The iconic natural skyline of Cerro de la Silla—known as Saddle Mountain for its unique carved out “u” shape—is one of the highlights of a trip to Cumbres de Monterrey. The national park, located in the northern part of the Sierra Madre Oriental, just outside Monterrey, is home to some of the country’s highest mountains, winding rivers, thundering waterfalls and narrow canyons. Travelers can explore indigenous flora and fauna lining quiet pine-oak forest trails or hike to scenic waterfalls, like popular Cascada Cola de Caballo, where rushing waters resemble a horsetail and nearby streams offer the perfect place to cool off and escape the hot Mexican sun.
The most accessible part of the park is Chipinque, about 12 miles from downtown Monterrey. Grutas de Garcia, one of the largest cave systems in Mexico, is also located in the park and worth a visit.