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El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar


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About El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar

El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve.  This protected area, with a dimension of more than 700,000 hectares, is immersed within the Sonoran Desert; it is a magical place of unique ...

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How to get there?

  • Most important locality

    Puerto Peñasco 28 km from the Visitor Center and 51 km from the Biological Station.

  • Airport

    Mexicali International Airport 'General Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada', Baja California

    International Airport ¨Mar de Cortes ¨ - Puerto Peñasco, Son. (vuelos Tijuana-Puerto Peñasco)

References and Transportation
  • Ways to get there

    There are two areas you can visit: the Museum and Visitor Center and the crater route.
    The Schuk Toak Museum and Visitor Center is loca...

  • Transportation facilities

    There is no public transportation from Puerto Peñasco. Private or rented cars, cabs and tours from authorized tourist service providers. Ca...

  • Mobility within the protected area

    The roads inside the reserve are dirt roads with rocky parts and fords, so you need a tall vehicle, (sprinter, suv, pick up) not necessarily...

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  • Schedules

    Every day of the year.

    Field Station every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for registration and payment of fees. Carretera Fed. 8 Km 51, Ejido Los Norteños, Puerto Peñasco Sonora. Schuk Toak Museum and Visitor's Center and access to Dunes from Thursday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Federal Highway 8 Km 72.3 west access road 7 Km. Subject to official holidays and staff availability.

  • Entrance fee

    $108.66 MXN

  • Average weather in the area

    Temperate to very warm

    Spring is mild, 10-28°C. Summer very hot 28-50°C. Autumn mild, 16-30°C.

El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar in Mexico

Activities and recommendations



  • The best season to visit the Protected Area is from October to May, for hiking, astronomical observation and wildlife watching.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear is recommended. Take into account the date of your visit to choose the appropriate clothing and footwear f...

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Services within the PA

Handicrafts, sustainable products and souvenirs stores
Information Center at the Field Station
Internet connection (Visitor Center)<...

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Lodging near the PA

Camping areas in Protected Area
Tecolote Campground in the crater zone
Dunes zone camping area
Hotels in the closest cities Puer...

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Food service near the PA


Available services in the nearest locality to the PA

Bank ATMs
Market / Super Market
Transportation services

Nearest locality to the PA

Puerto Peñasco 28 km from the Visitor Center and 51 km from the Biological Station.

Admission fee

Protected Area entrance fee

$108.66 MXN Entrance prices per person, per day, as collection of rights.

Senior citizens, pensioned and retired persons, disabled persons, and minors under 12 years of age will be exempt from the payment of fees, whose status will be accredited once they enter the Protected Area, if applicable, with the corresponding valid credential. A 50% discount will be applied to students and teachers with a valid credential, which must be presented upon entering the Protected Area.

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Interesting facts

It is said that the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar, owes its name to a beetle of intense black color that abounds in these lands. The ...

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The reserve has the largest concentration of maar type craters in the world, and its volcanic shield has more than 500 cinereous cones, lava...

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Representative species of PA

Sonoran Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana sonorensis), Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis), Desert Pupfish (Cyprinodum eremus), Southern Long-nos...

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You can see more representative species of El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar on the web site

Go to the Naturalista web site

Visitor regulations

Follow these indications to conserve the Protected Area

1. The reserve is open to the public. however, staff may deny access to visitors who represent a risk to the integrity of the reserve or to...

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  • PA office address

    Blvd. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez and Rio Suchiate No, 389. Plaza 389. Local 8. Col. Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. C.P. 83553.

  • Phone

    +52 (638) 388 2277

  • Email


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