Outdoor adventures in Monterrey abound and offer an entirely different way to experience this lovely, scenic region with mountains, rolling fields, hiking, extreme sports, and other activities. Here you can see historic sites, climb rocky peaks, take photographs of gorgeous panoramic surroundings, and bond with your family on long hikes through unspoiled wilderness. You can explore vast underground cave systems, ride zip lines, and tackle outdoor obstacle courses. From a romantic getaway for two to adventures that will excite and thrill the entire family, Monterrey offers outdoor experiences for everyone.

    From exploring abandoned mining sites to taking zip line tours, you can experience a world of excitement here. Check out some of the best outdoor adventures in Monterrey.

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    Fundidora Park (Parque Fundidora)

    Explore an important park and industrial site

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    • Adventure
    • History

    Fundidora Park, or Parque Fundidora, is a huge public park just minutes from central Monterrey, which offers tonnes of unique and exciting experiences for your outdoor adventures. You can explore the famed Horno 3 Museo del Acero, three museums located within a closed steel plant that you can explore. Your guided tour here will include traversing a series of hanging bridges, zip lines, and rappelling experiences throughout the vast formerly industrial space. This is much more than a museum where you'll learn about local history while experiencing pulse-pounding adventure.

    When it's over, you can explore a wealth of other adventures, from sports to picnics. The park is about 10 minutes east of city centre.

    Location: Avenida Fundidora y, Adolfo Prieto S/N, Obrera, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 81 8126 8500

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    Santa Lucia Riverwalk (Paseo Santa Lucía)

    Walk a stunning artificial riverfront

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    • Families
    • Adventure
    • History

    The Santa Lucia Riverwalk, or Paseo Santa Lucía, allows you the chance to stroll the shores of one of Mexico's largest artificial rivers and view a human-made natural wonder. Couples can walk hand-in-hand for a romantic view along a scenic promenade, or families can play and make memories. This area offers tended gardens, rolling green lawns, cool waters, and local shopping and dining establishments. If you want, you can take a guided tour that will take you from Fundidora Park to a natural history museum, all along gorgeous landscapes with fountains, murals, public art installations, and viewpoints.

    Whether a guided tour or self-guided walk, this is a stunning, scenic spot for all. It's just 10 minutes east of city centre.

    Location: Avenida Fundidora y, Adolfo Prieto s/n, Obrera, 64010 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +52 81 8126 8500

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    Bishop’s Lookout aka Flagpole Viewpoint

    Visit a scenic lookout overlooking the city

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    • Adventure
    • Photo

    Bishop's Lookout or Flagpole Viewpoint (locally, Mirador del Obispado or Mirador Asta Bandera) is a scenic lookout at the top of Bishop's Hill offering historical monuments and panoramic views. The viewpoint rises more than 2,500 feet above sea level and consists of a 130-foot diameter platform holding one of the largest monument flags in the country. At the top, you can explore tended French gardens, water features, and comfortable benches to take a few minutes to relax and reconnect with nature.

    This scenic lookout hosts special events on several holidays throughout the year with fireworks, light shows, dances, and live music. It's 18 minutes southwest of city centre.

    Location: C. Loma Larga 2447, Obispado, 64060 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

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    Horsetail Waterfall (Cola de Caballo)

    Have extreme adventures atop a cascading waterfall

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    Horsetail Waterfall, or Cola de Caballo, is a stunning natural wonder of Mexico with cascading waters over rocky cliffs offering intense adventure activities. You can jump from one of Mexico's highest bungee platforms, soar on a gigantic swing, or rocket over the terrain below on lightning-fast zip lines. You can also cross hanging bridges over the falls to capture unbelievable photos of the crashing waters far below. Alternatively, sit back and relax in the stunning beauty of the landscape.

    You can take a tour of the region with a professional guide that includes all of the extreme adventure activities with full safety gear and briefings. It's 11 minutes east of city centre.

    Location: Carr. a la Cola de Caballo S/N, Cieneguilla, 67300 Santiago, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +52 81 1578 4824

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    La Huasteca Ecological Park (Ecológico La Huasteca)

    Explore one of Mexico's most unique natural wonders

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    La Huasteca Ecological Park, or Parque Ecológico La Huasteca, is a vast nature reserve named for its astonishing scenic canyon and a popular destination for locals and visitors. Here you can hike miles of backroads among towering rock walls, endless panoramic views, extreme rock climbing areas, and majestic mountain surroundings. You can explore this canyon range on your own or take a guided tour that will ensure you see all of the most important spots and sites along the canyon.

