zapata falls / great sand dunes

Here are some pictures from our camping trip to the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado this past weekend. I took 141 photos so I am still sorting through them. This is Zapata Falls. It is a 1/2 mile hike up to the falls, then you must walk through the freezing cold creek to get the falls located inside a cavern. And when I say “freezing”, I really mean it is bone-chilling-painfully-cold-water!

Hiking up into the falls through the creek. (What is up with the color? I need a DSLR in a bad way!) Anyway, we went in groups (there was 12 of us total) because the water was so cold we had to stop on rocks to give our feet a break before continuing on into the falls.

The girls waiting their turn to hike up further into the cavern. There was 5 little girls on this trip!

The last stop before going into the cavern. Take a deep breath and go for it!

Looking back down the creek from the last stop before going into the cavern.

Into the cavern…

And for the reward…My pictures don’t really do Zapata Falls justice, you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s awe-inspiring. FYI-the white area in the upper left corner is ice!

View of the Great Sand Dunes from the falls (the dunes are in the middle with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background).

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