Montetik Eco/Bike Park | Informal Campsite

Mexico

Details

Verified:
10 months ago
Altitude:
2110.0 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
christineking2265

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
Unknown
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Unknown
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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An Eco-Park / Bike Park just outside of San Cristóbal. Long and winding dirt road to get to the main park area from the highway (1-2 miles?) but it's in good condition, wide enough and pretty good clearance overhead in most parts. The main park area has loads of pine trees, picnic tables, swings, slides etc. Seems to be a popular place for local families to spend the day. Small tiendas scatter the area selling snacks, light meals, water and sodas. Lots of baños (locked at night). Caseta at entrance charged 10mp per person for day use, then we paid 50mp per night at the caseta near the back entrance. Road construction getting to the back entrance when we were there…sometimes passable in our jeep, sometimes not. Great spot for tent or van camping - worked for us in our midsized class A. (28’). No hookups, water, dump. Starlink worked most of the time despite all of the trees. No established “sites” - we were told “just park wherever” giving smaller rigs and tents lots of options! Quiet, cool, beautiful. During our 4 day stay - no loud music, no alcohol, no problems. Nice resident dogs. All the people we encountered there were extremely nice, helpful and welcoming.

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First off: DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS TO THIS PLACE. It will try to send you on an overcomplicated route, way up into a mountain top neighborhood, and then basically off of a cliff, despite the fact that there is a flat, easy way that requires a single left hand turn off of the main road. BUT ALSO, that entrance is currently closed anyway.
AND ALSO ALSO, even without all of that, the park runs parallel with 190, and it's easier to come in through the entrance that's farther away from San Cristóbal. I've uploaded a screenshot with a pin in that location.
The gate attendees tried to charge me $150. I balked and told them that other people had already told me it was $50. They came down to $100. The place is quiet and pleasant and in a pine forest. The camping, unless you're in a tent, is mostly right on the main road through the park, and none of it is particularly level. Not terrible, but not level. The bathrooms were all closed and locked. None of the restaurants or tiendas were open. It is beautiful and quiet, though, at least on a Monday.
There are a couple of spots that are open enough for starlink.

I've only ridden one trail, but it was super fun, and was 100% hero dirt, with good flow, easy root sections, and plenty of baby jumps with bypasses. I was surprised to see it listed as a black on the map. They've also got a full sender line with big-ish drops, and a mid sized table at the bottom. There was also a dirtbike and a scooter doing some laps, so be aware of that being a thing.

Overall, I'm not sure I'd pay $100-150 just to camp here without services, unless you wanted to enjoy the trails, or just need a day or two "off," so to speak. Although it IS pretty, it's just kind of a road through the woods with a whole lot of picnic tables sprinkled around. It's far from anywhere you'd really want to be, and not terribly convenient to much.
Even with the trails, I might just do a couple of laps in the morning, and go somewhere else that's either cheaper or closer to town.

EDIT: I stayed longer. Walked up to the guy at the lower entrance, handed him a $50, and told him that I'd like to camp for another night. No problems.

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An Eco-Park / Bike Park just outside of San Cristóbal. Long and winding dirt road to get to the main park area from the highway (1-2 miles?) but its in good condition, wide enough and pretty good clearance overhead in most parts. The main park area has loads of pine trees, picnic tables, swings, slides etc. Seems to be a popular place for local families to spend the day. Small tiendas scatter the area selling snacks, light meals, water and sodas. Lots of baños (locked at night). Caseta at entrance charged 10mp per person for day use, then we paid 50mp per night at the caseta near the back entrance. Road construction getting to the back entrance when we were there…sometimes passable in our jeep, sometimes not. Great spot for tent or van camping - worked for us in our midsized class A. (28’). No hookups, water, dump. Starlink worked most of the time despite all of the trees. No established “sites” - we were told “just park wherever” giving smaller rigs and tents lots of options! Quiet, cool, beautiful. During our 4 day stay - no loud music, no alcohol, no problems. Nice resident dogs. All the people we encountered there were extremely nice, helpful and welcoming.

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