Camping next to incredible natural hot springs, caves, and thermal river! It's a big attraction for Mexican natives and for good reason. It was one of the highlights of our 5 month trip through Mexico. We camped next to the river below the hotel and could walk to the caves within 10 minutes and walk to the thermal pools overlooking the mountain range in 20 - 30 (although it was uphill). It's dry camping meaning no electricity, water, or dumps on site but there are showers and restrooms for use. Restaurants at all of the hotels as well. This spot is not fit for larger RV's because the road here is very steep and windy. I don't suggest anything over 30 ft.
- 150 pesos per person per day (kids pay the same price from 5 years old) Overnight stay = 2 day fees! Ticket is 7:00-20:00
- 20 pesos for parking per day
- camping is free (at least)
price includes entrance to the caves and hot springs
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Very beautiful place at the river. The water is amazing! The color and the temperature... Awesome! Be awere when you come to the Grutas you have 64 Topes at the last 40km. But dont turn around! This place is awesome! When you want to enter the grutas it is not alowed to carry a bag or drinks. So better just walk with your towel towards the grutas (15min walk) and enjoy this amazing place!Report Check-In
Absolutely loved grutas, had no issues getting our 3.8m tall truck camper down here. I’d suggest using this spot to sleep and check out the river and tunnel but if you want to go to the pools, park at the thermal pool parking lot.Report Check-In
Bel endroit avec possibilite de profite de l eau a 32 degres des bains thermaux de la grotte mais beaucoup trop touristique. Beaucoup de monde beaucoup de bruit car les touristes louent des tentes pour dormir et font la fete de plus le parking pour les fourgons est au bird de la riviere sur du gravier avec beaucoup de poussiere quand il y a des rafales de vent. C est beau mais trop frequente ! Cout 150/personne le parc et 30 le parking par jour 7h a 20 h.Report Check-In
We stayed 2 night and 2 days here we arrived at 7am,payed for 3 days, and left at 7.30am on the 3rd day and got the money back of the 3rd day. A security guy cames every evening to see if you paid for the day after, that's why you pay and then ask for the money back if you leave early. It's 150pesos Pp plus 30 for the parking now. Free toilets and showers. Grutas at 15min from the spot, pools at 30min walking (passing trough the little path in the middle of the sanitario building. Avoid week ends and bank holidays. Good Telcel coverage. Enjoy this beautiful spot!
Bm.aroundtheworld from Switzerland
Like people have said before, you have to purchase the ticket for the day you will be leaving. We left at 7am and got a refund for that day. We spent 3 nights here and it was amazing. Highly recommend making your way out here. We were here during the week and it was pretty empty. We heard it gets packed on the weekends.Report Check-In
You get your money for ‘the next day’ back at the entrada/Salida gate if you leave before 8AM. Just show your tickets. Keep them undamaged as they reuse them.Report Check-In
Great! We came after 7PM and only had to pay the day use fee for the next day and parking (150 ppp per day and 20 pesos parking per car). So maybe if you come late enough you don't have to pay for an extra day even when camping.Report Check-In
We had an awesome time here. It wasn't as serene as we were hoping, but really worth seeing. The drive in is certainly gnarly, but our underpowered Van did just fine. Jaw dropping views along the hairpin turns.
This place definitely feels like a Mexico ski resort with decent sized crowds, a bunch of hotels and restaurants, and many parking lots on different levels. At first we were directed to camp near the tent camping, closest to river. This was more lively than we were hoping as charming as it was, so we took the advice of sigriddeininger and drove up the hill a little but to find the minibus parking behind the basketball court. You can just drive over the basketball court and keep going back to a big, flat, quiet, and private parking area with insane views. The best part of this lot was the trail access to the grutas and pozas (small hot spring fed pools) that no one else was on.
