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Beautiful views

As a "flatlander" coming from sea level this hike nearly killed me, but it was so worth it. I... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Niagara Falls, Canada
Uphill both ways...in the snow ;)

Just kidding; we did this hike in June, and although we did see a good amount of snow, it was no... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Bushnell, Florida
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Mosca, CO
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

As a "flatlander" coming from sea level this hike nearly killed me, but it was so worth it. I recommend (unlike what I did) waiting a couple of days to acclimatise to the altitude if you arent used to it. However, after a long and...More

Thank greenka466
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Just kidding; we did this hike in June, and although we did see a good amount of snow, it was no trouble. The footing in some areas, though, is dicey; I'd imagine sprained ankles occur with some frequency. And you have to be prepared for...More

Thank VespagirL55
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Although rated as a strenuous hike, if you are up for it, Zapata Lake is well worth the effort. It forms a high alpine like toying with timber like in one of the more rugged areas of Colorado. The mountains are huge and steep and...More

4  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We definitely wanted to check out Zapata Falls on our way out after visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park. The drive to the falls is very rocky, so you have to drive slowly; but it was worth the drive! I think it was only about...More

1  Thank Heather_Geo
Reviewed 13 June 2016

This is one of the most beautiful hikes my family and I have ever done, but extremely uphill if you are flatlanders like we are! There's a lot of uphill on the way there, almost 3,000 feet net. This time of year, the trail, especially...More

2  Thank jhans0n
Reviewed 10 May 2016

We didn't make all the way to the lake. We did make it to the falls. The road is terrible! The little walk through the water was very cold, but the falls were so cool!

Thank Lori B
Reviewed 8 September 2015

I completely agree with HomeAgain72' review, " a challenging hike but worth it". My husband and I set off on this hike completely unaware of the fact that the way to Zapata Lake is almost entirely uphill, steep uphill at that. Occasionally the illusion of...More

Thank Mairead K
Reviewed 6 July 2015

Trail reviews will tell you that this is a 4.6 mile long trail with 2800 feet elevation gain. Before you start out, you should know that is net gain; this trail covers three hillsides, so there is a substantial amount of up-and-down as well as...More

2  Thank HomeAgain72
Reviewed 24 July 2014

From the parking lot, hike less than half a mile towards the popular Zapata Falls. The trail to South Zapata Lake swings off to the right just before the Falls and is clearly marked. There are four easy stream crossings along the way. BE AWARE...More

6  Thank aerofaze
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Quinn A
17 December 2014|
Response from SteveD2013 |
Yes. The water is crystal clear, but very cold.