Copper Canyon Trails, LLC ― ― 1334 West Pennington Street ― Tucson, AZ 85745 ― Phone: 520-324-0209

Exploring Trails in the Copper Canyon


Today is

2016 - 2017
Culture & Cuisine
8 Day Van from Tucson: (Easy) "Feria de los Hongos", Mata Ortiz, Waterfalls: (itinerary)
As Requested
The Heart of the Sierra Tarahumara
Best of Copper Canyon (13 Days): El Fuerte, 5-Day Camping, Batopilas, Cusarare (itinerary)
January 14 - 26, 2018
River to Urique (Town)
8 Day Burro Support Trip: Canyon Rim to URIQUE -Traverse with Full Burro Support (itinerary)
February 27 - March 7, 2018
Divisadero to Rio Urique 10 Day Trip w/6-Day Burro Trek: Meeting at Los Mochis Airport, Includes 1st Class train (round trip), Hotels (4 nights), and all transfers,
"Difficult" rating requires 8 hours hiking, stamina, and balance and applies to Trek Only. Itinerary

8 Day Trip w/6-Day Burro Trek Meet us at the Rim the Day Before

September 21 - 30, 2017
October 12 - 21, 2017
November 16 - 25, 2017
December 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018
February 8 - 17, 2018
March 15 -24, 2018
March 29 - April 7, 2018
Pamachi Loop R2R2R,
Urique Traverse, or
10 Day Trip w/6-Days Backpacking: Meeting at Los Mochis Airport, Includes 1st Class train (round trip), Hotels (4 nights), and all transfers,
"Difficult/strenuous" rating requires swimming, wading, sustained climbing on unimproved trails, excellent balance and stamina,
and some backcountry experience. Itinerary

8 Day Trip w/6-Days Backpacking Meet us at the Rim

Backpacks can be scheduled immediately following any of the burro departure dates above, or by request with minimum of TWO


Burros Assisted Hiking and Backpacking Options

These are fully escorted, all inclusive trips (except for tips, alcoholic drinks, visas, crafts, laundry). Los Mochis arrivals will be met at the airport for the transfer to your hotel. After breakfast the next day, you'll ascend from sea level to 8000 feet on the Copper Canyon train.

Burro-supported Hiking

Remolino can't find a proper resting place for a bone in slickrock country.
Above are this season's scheduled departure dates for most hikes. The best times of year to book are spring and fall, when the days are longer, and it's not too hot in the canyon bottoms. The week before Easter is wildly popular, as is harvest time around Halloween. Easter is a peak travel period and is Mexico's unofficial family camping week! Shop around, and book your flight early. Easter Sunday in 2015 is April 5th, although many festivities end on Saturday. Easter Sunday in 2016 is March 27th!

Notice the difficulty levels. Moderate in canyon country is a relative term considering we'll descend a vertical mile (more than 5000 feet); but on the burro-assisted hikes all you will be carrying is a daypack. Most people can't practice by going down 300 flights of stairs, but that's its equivalent. Two hundred flight before lunch, then 300 flights afterwards! You need to be in good physical shape, particularly your knees. A good sense of balance is essential, even with hiking poles. Going up is much easier!! Ask about the option to meet us at the rim for the hiking only portion. You can sign up for these trips up to 60 days before departure.

Backpacking or Backcountry Hiking

Backpacking trips are generally "Made to Order". We need 30 days advance notice. There are a number of trailheads in the area from which to choose. The backpacks are more demanding than hikes, but allow passage through some routes too difficult for burros, and also require a little river travel. This involves boulder hopping and wading. "A little river travel" can also easily be expanded to become canyoning, so be sure to inquire. We define canyoning as "no ropes". The routes and level of difficulty can be tailored to your level of experience. Novice backpackers need not worry, though. You don't have to get far away from the crowd to enjoy the splendid natural environment and tranquility that the canyon country has to offer. We'll even help you choose a new route, if you've been here before and want to expand your repertoire. Generally, customized hiking trips can be arranged for about $200/day per person. All trips have two English speaking guides for safety reasons regardless of group size or the number of locals employed.


Booking can be done by e-mail. Itineraries, waivers, and a plethora of paperwork can be posted once you contact us, or download as (pdf) Forms here. Early payments can be sent by check; or made with a credit card or by opening an account through PayPal.

Escorted Hikes and Burro Expeditions in Mexico's Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon Trails, LLC ― ― 1334 West Pennington Street ― Tucson, AZ 85745 ― Phone: 520-324-0209