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Zapata Falls Campground

55 Reviews

Closed For the Season

This campground is closed for the season from August 9, 2021 through August 5, 2022.

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This campground is closed for the season from August 9, 2021 through August 5, 2022.

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About This Campground

Zapata Falls is a Bureau of Land Management Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). There are 23 single campsites, one group site, and one campsite host. The campground is located on BLM road 5415, seven miles southwest of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The campground sits at 9,000 feet at…

Fee Info

Individual Sites: $11.00 per night (Maximum limits - 2 vehicles, plus 1 trailer - 6 people - 2 tents). Group Sites: $20.00 per night (Maximum limits - 4 vehicles, plus 1 trailer - 15 people - 5 tents).

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Dispersed
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites

Reviews

55 Reviews of Zapata Falls Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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  • 23
Cody W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2021

Super cool campground with a trail

I liked it a lot! It was my dogs first ever camping experience and he loved it. There was an insane amount of dogs there at the time which kinda sucked but it was cool! The roads a little rough but nothing super crazy! The falls are gorgeous. I tried to take my dog here who’s kind of old and is…

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Month of VisitAugust
L
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2021

Don’t camp here

Very sketchy and uncomfortable. Camp host is disrespectful and unhelpful. He runs his generator all night. There’s a guy who apparently does a radio show from a site on the RV loop and he is constantly intoxicated and loud throughout the night. Worst camping experience i’ve ever had. Did not feel…

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Month of VisitSeptember
Ellen G.
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

stunning views

We loved the privacy of the sites and the beauty of the area. The campground sits near the top of a mountain and offers stunning views of the valley below.  We woke up above the clouds in the morning! We did however experience a bizarre and traumatizing evening that I should mention... the camp…

Location

Zapata Falls Campground is located in Colorado

Directions

To reach Zapata Falls Campground: From Highway 160, about 5 miles west of Blanca, turn north on Highway 150 and travel about 10.5 miles to BLM road 5415; turn east and travel another 2.5 miles to the campground entrance. To reach the road to the campground from the Great Sand Dunes National Park, travel about 7 miles southwest on Highway 150. The unpaved road from the highway to the campgrounds gains 1,000 feet in 3.6 miles and is rough in places. Passenger cars and RVs can navigate the road, but it may be too challenging for some vehicles

Coordinates

37.62071094 N
105.56074055 W

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About This Campground

Zapata Falls is a Bureau of Land Management Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). There are 23 single campsites, one group site, and one campsite host. The campground is located on BLM road 5415, seven miles southwest of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The campground sits at 9,000 feet at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It offers sweeping views of the San Luis Valley, the San Juan Mountains and nearby Great Sand Dunes National Park—plus spectacular sunrises, sunsets and night skies. A new trailhead in the campground supplies a link to the South Zapata Creek Trail # 852, and the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. A second trail, North Fork South Zapata Trail # 868, just above the campground in the day-use area, leads visitors on a mildly steep half-mile hike to the falls that give the campground its name. Getting to the falls is an adventure in itself, involving a wade through cold creek water and a climb over slick boulders. The falls are located on land owned by the Colorado State Land Board, and people who visit them need to be cautious and realize that the climb can be risky. Zapata Falls campsites, one group site and one camp host site are spaced around two, one-mile-long loops. The sites on one loop are designed for tent campers. Parking spurs on the second loop vary a little in length but in general can handle RVs, towed campers or other configurations of vehicles up to about 50 feet long. Each single site has a picnic table, fire grate, parking and tent pads and a bear-proof food locker. The accessible group site has three picnic tables, three tent pads and a group fire ring. The campground is open year round but access in the winter can be difficult - call ahead for conditions. QUIET HOURS & no generator use 10 pm - 7 am. For more information, please contact the San Luis Valley Field Office. ADA Access: Two sites are ADA Accessible

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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