Birding Hikes in the Copper Canyon?

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

Erin writes: I’m a gal traveling solo (with dog) and plan on spending 1.5 weeks in the Barrancas del Cobre region and am looking for advice. I have a truck and a safe place to keep it in Baltopilas and Creel. I am an avid birder and naturalist and am looking for some birdy multiday and day hikes. Do you have any insight as to good spots for eared quetzal or military macaws? I just finished reading the PG and […]

Read more »

Mike Huckaby Answers Your Copper Canyon Questions

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

Expert Copper Canyon guide Mike Huckaby (of coppercanyontrails.org) graciously offered to answer reader questions about the Copper Canyon. M writes: I live in Jalisco and will be driving most likely to El Fuerte and then taking the train thru Copper Canyon to Creel. Once we get our car back, we will head north to Mata Ortiz, visit friends and then back to Jalisco. How do people who do this get back to their car? Also, once we have the car […]

Read more »

Copper Canyon Cave

Since reading Churpa’s post on Rivers in Mexico vs. the US, I’ve been thinking about the The Copper Canyon River system.  This area not only has dramatic scenery and the fascinating Tarahumaras and their culture, but is a wonderful playground.   One of my favorite articles that Carl has written takes place in the Copper Canyon: I was feeling restless this morning, so I decide to explore the mesas and canyons to the _____ of us.  It took less than 30 […]

Read more »

Feast of Thorns (Part Two): Tramping the Sonoran Sierras

Hiking in Sonora, a valley of palms in the dry desert

editor’s note: We interrupt the ongoing coverage of The Frank Holton Memorial Road Trip for a much desired update from our favorite Copper Canyon correspondent. The camino real we had been following up and down, and in and out of arroyos and up and over ridges finally ended at a rancho with a corral, a cattle chute and a couple of buildings. The metal cattle chute and trash from store-bought snacks were an indication that a road wasn’t far away. […]

Read more »

The Copper Canyon Beckons (Again)

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

This Pamachi hike is something that’s been in the works for a long time. Guaguevo, while more remote distance-wise is actually less remote being a Mestizo town. When we got there in 2008, we found out that the road from Samachique (at the highway turnoff) had beaten us by two years. We arrived there on a Palm Sunday. We hiked up from the Rio Urique and watched the festivities. Segregated throngs of Tarahumaran men and women listened as interested but […]

Read more »

Copper Canyon Adventure Part III

By Mike Huckaby People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the second installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. Read Part 1 and 2 Here We filled up too, and started on our way. Down and up. Up and down. The Tarahumarans you meet on the trail aren’t known for conversation, but what talk there is usually centers on arriba or abajo. […]

Read more »

Copper Canyon Adventure–Part II

by Mike Huckaby People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the second installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. Part I Next morning, the trail continued down more steep, rocky switchbacks; and then we were at the Rio Urique, lifeblood of the Copper Canyon. The river was about 40 to 50 feet wide, with alternating areas of boulders with deep water pockets, […]

Read more »

Copper Canyon Adventure – Part I

People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the first installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. by Mike Huckaby of Copper Canyon Trails With freedom from the encumbrances of full-time employment, wanderlust bloomed like spring wildflowers, and a perfect alignment of the stars foretold another fun-filled hike along the trails of the Copper Canyon. I had bamboozled a couple who lived nearby […]

Read more »

Memorial for Geronimo Mancinas

Sad news from Mike Huckaby of Copper Canyon Trails: “Geronimo Mancinas passed on January 7, 2012. Gero was our lead guide, and had been guiding the canyons for many years. His parents said no one knew the canyons like he did. As avid hikers ourselves, we enjoyed describing our hikes to him, and he always knew another gem to tempt us with. As a boy he had a job finding water sources for the numerous mines in the area. He […]

Read more »