Not many people around the world know about the Paquime Culture from North West Mexico, But Madera, Chihuahua has over 100 archaeological sites which you can hike to and explore:
Cuarenta Casas trail.- this is the most known site and it has many visitors year round, also it is one of the easiest attractions to get to. Although the climbing to the legendary cliff dwelling is very steep, you can not help to stare in awe at such beautiful place the Madera region is.
Huapoca Complex trail.- This is, perhaps, the most attractive of all the archaeological trails Madera has to offer. Trough a worn down dirt road, we drove into the mountains, crossing the region´s biggest affluent --the Papigochi River-- we left the van and started hiking into the Huapoca Canyon. What you find starting this trail, is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Huapoca Canyon with the Papigochi River zig zagging at the bottom and the Cueva del Mirador (Watch point Cave) embedded into the canyon wall. As you follow the signals, you get to the Cueva de la Serpiente (Serpent Cave) which is one of the most refined sites. Being there is like nothing else! Then you continue over to the Nido del Aguila (Eagle´s Nest) which also has an incomparable nature.
Sirupa trail.- Also a favourite of the knowledgeable ones, has two major caves to visit: Cueva Grande (Big Cave), Which has a stream dripping from the rocks above, and La Rancheria (The Village) Which is a huge site though very destroyed. What is peculiar about this trail is that you walk through the middle of the canyon thus, seeing everything from down up.
El Embudo trail.- My favourite trail. This hike is planned for a 3 day tour, but it can be done in 2 at your own risk! I am kidding, but the truth is that it is a very long and tough hike, but the caves in the Jarillas Stream are almost intact. As you walk into the rooms, you can still find the ancient corn ears and pieces of pottery. An amazing place!