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

Copper Canyon

Chihuahua, 33200

The basics

The most popular way to see the area is on a Copper Canyon train tour from Chihuahua to Los Mochis. The 418-mile (673-kilometer) Copper Canyon Railway route takes visitors through colorful desert landscapes, offering spectacular views along the way. 

You can stop at villages along the way and spend a few days exploring the surrounding areas. Hotels are available in popular stop-over towns and local guides offer hiking, mountain biking, and rafting tours. You can also visit hot springs, waterfalls, and valleys known for impressive rock formations.

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Things to know before you go

  • A ride on El Chepe provides the easiest and safest way to see Copper Canyon; tickets are available online through tour operators.

  • There is drug cartel activity in the region, so you should avoid going off the beaten path without a guide.

  • For the best views, book tickets in advance and choose seats on the right-hand side of the train if traveling from Los Mochis toward Chihuahua.

  • There are two trains to choose from—El Chepe Regional and El Chepe Express train—so you can buy train tickets according to your budget and schedule.

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How to get there

To see the Copper Canyon region, fly into either Chihuahua or Los Mochis and take the train from one city to the other. It's best to avoid traveling to the area independently by car due to cartel activity and safety concerns.

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When to get there

October and November are generally the best months to visit Mexico's Copper Canyon, particularly when it comes to weather and scenery. That said, it is also the busiest tourist season for the area, so if you want to avoid making advance reservations visit at another time.

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Destinations along the Copper Canyon train route

While making the train journey from Chihuahua to Los Mochis, you can get off at a few train stations along the way at no additional cost. The town of Creel is a popular spot for tourists who want to experience the culture of the area. For outdoor adventure, stop at Divisadero. The station offers epic canyon views and access to an adventure park where you can zipline, play mini golf, and more.

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