Malpaso Dam


The Malpaso Dam is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Laurel, and is one of the attractions of the Magical Town of Calvillo.

One of the charms of this dam is that when the waters exceed the limit of its curtain, they overflow forming waterfalls with beautiful rainbows.

Enjoy boat rides on the dam, sport fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, extreme sports or camping.

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The Malpaso Dam is an interesting place, since it offers gastronomic corners based on fish and seafood, lodging in cabins and spectacular canyons.

In the surroundings of the dam you will be able to admire rocks of more than 50 meters high in a small canyon called La Boquilla.

Here you can observe a great variety of birds and beautiful landscapes with cacti and bushes that characterize the Sierra.

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The Malpaso Dam in Calvillo is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Laurel and is one of the most important attractions.

You can go boating, kayaking, sport fishing, hiking, mountain biking and camping.

Fishing for mojarra, charal and catfish is very popular.

It is also an excellent place to observe the fauna and flora of the area, home to white-tailed deer, golden eagles and peregrine falcons, among other species.

As well as hiking and camping around the dam.

Ask about the authorized areas for these activities and live an ecotourism experience that will recharge your batteries.

You can go at any time of the year, although we recommend going in spring, when the vegetation blooms and fills everything around it with life, with a warm but not suffocating climate.

Another option is during the rainy season in summer, when the dam looks fuller and crowned by the greenery of the lush flora on its banks.

  • Avoid mishaps and consult information about the possibility of flooding prior to your trip.
It has a capacity of 6,146,000 m3, the dimensions of its curtain are approximately 32 meters high and 81.4 meters long, it was built in colonial times in 1841 by José María and Raymundo Velasco.

Nearby Attractions

The magical town of Calvillo, It is rich in colonial buildings, including the church of San José de Calvillo, and delicacies such as carnitas tacos and dulce de leche. 

Calvillo is 9 km from the Malpaso Dam. 22 minutes by car.

Calvillo Aguascalientes pueblo Magico

Where the Malpaso Dam is located

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.