El Pinacate

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar

World Heritage and Natural Wonder of Mexico

A magical place of desolate beauty, unusual creatures, unique plants and very peculiar geological features, such as star-type dunes, craters, cineritic cones and volcanic peaks. It is a collection of archaeological remains dating back to 20,000 years ago and belongs to one of the six Mexican Natural Protected Areas named by UNESCO as a Natural Property. Here hundreds of species coincide: 40 of mammals, more than 540 of plants, 200 of birds and 40 of reptiles, in addition to amphibians and fish.
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Craters Route

This scenic route of 80 kilometers has its access entering through the Biological Station and it takes 3 hours. It is important to remember that in order to do so, it is necessary to fill out a form and abide by precise rules. Attractions: landscapes covered with volcanic ash and lava flows

Schuk Toak Museum

It offers a modern museographic exhibition with interactive screens, videos and images related to the Sonoran Desert and the volcanic shield of the area. It has its Visitors Center, erected on a lava flow. Attractions: audiovisual room, interpretive trails, interaction with fauna

Hiking in the dunes

From October to May, walking through the spectacular sand hills is a very edifying activity that the Altar Desert allows. The distance to travel is 1.4 miles and its level of demand is intermediate. Attractions: landscapes, contact with flora and fauna
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Lodging: 3 camping areas Route: 49.7 miles of dirt road * Nearby cities: Rocky Point, Plutarco Elías Calles and San Luis Río Colorado
* All-terrain vehicles are not necessary. .