Sunset Sunday – The View from the Copper Canyon at Sunset

Simply stated, the views of Copper Canyon (and all the canyons) amaze. Standing at the edge and looking out over the vast landscapes in complete wonder is another part of the magic of Mexico.  And as a fan of the sunset, I knew I needed to capture the view. Thankfully, I did.

We exited Chihuahua Pacifico, or el Chepe, the Copper Canyon train at a stop close to Divisadero. Then after an afternoon of adventure, a zipline through the canyons, my group checked in for the night at Hotel Mansion Tarahumara.

I knew I’d wake up early to watch the sunrise from my balcony, so as I thought I’d take in the sunset next door. A few of us went over to see the neighboring hotel and visted the Posada Mirador.  And with a 2 for 1 happy hour, it is safe to say we are all glad we did.

sunset at the copper canyon, view from the Posada Mirador Hotel in Chihuahua

you can watch the sun set by the lines of the light on the canyon

After ordering my cerveza and a Sotol, (a native spirit to Chihuahua) I grabbed my camera to capture some of the fading light on the mountains. Just like my images of Lake Atitlan at Sunset, I watched the sunlight create lines of light, in essence timelines, on the canyons until they disappeared and the sun dipped behind the edge of the canyon behind us. The sun’s descent wasn’t in view, so the true magic would be created with the “afterglow” in the sky. And it was.

The warmth disappeared with the sunlight, but the Sotol enabled me to stay outside and capture the moment. It is a moment I’ll cherish for the views and also the company shared as well. Sotol always tastes better when it’s shared. Ah! Chihuahua – Happy Sunset Sunday.

the view of the sunset afterglow at the copper canyon, watched from the deck at the Posada Mirador Hotel

the afterglow on the canyon

Stay adventurous, Craig

Travel Tip: Both the Hotel Mansion Tarahumara and the Posada Mirador have incredible views of the Copper Canyon and as magical as they are at sunset make sure you wake up early and catch the sunrise too. The hotels have a perfect east view and the sun rises right over the canyon.

Also, I’d like to thank Authentic Copper Canyon, TravelLand and the Mexican Tourism Board  for making this journey and one of my dream trips inside Mexico a reality. Ah! Chihuahua! 

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  • Emjay

    How much does it cost, Craig…. for us pions, that is? :)

    • craig zabransky

      The train trip – oneway cost about 2,500 pesos or $200+ USD, but as I understand it allows for three exits and re-enters. You will want to stop in towns such as Creel, El Forte, Temoris, etc… and spend the night to explore… You can book hotels, or cabins (remember this is the mountains) relatively cheaply, but the best way is with a guide who knows the region and the sights.

      I know a few if you are interested, (email me Craig at StayAdventurous dot com) And I’d recommend is the other commenter on this post. i traveled with him. Check out his site and tell him I sent you for a “discount”

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Dave Hensleigh

    I never get over that view–been there for 100s of sunsets—it takes in the soul!

    • craig zabransky

      I know I’ve only seen it once, but I feel I’ll see another or a few sunsets over these canyons. Such a magical place. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Lazy Travelers

    amazing! i really don’t think of mexico as having places that look like this. thanks for sharing!

    • craig zabransky

      It definitely surprises me often too, and I am someone who “knows” the country. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Leah Travels

    FABULOUS, Craig!! I love seeing that beautiful land and at sunset, it’s even better.

    • craig zabransky

      The sunset often makes a view just that much better… very often. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Jetting Around

    Sunsets over mountain ranges are among the most spectacular views EVER. Wonderful photos, Craig!

    • craig zabransky

      Merci Pola. I tend to agree, well I think sunsets are some of the most spectacular views EVER. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Matthew Karsten

    Nice shot Craig. I could’ve spent all day just taking in that view.

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