Would come back here, but would b-line for the basketball court and skip the congested areas.Report Check-In
Been traveling across MX for the past 2.5 months and this is so far one of our favorite locations! Little hard to get to, bad road conditions and steep switch backs towards the end but all doable. Dry camping right next to the river, walking distance to the tunnel and gruta. Little hike up hill to the thermal pools. Can very much imagine how overrun this place can get on a weekend. Very family friendly! Paid 960 pesos for 3 days and 2 adults. Definitely worth it!Report Check-In
LOVED it. Beautiful hot water. Not too many people great installations. Showers, bathrooms, tiendas, restaurants.Report Check-In
with camping you pay for 2 days entry (the day you arrive and the day you leave), so 300 in total. For tent camping follow the signs to "zona de acampar". You'll be directed to park in a lot above the camping camping area (even with a moto) and you carry your stuff to a large field next to the river.Report Check-In
A bit tricky to go down with a 29ft but we managed. Crowded during the holidays but still nice !Report Check-In
Highly recommended!!! One of our favored favored places. Have been there Tuesday/Wednesday and not many people- plenty of space even in the Pozales. We parked with our Mercedes Benz Sprinter on level 4 with the other Mini Busses on the Baseball Field. Very close to the sanitary station and easy access to the river - the grutas - and even the sendero to the Pozales is at the right hand end of the parking lot. Stayed here for one night, right after the second day we drove out of the park and stayed on night right on the big parking lot on top.Report Check-In
le camping majoritairement des tentes se trouve directement sur le bord de la rivière, complètement en bas au stationnement le plus bas.pour un véhicule et une personne 180 pesos pour l entrée au parc rien d autre a payer. beaucoup d hotel sur le site. magnifique lieu regarder internet les photos.Report Check-In
On the road, passing by the Popocatepelt volcano (17,800 ’high) we arrived at the Tolantonga grutas for a two day camping stop May 30 to June 1. An astonishing thermal resort surrounded by magnificent mountains. We embark on a vertiginous descent into a deep canyon to reach the camping area, which runs along a a river with turquoise and thermal water. Trails lead us to the falls, tunnel, caves and thermal baths. A paradise to recharge our energies. We drove a Camper Van Ford Transit. Message for RVs: go during the week (weekend it is full pack), RV less than 30 ft., If longer, don’t even think about it: a lot of trees on river parking, many cars - you wont be able to pass ( I was driving a 40’ pusher before, and will never go down with my bus). Park where the buses are and take the shuttle to pass the day at the river or the baths.Report Check-In
If you like mass tourism this place has wonderful opportunities for you. We have been there after easter and it was way to crowded, especially under conditions of the pandemia. Pools and attractions are far away from each other and you use the Bus to get around. If you like it more close together, more nature and more quiet, you should check out "La Gloria" on the other side of the canyon. From there you can also enter to the gruta (but you have to pay the entrance fee of Tolantongo if you cross the bridge).
There is no road for cars from Tolantongo to La Gloria.
price 150pesos por person a day. 20pesos for a car. valid untill 8pm same day. the guards and also the police show up often. they are very strict here (to many forbidden this, forbidden that -signs) but you can make fire almost everywhere.
Camping situation is better here (as in la Gloria), you can camp at riverside with your car.Report Check-In
Just checking in to say that You can get at least 40 feet down here if you’re a truck and trailer... my truck is 20 and my trailer is 20 and it wasn’t a problem... very cool road, not for the faint of heart with a big rig.Report Check-In
we were allowed to park nearby the river with our 7.2m long 3.12m high motorhome after walking down and talking to the guards on the parking lot. because some guards stopped us on the way down to a large parking lot for big rigs, saying we were too big to go down.
there are sinks with water hoses and tents
but I wouldn't recommend to go that down for bigger rigs. the way up is gonna be a tricky adventure. if you've done the Andes, then no worries.
the site is huge and full of Mexicans.
- 150 per person per day (SAME PRICE FOR KIDS FROM 5 YEARS OLD!!!)
