Basaseachic Falls

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Basaseachic Falls
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Basaseachic Falls during the Spring
Location Ocampo Municipality, near Creel, Chihuahua
Coordinates 28°10′27″N108°12′45″W / 28.17417°N 108.21250°W / 28.17417; -108.21250 (Basaseachic Falls) Coordinates: 28°10′27″N108°12′45″W / 28.17417°N 108.21250°W / 28.17417; -108.21250 (Basaseachic Falls)
Type Plunge
Total height 807 ft (246 m)
Number of drops 1
Watercourse Río Candameña
World height ranking 226

Basaseachic Falls (Spanish: Cascada de Basaseachi) on the Basaseachic River is the second-highest waterfall in Mexico, located in the Parque Nacional Basaseachic (Basaseachic Falls National Park) at Cañon Basaseachic in the Copper Canyon region of northwest Mexico, near Creel, Chihuahua. It is 246 meters (807 ft) tall, second in Mexico only to the Cascada de Piedra Volada (Flying Stone Falls).

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Basaseachic Falls is located in the high mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, in the Municipality of Ocampo, 3 km (1.9 mi) from Basaseachi community and about 265 km (165 mi) west of Chihuahua. [1] It is reached via Federal Highway 16 and its surroundings make up the Basaseachic Falls National Park (Parque Nacional Cascada de Basaseachic).

Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range

The Sierra Madre Occidental is a major mountain range system of the North American Cordillera, that runs northwest–southeast through northwestern and western Mexico, and along the Gulf of California. The Sierra Madre is part of the American Cordillera, a chain of mountain ranges (cordillera) that consists of an almost continuous sequence of mountain ranges that form the western 'backbone' of North America, Central America, South America and West Antarctica.

Basaseachic Falls National Park national park in Mexico

Basaseachic Falls National Park is a national park located in the western side of the state of Chihuahua in the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. The park is named after Basaseachic Falls the second tallest waterfall in Mexico with a height of 246 meters (853 ft). Basaseachic Falls empties into Candameña Canyon which was carved by the Basaseachic River over millions of years. The park is known for its pine-oak forest, rock formations, and scenic views from high cliffs. Cliffs in the park reach an impressive height of 1,640 meters (5,380 ft).

The waterfall is made by two streams, Arroyo del Durazno and Arroyo de Basaseachic, which merge in the high mountains and then fall down the canyon wall. Past the falls, the stream is called Río Candameña (Candamena River), which is the namesake of the canyon it flows through, Candamena Canyon (Cañon Candameña). Candamena River contributes to the formation of Río Mayo (Mayo River).

The Mayo River is located in the Mexican state of Sonora.

Basaseachic Falls was considered the tallest waterfall in México until the measurement in September, 1994 of the Cascada de Piedra Volada. Both of these waterfalls are seasonal, drying up in the Spring and Autumn dry seasons.

Piedra Volada Falls is a 366-meter tall plunge waterfall in the Barranca Candameña of the Sierra Madre Occidental range in Chihuahua, Mexico.

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  1. "CASCADA DE BASASEACHI". University of Guadalajara. Archived from the original on 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2018.