So we’ve all heard that the Copper Canyon in Mexico is 3 or 4 times larger than the Grand Canyon, right? Well here’s a statement made by the Mexico Tourism Office back in 1987 for a major newspaper publication which reads in part:
“The maximum depth of Copper Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (neither is considered the world’s deepest). Grand Canyon is up to 5,300 feet deep. The deepest part of Copper Canyon is 12, 140 feet, from the top of Mohinara Mountain to the canyon floor.” You decide.
I’ve traveled on foot a number of times in Copper Canyon. Skip McWilliams’ Canyon Crossings are epic. I was fortunate enough to participate several times on these life-changing hikes. I would venture to say that if you were to hike from the deepest part of the Copper Canyon, to the top of Mohinara Mountain, it would take two weeks or so. Factor in weather and injuries. I’ve encountered hail, rain, wind, scorching sun, gorgeous perfect weather,and even flooding in the rivers. Our head guide once was blinded in one eye by a poking branch. Another time, our guide slid down a slippery slope (no pun intended here) and broke his ankle. We had to leave him there and fetch a pick up truck from the Sierra Lodge to haul him off the mountain. Lucky for him it was the last hours of the hike.