Copper Canyon Villages, Batopilas Lodging
Batopilas is a former mining town deep in the Canyon along the Batopilas River. Trips from Creel reach Batopilas over a 90 mile paved and dirt road.
Batopilas is 90 miles from Creel. There is no train service to Batopilas
Batopilas is a former mining village located at the bottom of the canyon at 1500 feet elevation, about 6500 feet below the plateau from the village of Creel.
The village is on the Batopilas River and reached by road from Urique and Creel, the last part over steep switchbacks. This village is claimed by some to the model for the village of Macondo in the Garcia Marcus novel, "Cien Anos de Soledad."
During the silver boom years, mule trains loaded with silver bars made the trip out of Batopilas to Chihuahua banks.
The road down into Batopilas is notable in guide books as one of the most scenic in North America.
Batopilas can be reached by tour from Creel on 90 miles of paved and unpaved roads. Rental trucks available in Creel from Three Amigos.
Of interest are the Satevo Mission Church and the mansion of a North American silver baron now in ruins.
Batopilas represents one of the extremes in the diverse climate of Copper Canyon. While January might bring snow to Creel, Batopilas will be warm and humid year round.
The Riverside Lodge gets high praise from visitors. Basic, clean, old charm. $80 USD in a 200 year old former mansion.
Batopilas is reached by over 40 miles of dirt road..which has kept Batopilas rustic and remote
B&B Hotel Juanita is another option as is the budget option Hotel Mary
The hotels in Batotopilas might offer no frills, no WiFi, phone, TV, or other conveniences, distractions. Often one or two family style meals are included.
Check ahead of your trip, some hotels close in the Summer Months
On the road from Creel to Batopilas you pass the Tarahumara cave dwellings and craftspeople in Cusarare
On the road to Batopilas just south of Creel you pass Arareco Lake where weavers work and sell their handcraft