Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon from a drone's eye in Chihuahua
Copper Canyon from a drone's eye in Chihuahua

Copper Canyon Tours and Tickets

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Set in the remote Sierra Tarahumara Mountains in northwestern Mexico, the UNESCO-listed Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) is larger than the Grand Canyon in the United States but draws in a fraction of the visitors. The vast canyon is laced with footpaths, but the main mode of travel for visitors is the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe).

  • Chihuahua, 33200

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Q:What time of year is best to visit Copper Canyon?
A:You can visit the Copper Canyon year-round. Flowing waterfalls and lush greenery make the fall months of September and October a popular time to travel, with mild temperatures ideal for outdoor activities. While winter brings cold nights—even snow—that season is perfect for trips to lower-elevation spots, including Batopilas and Urique.
Q:What is the recommended way to visit Copper Canyon in Mexico?
A:Winding through the scenic heart of the Copper Canyon, the 418-mile (673-kilometer) Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe) is the most popular way to explore the area. In between are hiking trails, rafting, mountain biking, and small towns exuding rural charm—there's even a natural hot spring perfect for post-adventure soaking.
Q:What do you see on a Copper Canyon tour?
A:Tours of the Copper Canyon take in soaring rock walls, desert landscapes, and small towns with intermingled Indigenous and Norteño (northern Mexican) cultures. Simply taking in the Copper Canyon's scenery is an adventure, but activities for visitors go from white-water rafting trips to guided hikes, mountain biking, and hot springs.
Q:Is it safe to hike in Copper Canyon in Mexico?
A:The Copper Canyon has faced severe problems related to drug trafficking, but it's still possible to visit the area safely. Before setting out on a hike, check in with locals about places to avoid. Or, opt for a guided hike; tour guides stay abreast of security issues and cartel activity.
Q:How many days do you need in Copper Canyon?
A:You need at least 2–3 days in the Copper Canyon. That's enough to travel the 418-mile (673-kilometer) Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe) line with one or two stops. Some travelers spend up to 10 days here, pausing to hike, bike, and explore small towns.
Q:Should you book Copper Canyon tours in advance?
A:It's important to book Copper Canyon tours in advance, particularly during the Christmas and Easter holidays and the October–March high season. A checklist for early booking includes tickets for the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe); all hotels; and excursions such as white-water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and hot springs.