Mapimí is a city and municipal seat of the municipality of Mapimí in the Mexican state of Durango.
As of 2010, the town of Mapimí had a population of 5,623.

The Ojuela Mine, about 3 km. southeast of Mapimí, is a famous locality for mineral specimens, especially adamite.

Mapimi is an outstanding “Magical Town”, given its fierce history and location in the middle of an inhospitable desert. Be surprised with every step you take; listen to the wood of the Ojuela hanging bridge as it creaks under your feet and the wind as it howls through the hundred meter deep gorge and whispers the secrets of the people and the mining center into your ear while looking at the verdant mountains that complete this imposing structure.

Step into the Rosario Caves and discover the Bolson Biosphere Reserve; a surprising natural area recognized by UNESCO (in the Man and Biosphere program), which is home to many different endemic species (some of them endangered) such as the bolson tortoise, pale hawk and bura deer.

Feel the enigmatic mystery that surrounds the Zone of Silence; the desert and dune sands will cause your eyes will marvel at the marine fossils, cacti in violet tones and stones that locals say are actually meteorites that bring with them the history of the universe.

Mapimí Silent Zone

The Mapimí Silent Zone (La Zona del Silencio) is the popular name for a desert patch near the Bolsón de Mapimí in Durango, Mexico, overlapping the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve. It is the subject of an urban myth that claims it is an area where radio signals and any type of communications cannot be received.

However, communications equipment tends to work properly in the zone. Guides assert that the zone moves around; as a result locals are highly skeptical of the zone’s existence.


In July 1970, an Athena test missile launched from a U.S. military base near Green River, Utah toward White Sands Missile Range lost control and fell in the Mapimí Desert region. The rocket was carrying two small containers of cobalt 57, a radioactive element commonly associated with the construction of Salted bombs. After several weeks of searching, local farmers found and reported the crash in the Northeast corner of the State of Durango. Once the rocket was found, a road was built to transport the wreckage, along with a small amount of contaminated top soil. As a result of the US Air Force recovery operations there, a number of myths and stories relating to the area arose, including “strange magnetic anomalies that prevent radio transmission”, mutations of flora and fauna, and extraterrestrial visitations.


Mapimí is one of the 39 municipalities of Durango, in north-western Mexico. The municipal seat lies at Mapimí. The municipality covers an area of 7,126.7 km².

In 2010, the municipality had a total population of 25,137, up from 22,940 in 2005.

In 2010, the town of Mapimí had a population of 5,623. Other than the town of Mapimí, the municipality had 283 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) were: Bermejillo (9,149) and Ceballos (3,730), classified as urban.

Located in the northeastern portion of the state, it borders the municipalities of Lerdo, Gómez Palacio, Tlahualilo, Villa Hidalgo, San Pedro del Gallo, San Luis del Cordero and Nazas.

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