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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Cuatro Ciénegas

Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Cuatrociénegas

With hundreds of shimmering cerulean pozas (pools) and streams in the middle of the Desierto Chihuahuense (Chihuahuan Desert), this 843-sq-km nature reserve is a surreal sight. Fed by more than 500 underground sprin…
Top Choice Dunes in Cuatro Ciénegas

Dunas de Yeso

Located within the Cuatrociénegas Reserve, these blinding-white gypsum sand dunes – the second largest in North America – contrast superbly with the six rocky mountain ranges that ring the valley. To visit you’ll ne…
Museum in Cuatro Ciénegas

Museo Casa Venustiano Carranza

Housed in Venustiano Carranza's childhood home, this well-conceived museum relates the life story of Cuatro Ciénegas' most famous son. From mayor to senator to governor to revolutionary leader to Mexican president, …
Nature Reserve in Cuatro Ciénegas

Poza Azul Visitors Center

The official visitor center for the Cuatrociénegas nature reserve, this small structure has informative displays about the reserve in Spanish and English. The Poza Las Tortugas, a good turtle-spotting pool, is right…
Mexican in Cuatro Ciénegas

Gorditas

A mom-and-pop eatery with plastic tables and chairs, Gorditas specializes in just that – gorditas, small thick tortillas stuffed to the brim with all manner of taste treats for meat- and veggie-lovers alike. On Sund…
Mexican in Cuatro Ciénegas

Cantina El 40

A swanky restaurant-bar with a colonial-meets-coyboy theme, Cantina El 40 serves up solid Mexican eats with flair. Think gourmet street tacos and sizzling molcajete dishes (meals served in a stone mortar and pestle)…
Viewpoint in Cuatro Ciénegas

Mina de Mármol

Massive slabs of marble, much of it encrusted with fossils of fish and other marine life that swam in this valley when it was an ocean, greet you at this one-time mine. Beyond the spectacular rocks, this site has im…
Mexican in Cuatro Ciénegas

La Misión

La Misión serves up some of the best meals in town with quality ingredients and made-to-order care. The menu is mostly traditional Mexican, but there are pasta, sandwich and salad options too. Servings are huge, so …
Seafood in Cuatro Ciénegas

La Esquina del Marisco

Seafood in the desert? You'll find just that at this inexpensive and informal place in the center of town. The menu includes a delicious cokteles de camarón (spicy shrimp cocktails served with salty crackers), along…
Winery in Cuatro Ciénegas

Bodegas Ferriño

This winery, one of the oldest in the Americas, was founded by an Italian immigrant, Don Miguel Ferriño Lander, in 1860. It's known for its 'Sangre de Cristo' wine, a red table wine that's fruity and sweet. Located …