Rio Nazas | Wild Camping



Last Visited: 26 days ago
GPS: 25.27825, -103.76088
Altitude: 1179.8 masl
Place Website:


Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Natural Source
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Free picnic/camping site with fire places right on the riverbank on the road to presa Francisco Zarco. Narrow dirt road off the main road likely not suitable for huge big rigs.


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What a beautiful surprise! Great spot. Also plenty of water in the dry season, so we swam and got the paddleboard out (thanks Mikey). Dogs had a great day.

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The road was closed off, but we think that was because we came during Easter weekend, and they were just trying to limit the people that stayed there.

The lake, where you have other options to camp, was completely packed. It was wild. We went as far as we could before the road turned towards the 2nd part of the river, and camped towards the end of one of the side streets/dirt roads. Despite having driven all this way and through some semi-sketchy soft sand, we still had people nearby. But it wasn't as packed, and we ended up needing help getting pulled out of mud! Got too close to the water, we suppose, with our front wheel drive.

Anyway, still a great spot. Some hornets and some flies, so maybe shut your doors or put up a mosquito net if it becomes a problem. I'll post the location of where we stayed as well.

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Super chill camping spot, beautiful trees and river between big limestone walls. We stayed on a Tuesday night and had the place to ourselves (aside from the two dogs that adopted us upon arrival). We spied a few Climbing routes from the road but didn't have time to climb anything.

No cell service in the canyon

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Really beautiful spot between 2 cliffs on the river. We camped in a van, super quiet at night - peaceful sleep. Some friendly stray dogs & bathrooms but they appeared to be closed up. Didn’t seem to be any issue with us staying and hanging out the next day with the locals. Enjoy!!

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Superbe spot with view of the mountains. You can observe a lot of different birds.
The river is refreshing in this hot weather.
Yes, there is some trash lying around, but hey: maybe time for a picking up trash challenge?! ;)

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Indeed some very nice spots at the river with lots of shady trees. Some fire pits (bring your wood) Some trash around but quite clean for Mexico. Toilets (we did not use it). The water is refreshing. Free.

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FREE Federal (conagua agency) nature preserve with campsites. Very scenic. Worth to visit and camp.
We staid overnight with a 28 feet motorhome, there was also another family with a tent. Next on the road there is a restaurant. Further, nice view from the dam and boat trips on the Rio (150 pesos).
Rock climbing available if you have brought your gears.

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Choice of 3 lovely entrances along the road to the river, we stayed 2 nights in the middle area, bit smaller and less rubbish. A beautiful place to relax for free. No one here but could get busy on weekends. Friendly dog.

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Beautiful picnic/camping area on the river below a steep rock cliff. The water was clear and cool. Nice trees for some shade, fire pits, and bathrooms. Plenty of sites for big rigs, campervans, and tents. A really nice place to stop for a few hours or for the night.

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Sylvia und Paul: Full of waste and with the smell of carcass. Better to go on. Just after the first tunnel is a perfect Parking lot.

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Free picnic site with fire places right on the riverbank on the road to presa Francisco Zarco

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