Copper Canyon in Chihuahua on a sunny day, Mexico

Things to do in  Chihuahua

Mexico’s cowboy country

The northern Mexican state of Chihuahua is filled with craggy, dramatic mountains, evergreen forests, and vast deserts. In Chihuahua City, you’ll get to explore grand baroque cathedrals and colonial buildings and shop at stores filled with cowboy boots, and artwork from the Tarahumara tribe. Chihuahua is Mexico’s cowboy region, but there’s more to the state than ranches—it’s also home to vibrant museums and galleries, and the stunning Copper Canyon, which you can bike, hike, and ride horses through. There are plenty of things to do in Chihuahua.

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Copper Canyon

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).More

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When to visit

Spring (March–May) and autumn (September–November) are excellent seasons to visit, thanks to pleasant temperatures that let you hike and explore the outdoors in comfort. This also lets you avoid the rainy summer. In October, Chihuahua City hosts the Festival Internacional Chihuahua—an annual arts and culture festival with exhibitions and events.

Getting around

One of Chihuahua’s coolest transport options is a destination in its own right. The Copper Canyon train (Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico, or El Chepe) is a scenic way to explore the canyon, which is both deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon. To access areas where the train doesn’t stop, you can use regional bus services that run frequently or taxis. Otherwise, car rentals are an affordable option.

Traveler tips

Head northeast from the central square of Plaza De Armas in Chihuahua City, and you’ll find busy shopping streets that are perfect for wandering. It’s a great place to find cowboy boots and affordable leather goods, while admiring the poofy perfection of the colorful quinceañera dresses. When trying on boots, look for a boot that gives your toes room to move but with leather that is still close-fitting over the broadest part of your foot. Bear in mind that leather stretches over time.

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People Also Ask

What is Chihuahua known for?

Though primarily known for its desert, Chihuahua is one of the most forested states in Mexico, with a varied environment. It’s also known for Copper Canyon, a series of canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental range. The walls of the canyon are a greeny copper color and offer dramatic scenery.

How expensive is Chihuahua?

Chihuahua is an affordable destination. Although the number of visitors have increased over the years, it's still mostly unknown to international visitors. The best way to find affordable hotels and restaurants is to eat out at local street food stands and stay at independently run guesthouses.

Do they speak English in Chihuahua?

It depends where you travel. In Chihuahua, you’ll find most of the English speakers in the towns along the US-Mexico border and in the state's Morman communities. You might have difficulty finding English-speaking guides for some attractions, but in Chihuahua City, you'll likely be OK without speaking much Spanish.

What does Chihuahua look like?

Chihuahua has several distinct climates, ranging from the arid desert to the rugged, cloud-covered Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. Chihuahua City is full of colonial architecture, with museums and galleries housed in the grand mansions of former leaders. The city is surrounded by ranches, which lend the state a Western vibe.

What is the culture of Chihuahua?

Chihuahua is home to several Indigenous nations, the largest of which is the Tarahumara. Forced out of the lowlands by the Spanish, the Tarahumara make their homes in the Sierra Madre Occidental range and throughout Copper Canyon. You’ll find their artworks in local markets—typically woven baskets and pottery.

How long do you need in Chihuahua?

Aim for at least three days in the state—that gives you time to ride Copper Canyon train, explore the museums and art galleries of Chihuahua City, and get into nature with a hike or horseback ride. There’s plenty to see and do in the state, so more time is welcomed.

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