THE COPPER CANYON
Understanding where you are
Okay, so the Copper Canyon system is 4 times larger than the Grand Canyon. Yadda, yadda, you've heard the whole thing by now I'm sure. What you most likely have not heard though is the following:
The Copper Canyon is referred to as an entire system as well as a quite-large-but-smaller-than-some-other-canyons canyon. If you look on the map below, you will see the 4 major canyons in the system. They are called;
Candamena Canyon, in the upper left hand corner. This is the canyon where you will find Basaseachi Falls and Piedra Volada Falls, the highest waterfall in all of Mexico.
The Copper Canyon, in the middle just below the Creel marker. You can see the joining of Copper, Urique and Tararecua (a smaller tributary canyon) canyons from the overlook point of Divisadero train station and you can also drive through the middle of it if you follow the roads from Creel south towards Guachochi.
Urique Canyon, just below the Copper Canyon on the map. This is where you'll find the old mining village of Urique and some awesome views. This is the deepest canyon of the system.
Sinforosa Canyon is down in the lower right hand corner of the map. This canyon is called "the narrows" as it is very rugged and, obviously...narrow. It can be seen by driving about 1 hour from the city of Guachochi. There are fantastic hikes here for those that REALLY want a challenge but not for the feint of heart for sure.
There is another major canyon not shown on the map. It's not shown only because it doesn't fit. This canyon is called Huapoca canyon. It is located in the Madera area and is famous for its plethora of paquime cave dwellings. We recommend you add in a bit of time to visit the area if you are driving in from Hermosillo or Chihuahua.