Cerro Del Muerto | And Its Legend


Cerro del Muerto is a mountain complex that is part of the Sierra del Laurel, a part of the Sierra Madre Occidental.

It is located in the municipality of Jesús María, at 2,440 meters above sea level.

It is surrounded by holm oaks, thorny and subtropical scrub, as well as a great variety of fauna and in 2008 it was declared a protected natural area.

Today it is an area for hiking, climbing, camping, rappelling and rock climbing. 

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Cerro del Muerto Aguascalientes

As part of the Calaveras Festival festivities, an event called "Ilumínale los pies al muerto" (Light up the feet of the dead) takes place here.

Cerro del Muerto is an excellent place to watch the spectacular sunsets of Aguascalientes and enjoy the view of the city.

On weekends, many people climb it for exercise, as well as families, athletes and groups of friends.

Although it is not difficult to descend, it is advisable to go with someone who already knows the way or go as early as possible to avoid nightfall and getting lost.

Information on Cerro del Muerto in Aguascalientes

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Legend has it that many years ago, the Chichimecas, Chalcas and Nahuatlacas lived together with three extremely tall, majestic and imposing-looking priests.

One day, one of the priests went to bathe in a pool of hot water and when he jumped into the water, he disappeared. Those who accompanied the priest, desperate for his disappearance, believed it was the fault of the Chalcas and started a war.

The priest appeared in the middle of the war, but while trying to stop him he was hit by an arrow to the heart. While trying to escape, he left his blood on the road and the earth was painted with its color.

He fell lifeless, buried the entire Chichimeca people with his body, forming the Cerro del Muerto. It is said that the people still hide in its entrails.

The hill of the dead man makes analogy to a dead person with the feet at the beginning of the tour (El Picacho) to pass to the second and third antennas that would be the legs, then the Hands where you have a wonderful view, the Belly, the Chest, and finally the Nose and the Plume.

It is a circuit of approximately 6 km and takes about 3 hours and a half. Bring hat, water and snacks.dead?

It is ideal to go in the morning, when it is not too hot. It is also ideal for children.

To climb it is recommended to bring a bottle of water, if it is plastic do not throw it in the area until you find a trash can, wear comfortable clothing and footwear such as leggings and tennis or hiking boots, as well as a hat and sunscreen.

Today it is an area for hiking, climbing, camping or rappelling and more on weekends.

Although it is not complicated to go up and down, it is recommended to go with someone who knows the way and go early so as not to get lost at night.

At the foot of the hill, there is a monolith called "La Muela", an ideal place for climbing and rappelling, since it has several routes on its walls of approximately 20 meters high and different degrees of difficulty.

The entrance fee is 5 pesos per person or 15 pesos per car.

It is accessed by Federal Highway 70 towards Calvillo.

It has an extension of 3,800 hectares and there is a prominence formed by the El Picacho hill with 2,420 meters above sea level and the El Cabrito hill that together form the Del Muerto hill.

From the top there is a breathtaking view of the valley, especially at sunset.

Nearby Attractions

The Cerro del muerto is part of the list of ecotourism activities of the Aguascalientes City.

The city center is only 15 km or 22 minutes from the entry point of the Cerro del muerto.

Plaza Patria y Exedra Ciudad de Aguascalientes

Where is Cerro del Muerto located in Aguascalientes?

Other Ecotourism sites in Aguascalientes

Ecotourism in Aguascalientes is experienced in semi-desert landscapes, dams and trails surrounded by nature and cave paintings.

For your safety, always carry out these activities in the company of authorized tour operators and/or trained personnel.

Official Tourism Site

Aguascalientes is a destination with an interesting combination of charming natural surroundings, tradition and industrial development. 

Outstanding for its manufacturing industry, especially textile, electronics and automotive, the state capital has become one of the tourist destinations with the best range of services in the Mexican Bajio.