Mexican Federal Highway 15

Federal Highway 15 (Spanish: Carretera Federal 15, Fed. 15 ) is Mexico 15 International Highway or Mexico-Nogales Highway, is a primary north-south highway, and is a free part of the federal highways corridors (Spanish: los corredores carreteros federales) of Mexico. The highway begins in the north at the Mexico–United States border at the Nogales Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora, and terminates to the south in Mexico City.

Fed. 15 from Nogales to Mazatlán runs parallel to Fed. 15D, a tolled (quota) part of the federal highways corridors (los corredores carreteros federales); the portion of this northern stretch from the town of Eldorado southward within the Sinaloa is a limited-access highway.[6] North of the U.S.-Mexico border, the highway continues to the north from the Port of Entry, as I-19 Business.

The highway is the southern terminus of the CANAMEX Corridor, a trade corridor that stretches from Mexico north across the United States to the Canadian province of Alberta.

Carretera federal 15

Federal Highway 15
Carretera Federal 15
Mexico 15 International Highway
Mexico-Nogales Highway
Route information
Maintained by Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
Length2,363.51 km[1][2][3][4][5] (1,468.62 mi)
Major junctions
South endCarratera Toluca in Mexico City
North end I-19 BL at Nogales Port of Entry, Nogales, Sonora
Highway system
Mexican Federal Highways
List • Autopistas
Fed. 14DFed. 15D

Major cities along the route

Mexican highway
A road sign on Fed. 15


  1. ^ "Datos Viales de Jalisco" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. pp. 7, 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  2. ^ "Datos Viales de México" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  3. ^ "Datos Viales de Michoacán" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. pp. 9, 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  4. ^ "Datos Viales de Sinaloa" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. pp. 1, 5, 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  5. ^ "Datos Viales de Sonora" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. pp. 8, 12, 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  6. ^ "Rand McNally Road Atlas", Rand McNally & Company, 1998, p. 120

Amatitán is the head of a municipality in the Mexican state of Jalisco, and is home to one of the world's largest tequila distilleries.

It is the location of “La Hacienda de San José del Refugio”, a distillery which makes “Tequila Herradura” and “Tequila Jimador” and is the main source of employment for the residents of the town and surrounding communities.

The Town of Amatitán is the administrative center for the "Municipio de Amatitán" which also includes the surrounding communities of Santiaguito, Villa de Cuerámbaro, Chome, La Mata, La Conchilla, El Amarrilo, Agua Fría, Santa Rosa and several other smaller settlements.

Amatitán can be visited from Guadalajara by taking the Tequila Express, a train which runs on Saturdays from Guadalajara to Amatitán, there tourists are offered tours of the local distilleries and the nearby city of Tequila, located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north of Amatitán, (tickets are 850 pesos, available through the local Chamber of Commerce and TicketMaster locations). Amatitán can also be reached from Guadalajara by car driving north on Mexican Federal Highway 15, it is a drive of about 45 minutes and the road is kept in fairly good shape.

The economy of the municipality of Amatitán, like that of the surrounding areas, relies heavily in the production of tequila beverage. Its agriculture is dominated by the cultivation of the agave plant, which is used to produce the tequila. The climate in Amatitán is hot and dry which suits the agave plant well. There is usually one rainy period during the year that lasts from June through September, when most of the residents grow their other dominant crop, corn, which requires significantly more water. There is virtually no artificial irrigation in the area and most farmers still depend on rainwater for the irrigation of their fields. Some residents also raise cattle and other livestock, mainly for regional consumption. The lifestyle of its inhabitants is mostly of a rural nature and the residents are mostly Catholic. Some commute daily or weekly to Guadalajara for employment. The area is also a source of immigrants to the United States, most of whom settle in California.

Carretera Costera Riviera Mayo

Carretera Costera Riviera Mayo (Mayo Riviera Coastal Road) formerly known as Brecha de Sinaloa is a state road in the Mexican state of Sonora. It runs from Agiabampo to Yavaros.


Culiacán (Spanish pronunciation: [kuljaˈkan] (listen)) is a city in northwestern Mexico. It is the largest city in and the capital of the state of Sinaloa. It is also the seat of Culiacán Municipality. It had an urban population of 785,800 in 2015 while 905,660 lived in the entire municipality. While the municipality has a total area of 4,758 km2 (1,837 sq mi), the city itself is considerably smaller, measuring only 65 km2 (25 sq mi).

The city is located in a valley at the confluence of the Tamazula and Humaya Rivers, where the two meet to form the Culiacán River, 55 m above sea level. It is in the center of the state, at about the same distance to the two other urban centers of the state: Los Mochis to the north and Mazatlán to the south.