- 20 for parking per day
At this price, it's logical that you don't have to pay for camping here.Report Check-In
Camping next to incredible natural hot springs, caves, and thermal river! It's a big attraction for Mexican natives and for good reason. We camped next to the river below the hotel and could walk to the caves within 10 minutes and walk to the thermal pools overlooking the mountain range in 20 - 30 (although it was uphill). It's dry camping meaning no electricity, water, or dumps on site but there are showers and restrooms for use. Restaurants at all of the hotels as well. This spot is not fit for larger RV's because the road here is very steep and windy. I don't suggest anything over 30 ft. We paid $640 for 2 people for 2 nights, which included entrance to the caves and hot springs.Report Check-In
The Grutas de Tolantongo with its 95°F water and the torquoise warm river are a very special place hard to find anywhere else in the world. In addition there are ca 35 pools with warm water at the slope with a nice view of the canyon. Unfortunately the Grutas de Tolantongo are becoming more and more touristic. Hotels, parking lots and new pools are build to serve thousands of people especially on weekends. The road down into the canyon is mostly paved and a nice and easy drive. Along the river are many tent camping sites and some sites where you can park with an RV. You find clean bathrooms, changing rooms, restaurants, trash cans everywhere. If you avoid weekends you will have a very nice and relaxing time in the Barranca de Tolantongo. Price is 150 Peso per Person per day plus 20 Peso for parking. For Camping you will be charged 2 day passes, in total 640 Peso for 2 people, 2 days and 1 night.Report Check-In
We were pretty confused by the pricing going from their website and these reviews. But the story is that you pay 150pp day entrance fee before 5pm, after 5pm the attractions close and you only need to pay for the next day. They didn't charge us anything extra for camping, just the 20p for parking (so 320p total). Considering you get camping at a great location and access to the pools and grutas, this is actually a pretty good deal.
The tunnel and cave were the highlight for us. Make sure you REALLY explore the cave, cause there are some hidden parts you might miss if you don't pay attention.Report Check-In
We tried to stay for one night but they were charging us 620 MXP total for two people: 150 per person for the day we arrived, 150 per person for the day we were leaving, and 20 for parking. There are signs on the road toward the Gruta saying that ticket fee is not for 24 hrs, but only for the day, so I guess rules changed this year.
Anyway, well worth a visit, but do yourself a favor and don’t come on the weekend.Report Check-In
we arrived on a sunday at 3.30pm. they asked us to pay half price (150$ for the two of us) for this day and full price (300$) for the following day. we waited until 5pm until we entered to save the 150$. only us and one other overlander sleeping at the river this night. most restaurants and food stalls were closed on monday, but ‚el malecon‘ down by the river was open. zapatos aquaticos are a good idea, but it is also doable without.Report Check-In
We paid 150$/PERSON. We sleptone night in the parking lot of level 4. Just in the far East of it, behind the basketvall area. Nobody can see you. You can also park close to the river, but probably you have to pay an additional fee forthe following day. There are men on duty untik 8 p. At the entrace nobody checks you and will controll the lenghts of your stay.Report Check-In
Nice place to visit for a couple of days. Avoid the weekend if possble even on low season. Weekdays are great. Paid 150 per night per person. And a 1 time fee of 20 p for parking. No grocery store in the premise only restaurants and a small abbarote that sells dry goods. Come prepared!Report Check-In
Beautiful place, as described. We went mid-week but still had tons of people due to kids being out of school for summer break. Note that after heavy rains (as we had, see pic) the water in the river turns a muddy green-brown instead of the turquoise blue you see in the pictures. The tunnel and caves were amazing, lots of construction in the higher positas but still nice to soak. Security guards patrol regularly and they do check tickets for the next day if you’re staying over night. We rolled in around 5p and they only charged us for parking and tickets for the next day. We left after a full day around 6p and moved to the upper lot before the switchbacks (where the buses park) for the night to avoid paying for next day.Report Check-In
We stayed 5nights and had the very interesting experience to spend the weekend at the rio with 1000s of Mexican in their tents- a wonderful, colorful and very impressive experience in Mexican lifestyle; Friday to Sunday it’s pretty crowded, so if you looking for privacy arrive at a Sunday after 6pm and you will be fine until Friday noon; we had a great time in the river,the Grutas,the tunnel and the cave..a absolutely beautiful place!!!Report Check-In
As described, the road to go down to the campsite in front of the Hotel La Huerta is impressive but no problem with a 24ft. Surprising place is really worth the detour. We stayed there two nights, 140 pesos / pers / day and 20 pesos for parking. Do not advent itself if you suffer from vertigo or fear of the vacuum. We were on weekdays, there were not too many people.Report Check-In
All of these seem to be the same place. The first one is only the entrance. For one night camping you have to pay 2 days entrance 300 pp. Very full on weekends. Had a bit of a fight to be allowed to take our rig down to the water. Wanted to have us camp in one of the upper parking lots but we prevailed. Would not like to try get a big rig in here
Great park, as described! We arrived at 1pm and paid for two days (600 pesos). Right next to the river. Was very quiet (weekday) and ideal for letting our dog run and play. Dogs are only prohibited in the hot tubs/cave area.
