Copper Canyon, Mexico

Copper Canyon

Northern Mexico boasts impressive, stark and rugged beauty. Here you will find sprawling desert, cowboys, cattle ranches, cacti, and even rattlesnakes, but you will also see the fantastic natural wonder that is the Copper Canyon.

The Copper Canyon, which was misleadingly named by the Spanish who mistook the greenish-glow of lichen for copper is a well-kept secret and only visited by a few.

It is a network of more than 20 spectacular canyons carved out of the Sierra Tarahumara. The largest canyon is Urique at a staggering 6,136ft at its deepest. In comparison, the Grand Canyon in the USA has a depth of only 4,674 ft.

Waterfall, Copper Canyon, Mexico
Copper Canyon, Mexico

A little more about Copper Canyon

The area is home to the second-largest Native American Indigenous community – the Taramuhara. These world-famous long-distance runners moved into the Copper Canyon over five hundred years ago to avoid conscription by the Spanish to work in the silver mines. Still maintaining a vital presence in the area, the Taramuhara live throughout the Copper Canyon region in log cabins and caves, maintaining close ties to the land.

The ex-mining communities such as the town of Batopilas are fascinating to visit, with just 2,000 inhabitants, only the faded grandeur of the 19th-century gold rush remains.


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Visit Batopilas, a small 19th Century mining village found deep in the canyon.

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Copper Canyon Train, Mexico

Copper Canyon Train Ride

Ride the Copper Canyon Railway, often considered to be the most dramatic train journey in the western hemisphere..

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Copper Canyon Views, Copper Canyon, Mexico

Hike Copper Canyon

Enjoy excellent hiking opportunities.

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Tarahumara Baby, Chihuahua, Copper Canyon, Mexico

Meet the Rumuri Indians

Encounter the Rumuri (Tarahumara) Indians who live in the caves within the canyon system.

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