El Chico National Park

Mineral del Chico National Park
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Leave the semi-desert behind and enter the lush realm of one of Mexico’s oldest nature reserves, which has ancient conifers, a cool climate and magnificent vistas.

Nestled in the highlands above the historic mining city of Pachuca, El Chico National Park (El Parque Nacional el Chico) is a sprawling forest and mountain reserve that is part of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.

Trek among the emerald sea of conifers, see rivers and waterfalls, climb up to panoramic overlooks on steep cliffs, camp out under the stars and look for endemic Mexican wildlife. Rocky spires, bluffs and craggy peaks make up the Sierra Pachuca, a great destination for rock climbers and abseilers.

Join a guided tour from Pachuca or Mineral del Chico or pick up a good map and rent a vehicle and camping gear to explore on your own. Start at the Visitor Center, which has an exhibit space with audiovisual presentations and cafeteria. Learn how El Chico National Park is one of the oldest reserves in Mexico.

El Cedral, a basin of the Pánuco River, is ideal for fishing and camping. See the waterfalls of the Río el Milagro (Miracle River) and look up to spot eagles and falcons soaring high above the tree tops. Coyotes, deer, raccoons and armadillos also roam the park.

Drive to the lookout point on Peña del Cuervo, which rises 246 feet (75 meters) above the valley floor. From the car park, hike the short distance to the top of the cliff for panoramic views.

On your way out, you can spot another outstanding natural feature, Las Ventanas (The Windows). The three peaks of this rocky crag soar some 10,000 feet (almost 3,000 meters) above sea level and can only be climbed with permission.

Nearby, browse the cobblestoned streets of Mineral del Chico, with its colorful houses. Visit on Easter Sunday for the Rain of Flowers ceremony in the Church of Immaculate Conception. On December 8, “El Chico” celebrates La Fiesta de la Purisima Concepción, with processions, dance shows and fireworks.

El Chico National Park is 14 miles (23 kilometers) outside of Pachuca, a 3-hour drive northeast of Mexico City. Bring all-weather gear and adjust to the altitude first.

Top Hotels Close to El Chico National Park

Hotel El Paraiso
Hotel El Paraiso
3 out of 5
Carretera Pachuca - Mineral del Chico, km 19 S/N, Mineral del Chico, HID, 42120
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Mineral del Chico. Enjoy a restaurant and a terrace. Popular attractions El Chico National Park and Monumental Clock of Pachuca ...
Hotel El Paraiso
Hotel Real de San Antonio
Hotel Real de San Antonio
2.5 out of 5
Carr. Pachuca-Mineral del Chico Km. 25, Mineral del Chico, HGO, 42127
Stay at this chalet in Mineral del Chico. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions El Chico National Park and Monumental ...
3.8/5 Good! (28 reviews)
Great place for R & R
"Great place for resting and relaxing. There is a forest behind the chalets. The main bedroom is quite spacious, as is the loft. There is a well equipped kitchen."

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Hotel Real de San Antonio
Hotel Bello Amanecer
Hotel Bello Amanecer
2.5 out of 5
Calle Principal Carboneras, Mineral del Chico, HGO, 42120
Stay at this lodge in Mineral del Chico. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions El Chico National Park and Museo de Sitio ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Rooms are a bit small, but views are amazing. Front desk staff kept locking the doors as soon as we went in or out which got annoying. Internet was unusable. Some parts of the hotel seem like they're still under construction."

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Hotel Bello Amanecer
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Misión Express Pachuca
Hotel Misión Express Pachuca
3 out of 5
Abasolo 242, Col. Centro, Pachuca, HGO, 42000
The price is $35 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Hotel El Paraiso
Hotel El Paraiso
3 out of 5
Carretera Pachuca - Mineral del Chico, km 19 S/N, Mineral del Chico, HID, 42120
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Hotel Real de San Antonio
Hotel Real de San Antonio
2.5 out of 5
Carr. Pachuca-Mineral del Chico Km. 25, Mineral del Chico, HGO, 42127
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Hotel Bello Amanecer
Hotel Bello Amanecer
2.5 out of 5
Calle Principal Carboneras, Mineral del Chico, HGO, 42120
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CASA DEL AIRE HOSPEDAJE TIPO CABAÑA
CASA DEL AIRE HOSPEDAJE TIPO CABAÑA
2.5 out of 5
Carretera Antigua Real del Monte KM 5, Colonia Anahuac, Pachuca, HGO, 42055
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Hotel Ciros
Hotel Ciros
3 out of 5
Plaza Independencia No 110, Col. Centro, Pachuca, HGO, 42000
The price is $47 per night from Jul 23 to Jul 24
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Hotel Emily
Hotel Emily
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Independencia S/N, Col. Centro, Pachuca, HGO, 42000
The price is $47 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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Hotel Boutique Casa al Aire
Hotel Boutique Casa al Aire
3 out of 5
Carretera a Real del Monte Km 5, Pachuca, HGO, 42055
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Downtown Pachuca
Downtown Pachuca
2.5 out of 5
Gómez Farias 109 Int. 2, Colonia Centro, Pachuca, HGO, 42000
Downtown Pachuca
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