Waterfalls of Spanish Peaks Country

Add a little extra flavor to your next hike by discovering a waterfall at the end of it.

Apache Falls

The Apache Falls are in the Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness, northwest of Walsenburg. While the hike is beautiful, it can take several hours, so be prepared. Nonetheless, the waterfall that pours from the cliffs creates a shimmering spray, making it all worth it.

The hike to Apache Falls is 11-miles roundtrip, starts at the Bartlett Trailhead, and rises nearly 1,700 feet before dropping 1,200 feet into the South Apache Creek Drainage. The falls’ magical setting attracts few visitors, save the hearty summer hiker or winter ice climber, so it’s a perfect place to find some solitude.

Zapata Falls

The hike to Zapata Falls, just eight miles south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, is short, but tricky.

Just half a mile from the trailhead, Zapata Falls is a popular destination for people of all ages. But to get there, you’ll have to wade through chilly waters and maneuver over slippery rocks. Don’t let this discourage you, there are also well-constructed benches along the way for anyone who needs to take a breather.

The 30-foot waterfall is a wonderful treat any time of year. Let its spray cool you in the summer or its icicles dazzle you in the winter.

Parking at the trailhead is limited, so it’s recommended you get there early to guarantee a spot. Want to spend the night? There’s a campground nearby for those who want to wake up and walk straight to the falls.

Get out of the car and hike to see these splendid falls, but be sure to park in designated areas and to stick to the trail.  Follow Leave no Trace practices and keep these must-see destinations open for years to come.  Read about how you can Care for Colorado.