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 likable place, surrounded by pine forests and interesting rock formations and it boasts several good hotels and restaurants. The Tarahumara, in their multihued dress, are commonly seen about town, and there's a consistent tourist presence here, mainly in the form of tour groups.
The area around Creel is rich in natural wonders, from waterfalls and hot springs to surreal rock formations and expansive parklands, all perfect for a day’s hike, ride or drive. Local guides offer various tours, or you can go solo on a rented bicycle, scooter or 4WD.
Creel can be very cold in winter, even snowy, and it’s none too warm at night in autumn either. In summer, the alpine air is a welcome relief from Mexico’s coastal lowland and desert heat.