Copper Canyon Train Service in Mexico is a 400 Mile Train Ride through the mountains above Copper Canyon.
The Chepe Train leaves Chihuahua once each day for the coast at Los Mochis. Another train leaves Los Mochis before dawn and makes the run to Chihuahua.
Copper Canyon Train Service
The posters look inviting, a trip by train for four hundred miles through Mexico's Copper Canyon.
Deeper than the Grand Canyon of the US and wider, the posters say, with spectacular falls and the Tarahumara in their cave homes on the canyon trails.
This can be a great trip for any train buff, nature lover, or seeker of unique cultures on what Mexico calls one of its "Thirteen Miracles", I t could be your last chance to ride Mexico's last regularly scheduled passenger train.
By Bus or Car: From the US the Omnibus and the Chihuahuenses Bus serve Chihuahua City from El Paso/Juarez.
From Chihuahua the Estrella Blanca bus serves Creel with 7 departures each day with a 5-hour trip.
To reach Chihuahua from Creel, catch the Estrella Blanca bus across from the Creel train station starting at 7 am.
Copper Canyon Chepe Train Service, Mexico's 400 Mile, Mountain Train Ride
Copper Canyon Train Service travels through the mountains above Copper Canyon. A Train leaves Chihuahua once each day for the coast at Los Mochis. Another train leaves Los Mochis before dawn and makes the run to Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua al Pacifico or ChePe train system was built in 1961 and travels 400 Urique Canyon through the vast Copper Canyon area.
The train rises from sea level at Los Mochis on the pacific coast to nearly 8,000 feet at the village of Creel and then descends to 2,600 feet at Chihuahua.
If you make the train trip have some leeway built into your schedule for contingency plans and options; the train can and does break down. The track can be damaged by the heavy freight trains that use the rail bed or by a natural rock fall, earth tremor, or rain-caused landslide.
The canyon is spectacular, however, and, if you absolutely love trains, you can get your fill on the sixteen-hour trip from the eastern end at Chihuahua to the western end of the track at Los Mochis or to one of seven stops in between.
At the same time that a train is running west from Chihuahua, an eastbound train is running the distance from the Pacific Coast city of Los Mochis. These trains run on a single-track rail bed that is carved and sculpted from the shear rock with precipitous views of the rivers and canyon floors. The track hugs the edge of cliffs high 0n the north side of Urique Canyon, above several rivers that feed the El Fuerte River on its course to Los Mochis and the Sea of Cortez
Copper Canyon Chepe railway through Mexico's Copper Canyon stops at El Fuerte
Copper Canyon railway through Mexico's Copper Canyon stops at Divisadero for 15 minutes