Nevado de Colima

Photo of Nevado de Colima

Photo by RICARDO IGARTUA

Details

Elevation (feet): 14,600
Elevation (meters): 4,450
Continent: North America
Country: Mexico
Range/Region: Cordillera Neovolcanica
Latitude: 19.55
Longitude: -103.633
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1998
Nearest major airport: Colima National Airport, located 15 km north to Colima City.
Convenient Center: Colima City, Mexico,

Description

Nevado de Colima is the seventh highest mountain in Mexico. It is the higher and older of two towering volcanoes that comprise the Colima Volcanic Complex south of the city of Guadalajara. The steep sharp mountain is somewhat eroded but still retains its conal shape. It has not erupted in modern times, but its neighboring peak to the south, called Volcan de Colima or Volcan de Fuego (12,655 ft.) is a relatively new cone that is still active today, and is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Its current eruptive activity began with an explosion on July 6, 1998. For this reason climbing to the top is dangerous and prohibited.