La Manga Falls

La Manga Falls

La Manga Falls (shown here in high water- snow melt season ) drops 30’ while squeezed thru sheer-walls of bedrock in the middle of a half mile of continuous cascades 


I finally got in to see La Manga Falls during low water.  It looks quite different than in the high water shown above.  This low flow photo below, shows a two-tiered waterfall approximately 20’ high – about 10 feet each tier.  This is followed by a ten foot high, very steep cascade that is not shown in this photo.  All of this caused me to think it was a 30’ high waterfall during high water.



beta facts:

name- La Manga Falls

height- maybe about 20’ high in 2 tiers

elevation- 9550’

GPS coordinates- ±37°06.443’N 106°22.502’W

flow- Colorado style

season- may thru oct… earlier is better

accommodations- …paved State Hwy #17 is right there …go get what-ever-you-want

ownership- Rio Grande National Forest

access- ¼ mile of extreme scramble… some on all-fours

nearest town- Chama is about 19 miles south of here

fun fact- …close to the road


Enhanced USGS Topo 7.5’ topo map

La Manga Falls copy

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