El Fuerte Sinaloa
“The Strong” “The Fort”
“El Fuerte is a charming colonial town packed with plenty of history and charm. A trading outpost for mining and commercial operations made this colonial gem flourish. It is not gentrified and part of the charm is imagining the beauty underneath the 4 -500 years of history.
It is a great place to Board the Copper Canyon Train as the area is mainly flat and monotonous from Los Mochis to El Fuerte.”
Originally Named San Juan Bautista de Crapo. Derived the current name from the fort built by Captain Diego Martinez de Hurdaide.
Weather – Warm winters and hot summers with excessive rainfall in July, August, September.
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January average Highs 27.7 C (81.9F) Lows 7.5C (45.5 F)
July Average Highs 37.7C (99.9F) Lows 24C (75.2F)
Elevation – 180 m
Founded – 1564 by Francisco de Ibarra “The Phoenix of the Conquerors”, Spanish Conquistador
Medical – Hospital, Doctors, Dentist
Money – Bancomer, Bank and ATM
El Fuerte was founded by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Ibarra who was exploring the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The forte was built to protect the Spanish from the Zuaque and Tehueco Indians.
It became an important gateway to the Californias, Arizona and Sonora as it was situated on the Camino Real, (a mule train trail from Guadalajara to Alamos) and for 300 years dominated the commercial and agricultural sectors of Northern Mexico, the chief trading house in the area for silver and gold miners. It was declared the state capital in 1824 of then Sonora y Sinaloa which also encompassed parts of Arizona.
Things to See and Do
The train station is a few miles east of Town.
Hunting and Fishing
Ask at your hotel for a local guide to take you hunting in the foothills or fishing in the El Fuerte River or in the Hidalgo or Domingez Reservoirs for big mouth bass
Petroglyphs The Hill of the Mask is a petroglyph complex, one of the largest in Sinaloa. On the bank of the Rio Fuerte approximately 5 kilometers from the city, the site contains 45 stones that contain more than 100 engravings between 800 and 2500 years old.
Visit the replica of the fort. A good vantage point for photos.
Enjoy the Colonial architecture of the city The Municipal Palace, the Plaza de Armas, La Casa de la Cultura, the Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, The Church Sacred Heart of Jesus, The House of the Constitutional Congress, Orrantia Family Mansion, the Old Town Hotel Errands, House of the General Pablo Macías Valenzuela.
Drive Highway 15 down the pacific coat of Mexico and turn east in Los Mochis at PEMEX 7027 (Between KM 0 in the North and KM 203 in the South) to Highway Sinaloa 32. Drive approximately 88 KMs