El Potrero Chico (“little coral”) is the world famous big wall sport climbing paradise in northern Mexico. It is an amazing climbing experience of a lifetime of well-bolted, multi-pitch sport routes with ratings from 5.7 to 5.14 and routes with up to 23 pitches. The climbs have very easy access with only a 5 minute walk from most campgrounds, eliminating any need for a car. The cost of living is very low and the friendly people wonderful. Welcome to our little coral.
You have lots of options for where to stay at Potrero Chico – including free camping, luxury camping, room rentals, and full house rentals.
Get your fill of authentic Mexican food at these fine establishments near Potrero Chico.
Driving to Potrero Chico from the United States border is a cheap and fun way to get the full Mexican experience – airplanes, buses and taxis limit what you see on your trip. It is a popular alternative for Americans, Canadians and internationals and is routine for many life-long, repeat Potrero Chico climbers…
In the last couple years, Mexico has gotten a lot of negative press. So everyone wants to know—Is Potrero Chico safe? Well, that mostly depends on whether your belayer is attentive, you take care of your gear, and you check for snakes before you stick your hand in a crack. In other words, despite the […]
Hidalgo is a traditional Mexican town of 25,000 people one hour north of Monterrey. Potrero Chico is located on a hill directly behind Hidalgo – about a 25 minute walk. Hidalgo moves at a slower pace and is less modernized than most foreigners are used to. The people are friendly and accustomed to Potrero climbers […]
Potrero Chico has a semi-arid climate that is known for extremely hot weather in the summer – reaching 35°C (95°F) or more for three consecutive months – and moderately cool temperatures in the winter. The average…
Choosing the best method of getting to Potrero Chico depends on your resources, the kind of experience you want, how many people are in your group, and your margin of risk. Flying into Monterrey is most certainly the safest and easiest, taking buses can be much cheaper and lower-risk, and driving is for the adventurous […]
Park Cleanup Every year programs are organized together by both locals and climbers to clean up the park and to give locals kids a chance to try climbing. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and show our gratefulness for Hidalgo’s continuing support of climbers in their canyon. Notable leaders in […]