The Copper Canyon is actually a group of canyons located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It has long been considered the major rival to the Grand Canyon for the claim of being the world's biggest canyon, and it was recently the set for an episode of the Discovery Channel's program "Man vs. Wild." It is called the Copper Canyon, oddly, because the foliage on the canyon walls gives it a greenish tinge thought to look similar to the color of corroded copper.
The Copper Canyon is really a network of six separate canyons.
At its deepest point, the Copper Canyon is 1,462 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon. The park that hosts the canyon system is an enormous 155 miles wide and 372 miles long.
Taken as a whole, the canyons that make up the Copper Canyon system are both larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Even conservative estimates place the size of the canyon system at least seven times larger than the Grand Canyon.
The mountainous upper reaches of the canyon have an alpine climate, and the lower reaches and floor are sub-tropical.
The area is home to a migratory Indian tribe called the Tarahumara. Their exact population is unknown, but estimates place it between 40,000 and 70,000.
A popular tourist attraction in the Copper Canyon is the Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railroad, noted for its spectacular views. It climaxes at a height of 8,000 feet, and it travels through 87 tunnels and crosses 36 bridges.
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