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Copper Canyon Trails

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

This is actually a series of trials on the east side of Creel. There is probably hundreds of miles of singletrack in the area, athough I've only explored about 50 of it. Most of the riding is within a state park located on the west side of town. The entry fee is just a few pesos. Heading past the entance gate just a mile or so, on the right is the Valley of the Mushrooms another few miles down the same road is the Valley of the Monks, on the left. Riding up throught the Valley of the Monks you can access the east-west trending ridge which will take you back into town. At this point, all I can say is - just go explore. There is TONS of singletrack - sometimes almost too much (if there could ever be such a thing). This is also the site of the La Onza MTB race, which is held every July and the Mexico National MTB Championships. Guaranteed a good time
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Latitude
30.637912028341123
Longitude
-115.400390625
Trail Directions
Creel is 3.5 hours west of Chihuahua - Leave your car in Creel and head east on the dirt road out of town, past the cemetary.
Trail Length
1 - 100 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Creel
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MTBNW ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We just returned from a guided trip by Ray from Remolino Adventure Works. The trip was a real disappointment.

There were several days where there was no lunch provided and we went almost 10 hours between proper meals, other days we made our own PB&J for lunches. "Accomodations" for half the trip was car camping with no running water because he did not want to spend $40/ person on the B&B a couple miles down the road. We got on the bikes only once before noon (and that was at 11:30am)! Many rides were cut short of interesting destinations because we ran out of time due to late starts. The rental bikes needed everything adjusted for proper functioning and Ray never safety checked them.

It was difficult to get clear answers on many items and we spent hours watching him talk to people without being included in the conversation while we were waiting on meals, in the middle of rides or left sitting in the van. Many times Ray would not even get on his bike for the ride, but "run" on the trails, being either way ahead or behind. Often he would put in earbuds, turn on his music and ride way ahead, leaving riders to try and to see which way he went at intersections.

The area is truly spectacular and Ray is very personable. He definitely knows a lot of the people and the area, but unfortunately did not act as a professional guile. He acted as though he was on vacation and we were the ones being a drag by asking if we could actually have a full day of activity. Some of the best single track we hiked because Ray advised us to leave our bikes because as he said the trail was not in good condition. Later, he acknowledged he had not been on the trail in over two years to know the condition.

We did see some amazing things, met interesting people, got in some good rides and had some fun adventures. It was like being taken to Disneyland for a week and told you could only go on one ride a day. It would be one thing if it was a buddy with a van saying "hey lets throw some things in my van and head down to Copper Canyon", but to pay almost $200/ day for missed meals, late starts and car camping felt like a total scam.

I had been wanting to MT bike Copper Canyon for 20 years and feel as though I spent a bunch of money and missed a lot of awesome riding. Total riding time was about 26 hours over the 8 days and that includes breaks and road riding time.



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Review Date
April 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chirochris ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
So your a seasoned mountain biker, you have done Moab and Fruita too many times to count and other great locations but what about Copper Canyon Mexico? Our trip to Copper Canyon was a customized tour led by Ray Molina aka El Remolino, He has been guiding people to this region for nineteen years. The interary had two destinations, the Creel area and the Copper Caynon. Imagine an area that has more slickrock than Moab and more singletrack than Fruita and is almost as techical as Gooseberry Mesa. Interested yet? e surrounding arryos and mesas are made of white volcanic rock. It was truely an amazing experience to ride these trails that are hundreds of years old; trails that were carved out of the white volcanic slickrock to make pathways to local ranches. During our two days in the Creel region we rode about 50 miles to places like Visabiberachi, translated as 'place of the erected peni$e$', and Tumbstone Ridge. After two days of riding in the Creel region we realized we only scratched the surface of the riding potential here, but we had a canyon to see.
Copper Canyon, interestingly is five canyons with two canyons so remote that they were never explored until 1986. Before descending Copper Canyon we took a remote bushwacking singletrack trail to an overlook where two of the canyons confluenced. After we nursed our wounds and refueled we descended the 3300 vertical foot canyon on a 21 switchback dirt road. In the morning we woke up into this astounding orchard & farm. Ray is friends with Hector and is brother whom have developed a piece of hillside into a six ache biotist delight. As the afternoon sun heated up the canyon we rode a few miles to a swimming hole & suspension bridge. The next day was our last day of riding and it proved to be no less challenging. When we reached the canyon bottom it was time we met our grannies on the eight mile 3300 vertical foot canyon ascent.

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I realized it was not just the biking that made the trip so great, it was the other experiences. Everyone Loves Raymond! Our tour guide was not just a grengo that spoke Spanish, he has obviously developed many great relationships over the years with the locals. Beyond guiding us through miles singletrack, he arranges his trips so that we truely can enjoy the culture. Such experiences like the communal meals at Margarita's Guest House, the burros and roosters that were our alarm clocks in La Bufa or just relaxing on the rocks by the river or camping at his friend's orchard that were most memberable. Don't get me wrong, the mountain biking was epic. I would venture to state, Copper Canyon could be a world reknown mountain bike destrination. Unfortunately, what prevents its recognition in the same whelm as Moab, Fruita and Creste Butte is the filth. Sad, but the truth is the backstreets of Creel were so filled with trash it was techical riding to avoid a puncture.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just arrange your trip, with Ray:
http://www.remolino.com/

Taking any other tour company to Copper Canyon would be like eating McD's when you in Mexico.



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Review Date
December 28, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bmeston ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We just spent a week in the Copper Canyon area, with a great guiding company called Remolino Adventure Works (http://www.remolino.com/). This place is amazing, with hundreds of single track trails. Since there are very few reliable maps, I would advise going with a knowledgable guide. This gives you the best chance to see the best scenery and trails. Ray, our guide, was fantastic!! He has been leading trips down there since 1989, so he has hundreds of local contacts and his knowledge of the area is encyclopedic. The single-track trails ranged from super-technical, to great cruises throught the trees and rocks. Riding the dirt road from Quirare to Batopilas is a must. What a rush!! The ride out is also one heck of an accomplishment since you are climbing approximately 6000 feet.

I really think Creel could be the next great riding destination if someone ever took the time to develop a reliable map of the trail system.

Recommended Route:
All the ST around Creel was great.



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