The largest state in Mexico, with just under 1 million inhabitants, Chihuahua’s dramatic geography makes it ideal for exploring. From waterfalls to sprawling plains to soaring hills, there are numerous landmarks that deserve your attention. Here are the ones you can’t miss.
El Pegüis Canyon
A jaw-dropping, 8-mile-long canyon, El Pegüis Canyon is named after the Pegüis bird. You’ll hike through the El Salto area, after which you’ll come across a ravine surrounded by various local cacti of the area, sharp stones and steep 1,100-foot high canyon walls leading to the Conchos River.
Grutas Nombre de Dios
These 8 million-year-old caves are popular among visitors for being only 15 minutes from Chihuahua’s center, along the Sacramento River. Loaded with stalagmites and stalactites, the Grutas Nombre de Dios have 12 different chambers, descending 85 meters below the surface through a network of sturdy, well-lit walkways. Make sure you take plenty of pictures — especially at one distinctive rock shaped like a heart.
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Wedged between the cities of Chihuahua and Cuauhtemoc, Namurachi Canyon is also home to the small town of San Francisco de Borja. Shaped in a way that creates an almost natural amphitheater, this site was used in the 20th century for the celebration of the Eucharist during times of religious persecution.
Dunas de Samalayuca
Though Chihuahua’s many canyons tend to take priority for visitors while traveling here, it is important to remember that the region is, by nature, a desert state and is home to an expansive sea of sand dunes. Here, the Dunas de Samalayuca are one of the region’s most underrated attractions — this is the place to go for adventure sports like sandboarding, motocross and ATVs.
Located in the middle of a pine forest, this waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in the Sierra Tarahumara, with one of the most impressive viewpoints of the Copper Canyon. Though smaller than some of its surrounding waterfalls, Cusárare is ideal for a quiet place to spend a picnic, camp or even bring your mountain bike — especially in the summer.
With a drop of 807 feet, this waterfall — located inside the National Park of Basaseachi — is said to be the highest waterfall in Mexico and is known for having an impressive diversity of flora due to the large number of microclimates in the park. Visit Basaseachi Waterfall not just for the impressive torrent of clear water, but also for the incredible 168 species of conifer and oak found 6,570 feet above sea level throughout the park.