High on top of the hill, Zapata Falls campground is located 9,000 feet in Sangre de Cristo Mountains, painted with chromatically cohesive sunsets and sunrises. Because of it’s elevation, be sure to be aware of the possibility of altitude sickness―and bring plenty of H20!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
24 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Zapata Falls Campground.

Hot spring
Hipcamp makes it easy to find unique camping experiences.
Discover campsites, ranches, vineyards, farms, glamping, public parks and more.
Illustration tent arms eggplant

The vibe at Zapata Falls Campground

13 Reviews

No one? Bueller? Sharing is caring, y'all.
Drop some Zapata Falls Campground knowledge on us.
Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 6th, 2016

Awesome campground 10 minutes outside the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The Zapata Falls are a 1/2 mile from the campground and make a great quick hike before heading to the dunes.

Hipcamper Kate
Kate G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 25th, 2017

Wonderful place close to one of my favorite places to visit, the Great Sand Dunes. This campground is relatively new so all sites and facilities are really nice. The views across the valley looking at the Dunes are incredible. Hiking to Zapata Falls and in the surrounding area is well worth the trip. When you turn off the highway heading to the campground the vegetation is really sparse but the road climbs quite a bit so you end up camping in an area with pinon and juniper trees. Hiking up to the falls gets you into pines.

Hipcamper Kate
Kate M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 19th, 2017

One of our favorite camping spots. Great views of the San Juan valley and the Dunes can be seen to the north after a 5 minute walk. Plan on a twisty dirt road to get in and start climbing a bit in elevation. The Zappata falls are a quick hike but there is plenty more trail for people who would like to make a day trip into the mountains.

Sunsets in the valley are not to be missedSunrise against the mountains.Nice open camping areas to spread out and relax.View of the dunes within a short walk of the camping sites.
Hipcamper Ian
Ian P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 27th, 2017

I loved it here! Not crowded at all, quiet and every spot had a good view it seemed. Clean bathrooms are a plus too! Make sure you have water and other things before you head up the dirt road.

Hipcamper Tara H.
recommends this listing.
November 14th, 2019
Hipcamper Beth H.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2020
Hipcamper Kelly L.
recommends this listing.
January 15th, 2019
Hipcamper Kaili M.
recommends this listing.
June 25th, 2018
Hipcamper Will J.
recommends this listing.
February 11th, 2018
Hipcamper Ian P.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2017
Hipcamper Kate M.
recommends this listing.
September 15th, 2017
Hipcamper Ryan R.
recommends this listing.
December 6th, 2016
Hipcamper Starr H.
recommends this listing.
December 5th, 2016
Rio Grande National Forest
United States
Phone Number
View on Google Maps
Official Website
View Website
37.621° N, 105.56° W
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)
Tent / RV / Trailer: 23 Sites
(Up to people per site)

Safety at Hipcamp

Inclusion Policy

We have a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination at Hipcamp and are committed to helping our Host and Hipcamper community be inclusive.

Learn More
Hipcamp Hand

Hosting Standards

All Hosts should review and adhere to these standards around providing a positive Hipcamp experience, being a thoughtful neighbor, and serving as a responsible citizen.

Learn More

Hipcamper Standards

All Hipcampers should review and adhere to these standards for safety, trip preparation, and respect in order to uphold Hipcamp’s most important value: “leave it better.”

Learn More

Safety partners

Recreate Responsibly

  1. Know before you go
  2. Practice physical distancing
  3. Plan ahead
  4. Play it safe
  5. Explore locally
  6. Leave no trace
  7. Build an inclusive outdoors
Learn More

Leave No Trace

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors
Learn More

National Weather Service

We integrate with the National Weather Service to provide valuable fire advisories to Hosts and Hipcampers. Real-time Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watch Warnings help keep our community safe.

Learn More
Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future