Located in the northwestern state of Chihuahua, Copper Canyon is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its incredible landscapes and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Running both longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon, Copper Canyon is a must see. Here are a few ways to get around this vast expanse of land and make the most of your experience.
Soar on a zipline
With seven stations, 80 mph winds and two suspension bridges of three miles each, this is one of the largest ziplining circuits in the world. By allowing you to fly over three different canyons, this is certainly a great way to see the sights from above, but it is not for the faint of heart.
Divisadero Barrancas Domicilio Conocido Areponapuchi, 33435 Areponapuchi, Chih., Mexico; parquebarrancas.com
Ride El Chepe Train
“El Chepe” is the nickname for the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway line that runs through the Copper Canyon. As the last remaining long-distance passenger train in service in Mexico, the railway covers over 400 miles and climbs 8,000 feet, and it is the most relaxing way to visit the canyon’s top sites.
Hike with a guide
Given the somewhat unpredictable terrain of the Copper Canyon, it is highly recommended to hike with a trusted local guide. However, the 32-mile hike from Cusarare to Divisadero is well known among hikers in the region and includes a stop along the way at Cusarare Falls to take a swim in the Rio San Ignacio.
Go mountain biking
Creel, considered the gateway town to Copper Canyon and Mexico’s thriving mountain scene, is home to a major national cycling festival. At an elevation of 7,600 feet, Copper Canyon gives bikers access to single-track trails, forest roads, rocky landscapes and more, for a thrilling and scenic way to get across the canyon.
Take the bus
With buses available in Chihuahua, this is the way to go if you’re planning to see some of Copper Canyon’s smaller, more tucked away towns. Notably, Batopilas, located deep in the canyon of the Batopilas River, is home to the indigenous Raramuri community where you can interact with and learn about this ancient, unique culture.