Copper Canyon Travel Guide

The title Copper Canyon is something of a misnomer really, referring to a series of canyons rather than a single one. The name also fails to convey the sheer size of the area that the system encompasses, with the canyons covering nearly a third of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, this natural wonder is popular among culture and nature buffs.

The region that the canyon system covers is relatively wild, although with the Chihuahua al Pacífico Railroad (Chepe) and other developments, it has become increasingly more accessible to tourists. Unfortunately, its popularity has led to some of its most scenic and interesting natural sights being exploited for the benefit of travelers. The Basaseachic Falls, Piedra Volada Falls, Candameña Canyon and the Peña del Gigante are among the places a typical tourist visits on a trip to Copper Canyon.

Creel is the canyon’s main town and is served by the Chepe railroad which provides access from Chihuahua and Los Mochis. The town is home to the region’s most significant tourist development and is the place where most visitors find a room and somewhere to eat and enjoy some evening entertainment.


Basaseachic National Park: an extensive greenbelt area located within the canyon system and offering a vast selection of walking trails plus countless interesting species of flora and fauna.

Basaseachic Falls: located in Basaseachic National Park, this is the second highest waterfall in Mexico and the 28th highest in the world.

Candameña Canyon: tours operated by local agencies take visitors around what is colloquially known as the ‘Canyon of the Cascades’, taking in the Piedra Volada Cascade and the Peña Del Gigante rock formations among other sights.

Piedra Volada Falls: this is Mexico’s highest waterfall and the origin of its cascade stands at a lofty height of 453 meters. The paths that lead to the falls are strewn with interesting sights including those of Huajumar and Cerro de la Corona.