Day 5 – Batopilas to Creel
Brian nearly flipped back into this canyon. It would have sucked if he did since it was a long hike down.
One of the best parts about the Copper Canyon tour is you never have to see the same area twice. The trip is set up in a loop. The ride out of Batopilas and back to Creel, our starting point, features a 6000-foot elevation gain. Just like on the first day, it is a mixture of dirt and pavement.
We ascended out of the canyon through a multitude of steep switchbacks that were a blast to slide through. It was exciting to navigate the 11-foot wide road with a 6000-foot drop off. We stopped for a break half-way up the canyon. As I took a swig of much needed water an eagle soared overhead. Its screech echoed off the canyon walls, and the entire trip just came into focus for me. The view across the expanse made me feel a little light headed. I can’t understand why this place is not well known. It is on par if not surpassing the beauty of any national park in the US.
We did the final 30 miles on pavement and along the way saw a man working his half-acre field with a wooden plow and horse. It seemed like we had truly stepped back in time. The entire trip is too much for the senses to take in all at once. It took me a week back home to put everything together. The human mind can’t comprehend the greatness, the culture and the scenery of Copper Canyon in one week. I now understand why the aliens love this place.