Tourist Activities in Creel

Visit the town and its historic center

Enjoy a spectacular tour through the town and center of El Fuerte to learn about the cultural, historical and religious aspects of the town. 

Tour of El Fuerte:

On this tour you will take a walk along the main street of El Fuerte where you will find numerous stores with handicrafts, mostly made by the Rarámuris. 

At the same time, the transporters will offer you tours around the area and you will find the best hotels and restaurants.

Within this El Fuerte tour you will observe:

  • Temple of Christ the King: this will be one of the most amazing temples you will discover in Mexico, since this country was the first to consecrate itself as a servant of Christ the King, being the first to build him a monument.
  • Plaza de Armas.
  • The old railroad station. 

Visit the Temple of Christ the King, the Plaza de Armas and the old train station. Don’t forget to bring cash since Creel only has one ATM and during business hours, only one bank operates.

Reserve your seat today to enjoy a trip through Mexico aboard the Chepe Express train and take a El Fuerte excursion to enjoy the most cultural, historical and religious aspects of the town. If you still don’t know how to reserve your place on the train, click here.

Duration Approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour

Tip: Free, although the local museums charge an admission fee


Hike through the valleys

Only 7 kilometers south of Creel Valleys you will find numerous rock formations in valleys where walking through its trails will give you the opportunity to enjoy the aroma of the forest.

Hike through the Creel Valleys:

Experience a unique hike through the southern region of Creel to enjoy and observe the natural beauty of its valleys. Inside you will see rocks shaped like mushrooms, frogs and monks. How strange is that?

These valleys have volcanic rocks that were sculpted by the erosion of nature.

Besides appreciating the rocks, you will find yourself in a beautiful forest with several species of pine and oak trees inhabited by various species of birds, wild animals and carnivores.

Where are they located?

This beautiful natural landscape is located in Bocoyna, one of the most important of Creel, which is a very popular tourist spot that you can explore aboard the Chepe Express train. Reserve your place today to appreciate this incredible excursion to Chihuahua with the natural beauties offered by the Copper Canyon.

Thanks to its proximity, you can visit them by van, ATV, horseback, or even on foot. These multiple options are the ones you will be able to choose from when you arrive at the Creel station.

Duration 1 to 2 hours, approximately

Tip: Admission to the valleys is $40 adults and $20 children


Visit Arareko Lake

Only 7 kilometers from Creel is San Ignacio Arareko, a Rarámuri village with a small lake, where water activities take place, you can rent a boat there and enjoy this place of great beauty.

Arareko Lake:

The lake is located in the town of San Ignacio de Arareco and has a total length of 3 kilometers with a U shape and a surface of 40 hectares.

This natural reserve is very popular because it is considered a tourist destination in Chihuahua because you can admire beautiful landscapes, camping areas and shelters.

In order to access this activity, you can reserve your place on the Chepe Express train to Chihuahua, since this natural reserve is located only 5 kilometers from the Creel station where the train makes a stop.

What to do at the lake?

At Lake Arareko you can enjoy multiple adventure and exploration activities:

  • Hiking: there are several hiking trails in San Ignacio de Arareco.
  • Kayaking.
  • Bird watching. You can observe different species of flora and birds such as woodpeckers, bluebirds, herons and ducks, among others.
  • Visit to the Rukiraso waterfall.
  • Excursion to the terminal waters
  • Exploration of the caves where the Rarámuris used to live.

Reserve your seat today on the Chepe Express train to enjoy this incredible excursion.

Duration Approximately 40 minutes roundtrip and 30 minutes to 1 hour if you choose to participate in any water activities.

Tip: Ask about prices in the store.


Cusarare waterfall hike

The Cusarare waterfall is a waterfall with a drop of 30 meters that is characterized for being one of the most popular and incredible waterfalls in Mexico.

Cusarare is located in the municipality of Guachochi in the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua and its waterfall has a depth of 30 meters.

It is at a distance of 25 kilometers from Creel, one of the most important tourist centers in Mexico, with a station of the Chepe passenger railroad.

Cusarare Waterfall Hike:

The waterfall is surrounded by an oak-pine forest that you can reach on foot or by bicycle through the trail.

During the hike to the Cusarare waterfall you can enjoy:

  • An impressive viewpoint where you can observe the 30-meter waterfall of the Barrancas del Cobre waterfall in the Sierra Tarahumara.
  • Descend the 280 steps to reach the river level.
  • A 2 kilometer hike on a trail, along the way you will meet Rarámuri women with handicrafts.
  • Explore the traces of the Indians of northern Mexico.

The Chepe Train:

Reserve your place today on the Chepe train, being the only railroad that will allow you to access this activity in Mexico. Click here and discover the fantastic activities that you will have unique access to with us.

Duration Approximately 2 hours to get there and back. Add another hour if you go down to the base of the waterfall.

Tip: The local tourism board charges $25 pesos per person


Visit the National Park and the Basaseachi and Piedra Volada waterfalls

For its unparalleled scenic beauty, and for containing the two highest waterfalls in Mexico, we suggest you reserve a couple of days to visit Barrancas del Cobre National Park.

Waterfalls in Barrancas del Cobre:

Within the Barrancas del Cobre national park you can admire 2 of the most beautiful and incredible waterfalls in Creel.

  • Basaseachi. It is only an hour and a half from Creel: the highest perennial waterfall in Mexico with 256 falls. In rainy seasons, 3 kilometers downstream, another waterfall, Piedra Volada, with 456 meters, comes out. Both waterfalls are the most beautiful postcards of the Sierra Tarahumara, and next to this wonder, is the Peña del Gigante, a mountain of 890 meters high, a paradise for climbers, campers and fans of high school rappel.
  • Candameña, is another jewel that encloses the Copper Canyon.

Flora and fauna of the National Park:

In the National Park you will find different types of species, reptiles and birds that I assure you it is important to have your camera close by to be able to take a capture of the colors and shapes of this species of fauna.

  • White-tailed deer.
  • Wild boar.
  • Puma.
  • Raccoon.
  • Striped skunk.
  • Gray and red squirrels.
  • Free black-tailed squirrel.
  • Chameleon.
  • Collared lizard.
  • Shredded rattlesnake.
  • Rattlesnakes.
  • Bluebird and woodpecker.
  • Eaglet.
  • Pinta quail.

Reserve your seat today to enjoy a trip through Mexico aboard the Chepe Express train and take this tour. If you still don’t know how to reserve your place on the train, click here.

Duration Basaseachi has various trails to reach the waterfall. The hike is recommended only for people in good physical condition, for experienced campers and is not appropriate for amateurs. Consult the local guides for options about visiting the lookout points. Hiring a local guide is a must to visit the Piedra Volada and Peña del Gigante lookout points because the trails are not well marked. The extraordinary views are worth the effort.

Tip: The SEMARNAT charges an admission fee of $80 for the National Park. The local guides charge reasonable rates. Ask at the entrance to the National Park or in the town of Basaseachi.