Chihuahua is located in Northwestern Mexico and is the largest state in Mexico by area. To the north and northeast, it has a long border with the U.S. Although Chihuahua is identified with the Chihuahua Desert for namesake, it has more forests than any other state in Mexico. Due to its variant climate, the state has a large variety of fauna and flora. The state is mostly characterized by rugged mountainous terrain and wide river valleys. The Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, is home to the Copper Canyon, a canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon.
Durango is landlocked and situated in the northwest of the country and has Mexico’s second-lowest population density. The state has an average elevation of 1,775 meters above sea level. The Sierra Madre Occidental blocks moisture from the Pacific Ocean, impacting the local climate of the state. Las Quebradas region, has a humid subtropical climate, the rest of the state has semi-arid and temperate climates. Many rivers begin in Durango, but lead into other Mexican states or empty into the Pacific.
Jalisco is located in Western Mexico and is one of the most important states in Mexico because of its natural resources as well as its history. Many of the characteristic traits of Mexican culture, are originally from Jalisco, such as mariachi, ranchera music, birria, tequila, jaripeo, etc. Economically, it is ranked third in the country. Altitudes in the state vary from 0 to 4,300 meters above sea level, from the coast to the top of the Nevado de Colima and is made up of a diverse terrain that includes forests, beaches, plains, and lakes.