Huatabampo (Spanish pronunciation: [wataˈβampo]) is a city in Huatabampo Municipality in the state of Sonora, in northwestern Mexico. It is situated on the Gulf of California, near the mouth of the Mayo River. It is located at latitude 26°49′N 109°40′W. Huatabampo is 34 km southwest of Navojoa via Sonora State Highway 56 and Sonora State Highway 149. Mexican Federal Highway 15 can be accessed via Sonora State Highway 176. It is notable as the home of revolutionary general Álvaro Obregón, a successful chickpea farmer before the Mexican Revolution, and now his burial site.

Las Bocas, Sonora

Las Bocas is a small fishing village located in the south of the Mexican state of Sonora. It is part of the Huatabampo municipality. Despite being part of Huatabampo, most properties there are owned by families from Navojoa who have their second house next to the beach.

Las Bocas is a popular weekend and holiday destination for people from the south of Sonora (mainly the city of Navojoa) and north of Sinaloa. It is specially visited during the Holy Week which is the week before Easter.

List of highways in Sonora

The following is a list of highways in Sonora.

List of highways numbered 15

Route 15, or Highway 15, can refer to:

For roads named A15, see A15 roads.

Los Mochis

Los Mochis (Spanish pronunciation: [los ˈmotʃis]) is a coastal city in northern Sinaloa, Mexico. It serves as the municipal seat of the municipality of Ahome. As of the 2010 census, the population was 362,613, which was 61 percent of the municipality's population.

Los Mochis is the western terminus of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad (El Chepe), which passes through the scenic Copper Canyon. This railway was originally conceived by Albert K. Owen and approved by President Porfirio Díaz as a trade route linking the cattle markets in Kansas City with the nearest port on the Pacific Ocean, Topolobampo.

Today the North Pacific irrigation region (Sinaloa-Sonora) in which the Fort Valley is the largest district and is the principal agricultural area of Sinaloa, containing over 70% of all irrigated land and producing sugar cane, cotton, rice, flowers, and many types of vegetables. The valley is one of the largest producers of mangoes in Mexico. Air transportation is provided by Los Mochis International Airport. Nearby Topolobampo is the second largest natural deepwater port in the world, and is known for its commercial fishing and increasingly important role in shipping.

Mexican Federal Highway 200

Federal Highway 200 (Carretera Federal 200), also known as Carretera Pacífico, is a Federal Highway of Mexico. The Carretera Pacífico is the main leg of the Pacific Coastal Highway within Mexico and travels along the Pacific Coast from Mexican Federal Highway 15 in Tepic, Nayarit in the north to the Guatemala-Mexico border at Talismán, Chiapas in the south. Upon entering Guatemala, the highway continues as Central American Highway 1.

NAFTA superhighway

The NAFTA superhighway is a term sometimes used informally to refer to certain existing and proposed highways intended to link Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Although the term has not been used publicly by governments in an official policy context, there are some dissident beliefs about this appellation that are associated with conspiracy theories regarding alleged secret plans to undermine U.S. sovereignty. Development of these routes is supported by the North American SuperCorridor Coalition as part of a NASCO Corridor. These include Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas to the Canadian border that downgrades to a non-freeway route ending at Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Interstate 29, a spur that also downgrades to a regular highway at the border and continues to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The term is also sometimes used to describe some additional partly-built or proposed highways and supercorridors which are intended to connect the road systems of the three nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade bloc. One of these is Interstate 69 that is mostly complete from the Canada–US border at Port Huron, Michigan to western Kentucky. In Canada, Ontario Highway 402 and other freeways in the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor can be considered a northeastward extension of this version the NAFTA superhighway. To the southwest, from western Kentucky to the Mexican border, there is currently no single superhighway yet completed. Pending completion of I-69, the main highway links to Mexico follow parts of US routes 45 and 51 from Kentucky to western Tennessee, I-155 from Tennessee to Missouri, parts of Interstates 55 and 40 from Missouri to Arkansas, and I-30 from Arkansas to the Texas stretch of I-35 that continues south to the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas. The uncompleted section of I-69 south of Kentucky is expected to eventually continue southwestward to the Texas Gulf Coast. It will have a spur linking to the original Pan-American route through Mexico to Laredo, and additional branches extending to the Mexican spurs that cross the border at Pharr, Texas, and Brownsville, Texas.

