Muzquiz, a beautiful and traditional mining
city located 130 km north of
Monclova in the State of Coahuila, Mexico; is surrounded by spectacular mountain landscapes.
The Kikapu Indians are important
in the history of Muzquiz. They settled in Coahuila in 1850 as border guardians in
exchange for the land where they now live near Muzquiz, in a place known as
They make leather items, beadwork, and laminated metal products.
Who would have known! 1674:
Father Juan Larios founded the first mission of the east valley with the
name Santa Rosa de Santa Maria. 1735: Originally built because of the
native Indian’s savagery, the royal prison Santa Rosa Maria del Sacramento
was founded. 1850: Established as Villa de Muzquiz, in memory of the
acting president of the Republic and native of this area, General Melchor
Muzqui. 1925: Risen to the category of “city” with its current name.
2005: A prosperous population whose municipality seat, located 35 km
(22 miles) to the west of Sabinas, bases its economy on mining (coal),
livestock, and agriculture (corn, beans, barley, and oats). Its natural,
historical, and cultural richness is notorious in places such as La Cascada,
Las Grutas, Campestre Park, its historic buildings, cuisine, (machacado or
dried beef, fine cuts of beef, and Northern style chorizo sausage), and its
original arts and crafts.
Melchor Muzquiz main
Park, This is a
natural place that is mostly visited during the hot season. The constantly
flowing waters that flow into its equipped areas arrive from an outlet of
the San Juan mine.
Monumento a la Patria
Parque Los Ojitos
Parque Los Sabinitos
Santa Rosa de Lima Church,
construction began in 1939 and was dedicated in 1965. The magnitude of
this architectural work, cataloged as one of the most notable in the
state, is increased by the fact that its construction was funded from the
sale of tamales and alms.
Múzquiz Historical Museum,
which was once a school in l905 and considered a historical patrimony,
now a cultural center. In different halls, it exhibits paleontology and
archeology collections, as well as objects allusive to the municipality’s
history. The Historical Archives Annex protects the region’s documents.
The best place to taste raspas
(snow cones) and nieve de garrafa (ice cream) is this traditional spot
with lush junipers and firs. A gazebo and the Municipal Library are
located within the plaza as well as some benches preserved from the
beginning of the twentieth century.
In the northwestern part
of the state, on Highway 54 (Muzquiz-Boquillas del Carmen), at kilometer
170 (105.5 miles), there san entrance to the Flora and Fauna Protection
Area (see state map). The area, with 208,381 hectares (514,920 acres), is
a vast series of mountainous and humid islands in the desert with an
altitude of up to 2,720 m ASL (8924 ft ASL). The topography permits the
proliferation of a large diversity of vegetation such as white oaks,
pines, and firs.
The mountainous region, formed by impressive canyons and
is the ideal place to hike or mountain climb.
The importance of this area also lies in the various endemic fauna that
inhabits the region: species such as moles, white-tailed deer, squirrels,
snakes, porcupines, butterflies, beavers, black bears, golden eagles, and
Before arriving at the entrance of Carmen’s Woods, a dirt path guides you
to a very long tunnel, which is 870 meters (2,854 ft) long and 12 meters
(39 ft) wide that traverses through the mountain without any markings to
guide you. Known as La Encantada, it was built by the Fluorita de Mexico
mining company to save 140 kilometers (87 miles) off their trips.
Boquillas del Carmen,
offers housing, basic services, and an all around experience visiting and
admiring a natural wonder. Located in the area of the Bravo River at the
border with Texas, its whimsical rock formations, spectacular valleys, and
high rock walls are the ideal place to kayak. For the unexplored parts of
the area, we recommend you consult expert guides.
"Feria de Muzquiz" is celebrated in August with industrial, commercial, crafts,
and cattle exhibits.
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