Expert Copper Canyon guide Mike Huckaby (of coppercanyontrails.org) graciously offered to answer reader questions about the Copper Canyon.
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 back in Creel, can you recommend the best route to Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes?
I appreciate any advice you can offer.
Michael Huckaby answers:
HI M. THERE IS NO LONGER A SERVICE TO TAKE A CAR FROM THE COAST TO THE COPPER CANYON. MATA ORTIZ IS PROBABLY ONLY 5 HOURS FROM THE COPPER CANYON . I’M NOT SURE HOW YOU WILL GET YOUR CAR TO CREEL IF YOU TAKE THE TRAIN. YOU COULD GO FROM CREEL TO MATA ORTIZ BY BUS AND THEN BACK TO CREEL FOR THE TRAIN TO YOUR CAR. OR YOU COULD BOOK A TOUR FROM A CREEL OR DIVISADERO HOTEL TO MATA ORTIZ. ASSUMING YOU HAVE YOUR IN CREEL, THE BEST ROUTE IS SAN JUANITO TO SAN PEDRO (HIGHWAY 15 BETWEEN CHIHUAHUA AND HERMOSILLO), AND LEFT FOR A MILE, THEN RIGHT TO GUERRERO, LEFT FOR MADERA -BUT NOT TO MADERA. TAKE THE RIGHT AT THE “T” TURNOFF TO GOMEZ FARIAS-BABICORA. LEFT AFTER BABICORA, AND YOU’LL START SEEING SIGNS FOR NUEVAS CASAS GRANDES. THIS IS RURAL CHIHUAHUA. STOP AT LOTS OF GAS STATIONS TO CONFIRM DIRECTIONS.
We were looking at your Copper canyon info (http://www.peoplesguide.com/1pages/copper-canyon/q-a/drive-susan-d.html) and were wondering to what extent it is still current/relevant in 2013 (particularly the roads and accomodations involved in the #2 option to Basaseachic).
CARL MENTIONS THAT THE ROAD FROM HERMOSILLO WINDS HERE AND THERE. JUST BE AWARE THAT YOU MIGHT NEED DRAMAMINE FOR THAT 6 HOUR STRETCH OF “WINDING HERE AND THERE.” YOU’RE CROSSING ALL THE MAJOR CORDILLERAS OF THE SIERRA MADRE AFTER ALL. FERNANDO’S RANCHO SAN LORENZO ON THE MIRADOR SIDE IS STILL A GOOD OPTION, OR VICTOR’S CABINS AT THE CAMPGROUND (ON THE LEFT) AFTER THE TURNOFF TO THE TOWN OF BASASEACHI. THE TOWN IS ON THE POUROFF SIDE OF THE CASCADA, BUT A 45 MINUTE WALK CONNECTS TO THE MIRADOR. 14 KM OF HIGH SEPARATES THE POUROFF FROM THE MIRADOR.