The road down/up was a bit a challenge for our 21ft motorhome brakes/powerwise (it’s a 4 cylinder), but doable. Left on Friday at 4.30pm and only a couple of cars on the switchbacks. Almost the entire way to the entrance is paved, and it might soon be completely finished. After the entrance it is a dirt road.
For the gruta/cascada/tunnel: follow the campsite upstream and you’ll see signs (15 min walk). Lockers there are 100 pesos (you’ll get 50 back when you return) and are videomonitored. For the hot tubs/pozitas: go up the stairs in between the two orange showerbuildings closest to the RV campspot. After a while there’ll be signs as well. The first tubs you’ll see are newer and a bit isolated (15 min walk). Go the extra 500m to the tubs at the hotel for hotter water (the higher up, the better), more cozyness and maximum views (20 min walk).
Note: We initially followed maps.me from Xilitla and were sent via the MEX105. We didn’t see any signs for Tolantongo and then got almost stuck in a steep little town trying to get there. If you have a bigger rig I would take the MEX85 to Ixmiquilpan and follow the signs there, what we eventually did.Report Check-In
Awesome spot that should not be missed on a mexican roadtrip. As we found the comments a bit confusing, here a little summary of our experience:
There are basically three major points of interest-the river, the grotta&tunel and the pools. The best base to see all of them in one day and to have plenty of time to relax as well is the camping at the River bed. To get there you must take the left turn at the entrance gate and follow the road All the way down to the river bed. There are plenty of spaces for tent camping and on the far right side also parking and spots to sleep in your car/van. Nobody asked us to pay and we did not know where as well...
From the nice Camp spots in the river bed (perfect to jump into the water directly in front of your rig) you can take a 10min walk to the grotta/tunel and enjoy the beauty of the place (as written before, it is really empty during the week). To the pools you can either walk as well (probably 20mins) or drive back to the Main entrance and take the right turn at this time. The pools are awesome as well but you don't feel like you are in the middle of nature like on the other two spots.
We arrived Thursday 6pm and paid 20+140 pP. for the friday only as we left on Saturday morning (after a small discussion with the patroling guards).
Only things I'll add: Lockers by the grutas/caves are $100p and include a deposit. There are bathrooms to change below the locker area but they aren't right next to the caves, so if not using a locker you'll be keeping your belongings in a bag right outside the caves (as most do). Bring a waterproof flash light of some sort for going deep into the caves. There is a foot bridge to La Gloria, it can be accessed for a $100p or $120 for camping. No toilet seats, toilet paper, or paper towels in the bathrooms, but clean. Showers are warm river water.
We are here on a Wednesday and Thursday and it's practically a ghost town! Good for privacy, but little to no restaurants or shops open. We left Friday at 3pm. Not too many people showing up and passed two cars on the switchbacks when leaving which was a blessing.Report Check-In
Great place. They do check tickets now. By the end of the day we were asked to leave or to buy tickets from them. We stayed and took tickets for the next day.Report Check-In
Absolutely beautiful. We are frugal travellers but this is DEFINITELY worth a stop. One of the best places we have camped!
Pricing still accurate from below. We arrived after five pm, paid for the night of camping and the fu) Park pass the following day.... Then stayed one extra night when we realised no one seemed to be monitoring.
Arrived out of season. Had an entire camping section to ourselves directly beside the thermal river. Also about ten (clean) bathroom stalls and showers for the two of us :)
It's an amazing place. Completely worth it!
Very nice place to hang out a day or more! The waterfall and the cave with bats in it is are very cool! We arrived at 6 p.m, payed 300 pesos / for the two of us, for the next day. After the full day, we stayed for another night at the river and left the place at around 9 a.m. Nobody came to check the tickets, if somebody come we think you can tell them that you leave early in the morning and you do not have to pay another full day! Enjoy this great place!Report Check-In
Amazing holiday park that evolves around a cave with hot springs. You can swim in the cave and walk through a tunnel full of steam. There’s camping at the bright blue warm river, thermal pools, normal pools with a water slide, a hanging bridge and ziplines. It’s seriously fun!!
