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Burro assisted Hikes in Mexico's Copper Canyon

Published, Jan 08

Copper Vanyon Trails offer two standard departures from the canyon rim where you get off the train. The 10 day standard trip starts at the airport in Los Mochis, Sinaloa (airport code LMM). There you'll be met by our guide for an escort to the canyon rim where you depart on the train the following day. You have an unescorted return by train at the completion of the hike to El Fuerte, where you'll be met for your transfer to the hotel, and transfer the following day to the airport in Los Mochis.

Alternatively, a group of six or more booking together, can be met at the airport in Chihuahua, Chihuahua (airport code CHH) for escorted van or bus service to the canyon rim. You can then finish your trip with the train ride to the coast, or strike out on your own.

Yet a third option is to meet us on the canyon rim. This is a seven night package, with a night on the rim on either end of the 5 canyon camping nights. This is a popular choice since Copper Canyon is such a remote area. It allows travelers the option to experience the best of the Urique Canyon while on a more extended tour of Mexico.

All backpacking trips are customized. We'll work with you on the departure dates, hike difficulty, and duration. We need 90 days advance notice. These hikes are fully SELF supported and generally limited to 6 people. In addition to the "What to Bring" list, you should provide the following gear with which you are comfortable: 30 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag, pad, tent (optional). A sleeping bag liner is recommended. We provide all the food for meals and snacks, stoves and fuel, and a tarp for cooking in inclement weather. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

We always have a local guide along.

Backpacking trips differ from burro-assisted hikes mainly in that we do our own cooking, and don't have the infrastructure the Mexican crew provides. As always, we appreciate the Point of View of our local guides and the fact they they're probably related to people we run in to on the trail. and after all, we are the visitors.


Canyoneering is a growing sport, and this is a great area for canyoneering. There is not much rappelling, but the spectacular riverside hiking is generously seasoned with a variety of pools, cascades, and boulder fields. Multiday trips are required because put-ins and take-out points are limited. Our standard gear is a drybag lashed to a poolraft. These trips are awesome! Groups size with guides limited to four.


Lots of people ask about kayaking, but it's just not feasible in the canyon rivers. You'd spend most of your time portaging

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