Scenic grandeur, casual management

Basaseachi Falls, twentieth highest in the world, the fourth highest in North America and Mexico’s highest
Basaseachi Falls, twentieth highest in the world, the fourth highest in North America

The more eastern access road into the park offers a more panoramic perspective of Basaseachi Falls . The two access roads lie only about five miles apart on a paved road. To get there, we headed north through town and turned eastward onto Highway 16, then south onto Chihuahua 330 and followed signage, turning westward into the park overlook area.

We were ready to pay the entrance fee, (10-pesos per person at the time), but there was no one available to accept it. It was a case of scenic grandeur with casual management. We found a souvenir stand with a few packaged snacks for sale and a young man who showed us some available rooms. A part-time independent guide approached us and offered to escort us on the trail to the bottom of the falls. The recommended amount of time to allow for the hike is about three hours.

We thanked him and opted for a shorter unescorted hike. He didn’t pressure. He and his dog had wood to deliver in his truck. We breathed in the clear mountain air and knew that our Copper Canyon journey had truly begun.

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