Entrance is 140MXP pp per day, plus 20MXP for parking. Camping at the river is 100 MXP for a 4 person tent, there’s double rooms from 600 MXP. Lots of restaurants, bars and shops. Not everything is open in the week, but the weekend is very busy.Report Check-In
really cool place, worth staying at least a couple of days. we got in at 2pm and had to pay for that day as well, met a couple who got in at 3:30 and didn't pay the first day.
the only place we saw them checking for tickets was when entering the main gate and if tent camping by the river at around 7-8 pm. we slept in the car and never got asked for tickets so we stayed an extra night for free. sometimes they mark your windshield with your expected day but nobody seems to look at that so you can just clean it off.
when you get to the gates, choose the left one as that area is way bigger and has more flat, private parking lots. then just take the trail to the hot tubs, about a 10 minute hike uphillReport Check-In
Absolutely stunning place, well worth the drive and money. Both the pools and cave/waterfall was amazing. I don't know about any other place, where you can go through a hot waterfall into a cave filled with thermal water, swim around in it and go even deeper into the cave.
There's also about 40m long tunnel with hot spring and small pools in it, for the non claustrophobic ones :)
Top tip: definitely go during the week and double check if there are no holidays - we went after the new years eve, but people still had vacation, so it was very full. Still worth it though. Without the people, it would be a paradise.
We stayed here for a couple of days around Christmas. There is a huge area along the warm river mainly designed for tent camping; the sites for RVs are at the far end of the road and were quiet except on Christmas Eve and on the first Christmas Day. We pulled in around 4:30 p.m. and left the place at 11:00 a.m., and they didn’t ask us to pay neither for the first nor for the last day.Report Check-In
Epic spot. Don't miss it! we arrived at 16:30 and we're allowed to stay for the night only paying for the next mornings entrance fee. 300 MXN (140 PP + 20 PC). We've been on the road for 18 months, started our journey from Australian and saw a lot along the way, but this has to be one of the highlights. Avoid weekends though, we arrived on Sunday afternoon and it was nice but heard the night before had 3000+ campers staying around.Report Check-In
we stayed here two days before weekend. this was quite at night. the cocinas economias where closed through the week. this is a very nice spot to make a little break from traveling and relax in the mexican Spa. We where the only not Mexican's.:-) the night before we went down and the night after we came up we slept above on the big parking lot.Report Check-In
We felt the fees were fair for dry camping and tons of beautiful water features. Take 2+ nights and enjoy the place. See the caves and waterfalls, and hike to or from the Pozas (near tirolesa). Hot tip- there is a little bus that runs from upper area to lower area for 5p. Worth it- we hiked up to the Pozos (senderismo trail) one direction and caught the van back. We had no trouble with the road in a truck camper. Found parking in the shade. Arrived on a Sunday and watched thousands of people leave. Practically empty by Tuesday. Bring your own food in case vendors are closed during slow days.Report Check-In
300 P per day, not night! (140 pp + 20 car) so you pay 600 P if you like to stay overnight. You can negotiate if you arrive in the afternoon. Great place, toilets, showers, basura, excellent bathing in the river grutas and pozzosReport Check-In
Something in addition: White mud on river stones can be harmful to your skin after longer exposure (experienced kind of etching)Report Check-In
We arrived around 3pm. They charge at the gates from 8pm for the next day, so we had to pay for two days for one nights stay. Went on Saturday, stayed the night, left Sunday. Bad idea for camping in our pop up camper because all the locals come on that night as well. Between the car stereos pumping out reggaeton, the car alarms going off and motorbikes ripping around we barely got any sleep. Enjoyed the hot springs greatly though. Just completely avoid the weekend if at all possible.Report Check-In
We were there after Christmas with thousands of other peoples. It was nice to meet so lot of mexican Campers but it was to crowded. The spot is really nice if you are probably here on weekdays and not on holiday and vacation time. We payed 140 pesos per person and 20 pesos for the car per day.Report Check-In
its an incredible nice place. Its worth the drive down. We did it with a 24feet long normal RV. Its was a challenge to come up from the river with the washouts in the last curve. But there is a parking lot just above the river. The long street down is not a problem, they remodeling the street with beton. Enjoy it.Report Check-In
