Beautiful National Parks in Mexico
Mexico has one of the biggest tourist industries in the world as many people travel to and take tours to Mexico to see all the great natural wonders and ancient ruins in Mexico. From gorgeous beaches and beach resorts to beautiful mountains and canyons and gorges that are very popular with hikers, campers and rock climbers Mexico has many natural wonders and most are protected in national parks. These are the 12 most beautiful national parks in Mexico that are full of natural wonders. There are also great national parks in Mexico full of ancient ruins but those parks are not included here.
Copper Canyon National Park
Copper Canyon National Park or Parque Nacional Barranca del Cobre in Spanish is located in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. There are six distinct canyons that make up the Copper Canyon region all formed by six different rivers running through the region. Copper Canyon is a huge tourist attraction in Mexico and most tourists see the canyon by taking tours along the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad which runs along the main canyon between the cities of Chihuahua and Los Mochis.
Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park
Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park is located in northwestern Mexico in the state of Baja California. The park is named for the beautiful Sierra de San Pedro Martir mountain range which consists of majestic granite peaks, deep canyons and pine tree forests. Picacho del Diablo or Devil's Peak is the highest mountain in Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park and the highest mountain peak in Baja California at 10,160 feet.
Basaseachic Falls National Park
Basaseachic Falls National Park is located in northern Mexico in the western part of the state of Chihuahua. The park is named for the spectacular Basaseachic Falls which drops 853 feet along the Basaseachic River over a granite cliff and into Candamena Canyon which was carved out by the river for thousands of years. Basaseachic Falls is the 2nd tallest waterfall in Mexico and the tallest continual flow waterfall in the country. Because of the great beauty of the falls Basaseachic Falls National Park is a very popular tourist attraction in Mexico and featured in some travel tours.
Sian Ka'an National Park
Located on and off the eastern Caribbean coast of Mexico in Tulum in the state of Quintana Roo is Sian Ka'an National Park. This beautiful park was originally set up as a biosphere reserve and made into a national park in Mexico in 1986. The park is made up of eight protected natural areas that includes reefs in front of the resort town of Cancun as well as Cozumel and also includes ruins from the Mayan civilization. It's easy for tourists to visit this park since it so close to Cozumel and Cancun where there are plenty of resort hotels and accommodations for visitors.
Cumbres del Ajusco National Park
Cumbres del Ajusco National Park is located just southwest of Mexico City, Mexico. The park is known for its high snow dusted mountains with three mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet in elevation. Due to its close proximity to Mexico City Cumbres del Ajusco National Park is popular with tourists who can stay at the hotels and motels and eat at the restaurants in the capital city and take day tours to the park which is clearly visible from all parts of Mexico City.
El Potrero Chico is a beautiful place full of gorgeous limestone cliffs that is a very popular tourist destination in Mexico with rock climbers from around the world. Potrero Chico has exposed rock cliffs as high as 2,000 feet and is one of the top ten rock climbing destinations in the world. Potrero Chico is located in northeastern Mexico in the state of Nuevo Leon in the town of Hidalgo which is about 2 1/2 hours from the Texas border at Laredo. Camping is available in and around the the park and there also many hotels and houses for rent in the area to accommodate tourists and visitors.
Isla Contoy National Park
Isla Contoy National Park is located on the island of Contoy which is located in the Caribbean Sea about 20 miles north of Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo. This beautiful island national park is a carefully controlled eco-tourist destination in Mexico where only about 200 tourists per day are allowed to visit. Isla Contoy is about 2 square miles in area and visitors to the park can find plenty of hotels and other accommodations in and around Cancun and up the coast.
Canyon del Sumidero National Park
Canyon del Sumidero National Park is located in southern Mexico in the central part of the state of Chiapas. Sumidero Canyon is the centerpiece of the park and it was carved out as deep as 3,280 feet by the Grijalva River over millions if years. Canyon del Sumidero National Park was created in 1980 and in 1981 a hydroelectric dam was built at the end of Sumidero Canyon which made the river navigable by boats. Today tourism is big in Sumidero Canyon as tourists take speed boats up the river through the gorgeous canyon and visitors can often see the American Crocodile sunning itself along the banks.
Cumbres de Majalca National Park
Cumbres de Majalca National Park is located in north-central Mexico about 50 miles northwest of the city of Chihuahua in the state of Chihuahua. This Mexican national park was created in 1939 to protect and showcase fantastic rock formations that were created and shaped over time by wind and water. The park is popular with tourists and citizens from Chihuahua who come to the park for camping, hiking, biking and rock climbing. Visitors to the park who do not want to camp can find hotels, restaurants and accommodations in Chihuahua.
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park is located near the city of Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico. The northern part of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range runs through the park and includes the famous Cerro de la Silla or Saddle Hill in English skyline formation. Cumbres de Monterrey National Park is known and popular with tourists for its beautiful rugged terrain including mountains, deep canyons, waterfalls and rivers.
Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park
Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park is located in southern Mexico in the northeast section of the state of Guerrero southeast of Mexico City. The park was created to protect the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa Caverns which is one of the largest cave systems in the world. The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa Caverns is a very popular tourist attraction in Mexico and attracts extreme sport tourist who love to rappel and rock climb in the caves. Some 350,000 tourists and people visit Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park annually.
Nevado de Toluca National Park
Nevado de Toluca National Park is located in central Mexico southwest of the city of Toluca in the State of Mexico. The park was created in 1936 to protect the Nevado de Toluca Volcano which at 15,387 feet is the 4th highest mountain in Mexico. At the top of Nevado de Toluca is a large crater that contains a number of beautiful crater lakes that draws up to 10,000 visitors and tourists a day. The park is lacking in visitor accommodations but since it is not that far from Mexico City most tourists take day trip tours to Nevado de Toluca National Park from the capital city.
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