Cross-border vehicular traffic at DeConcini crossing NOT recommended at this time


Update: the construction has been completed, but we still recommend that you avoid the downtown Nogales DeConcini vehicular border crossing between December 15 to January 15 of every year, due to excessive amounts of traffic from holiday travelers to and from Mexico.


August 2015

Due to road construction on Plutarco Elias Calles in Nogales, Sonora,  we are recommending that you do not attempt to cross the border into Nogales, Sonora through the vehicular border crossing at the DeConcini Port of Entry in downtown Nogales.

Plutarco Elias Calles is the northbound thoroughfare that originates as Mexico highway 15 south of Nogales, passes through Nogales, feeds into the DeConcini border crossing and leads to Grand Avenue in Nogales, Arizona.

A nearly one-mile section of the road is completely torn up from the border southward, and SENTRI traffic is being re-routed through Avenida Lopez Mateos, Avenida Juarez  and Calle Campillo to the border crossing.

As a result, the downtown Nogales border tourism district has heavier than normal traffic, especially on streets where vehicles are being re-routed to the DeConcini border gates.

If you are nearing Nogales, Sonora from the south we recommend that you take the toll road and cross at the Mariposa Port of Entry. If you choose to drive through the city, we recommend that you take a left turn at the Periferico and follow that highway to the Mariposa border crossing.

And if you are planning a trip to the Nogales Border Tourism area, it is always more enjoyable to park and walk across the border. Read more about border parking.

If you have any questions about this, please contact us.