    Whether you're in it for rock climbing, hiking, and exploring, or you're looking for incredible photos for your social media feed, you'll find it here. It's all about a half-hour west of city centre.

    Location: Parque La Huasteca, Miguel Hidalgo, 66196 Santa Catarina, N.L., Mexico

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    Garcia Caves (Grutas de García)

    Explore a vast underground ecosystem

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    • Photo

    The Garcia Caves, or Grutas de García, allows you the chance to descend into a world-class cave system for an unforgettable spelunking experience. You'll see the unique formations of stunning stalactites and stalagmites as you wind your way through corridors that form an entire underground ecosystem with natural wonders and unusual forms of life. On your tour, you'll be guided by a knowledgeable cave expert who can tell you all about the things you'll see, as well as the opportunity to stop for a few refreshments while you grab photos.

    Ecotourism is on the rise, and the Garcia Caves allow you to see stunning underground landscapes. The caves are about an hour northwest of city centre.

    Location: Carretera a Villa de García S/N, 66030 García, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm (c1osed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 81 8396 1128

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    Chipinque Ecological Park (Ecológico Chipinque A.B.P.)

    Visit an unspoiled mountain reserve

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    • Families
    • Adventure
    • Photo

    Chipinque Ecological Park, or Parque Ecológico Cipinque A.B.P., is a gigantic, unspoiled nature reserve offering superb sunrise and sunset views over scenic mountain ranges with the city lights below. If you're into hiking and photogenic, panoramic views, it's hard to beat the scenery in this region. You'll walk up towering mountain trails amidst rocky landscapes, either on a self-guided walk or on a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide. If you're looking to experience nature in Mexico, or you want to light up your Instagram feed, this is an ideal destination.

    This one is good for couples on a romantic getaway or families making memories together. It's all just 25 minutes south of city centre.

    Location: Carretera a Chipinque Km. 2.5, Valle de San Angel, 66290 San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 81 8303 0000

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    Cerro de la Silla

    Hike up a towering natural monument

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    • Families
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    • Photo

    Cerro de la Silla offers a spectacular night time hiking experience where you can capture striking vistas of the sparkling city lights of Monterrey far below. This hiking area takes you into the mountains, where you'll experience thrilling sights, wildlife viewing, and unbelievable sunset views as the sky changes to red, pink, and purple behind the hills in the distance. Many couples who come here cite this as among the most romantic sights in the region.

    A guided tour comes with a knowledgeable guide to get you up and down safely, plus water and snacks to keep your energy up. The park is just an hour southeast of town.

    Location: 67210 Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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    Cerro del Chupon

    Take a moderate hike up a forested mountain

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    • Photo

    Cerro del Chupon is a 3-mile trail loop outside Monterrey that offers a moderately challenging hike through forested mountain terrain. The route is considered among the more beautiful and scenic trails and will take you up the mountain and back. At the top, you'll capture wonderful city views and the surrounding mountains. If you want to continue exploring, this area also has a wealth of trails offering miles upon miles of hiking at many different difficulty levels.

    This park area allows you to explore the vast, untamed wilderness and capture scenic views all from one spot. It's just 30 minutes south of city centre.

    Location: Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, 64920 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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    Nido de los Aguiluchos

    Go rock climbing and ziplining

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    • Families
    • Adventure
    • Photo

    Nido de los Aguiluchos offers an easy rock-climbing excursion, including rappelling, hiking, and racing over the canyon floor on a zipline, all with expert guidance. Your tour takes a full day to accomplish, and you'll learn all about the rules and safety of rock climbing while you see and learn about the Huasteca Mountains surrounding Monterrey. You'll experience pulse-pounding and thrilling activities that take the idea of outdoor adventure sports to the next level. Whether you're a first-time climber or an experienced pro, this one has something for you.

    This is a good option for couples looking to get their pulse racing or families looking for some adventure. It's just 30 minutes west of town.

    Location: Autopista Saltillo Monterrey, Fracc. Cañon Huasteco, 66369 Santa Catarina, N.L., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 81 8689 2919

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