get to the... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 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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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 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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15 reviews
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Reviewed 26 November 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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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 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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