Welcome to Creel Mexico, the gateway of Copper Canyon!
Creel is a magical mountain town in the Sierra Tarahumara region in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range. About 109 miles (175 km) from Chihuahua city, the remote mountain town of Creel is a must-see stop if you want to experience everything this majestic region has to offer.
Take a ride on the El Chepe train, which is run by the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico (Chihuahua-Pacific Railway). Stop in this picturesque mountain town of Creel. Learn about the culture it preserves and the people who inhabit it, plus the many wonders awaiting you in the Sierra Tarahumara.
Creel Mexico is one of the stops on our Caravan Copper Canyon Tour!
A Magical Escape in Sierra Tarahumara
Located in the northern part of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range, the Sierra Tarahumara extends for over 600 miles (1,000km) from the lower Sinola and Durango states up to Sonora and Chihuahua.
This is a magnificent collection of high sierras and deep canyons ranging from the subtropical to more temperate zones reaching as high as nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). As might be expected the range of wildlife, flora, and fauna here is also quite diverse.
Why Is Creel MX Special
The mountain town of Creel Mexico is among the country’s select Magic Towns or Pueblos Mágicos as it is known in Spanish.
The Magic Towns program was initiated by the Mexican government in 2001 to preserve and celebrate cities considered important to Mexican culture.
Creel Mexico is also home to the traditional Tarahumara Indians, or Rarámuri indigenous people.
More than 400 years ago, when Spanish colonialists arrived in the area, they forced the Rarámuri to move further into the mountains.
The Tarahumara people still inhabit this region in the Sierra Madre Occidental, remaining true to their traditions and way of life.
Visiting Creel gives you the rare opportunity to live among the Rarámuri people and experience their culture and crafts. Creel also serves as an excellent starting point for visiting the rest of the Sierra Tarahumara region, with access to its many trails, rock formations, hidden waterfalls, and natural splendor.
What To See in Creel
Enjoy your time in Creel Mexico and get to know the Rarámuri way of life. When you feel like stretching your legs, there are countless day trips you can take including the Copper Canyon Train.
Here are some other thing to see and do near Creel MX.
Support the local economy in Creel and take home a souvenir that’s truly unique. Visit the Artesanías Misión in the town center to shop for traditional handicrafts made by the Rarámuri people.
About 6.2 miles (10 km) from Creel Mexico, you’ll find the serene Lake Arareko. This u-shaped lake sits at the same altitude as Mexico City and is the perfect place to explore in a rowing boat or enjoy a picnic.
Valley of the Monks
One of the best-known attractions in the Copper Canyon near Creel is the Valley of the Monks or Valle de Los Monjes. It’s not hard to see how these towering rock formations got their name, and it makes for a great photo!
The Valley of the Frogs and Valley of the Mushrooms
If you don’t feel like venturing quite so far, you can visit the Valley of the Frogs and Valley of the Mushrooms just 3.1 miles (5km) outside of Creel Mexico. There’s no shortage of impressive rock formations in the Copper Canyon.
Community of Cusárare
If you’ve made the trip to the waterfall, you might as well make a pit stop in the Rarámuri community of Cusárare. Explore the old community, witness the lived traditions of the Rarámuri, and pay your respects at the old community temple built by the Jesuits in the 18th century.
Experience everything the Sierra Tarahumara region has to offer with a professionally guided tour! Experience the cultural wonders of Creel Mexico and the breathtaking nature of Copper Canyon on your next visit to Chihuahua Mexico.
If you’re visiting after the rainy season, make sure you stop by the Cusárare Waterfall, also known as the Cascada de Cusárare. Located 15.5 miles (25km) from Creel, this 98 ft beauty is a dramatic sight to behold.
Come Explore Creel Mexico with Caravan Tours!
Our Mexico tours are quite popular and usually sell out, so we encourage you to book your tour dates as early as possible.
Caravan Mexico tours include:
Caravan Tours is a family-run tour company and for more than 70 years (since 1952) we’ve offered amazing fully guided tours.
Along with our Canadian, USA, and Mexico tours, we also offer tours to the Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
All Caravan tours are fully guided by knowledgeable local tour operators.
If you would like to know more about Creel Mexico or any of our other stops on this tour like Chihuahua and El Fuerte, please:
Creel Mexico FAQs
Where is Creel Mexico?
Creel is a town in the state of Chihuahua in Northwestern Mexico.
What time is it in Creel MX?
Creel is within the Mountain Time Zone, the same as Boise Idaho, Boulder Colorado, Albuquerque New Mexico and Calgary, Alberta Canada.
How far is Creel from Chihuahua?
Creel Mexico is 160 miles (260km) from Chihuahua.
How far is Creel from Mexico City?
Creel Mexico is 1,066 miles (1,715km) from Mexico City.
What is Creel Mexico known for?
The Copper Canyon train stops in Creel which has helped make tourism its #1 industry.
What is the population of Creel Mexico?
As of 2020, Creel Mexico had a population of approximately 4,640 people.