Zapata Falls

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Zapata Falls
Zapata Falls
LocationSan Luis Valley, Colorado
Coordinates37°37′08″N 105°33′11″W / 37.61889°N 105.55306°W / 37.61889; -105.55306 (Zapata Falls)Coordinates: 37°37′08″N 105°33′11″W / 37.61889°N 105.55306°W / 37.61889; -105.55306 (Zapata Falls)[1]
Total height30 feet (9.1 m)[2]
Number of drops1
WatercourseSouth Zapata Creek

Zapata Falls is a waterfall located in the San Luis Valley near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Bureau of Land Management land adjacent to Rio Grande National Forest and south of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Alamosa County, Colorado.[3] The falls has a drop of 30-foot (9.1 m). Access to this waterfall entails a mildly steep 0.5 mi (0.80 km) hike. Viewing the falls requires fording the stream and climbing rocks.

Black swifts nest near the falls, one of the few known breeding sites for this species in Colorado.[4]

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  1. ^ "Zapata Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  2. ^ "Great Sand Dunes Park and Preserve: Zapata Falls". National Park Service. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Zapata Falls Special Recreation Management Area" (PDF). U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Zapata Falls". Colorado State Parks. Retrieved May 20, 2019.

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