Arrived just after 4pm and did not pay for that day. Paid 260 for two ppl to enter with dog. We got two tickets for the next day and parking. Drove ALL the way to the bottom. It was Saturday and there was a shocking number of people camping. There was a whole parking lot further down the river that was blocked off. We walked over to a group of security guards and asked if we could move the cone and camp in our truck over there. They said yes. It was relatively quiet. Not close to facility's. About a 5 min walk. This place stays a zoo tell the end of Sunday. Then it's empty. This place it truly amazing! You may camp with a dog, and hike around with them, but they are not allowed near the Pozas or the caves. Showers are warm-ish, definitely not HOT! Week days are mellow, but stores and restaurants are mostly closed.Report Check-In
absolutely incredible spot! we camped right down on the river and walked up towards the caves and the hot springs! so far a highlight of our trip. please note the road into this place is insane. it's dirt (nice and smooth) but a crazy drop into the canyon with very tight and steep switchbacks. we did it in a 1985 20ft rv though so anyone with a better vehicle will be fine!!Report Check-In
Admission is 120 pesos per person per day (140 pesos on holidays), parking was 20 pesos which we only paid once. In order to get to the vehicle camping area you must use the left entrance (grutas y tunel) of the two ticket booths, then go almost to the bottom and go to the right past the Hotel la Huerta. The security guard came around each evening to make sure we had tickets for the next day, otherwise we would be required to leave the park, he sold us tickets on the spot when we didn't have them. Do not skip the steam cave, our favorite part!Report Check-In
If you come here to camp, just say you're visiting for the day, otherwise they will charge you for two days, if you're just staying for one night.Report Check-In
Great place! If you have your own baños it is very quiet at the end far away from the restaurants and Grutas. Beautiful right on the river. We parked one night at the top of the canyon just along the road, lots of space, for free. Great morning viewReport Check-In
We arrived late, around 6pm. We just had to pay the entry (120 per person) and parking fee (20 per Car) for the next day. We stayed four nights. The last night we were allowed to stay for free at the "pozas", because we left early in the morning at 7am. Tickets valid till 19pm, not 24 hours. We had no problems to stay with our truckcamper at the "Campamento La Huerta" just some meters away from the warm river. Expect a lot of people on weekends. Enjoy the beautiful landscape - it's worth the drive!Report Check-In
120 pesos per person plus 20 pesos for parking. After hearing such great things about this place we were a bit bummed when we found out that they weren't letting people into the area with the small pools on the hillside and we weren't allowed to camp on the river with our jeep, they made us camp in the parking lot. No vehicles in the camping zones. The parking lot is lit up with very bright lights. The river is great, and the caves and waterfalls at the top of the stairs are amazing! We were there from tues-thurs and the place was pretty empty. None of the restaurants or stores were open. Make sure you bring bug spray.Report Check-In
We loved this place!! Such unexpected beauty! The rivers and pools range from Luke warm to probably 95 degrees. The tunnel is hot like a steam room and there are a variety of water falls that you can stand under which are also hot. Make sure to cross the bridge to La Gloria where you will have to pay $100 extra pesos but you will basically have the place to yourself. The hotel rooms are $500 pesos a night and are clean but very basic (no tv, no phone, etc...). Camping by the river was great! If you're anywhere near here - don't pass this place up!Report Check-In
Nice place, but very much out of the way. Hardly anyone there, but we must be early in the season. Most restaurants were closed. We had to pay for 2 days entrance to camp there. Water was warm not hot.Report Check-In
A water park fed by hot springs. This place is a bit out of the way, but it is amazing and was a highlight of our time in Mexico. There is a ton of camping here and plenty of restaurants and food to keep you here for several days.Report Check-In
Camping on the hot springs. (Do NOT come on the weekend here!) Bit noisy because of the water and dusty, but through the week little people, very clean, warm communal showers & lots of WC's. 10min walk north along the river, a few meters higher, there are AWESOME caves full of warm or hot water. Admission 120Pesos/Person + 20pesos for the car. Counts for 1 day, NOT 24h! We arrived at 20pm and he charges us only the next day until 19 o'clock. Or you come in the morning early and can stay up to 19h 1 day ticket. For hot spring lovers HIGHLY recommended! The temperature in the river is down about 32 degrees above to 40 degrees.Report Check-In