The CANAMEX Corridor is another major route that links the three NAFTA countries. It includes Mexican Federal Highway 15, American I-19 and I-15, and Alberta highway 2. The route is sometimes referenced as part of the NAFTA superhighway concept, but it already has a name of its own. Interstate 94 is an important east-west freeway that indirectly links the CANAMEX Corridor with the I-29 and I-35 routes of the 'NAFTA Superhighway' and the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor. The Canadian route links with the I-69 and I-94 freeways at the same Port Huron border crossing.


Navojoa is the fifth-largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and is situated in the southern part of the state. The city is the administrative seat of Navojoa Municipality, located in the Mayo River Valley.

Nogales-Grand Avenue Port of Entry

The Nogales Arizona Port of Entry on Grand Avenue has been in existence since the early 20th century. It connects Interstate 19 with Mexican Federal Highway 15. The port of entry is named after former Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini. The border station was completely rebuilt in 1966 and upgrades to the pedestrian gates were made by the General Services Administration in 2012. It is one of three border crossings in Nogales; the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry, built in 1973, handles commercial traffic west of the Grand Avenue crossing, while the adjacent Nogales-Morley Gate Port of Entry is used for pedestrians.

Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry

The Nogales-Mariposa Arizona Port of Entry was built in 1973 to divert truck traffic away from the busy downtown Grand Avenue border crossing. It connects Arizona State Route 189 directly with Mexican Federal Highway 15. All commercial traffic entering the United States at Nogales now enters through the Mariposa port of entry. The port facilities are currently undergoing substantial renovation to accommodate increasing traffic and to support new equipment and procedures.

Northeast Hermosillo

Northeast Hermosillo, also called El Noreste, Morelos and Gringorelos, is an unincorporated area in the Sonoran capital of Hermosillo. Its borders can be defined where the roads Reforma and Kino join, and so included some recognized neighborhoods such as Misión del Sol, Balderrama, Modelo, Pitic and La Joya. But also including several residential developments, which had a boom in residential developments in Hermosillo. Commercial centers are mostly found along major important roads like Blvd. Progreso, Blvd. Morelos and Blvd. Kino. Their development is such that many American franchises have invested in these centers, and often people call this zone the "Gringorelos", a portmanteau of Gringo and Blvd. Morelos.

San Ignacio Cohuirimpo

San Ignacio Cohuirimpo is a small town and comisaría in the Navojoa municipality, in the Mexican state of Sonora. It is the most important comisaría in Navojoa City and the biggest, too. San Ignacio was one of the main areas where the "Mayos", the indigenous people of Navojoa, could be found. At present, it can be considered a part of the metropolitan area, as it has grown urbanely thanks to the work of the municipal government of Navojoa.

San Pedro Jácuaro

San Pedro Jácuaro, or simply San Pedro, is a small town located about 110 Kilometers from Morelia, the Capital of the State of Michoacán, the two are connected by Mexican Federal Highway 15, but an alternate route is available which utilizes road 126, the first route Mexico 15 is usually avoided because of the treacherous road known as "Mil Cumbres", (thousand hills). Some of the surrounding towns, known as "Suburbs" are: San Matias El Grande, Tierras Coloradas, Cuchupitio and La Venta. The closest city areCiudad Hidalgo, often referred to as Ciudad de Hidalgo, and Los Azufres.

San Pedro produces and exports furniture, cattle, pork and lamb, sugar cane and corn. In San Pedro there are a local school, a church, a soccer field and a basketball court. San Pedro's inhabitants are referred to as "Tamaleros" by the surrounding towns, and the Tamaleros have had a long standing feud with surrounding residents.

Sonora State Highway 163

Sonora State Highway 163 (Carretera Estatal 163) is a highway in the south of the Mexican state of Sonora.

It runs from Navojoa Airport to the junction with Mexican Federal Highway 15. Its total length is 1.4 km.

Sonora State Highway 176

Sonora State Highway 176 (Carretera Estatal 176) is a highway in the south of the Mexican state of Sonora.

It runs from Huatabampo to the junction with Mexican Federal Highway 15.

Tropical Storm Lidia (1981)

Tropical Storm Lidia was a deadly, destructive tropical cyclone that occurred during the 1981 Pacific hurricane season. It resulted in more casualties and caused greater damage than Hurricane Norma, which took place later that season. On October 6, a tropical depression formed and strengthened into a tropical storm six hours later. Lidia brushed the Gulf of California coast of Baja California Sur and made landfall just south of Los Mochis in Sinaloa on October 8. Tropical Storm Lidia rapidly weakened and dissipated the same day. Lidia killed at least 73 people and caused at least $80 million (1981 USD) which is equivalent to $193 million (2010 USD) in damage. It inflicted heavy rain and flooding throughout parts of northwestern Mexico, especially Sinaloa.

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