Copper Canyon Villages, Barranca del Cobre, Mexico
There are several villages within Copper Canyon that you might visit while there, some on the ridges overlooking the canyons and some down in the canyons and reached by hiking or switchback dirt roads.
The train stops along the way at three of the locations that are most popular with visitors: Posada Barrancas, Divisadero, and Creel.
On the First class train, a diesel locomotive pulls passenger cars and a dining car once a day from the eastern end of the track at Chihuahua and heads for the western end of the track at Los Mochis on the Pacific Coast, a distance of 405 miles.
At the same time, a train leaves from the western end at Los Mochis and heads over the 400 miles of track for the 15 hour trip to the inland city of Chihuahua on the eastern end of track.
The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico or Chepe, as the train is called, starts its run at 6:00 am from Los Mochis, an industrial seaport town on the Gulf of California and the Sea of Cortez.
The train follows Urique Canyon on its run to the villages at nearly 8000 feet elevation and then on to the city of Chihuahua on the central plateau.
Three days a week, on alternate days, a second class train leaves Los Mochis at 7 am and makes the same run with a few additional stops. Second class trains also leave from Chihuahua on alternate days. At times, the second class train is coupled to the first class train.
Copper Canyon, Barrancas del Cobre
The canyons were formed by rivers that drain the Sierra Tarahumara, part of the Sierra Madre Occidental range. The rivers flow into the Rio Fuerte which flows to the Pacific through the town of El Fuerte, one of the key boarding stations on the train line.
Visiting the Tarahumara in the Copper Canyon Villages
Copper Canyon Train Visits Villages along the route. At Areponapuchi Barrancas Mirador is an important stop for lodging and tours down into the canyon. The train stop is less than 2 miles from the Adventure Park and Cable Car.
The Posada Barrancas train stop and the Divisadero stop offer lodging on the edge of the Canyon and proximity to the Adventure park, cable car, zipline, and rappelling.
- Parque De Aventura Barrancas Del Cobre
The village of Creel offers a train station, lodging, tours, hiking, and transportation by bus, train, taxi, and tour bus.
Parque De Aventura Barrancas Del Cobre, the Copper Canyon Adventure Park features a cable car, zipline, rappelling, and dining with views.
Copper Canyon Train to Villages
The Copper Canyon Train is the most popular method for tourists to reach the Copper Canyon. Two villages on the cliff edge offer lodging and hiking.
The train stops at Posada Barrancas, an important location for lodging, hikes, horseback rides, and proximity to the Adventure Park.
The trains also stop at Divisadero where lodging and hiking trails offer access to the canyon and to the adventure park.
The village of Creel is 29 miles east of Divisadero and offers lodging, tours, hiking, and transportation by bus, train, taxi, and tour bus.