New Mexico Tech Wilderness Encounter, Barranca del Cobre, Mexico, 1973


Over the X-mas Break, 1973, I led a group of NMT students (and two friends) to the Barranca del Cobre, in northern Mexico. This is a very deep and wild canyon, which is paralleled, on the rim, by the Chihauhua al Pacifico railroad. We rode the train, first, to Creel, where we delivered clothing to a school. Then we continued to El Divisadero, disembarked and descended into the canyon at a point called El Portal. We arrived at the Rio Urique on our second day, and then hiked downstream from there. Upon encountering a tight gorge, we returned to the rim to the village of Churro and then redescended to the river and continued to the village of Urique. We crossed the river downstream of Urique and climbed over an intervening mesa called Cerro Colorado to to the Rio Batopilas watershed. We turned downstream on the Rio Batopilas to visit the town of Batopilas, and then hiked back upstream to the town of La Bufa, where we got a ride in a truck back to Creel. The weather varied from snow on the rim to tropical in the canyon bottom. This canyon system is the home of the Tarahumara Indians, whom we encountered here and there. The town of Batopilas was a large isolated mining center, now reached by road. It was originally supplied by burro and Indian porters. Here is my Flickr collection:

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About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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