See the full post to find out how to get there, how much it costs and an extensive list on the things you should bring to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to get there?
We went by the "circuito exterior mexiquense" and then we took a turn at the highwway to "Mineral del Chico". However, if you set the address on waze or google maps to "Valle Mateo, Mineral del Chico" it will lead you directly to the park without any trouble. The way is decently paved so you won't need a 4x4 to get there, any car will do.
The last curves have the best view, however the turnes very tight so if you are the driver keep your eyes on the road. If you are the passenger don't take them off the view, it is beautiful!
What services does the camp have?
There are a couple of camps and parks in Mineral del Chico where you can rent cabins and other things. Specifically at Valle Mateo there are no cabins (more suitable for camping) and there are bathrooms however, some would rather go in the bushes because they are not very well kept.
How much does it cost?
To stay at the camp we had to pay $50 pesos to the rangers of the camp. How the tolls on the highway, it was aproximately $200-$250 pesos (we left from Mexico City).
How's the weather?
On this ocation we went in the summer. The sun was out but it was pretty intense so I would recommend bringing a sun umbrella with you. The average anual temperature is 14° celsius, however if you would like more info on the climate you can check this page out: https://es.climate-data.org/location/873207/
Valle Mateo Park is ideal to take your dog for fresh air. Bigger dogs are also able to hike with you to the top of the mountain.
There are tracks where you can do motocross or mountain biking, however, some have said that they are pretty steap so don't forget your helmet.
Getting up the mountain
You can either hike or climb it (using the appropriate grear). There are two summits, the first one you can hike it in 25 minutes aprox. and its light, the second summit is higher and the road is more difficult. There are tracks that are paved, however there are a couple and it can be easy to end up on a road that leads nowhere. (that happened to us but don't worry, since the tracks are very marked its easy to return to the campsite)
What about cellphone signal?
The closer you get to Valle mateo the less signal you will get. Suprisingly so, the only place I could get reception was at the top of the mountain so if you really need to make a phone call be prepared to get some cardio down.