The Copper Canyon's main tourism center, Creel is actually no more than a low-key highland town strung out along the railway line. It's a very likeable place, surrounded by pine forests and interesting rock formations with good hotels and a few restaurants. The Tarahumara, in their multihued dress, are commonly seen about town. If you meet other travelers anywhere in northern Mexico, it will most probably be here.
Creel can be very cold in winter, even snowy, and it’s none too warm at night in autumn. In summer, the alpine air is a welcome relief from Mexico’s coastal lowland and desert heat.