“Copper Canyon is one of the most extensive, isolated and unexplored canyon systems in the world. This is a backpacker’s paradise.”

—M.J. Fayhee, Backpacker Magazine

Copper Canyon…The Land that Time Forgot

Mystical Copper Canyon-Photo by Guest, Margaret Randall

There are seven major interlocking canyons, each one deeper than the Grand Canyon, and cool pine-forested highlands in between. The Copper Canyon is actually a giant caldera, a massive vulcanized area 80 miles in diameter that collapsed into itself during an ancient eruption. The remnant is a jumbled mass of canyons with countless rivers and hot springs to remind us of its volcanic earth. Click here to read more…

 

 

The Adventure Begins Here

Taramahura and his burro

Your independent adventure in Copper Canyon begins in the highland pine-covered cliffs at 7,000 feet elevation. Follow trails forged by Tarahumaras hundreds of years earlier. Visit the village of Cusárare, tucked in a boulder-strewn, piney valley. Small shops offer local packaged treats and traditional Tarahumara crafts. The Cusárare Mission church is a meeting place for the Tarahumaras. Nearby is a small museum with antique, religious paintings. If you’re into serious,

View from the Sierra Lodge, valley awash with wildflowers in September

off-the-chart hikes, hire a local guide at the rustic Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge. No shortage of adventures in the “land that time forgot.”

Edge of Civilization

31 switchbacks on the road to Batopilas - photo by Marco Ivan Fernandez

After you’ve explored the caves, mission, alpine valleys and waterfall, go deeper into the even more remote, more isolated Copper Canyon. Drive, or hire a driver to take you to a secret place, beyond the cutting edge of civilization. Ride 6,000 feet below on a steep, narrow, switchback dirt road. In good weather it’s about a 5 hour ride. Arrive at the bottom of the canyon. Here, along a river in the Copper Canyon depths, is antique Batopilas, 1880′s site of the world’s richest silver mine. Schultheis remarks in his story for the National Geographic Traveler — “Imagine Tahiti, Treasure Island, hidden away in the bottom of the Grand Canyon…The air is languid, lazy…” Read more…

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