The Best Hiking Trails in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Almost 100% of Guadalajara is an urban area. But in its surrounding environment, there are many places to go out and experience the great outdoors and go for a hike. Here are the best places.

Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitán

The Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitán, also known as the Barranca de Oblatos, is a magnificent natural canyon that has been the scene of important battles between Mexico and the Spaniards, the Mexican Independence, and the Mexican Revolution. There are three main entrances to this huge park, a Protected Natural Area since 1997, and one of them is at the end of Belisario Dominguez Street.

Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitán, Calzada Independencia Norte #s/n, Huentitán El Bajo, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico, +52 1 33 3674 0238

Barranca Huentitán

1. Cerro de Santa Maria

Inside the city, there is a relatively small mountain where you can view Guadalajara from the south. Although hundreds of houses surround this green area, it still has some trees and a few local animals.

Cerro de Santa Maria, Chalco, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

2. Bosque de la Primavera


2. Bosque de la Primavera

To the west of the city, there is the great forest known as Bosque de la Primavera, home of wild fauna and natural water sources. Since 1934, the government has declared the forest a protected area in one form or another. If you want to stay during the night, then it is a good idea to ask the forest rangers for an ideal place for camping. Also, there are some local groups of hikers such as the Grupo Montañista Colli.

Bosque de la Primavera, Av. Vallarta No. 6503 Local E-38, Ciudad Granja, 45010 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico, +52 33 3110 0917

Bosque de la Primavera | © Emerson Posadas / Flickr

3. Lago de Chapala

Just a few minutes from Guadalajara is the Lake of Chapala, the biggest one in Mexico. With a temperate climate all year long, this beautiful and quiet place is a great destination to explore on foot no matter what time of year. There is a trail called “Sendero La Cristina” where you will have a chance to do some bird-watching.

Lago de Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

View of Chapala Lake from Ajijic and Chapala | © Neldahinojosa / WikiCommons

4. Mazamitla

4. Mazamitla

Known as the Sierra del Tigre route, the surroundings of Mazamitla, a Magic Town according to the Mexican federal government tourism ministry, make for a wonderful day of outdoor exploring. Whether you walk, bike, or go on horseback, you’ll witness beautiful forested land.

Mazamitla, Jalisco, Mexico

Pequeña caída de agua en Mazamitla | © Jaec / Flickr

5. Sierra de Quila

5. Sierra de Quila

Sierra de Quila has some mountain peaks, giant rocks, and 11 beautiful waterfalls. It is a lovely place to spend a weekend with friends. Some hikers prefer to enter by Ameca and go out by Tecolotlan.

Sierra de Quila, Jalisco, Mexico

Sierra de Quila | © Andres Gonzalez / Flickr

6. Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de Manantlán

While this amazing place is a bit of a journey from Guadalajara, almost four hours by car, it is undoubtedly one of the greatest places to hike in the state of Jalisco. There are thousands of different species of plants and hundreds of animals. That’s why it is a UNESCO-recognized Biosphere Reserve.

Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de Manantlán, Tabachines 2754, Autlan De Navarro, Jal., Mexico, +52 317 381 0154

Manantlán | © Tomjc.55 / WikiCommons

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