Piedra Volada (Piedra Bolada)

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Piedra Volada
Piedra Volada / Hector Aguero, screenshot from Youtube video
The tallest waterfall in Mexico is Piedra Volada (Piedra Bolada). This is a breathtaking, 453 m tall waterfall with a single plunge. For the most part of the year, the waterfall is dry but when it flows after the rains, this is a gorgeous natural spectacle.

Description

Piedra Volada is located in a remote, wild part of Mexico. Here some 30 million years ago volcanoes have deposited a thick layer of volcanic rock – ignimbrite. Since then the power of water has formed a maze of extremely deep canyons. Several of these canyons are deeper than the Great Canyon – Urique Canyon is even 1,870 m deep!

Thus here a perennial stream – Corriente de Piedra Bolada – falls over the cliff. After a breathtaking jump, it hits the base of Candameña Canyon and soon after falls in Cajurichi stream.

The stream is perennial – the best chances to see the waterfall in action are in the time period between June and October. Seeing the falls is not easy either: the waterfall is not visible from the top of falls or any other spot near the waterfall itself. One needs to look from afar – from the rim of the canyon near Huahumar. Other options are taking an airplane or… rappelling down the cliffs!

The base part of the waterfall is hidden from the human view by the walls of a slot canyon.

The better-known name of the waterfall – “Piedra Volada” (The flying stone) – is a misnomer. The correct name is Piedra Bolada after the nearby village. But, it seems, the more popular name has overshadowed the correct one.

Discovery and measuring of the falls

Around 1979 – 1980 Alberto Paz (the Cuauhtémoc City Caving Group) heard rumors that there is a very tall, hitherto unknown waterfall in Chihuahua. Only in 1986, they managed to locate this remote waterfall in the giant Candameña Canyon. This is an almost pristine area where people are seldom guests.

Researchers had the impression that this is a taller waterfall than the officially tallest (then) waterfall of Mexico – the 246 m tall Basaseachic Falls. But measurements were needed to prove this.

In September 1995 the waterfall was measured in a daring expedition by Cuauhtémoc City Caving Group led by Carlos Lazcano. To the surprise of the group, the waterfall turned out to a lot higher than the Basaseachic waterfall – 453 meters!

References

  1. Carlos Lazcano. Piedra Volada, la cascada más profunda de México (Chihuahua). México Desconocido, 08.July 2010.

Piedra Volada on the map

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Location, GPS coordinates: 28.1427 N 108.2272 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Archaeology, Geology
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Where is located? North America, Mexico, Chihuahua, Candameña Canyon
Alternate names Cascada de Huajumar, Cascada de Piedra Bolada
Height: 453 m
Drops: 1
Stream: Corriente de Piedra Bolada

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