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
Tent or RV sites
24 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair 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.

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin B.
recommends this listing.
June 17th, 2021

Beautiful campsites with nice views, perfect place to stay when visiting the Sand Dunes National Park.

Along the trail to the waterfallsGreat sunsetsViews from our siteOur setup at a small site
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 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 missedView of the dunes within a short walk of the camping sites.Sunrise against the mountains.Nice open camping areas to spread out and relax.
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 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.

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January 15th, 2019
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October 27th, 2020
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June 25th, 2018
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February 11th, 2018
Hipcamper Ian P.
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October 27th, 2017
Hipcamper Kate M.
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September 15th, 2017
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December 6th, 2016
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December 5th, 2016
Rio Grande National Forest
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37.621° N, 105.56° W
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