Copper Canyon Train Service, Los Mochis, Mexico, Pacific Coast
For the Copper Canyon train ride from the Southwest or Pacific Coast, board at 6 am at the Copper Canyon Railroad station in Los Mochis, an industrial town on the coast. An option is to drive or bus inland to El Fuerte, a prosperous former colonial town where the Chepe Train arrives at around 9 am. (8:55)
The majority of organized tours leave from El Fuerte because of its later boarding time, good hotels, and scenic town. ( See Copper Canyon, Best Ride from El Fuerte Details)
The Copper Canyon Train reaches the mid-point sometime between 2-4 in the afternoon. Most- visited villages are Batopilas, a former mining town on the canyon floor at the edge of the Batopilas River, reached by car or mountain bike on a road touted as the most scenic in North America, (steep switchbacks) and
Divisadero, the best viewing stop on the rail line and noted for Copper Canyon hotels with views.
A fifteen-minute train stop at Divisadero allows passengers a chance to view three canyons from high cliffs.
Creel is a popular lodging village for hikers, bikers, and independent travelers because of its plentiful lodging choices.
Creel offers the Margarita Hotel, just down the hill from the station near the church, with two daily meals, 250-300 pesos a night.
No matter which stop you make, you can tour from there to the other villages
The Tarahumara are indeed a shy and beautiful people but their shyness makes them scarce except along the tourist trail and at the train stops where they sell their exquisitely woven baskets made from pine needles and reed.
Copper Canyon tours out of Creel and Divisadero take you to see their cave dwellings and handcraft. Cost of tours between $20 and $80 USD
Most of the Tarahumara near the train stops now live in log cabins and use the cave dwellings as props to demonstrate and display their handcrafts.
Biking and Hiking in Creel
From the US Border the Omnibus and the Chihuahuenses serve Chihuahua City.
From Chihuahua City, 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 train station starting at 7 am.
The children come to school speaking only the Tarahumara language which they learn at home, They learn Spanish in primary school and then they study the written Tarahumara language in secondary school.
An encounter with these shy people can be unique.
If you do go for the Copper Canyon train ride, have some options in your itinerary, particularly a long enough window of time to sustain a train breakdown or road closing. This is wild country.
The Copper Canyon Train is more a train buffs dream trip; if you just want to see the canyon or hike and mountain bike in the land of the Tarahumara, a bus trip or drive in from Hermosillo or Chihuahua to Creel or Divisadero might be the best option.
If you love trains, however, the fourteen-hour, 400-mile tour through Mexico's Copper Canyon is thrill enough to out weigh any inconvenience; Mexico's thirteenth miracle has its excitement, its allure, and just enough uncertainty to give you a good dose of adventure.
Copper Canyon Train Station Creel
By Car: From the US, high speed roads reach Los Mochis on the Pacific side and Chihuahua in Central Mexico.
The Omnibus, Futura, and the Chihuahuenses Bus serve Chihuahua City from El Paso/Juarez, Nogales, Agua Prieta, Tiajuana.
Tufesa Bus serves Los Mochis from Phoenix and Tucson, USA.
From Chihuahua the Estrella Blanca bus serves Creel with 7 departures each day with a 5-hour trip.
The Copper Canyon Train serves from Los Mochis and El Fuerte on the western end to Divisadero and Creel, Chihuahua Trains serve from the east.
To reach Chihuahua from Creel, catch the Estrella Blanca bus across from the Creel train station starting at 7 am.
Coming to the canyon from the southwest or Pacific coast, board at 6 am in Los Mochis, an industrial town on the coast, or drive inland to El Fuerte, a prosperous former colonial town where the train arrives at around 9 am. (8:55)
The majority of organized tours leave from El Fuerte because of its later boarding time
Schedule For Copper Canyon Train Service From Los Mochis on the Pacific Coast of Mexico
7644 feet elevation at Creel
The view from Divisadero on the north side of the cliffs above the Urique Canyon