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.

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

Location Website


3 camping areas


49.7 miles of dirt road *

Nearby cities:

Rocky Point, Plutarco Elías Calles and San Luis Río Colorado

* All-terrain vehicles are not necessary. .