Basaseachi Falls, a place to begin Copper Canyon explorations

Note the man (white hat, far left) seated beyond the fence at the brink of Basaseachi Falls
Note the man (white hat, far left) seated beyond the fence at the brink of Basaseachi Falls

At the falls’ brink, there’s a breath-catching energy. A churning mass of water rushes forward. The trail to the top of the 800+ ft. high Basaseachi Falls leads to footbridges with handrails and staggered chain link barriers. Visitors get an up close and personal meeting with powerful natural forces.

The quiet surprised us. The roar of the water must emanate well below the top.

Basaseachi Falls in Mexico’s state of Chihuahua has been called the single most impressive land feature between the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and Mexico’s south-central volcanoes. It’s the twentieth highest in the world, the fourth highest in North America and and one of if not the highest in Mexico.

Note: As responsible travelers, we always add the “heads up” message. Times change and circumstances change, so heed travel advisories. According to a Lonely Planet publication subsequent to our visit, “Basaseachi National Park holds some of the most magnificent natural wonders and treks in Mexico, but its location thick in the middle of a drug-cartel turf war keeps out all but the hardiest of travelers.” Our experience was pleasant. We only wish the same for all travelers.

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