From the blackness of night, with no depth to anything, the first rays of morning light over Mexico’s Copper Canyon are a revelation. They play with the rocks, painting them dark blue, pink, orange and golden yellow, a moving canvass without borders.
This is the view from one of the balconies at the 65-room Posada Mirador Hotel, a well appointed hotel carved in to the side of the canyon rim. The hotel is best accessed from the Divisadero stop on the Chihuahua al Pacifico (Chepe) train from Chihuahua City. (Spring for the first class seats, just a few bucks more.) After a one or two night stay-- allowing time to explore this magnificent canyon system (zipline, hiking, etc) and purchasing Tarahumara woven goods--take the train again a few more hours to Los Mochis where you can catch a flight to Mexico City or home. The entire rail trip contains 36 major bridges and 87 tunnels, but sunrise from your balcony at the Mirador Hotel may be the most impressive sight of all.
Due to safety concerns in the region it is advisable to go with a local tour company, of which there are a few to choose from.