Mountain Bike into the Copper Canyon
- A mountain bike holiday on the slickrock trails of the Tarahumara
- Singletack biking ecstasy in Mexico`s Copper Canyon
- Adventure mountain biking with big canyon descents
- Cross-country biking nirvana biking at Creel
- Holiday and relax at the atmospheric Sierra Lodge
This is a fantastic mountain bike holiday to the famous Copper Canyon (Barranca Del Cobre) of Mexico. This spectacular region of Mexico is fast becoming known for its superb mountain biking. Some of the best and most varied cycling in the world can be found at Copper Canyon. The biking ranges from slickrock and technical singletrack around Creel to cycling rough jeep roads, with challenging climbs and monster descents as we bike into the Copper Canyon. A natural wonder, Copper Canyon is in fact made up of 20 interconnecting canyons. Collectively, they are at least 4 times larger than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as well as being every bit as impressive. In addition, there are all the technical biking delights you could ever want. We begin with a series of superb day-rides around Creel, which combine with Copper Canyon to make this a classic biking holiday. The trails along the rim of El Cerro de la Estrella and from Batopilas to Cerro Colorado are cross-country cycling ecstasy. With the biggest descent of over 1800 metres, we can expect to encounter a range of temperatures and scenery, from the cool pine forest of the highest elevations to near arid sub tropical conditions in the canyon's depths. The dramatic mountainous terrain of Mexico known as the Sierra Tarahumara is part of the Sierra Madre in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It is the traditional home of the Tarahumara Indians, Mexico's second largest native Indian group, with a population of around 80,000. The Tarahumara provide the Copper Canyon region with a fascinating cultural element. They are a reclusive people, living traditionally in caves and stone houses, usually high up on the canyon sides and often in the most remote and inaccessible valleys. Their way of life is based on hunting, farming and the raising of goats and cattle. Running has always been an integral part of Tarahumara life, providing a means of communication between their widespread settlements. Athletic prowess is obviously valued by these people and they have traditionally devised competitions which last for days, involving the kicking of a small wooden ball to a 'goal' which might be a hundred miles away. If you're a regular and competent mountain biker looking for a cycling holiday jam packed with adventure, excitement and some top draw biking, then come and discover Mexico and bike the Copper Canyon for yourself.
Is this holiday for you?
FAT TYRE ADVENTURE. Our intention when setting up this route, was to create a holiday which would explore the best mountain biking in the areas around Copper Canyon. As we continue to visit this area, our guides regularly discover new trails for us to try. Definitely not for beginners, this holiday is aimed at regular bikers with mountain bikes fitted with knobbly tyres. Most of the trails involve climbs out of the canyons on old mining tracks, followed by really fun descents. Our support vehicle will be on hand if anyone wants to opt out of a climb, but will not be available all of the time. Daily ride distances vary between 25 and 60 kilometres. The trail mix is stunning, with virtually every type of trail imaginable including ‘The Copper Canyon Challenge' for those who dare!