Copper Canyon Lodges
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
(470) 685-1261 US
(614) 427-3097 Mexico
Martin Alcaraz (Spanish)
The Copper Canyon Soaring Eagle Highway
“In the top 10 world’s most spectacular highways.”
Descend the Canyon cliff face on the Path of the Eagle Highway. The 40 mile engineering and scenic marvel crosses piney highlands, pauses at the rim of the canyon, then drops over the edge like a stone. It descends the 5236 feet in 243 switchbacks and curves, to the river in the subtropical canyon depths. And like the eagle it takes its inspiration from, glides downriver 5 miles to the terminus in Batopilas. Because of the remote location of Batopilas, a minimum of two nights are highly recommended.
It is said that a certain Cusaka (eagle) was to be seen each morning soaring over the pines toward the big canyon. Once passing the rim, it would fold its wings close to its body and drop at marvelous speed. Nearing the river below, it would unfurl its wings and lean back, holding air just above the rocks. Then it would proceed lazily hovering downriver until it was seen each day above Batopilas. No one knew why the eagle made this trip each day. He was never seen fishing or hunting on its daily circuit. People say he just did it because he enjoyed it. The route has always been known as the Eagle’s Path.
There are flights to Chihuahua City from Dallas, Denver, and Houston.
From Chihuahua Airport
You can drive your car or rent a car at the airport for the seven hour drive that takes you from desert to pine forests, cactus forests to the verdant canyon floor… seven eco-zones in seven hours! The road is entirely paved except for the detours for landslides.
From the Creel Train Station
We can arrange a car for you from Creel to Batopilas. $390 per room, round trip.