Barranca del Cobre, or Copper Canyon is actually only one of over 10,000 miles of canyons, representing North America's largest canyon system.
At least four of its canyons, each 5,900 feet deep, are deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon. Together, they have nearly four times the volume of the Grand Canyon.
Copper Canyon was first believed to be populated about 500 years ago by Indians and soon thereafter by gold speculators and missionaries. Significant amounts of gold and silver were removed over the centuries and the famous Copper Canyon Railroad was completed in the later part of this century. This century has also seen significant logging efforts, however, clear cutting has fortunately been avoided. As you enter the canyon system, you arrive in the city of Creel. With an elevation of around 7600 feet you feel like you are in Colorado. Pine-scented air with dry, crisp, cool temperatures greets you. Creel is to Mexico's Copper Canyon what Flagstaff is to the United States' Grand Canyon. Most of the Copper Canyon system is located in Mexico's largest state, Chihuahua. As a dual-sport rider, you can imagine the possibilities this area offers. Most tourists only get to peek at Copper Canyon at the Divisadero overlook. A few more tours and motorcyclists visit the mining town of Batopilas. However, even fewer visit the most scenic and challenging Urique canyon and surrounding area. Today, small mining operations and logging efforts continue to provided an ever-expanding network of dirt roads. In fact, many hundreds of miles of some of the most scenic and challenging roads are open to our use, yet are virtually unknown to outsiders. Rosen's Rides, based in the tiny mountain town of Cerocahui specializes in this area and invites you to spend a week enjoying some of the world's most spectacular dual-sport riding.