Urique Road, not recommended due to security concerns

Urique is a small town located at the bottom of Urique Canyon, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. The road to the town is a terrible steep, unsurfaced and rugged mountain road. The road will put both vehicle and driver through their paces.

Carretera a Urique

The drive includes more than 100 turns and it’s not a viable option during rainy season. The road is in terrible condition according to locals, and the police do not recommend this route due to security concerns. The road descends around 2000 metres in a crazy series of switch-backs over fourteen kilometres. It is not a ride for the faint-hearted. Conditions vary depending on weather and time of year and by how recently the road has been maintained. It is a good idea to ask about road conditions before setting off.
The gravel road to the town was inaugurated on October 1975. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. It is about 54 kilometers down there, the first 50 are ok, a ordinary Mexican gravel road, but the last 14 are a suicide through a insane road bordering a awful ravine. The road is barely wide enough for two cars to pass, there are no guard rails, and the curves are so severe that it is impossible to know if traffic is approaching from the opposite direction.

This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. The road is pretty rough and extremely narrow, with just enough room for a car in many places. Due to the extreme drop-off pay very careful attention to the driving, but the biggest risk is the chance of any on-coming traffic with limited sight lines and very, very few places to pass. Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down.
Road suggested by: Eblem Torres
Pic: Markus scobdo