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Creel is a charming little town in the northern state of Chihuahua which lives off of tourism and lumber. By far the largest visitor attraction in Creel is the Copper Canyon, a magnificent natural wonder that has been compared to the Grand Canyon, which is larger, but not as deep.

Surrounded by pine forests, this rugged settlement of log cabins and lumber mills serves as the most convenient jumping off point for canyon excursions. Guides, maps, mountain bikes and four-wheel-drive vehicles are widely available in Creel, served by buses, the Chihauaha-Pacific railway and numerous lodgings.

Close to Creel lies the Complejo Ecoturistico Arareko, an indigenous land-owning co-operative or eidejo owned by the Tarahumara. There are fifty thousand Tarahumara Indians that populate the region with sparse farms and cabins. They are considered the spiritual and legal custodians of copper canyon country. Their name in their own language is Raramuri, meaning “those who run fast.” As accomplished long-distance runners, they can cover wild stretches of hundreds of miles barefoot without stopping.

The Tarahumara can be seen in and around Creel in their traditional clothing. The men wear loin-cloths and puffy-sleeved shirts, the women don bright skirts and headscarves.

See our Copper Canyon V!VA list piece for more information.


Other places nearby Creel: Puerto Penasco , Batopilas and Alamos.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
19 Dec 2006

Outdoor Adventures in Creel

Complejo Ecotouristico Arareko

107527This is an excellent day walk or half-day cycle from town as it takes you through unique communities and unusual scenery. The whole area is full of Tarahumara people, who live in caves or wood ...
Hiking, Eco-Tour, National Park
Creel, Mexico

La Bufa tour

107539Be prepared for a long drive if you choose to do this trip but also be prepared for some stunning scenery. The day consists of around six-and-a-half hours of driving and about one-and-a-half of ...
Adventure Tour
Creel, Mexico

Divisadero Walk

107540The famed train stops at Divisadero for 15 minutes but there is no way you can do such a fantastic view justice in a quarter of an hour so try to plan for a day trip as well. To hike right out into ...
Adventure Tour, Hiking, National Park
Creel, Mexico

Recohuata Hot Springs

107541These pools, set in a pretty forested canyon, make a pleasant half or full day side trip from Creel. You will generally be dropped off just past the entrance, 3km away from the springs on a bumpy ...
Hiking, Spa/Hot Springs
Creel, Mexico

Copper Canyon Railroad train ride

107542This long trip runs from Chihuhua, in the centre of northern Mexico to Los Mochis, a gateway to Baja California. Do not expect to be cruising through the Copper Canyon, because the 15 minute stop ...
Adventure Tour
Creel, Mexico

Creel's Top Eateries

El Porto Cafe

Authentic Cappuccino/Latte/Espresso ...
Creel, Mexico

Restaurant La Cabaña

This simple eatery offers a good place to get a cheap meal. Tables are Spartan and the place is brightly lit but service comes with a ...
Creel, Mexico

Restaurant Los Valles

The menu is the best thing about this place as it offers pork, chicken and fish prepared in all manner of styles all at affordable prices. The restaurant itself is neatly decorated but its cafe-style ...
Creel, Mexico

Las Rejas

This smart and well decorated restaurant, with its sloped wooden roof, fireplace and chandelier lights, offers good if pricey food in a spacious but cozy environment. There are several cuts of steaks ...
Creel, Mexico

Pizza del Rey

This chain restaurant is the only pizza place in town but it is also one of the nicer spots to dine. The all-wooden upstairs room is warm and spacious and has solid wooden tables but the ambience is ...
Creel, Mexico

Tio Molcas

This bar, out behind a restaurant of the same name, is the most popular drinks spot in town. A roaring log fire in the centre of one side of the room coupled with comfy chairs and small round tables ...
Creel, Mexico

Luna Creel

Luna Creel is the cafe at the front of the Best Western hotel, but it feels more independent. Chunky light wood tables and chairs and a wooden floor give the feel of an upmarket trendy cafe and the ...
Creel, Mexico

the only cafe creel

A nice little cafe/art gallery only one block from the train station. The walls are covered with paintings and there is a sofa under the window where you can hang out. The owners are ...
Creel, Mexico

The Best Places to Stay in Creel

Casa Margarita

107528This is the most popular budget spot in town. Justifiably so, because it is the best deal available, with breakfast and dinner included. It is a great place to meet fellow travelers, even if ...
Creel, Mexico

Hotel La Posada de Creel

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this was the first hotel in Creel. It is now completely remodeled, but its original character still prevails.  We offer comfortable rooms that host ...
Creel, Mexico

Cabañas Berti’s

This is a friendly and relaxed place with very large, well appointed and clean rooms scattered in an area just off the main street in town. It is a good value budget option and very plush for the ...
Creel, Mexico

Hotel Los Valles

This well set up spot offers two cabanas, six doubles and one suite all with television and private bathroom. Rooms are freshly decorated in neutral colours and are of reasonable size, most ...
Creel, Mexico

Parador de la Montaña

This plush place offers clean tile-floored rooms with smart decour but it is the ambience of the place that is worth the money. There is an expansive entrance hall which despite its size manages to ...
Creel, Mexico

Sierra Lodge

144193The Sierra Lodge is nestled against the side of a small pine-scented valley near the Tarahumara village of Cusarare, and is about as far off the beaten path as you can get. Here you’ll find no ...
Creel, Mexico
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