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Basaseachic Falls National Park is located in northwestern Mexico in the western part of the state of Chihuahua. The park covers an area of 14,340 acres (5,803 ha) and is seated in the center of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range.

The Basaseachic Falls, locally known as Cascada de Basaseachic) reaches a height of 853 feet (246 m) making them the second-highest waterfall in Mexico. The falls are the pinnacle attraction of the park and serve as the foundation for the national park name.

In addition to Basaseachic Falls, the park is renowned for the scenery particularly from the cliffs overlooking the park from summits around 5,380 feet (1,640 m). Views from around park provide visitors with tremendous rock formations and sheer-sided cliffs, panoramic sites that are unbelievable, and thick pine-oak forests. The pine-oak forests are comprised of 92 species of conifers and 76 species of oaks.

The Candameña Canyon is one of the deepest in the Sierra Tarahumara which delivers the Basaseachic Falls runoff into the Candameña River. The Duraznos River and Basaseachic River both feed in together creating the source for the Basaseachic Falls.

The cougar is the main predator of the park with other popular mammalian species including white-tailed deer, collared peccary, skunk, boar, raccoon, Mexican fox squirrel, and the jackrabbit. Rock and black-tail rattlesnake along with Texas horned lizards round off the reptiles of the park.

Highlights

Without question, the 853-foot (246 m) Basaseachic Falls is the pinnacle attraction of the national park. Along with the falls, a highlight for travelers is the abundance of rock formations and the sheer-cliff sided canyon. 

As noted above, the second tallest waterfall in Mexico reaches a height of 853 feet (246 m).  The various views of this astounding plunge make the visit to the park worthwhile.

Getting out in nature is an added perk with chances to see the near-vertical walls of Candameña Canyon are impressive. Although elusive, a sighting of a mountain lion is thrilling.

Basaseachic Falls Trails:

Basaseachic Falls is the leading attraction within the park and almost all hiking is directed at seeing and experiencing this waterfall. Although some of the panoramic views of the canyon walls are also impressive.

Park Protection

Basaseachic Falls National Park was created to protect the wilderness surrounding Mexico's second tallest waterfall.  The terrain is also home to a variety of species that need the protection including the elusive mountain lion.

Basaseachic Falls Highlights

  • Basaseachic Falls
  • Candameña Canyon

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