La Marquesa National Park
La Marquesa is the common name for the Parque Nacional Insurgente Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, situated west of Mexico City on the toll road heading towards Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico. It lies in the municipalities of Ocoyoacac, Huixquilucan, and Lerma de Villada in the State of Mexico, and also in the adjacent Cuajimalpa borough of the Distrito Federal. The settlement of La Marquesa itself is part of the ejido of the indigenous Otomí community San Jerónimo Acazulco. It is also west of the Desierto de los Leones National Park. Most of the forested area is on the north side of the highway.
The main park entrance is opposite a restaurant called "Restaurant Mesón del Tío Pepe" on the highway (the free road). There are footpaths that lead into the woods and past picnic tables as well as a Centro de Información Turistica. Horses are also available for rent. Another area is the Valle del Silencio (Valley of Silence). However, today this 'silent' area is a popular weekend getaway and is full of horse rental places, food stands offering dishes made from rabbit and trout, picnic tables and places to rent go-karts, and ATVs.
Near the village of La Marquesa is a statue of three riders (Miguel Hidalgo, Ignacio Allende and Mariano Jiménez) looking east toward Mexico City. This statue commemorates the Battle of Monte de las Cruces, which took place here in October 1810.
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