Cumbres de Monterrey National Park
The mountains surrounding Monterrey are part of the national park called Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey. The park stems from the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range that goes along eastern México. Cumbres de Monterrey National Park is currently under a program to help conserve its biodiversity due to the growth of Monterrey metropolitan area. The program is run by the National Comission of Protected Natural Areas or CONANP.* The park extends to six other municipalities besides Monterrrey in the state of Nuevo León.
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park was officialy named and protected back in 1939 during the administration of President Lázaro Cárdenas. Subsequently, restrictions were imposed to the protected area in 1942 by the next Mexican president. Manuela Ávila Camacho. However, those restrictions to Cumbres de Monterrey National Park were derogated in the year 2000 and the park was delimited again from its original extension in 1939. The new law established measures for the protection and management of the park.
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park is home to a number of plant sepcies such as a variety of pine trees and agaves. Different protected animals such as arthropods, mammals, and reptiles also live in the park.
Iconic spots like Cerro de la Silla [Saddle Mountain] and Cañon de la Huasteca [Huasteca Canyon] are within Cumbres de Monterrey National Park extension.
Hiking and extreme sports are praticed in the park especially around Huasteca Canyon.
The sate park, Parque Ecológico Chipinque, is also a protetced area inside Cumbres de Monterrey National Park. Chipinque is a known place for biking and recreation.
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park – CONANP Video
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park – Images
By J.J. Del Mar
* Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, CONANP
Cumbres de Monterrey National Park – PDF (Spanish)
Parque Ecológico Chipinque State Park (Spanish)
Cihipinque Maps (Spanish)