Tenorio Tilaran Conservation Area

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

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31,794 acres

Max. Elevation

6,286' Volcano Summit


Avg. 75ºF


up to 200 inches per year


100 miles N of San Jose
10.673°N   85.015°W

Date of Creation

16 March 1976

Tenorio National Park Waterfall
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Park Attractions

Tenorio National Park is best known for the beautiful Rio Celeste, whose light blue waters are caused by the emanation of sulfur and the precipitation of calcium carbonates.

Lake at Tenorio National Park

Driving Directions

Tenorio National Park can be reached by several routes. See Driving Map below.

From San Jose, take the main highway to Ciudad Quesada (aka San Carlos), then to Upala. Turn left in Upala towards Bijagua, and follow the road approximately 30 miles to the entrance of the Park.

Tenorio National Park Driving Directions

Alternatively, from San Jose take the Interamerican Highway to Cañas. About 6 miles after Cañas is a turnoff to Bijagua. About 20 miles past Bijagua, you will find the entrance to the Park.

Primary cloud forest and rainforest covers the park, which abounds with flora and fauna species in multiple life zones, innumerable rivers, waterfalls, thermal hot springs, and Laguna La Danta (Tapir Lake)

The Tenorio Volcano, with multiple craters, and Montezuma Volcano with twin craters,  are both assumed to be dormant, with no eruptions in recent history.

Park Facilities and Hours

The Ranger Station at Tenorio National Park is open for visitor attention from 8am to 4pm. It has restrooms, drinking water and first aid available.

Tenorio National Park

The trails in the park lead to picnic and swimming areas, as well as trails to Tenorio Volcano and Montezuma Volcano.

Tenorio Volcano National Park

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