AAA Editor Notes
Lakes of Zempoala National Park (Parque Nacional Lagunas de Zempoala) is about 22 km (14 mi.) n. on old Mex. 95 to the town of Huitzilac, then some 15 km (9 mi.) w. on a narrow, winding road to the park entrance. The seven lakes (lagos) comprising this national park—Zempoala, Compela, Tonatihagua, Quila, Hueyapan, La Seca and Ocoyotongo—lie about 9,500 feet above sea level.
The bracing scenery—lofty mountain peaks and thick stands of tall green pine trees—looks more like Oregon or Canada than it does Mexico. Some of the lakes are stocked with bass and trout, and simple roadside restaurants hawk the latter (known as trucha) grilled, fried and smoked. The park offers plenty of opportunities for boating, hiking, bicycling, camping and jet-skiing.
Note: Check the U.S. State Department's latest Mexico Travel Warning advisory before planning any trip to this area, which is experiencing ongoing drug-related crime and high insecurity. Do not drive after dark, as the access road is extremely winding.