Information on Copper Canyon

Information on Copper Canyon
The Copper Canyon of northern Mexico is one of the world's great natural wonders. Its overall canyon is four times larger than the Grand Canyon, but it is not nearly as arid and desolate, though there are periods of drought. Copper Canyon offers a wide range of geographical features, from snow-covered mountains to picturesque lakes to breathtaking waterfalls to subtropical forests.

Geography

The Copper Canyon is actually six great gorges, each forged by its own river. The rivers come together to become Rio Fuerte, and the canyons collectively cover more than 25,000 square miles.

Depth

In addition to being substantially larger than the Grand Canyon, four of the six canyons of the Copper Canyon are also deeper. In some places, the Copper Canyon outdoes the depth of the Grand Canyon by more than 1,000 feet.

Climate

The steep and deep terrain of the canyons give it two different climactic zones. The bottom is subtropical, while the upper reaches and rim are alpine.

Wildlife

The canyons are home to black bears, deer, predatory cats and plenty of lizards and snakes.

Railway

Many tourists use the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway (or "Chepe") to enter the canyon, or even ride it for the entire trip. It is one of North America's great surviving railways, covering breathtaking terrain by means of 30 bridges and dozens of tunnels.

Creel Activities

A major base for outdoors enthusiasts is Creel, located in the canyon's alpine region. From there, mountain biking, day hiking, cross-country hiking and rock climbing are possible.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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