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Cañón de Santa Elena

Chihuahua and Coahuila

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About Cañón de Santa Elena

Cañón de Santa Elena Wildlife Protection Area.  It is characterized by preserving the only pine forest located in northeastern Chihuahua; it is an area rich in fossils and cave paintings. ...

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How to get there?

  • Most important locality

    Chihuahua at 290 Km.

  • Airport

    Venustiano Carranza International Airport - Coahuila

References and Transportation
  • Ways to get there

    The only way is by land and it is located 290 km from the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

  • Transportation facilities

    Private or rented car from Chihuahua. There is no public transportation.

  • Mobility within the protected area

    For security reasons, the Protected Area has not been promoted as a tourist destination because it is isolated and dangerous.

  • Schedules

    Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    For security reasons, it has no infrastructure or service providers.

  • Entrance fee

    In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law of Rights for the current fiscal year

  • Average weather in the area

    Extreme dry desert

Cañón de Santa Elena in Mexico

Activities and recommendations


  • Hiking
  • Landscape sighting


  • The recommended months to visit are from September to November when the weather is bearable.
  • We recommend thorn and sun resistant clothing, long sleeves and a hat.


Services within the PA

Signage, only informative signals

Lodging near the PA

Rustic lodging without invoice

Food service near the PA

Small restaurants that open sporadically and do not invoice

Available services in the nearest locality to the PA

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Nearest locality to the PA

Chihuahua at 290 Km.

Admission fee

Protected Area entrance fee

In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law of Rights for the current fiscal year

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Interesting facts

The Cañón de Santa Elena Protected Area is one of the places with the highest concentration of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos).


It has remote canyons that are difficult to access.

Representative species of PA

North American Beaver (Castor canadensis), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi), Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter...

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You can see more representative species of Cañón de Santa Elena on the web site

Go to the Naturalista web site

Visitor regulations

Follow these indications to conserve the Protected Area

Do not venture out at night, for your safety.


  • PA office address

    Calle Juárez sin número C.P. 32980 municipio de Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua.

  • Phone

    +52 (626) 454 0118

  • Email

    Without information

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