Copper Canyon is locally called Barrancas del Cobre, meaning Ravines of the Copper. The mention of copper refers to the color of the cliffs, not mining operations. The deep and rugged canyons were impressive as they stretched along the Río Urique below.
A point of interest were two swinging footbridges. One was below the restaurant in the cliffs, only accessible to rock climbers, and the other was near the hotel over a precipice.
The highlight of the day was the ride in a gondola over a ravine and to atop a rock pillar. The Tarahumara had craft booths setup, and a bike shop so you could rent one to ride down into the canyon.
A few trails allowed exploring and good views of the ravines. There was a cliff dwelling ruin below the restaurant. And some cabins were on the slopes where some of the natives lived, and where they grew orange trees.
There were also native craft and food booths near the restaurant, a playground for the kids, a clam shell stage for events, and a zip line ride into the ravine for the daring.
It was a pretty great introduction to the Copper Canyon experience.
Camp: Hotel Divisadero Barrancas
Scene: Canyons, cliffs, tram