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city, northwestern Sinaloa estado (state), northwestern Mexico. It lies on the coastal plain, inland from Topolobampo Bay on the Gulf of California. The creation of the Fuerte River irrigation district in the 1950s led to the growth of Los Mochis as an agricultural (corn [maize], cotton, sugarcane, tomatoes, rice, and other crops and cattle and pigs) centre. Among the city's industries are large sugar refineries and a cannery. Tourism is an additional economic asset; Los Mochis is a popular winter holiday resort and headquarters for fishing and hunting. It is just off the Nogales-Mexico City highway and is linked by railroad and highway to the port of Topolobampo. Los Mochis is at the western end of the Chihuahua-Pacific railroad, which traverses Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) National Park, a major tourist attraction in the Sierra Madre Occidental of southwestern Chihuahua. The city also has an airport. Pop. (2005 prelim.) urban agglom., 388,344.