Located in the Northwestern state of Chihuahua, the Copper Canyon, or Barrancas del Cobre, consists of a series of valleys and deep gorges, which form part of the Sierra Madre Oriental. With waterfalls, caves, rivers, lakes and thermal springs, it is a spectacular setting. Copper Canyon meeting venues can accommodate small meetings and for pre- and post-event excursions.
The best way to get to Barrancas del Cobre is via the 5-hour train ride to Creel on the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway service, which leaves at 6 AM daily from the city of Chihuahua and ends up in Los Mochis, in the neighboring state of Sinaloa. With 15 stops along the route and 406 miles of track, visitors have time to take in the breathtaking views of the Canyons and surrounding areas.
Groups can participate in the activities offered by Barrancas del Cobre Adventure Park, which include a ropes course composed of seven zip lines and two suspended bridges; an 1.5-hour Via Ferrata (an assisted climbing and adventure route); and an impressive 1.7-mile-long cable car, which traverses the canyon, whisking passengers across and giving them a bird's-eye view of the scenery.
Hotel venues in Copper Canyon include 41 hotels, with a total of 3,400 rooms. In the town of Creel, a strategic starting point for tours around the Copper Canyon area (also one of Mexico's famous Pueblos Magicos), the Best Western Lodge offers 40 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a convention center with event space for up to 160 people. Alternatively, the Hotel Mansion Tarahumara is located in the nearby town of Urique and has 60 lodge rooms, a restaurant which can host events of up to 120 and event space for up 150 people.
Nearly 200 miles northeast of Creel lies the state's capital, Chihuahua. Accessible by train, car or bus, this urban Colonial city hosts a wealth of cultural activities, including a Hot-Air Balloon Festival, the International Chihuahua Festival and the Nations Festival celebrating the diversity of Chihuahua's inhabitants. The city of Chihuahua also contains the state's largest convention and exposition center, Expo Chihuahua, with 107,639 square feet of column-free space, which can accommodate up to 3,000 attendees.
The capital is easily accessible from the U.S. via Mexico's elaborate highway system as well as from the Chihuahua International Airport (CUU), which has direct flights from Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.