Stay at the rustic (rustic elegance!) Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge, Upscale Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge, or the historic Real de Minas—small, unique hotels located in high country Sierra land and in the canyon floor, in Batopilas.

High Country Accomodations—Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge

Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge in September - awash with roses and agave - photo by Marco Ivan Fernandez

The Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge is nestled against the side of a small pine-scented valley in the Copper Canyon and is about as far off the beaten path as you can get. Here you’ll find no electricity, no telephones, no TV’s, no radios, no internet! The closest town is Creel, a 20-minute drive. The lodge is built like a long, low, old-fashioned log cabin with a corrugated tin roof. The 18 guest rooms open onto a long tiled front porch, with rustic wooden, hand-crafted log chairs.  Kerosene lanterns are strung across the porch. Relax with a good book, visit with friends, all while the Cusárare River, located directly in front of the lodge, twists and winds its way through the valley to a nearby waterfall. Although rustic in nature, the guest rooms are spacious with rich, red-tiled floors, white plaster and log walls, Indian rugs, homespun cotton bedspreads, beamed ceilings, Indian murals, and modern, tiled bathrooms with hot water and even bathrobes! The gentle glow of the gas lamps lends romance. Each room has a wood-burning stove to keep you warm, a few with fireplaces.

A feast under the tree at the Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge - Photo by Marco Ivan Fernandez

All meals are included and the simple, hearty food is perfect after a day of hiking to the nearby waterfall, painted caves or the village of Cusárare. Guests dine together in a large and delightfully cozy room with a giant stone fireplace,

There is an elegance to the rustic lodging at the Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge - this room features a corner fireplace, along with tiled floor and glowing lanterns.

Indian murals, and varnished tables. A roaring fire takes the night chill away, and so do Marta’s margaritas! Make a toast to the fine folks who delight in making your stay authentic in every way!

Cusarare Waterfall, an easy hike from the Copper Canyon Sierra Lodge

Rates range from $77 for a single and $154 for double accommodations. Go to  Book Now to reserve your room.

Agave plants thrive in abundance at the Sierra Lodge-photo by Guest Melanie Schneider

Guest Comment— “We only had two nights here before leaving the Canyon area but it was one of the highlights of our trip. The rooms are basic, but there is hot water which to us is essential. The real plus, however, was the deliberate avoidance of electricity although it is available in the area. We always carry small lights for reading where necessary but we hardly used them. Once the sun went down the stars came out and what stars they were. We sat outside and watched them until it got too cold and then we went into the room and sat by the lovely log fire. The staff were all very good and the food excellent – it was good for a change not to have to chose from a menu but simply have it popped in front of you. We had booked a one day hike from the lodge and again this was excellent…We made it to the hot springs and the waterfall and arrived back 8 hours later very tired but with a great sense of achievement. As I said, the whole stay was a highlight of our trip and we would thoroughly recommend it.”  Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple—The Browns

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Canyon floor accommodations—Upscale Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge

Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge in Batopilas-photo by Marco Ivan Fernandez

The Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge is located just off the main square in Batopilas village at the bottom of Batopilas Canyon. This lodge falls under the specialty hotel category and is a boutique-style hotel. Once a privately owned home, it was converted to a hotel back in the early 90′s and covers an entire block. The Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge boasts private gardens, hand painted murals and is filled with antiques. Each of the 14 guest rooms have a claw foot bathtub and antique beds.

Careful attention to detail at the Riverside Lodge include hand painted stencils, lanterns, and Moorish style doorways.

Fanciful Moorish style doorways and windows will make you feel as though you’ve entered another world. Relax in one of the several courtyards

Riverside Lodge, guest room with hand painted stencils, cozy bedding

or shady patios. Interested in learning more about the silver mining history in Batopilas? There’s a small library that holds the answers to most of your Batopilas History questions. Feel free to browse through the old books, antique records, and booklets from the silver mining days and relive the past. Your host, Martin, serves a continental breakfast every morning that includes a variety of fresh fruits, home-baked breads and coffee or tea.  Luxury lodging in the town “that time forgot.”

Travel Weekly says: Inspired perhaps by the bordellos of yesteryear, this cozy and alluring property might be the most enticing little inn in all of Mexio.”

Rates at the Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge range from $110 for a single and $143 for double accommodations. Go to Book Now to reserve your room. Check out this video of Batopilas and the Copper Canyon Riverside Lodge. Narrator is Martin Alcaraz, who is also your host.Guest comment: Riverside Lodge is located in a deep canyon that takes a bit of effort to get to, but it is totally worth the effort. Batopilas is 5-6 hours on a long winding road from Creel, deep into the canyon and silver mining history. The hotel is really a grand casa set back in time with all the history and nooks and crannies to explore. It may be hard to reserve, but request this hotel through Tres Amigos is the best bet, rather than pay a 15 percent service charge though a site in the US, Martin, the host, was totally amazing, sending us on walks or rides, but then mysteriously being near the end of our route to see if we were fine. Settle into a claw foot tub full of bubbles and listen to the past in a room of antiques and fine linens. Total atmosphere! Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends

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Canyon Bottom Accomodations—Historic Real De Minas Hotel

The Real de Minas Hotel is a charming Colonial-Spanish construction. The 10 quaint guest rooms are built around a central courtyard,

Real de Minas courtyard-photo by Marco Ivan Fernandez

complete with a running, hand-carved masonry fountain. There is a small library for guests that contains booklets about the history of Batopilas and the old silver mines. You’ll also find a small selection of books in different languages that can be borrowed or exchanged by guests during your stay. The Real de Minas has grown considerably in the past years and has been expanded further to include another courtyard with more rooms.  Casa Estefania is another annex of the Real de Minas. It sits across the street, catty-corner, from the original hotel. Casa Estefania has some private rooms with private baths as well as dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms for those that are budget conscious. If you are interested in a dormitory rather than private room and bath, please make sure you mention this when you make your reservation. Rates at the real de Minas in Batopilas are currently $77 for a single and $77.00 for double occupancy. Go to Book Now to reserve your room.

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