Maderas del Carmen, Coahuila: A true natural paradise


Discover Maderas del Carmen, Coahuila, an extraordinary natural reserve that is home to a great diversity of species.

Maderas del Carmen gives the impression of being a true paradise. It is located between the municipalities of Múzquiz, Ocampo and Villa Acuña in Coahuila and, thanks to its natural wealth, it has become a fundamental site for the preservation of flora and fauna.

For this reason, on November 7, 1994, it was declared a Maderas del Carmen Flora and Fauna Protection Area, which covers 208 hectares that surround the Sierra del Carmen. In addition, in 2006, UNESCO recognized it as a Biosphere Reserve.

What to do in Maderas del Carmen?

Being a reserve, it does not have many services. Still, it is possible to go on excursions, hikes, camping, cave painting tracking, among other ecotourism activities. It is also the perfect place for landscape and nature photography.

Maderas is also a significant migration route corridor. Thanks to this, we can find a great variety of birds as well as the mythical monarch butterfly.

Maderas del Carmen, Coahuila
Flickr / Alan Cressler Maderas del Carmen, Coahuila

What is the flora and fauna of Maderas del Carmen?

According to a report by the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP), some of the species that comprise the Maderas region are


  • Mesquite ( Prosopis glandulosa )
  • Sotol ( Dasylirion leiophyllum )
  • Gobernadora ( Larrea tridentata )
  • Candelilla ( Euphorbia antisyphilitica )
  • Huizache ( Acacia constricta var. Farnesiana )
  • Sangregado ( Jatropha dioica )
Mezquite of Maderas del Carmen
Wikipedia / Don AW Carlson Mezquite from Maderas del Carmen


  • Black bear ( Ursus americanus )
  • Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus )
  • Wild Turkey ( Meleagris gallopavo intermedia )
  • Puma ( Puma concolor )
  • Lynx ( Lynx rufus )
  • Coyote ( Canis latrans peninsulae )
  • Northern roadrunner ( Geococcyx californianus )
  • Golden Eagle ( Aquila chrysaetos )
Golden Eagle
Jorge de la Madrid Golden Eagle

Endemic species

  • Waterfall Frog ( Rana pustulosa )
  • Sheep grass ( Gaillardia gypsophila )
  • Mouse tail ( Muhlenbergia emersleyi )
  • Barred scaly lizard ( Sceloporus torquatus )
  • Spiny Smooth Helmeted Turtle ( Apalone spinifera )
  • Eastern Mountain Parakeet ( Rhynchopsitta terrisi )

How to get to Maderas del Carmen?

Source: Mexico Desconocido

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