Piedra Volada

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Piedra Volada Falls (Spanish: Cascada de Piedra Volada) is a 366-meter (1200 foot) tall plunge waterfall in the Barranca Candameña of the Sierra Madre Occidental range in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Spanish language Romance language

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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.

Chihuahua (state) State of Mexico

Chihuahua, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Chihuahua, is one of the 31 states of Mexico. It is located in Northwestern Mexico and is bordered by the states of Sonora to the west, Sinaloa to the southwest, Durango to the south, and Coahuila to the east. To the north and northeast, it has a long border with the U.S. adjacent to the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas. Its capital city is Chihuahua City.


The English translation of Piedra Volada is "Flying Rock" or "Flying Stone".


The falls are located in Cañon Candameña, a canyon of the Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre) region, within the Ocampo Municipality of the State of Chihuahua. The head of the canyon is home to Cascada Basaseachi, Mexico's third highest waterfall at 243 meters (800 feet). Piedra Volada is located on the left wall of the canyon 7 km downstream of the head of the canyon. [1]

Copper Canyon mountain range

Copper Canyon is a group of six distinct canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in northwestern Mexico. The canyons were formed by six rivers that drain the western side of the Sierra Tarahumara. All six rivers merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Gulf of California. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color, which is the origin of the name.

Ocampo Municipality, Chihuahua Municipality in Chihuahua, Mexico

Ocampo is one of the 67 municipalities of Chihuahua, in north-western Mexico. The municipal seat lies at Ocampo. The municipality covers an area of 2,037.23 km².

Basaseachic Falls waterfall

Basaseachic Falls on the Basaseachic River is the second-highest waterfall in Mexico, located in the Parque Nacional Basaseachic 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.

Piedra Volada Falls are known to flow only during the wet season. The falls may be viewed from a moderate distance from the brink of the canyon near Huahumar. A hiking trail to the pouroff is accessed through private land near the Ejido San Lorenzo, currently an impromptu National Park administered through Conanp Comision Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas with admission charge of $62MN.

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  1. See INEGI Instituto Nacionales de Estadistancia, Geografia e Informatica map H12D89 San Isidor Huahumar 1:50,000.