Back Door Trail Parque Mexiquillo

Total Miles


2,857.97 ft


3.25 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter, Summer

Trail Overview

This trail is a must-see for avid off-roaders seeking a thrilling adventure amidst nature's beauty. With campsites available at both ends of the trail, this route offers an immersive and unforgettable experience. While the trail itself is not particularly challenging, it demands extra caution and skill during the rainy season (July through September) when water crossings can exceed 24 inches. As such, the difficulty level and time required to complete the route may increase significantly. Traversing a mix of well-maintained logging roads and rugged terrain, the final section of the trail takes you through the first of a series of tunnels that were originally intended for a rail route that was never completed. The exhilarating ride culminates at Parque Mexiquillo, a stunning natural paradise with a plethora of recreational activities, including camping and access to another short trail that features several breathtaking waterfalls and the balance of the rail route. In short, this off-road trail promises an unforgettable journey for thrill-seekers who relish the opportunity to connect with nature and explore the undiscovered treasures of the great outdoors.

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Back Door Trail Parque Mexiquillo
Back Door Trail Parque Mexiquillo


This trail is a #3 rating however during the rain season July thru September the water crossings may heighten the rating to a 5 or 6. All water crossings are hard-packed beneath the water and are not difficult to cross with a high-clearance vehicle.


Part of this route was a railroad that was never completed which is why the tunnels are so tall.

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Access Description

It's a two-hour trip from Mazatlan or a one-hour trip from Durango. It's suggested to take the toll road in and the free road out if you can. If traveling through, it's suggested to take the free road called the Devils Spine which is less crowded, without tolls, and a spectacular drive. This option will add an hour going either direction from the park.

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