Copper Canyon 9 Day Motorcycle Expedition

A Mexico motorcycle adventure riding the wilds of the Chihuahua Sierra Madres.

Tour difficulty

Adventure – This category of MotoDiscovery motorcycle tour is likely to involve at least some unpaved surfaces that can be navigated easily by cars and other vehicles. Dual purpose (on-off road) motorcycles are most suitable for this environment and having prior off road riding experience is suggested. No single track.
Road Tour
Adventure Plus






September 7 - 15, 2024


Rider on personal bike 4,949 USD


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About this tour

A legendary ride into the spectacular Copper Canyon region of Mexico’s northern Sierra Madre Mountains. Superb sporting mountain paved roads lead to an off-road canyon descent and several optional exploratory unpaved routes into this culturally rich and historically fascinating region of Old Mexico.

September 7-15, 2024

A legendary ride into the spectacular Copper Canyon region of Mexico’s northern Sierra Madre Mountains. Superb sporting mountain paved roads lead to an off-road canyon descent and several exploratory unpaved routes into this culturally rich and historically fascinating region of Old Mexico. We now categorize this tour as ADVENTURE, however, to be clear, this is a “big bike” friendly event where unpaved roads represent only about 10% of the tour and is designed for those who have at least some gravel road experience. It is suitable for couples with a support vehicle available should your pillion passenger be more comfortable when getting off the pavement. By off road standards the unpaved portions are on gravel, non-technical roads. You can ride your own personal motorcycle!

We now have an option for Royal Enfield Himalayan or Scram rental bikes for this tour! Please inquire about options and price!


  • The Tarahumara Indian. You may have heard of this primitive tribe, known as long distance endurance runners. Many still live in caves and shelters clinging to the remote canyon walls. Migrating with the weather, you are sure to encounter them on this Copper Canyon Mexico motorcycle tour.
  • Nuevo Casas Grandes has layers of history dating back hundreds of years to the Paquimé Indian Pueblos. Mormon families immigrated to this desert valley in 1886 creating an enclave of Polygamist followers and building a prosperous agricultural community. Mennonites are also prominent. Black Jack Pershing and the Punitive Expedition constructed a large encampment with 11,000 troops staged to pursue Pancho Villa after the bandit raid on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916.
  • Urique. It is an old mining town established by Colonial Spaniards over 300 years ago. Today it has only about 1,200 inhabitants. Most notable is the ride there as it is situated in the depths of the canyon sliced by the river of the same name. The views are spectacular and for the adventure rider, it presents an exciting and scenic ride, twisting from high pines to the warm chaparral country below.
  • Pancho Villa. He’s known as a fierce guerilla military tactician, leading the Division del Norte, a force of 50,000, during the Mexican Revolution of 1910 – 1921. Prior to his military career however, he was known more as a bandit, cattle rustler and quick to draw his pistol on anyone who crossed him. This reputation would serve him well in creating an image that would have him feared as well as adored. Pancho Villa lived, worked, fought and died in the state of Chihuahua. His presence is felt to this day.
  • The Copper Canyon. It is said to be over four times greater in size than the American Grand Canyon. It is actually a vast complex of deep canyons, towering mesas, pine covered forests and slicing rivers covering an area of over 25,000 square miles. For the motorcyclist it presents the best of riding opportunities, whether it be exploring its depths on challenging old mining roads or on the superb sporting twisting tarmac.
  • The food. MotoDiscovery has a reputation for fine dining. While the fare in this region is simple, our riders rave about the offerings. And for those with any special dietary needs, we have yet to not be able to accommodate, and do it well. You won’t be disappointed
    The Team. With over four decades riding the roads of the world, MotoDiscovery has rightfully earned a reputation as being the best when it comes to your staff team.  In regions such as Mexico we rely heavily on our multilingual guides to provide you genuine services, share the culture and history and above all provide a safe and memorable touring experience. It is more than a job. It is a duty and one joyfully embraced. That is how we do it at MotoDiscovery.
  • This tour is the ideal platform for a customized private tour just for you and your friends. Interested? Fill out this easy Custom Motorcycle Tour Questionnaire, and let’s get started.
  • We made this video a few years back and since some of the roads have been paved. Copper Canyon Video

What’s included

  • 8 nights best available lodging (double occupancy)
  • 8 dinners, 8 breakfasts, occasional lunch
  • Entrances to National Parks as required
  • Experienced bilingual staff team
  • Support vehicle
  • Tour map and GPS waypoints
  • Pre-tour information e-booklet
  • MotoDiscovery apparel gift

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Airfare
  • Fuel
  • Emergency evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Motorcycle insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip Interruption Insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuity for service beyond expectations
  • Inclusions other than those specified


Rider on personal bike
4,949 USD
Royal Enfield Himalayan or Scram
please inquire
3,979 USD
Single occupancy supplement
620 USD
Tour Deposit per person
500 USD

All rooms are shared, double occupancy. If you request to not share a room the single occupancy supplement applies. If we are unable to find a roommate for you, the single supplement will apply. No exception.

Prices are subject to change.


Day 1: El Paso, Texas/ Arrival Day

Day 2: Sierra Chihuahua

Day 3: Creel

Day 4: Urique

Day 5: Batopilas

Day 6: Cusarare

Day 7: Nuevo Casas Grandes

Day 8: El Paso, Texas

Day 9: Departure Day


Participants should have some off road riding experience. While it does not require Olympic fitness, you should have the physicality to manage riding a variety of what we consider to be only moderately technical road conditions.

MotoDiscovery travels during what we consider to be optimum riding seasons. Altitudes range from high deserts of 4,000 feet to mountains reaching 7,000 feet and lower elevations in the canyons, approximately 1,200 feet. Temperatures can range from cold mornings with rapid warming through the day. Weather updates are provided in a MotoDiscovery e-mail Communique right before the tour.

Know that we consider this a priority. Over 30 million travelers come to Mexico on average each year. While we consider the safety question to be overblown, we still take it seriously and recognize that there are territorial criminal elements engaged in drug related activity in many parts of Mexico. These elements rarely bother tourists as this only brings unnecessary attention to them. It is a strange coexistence. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns knowing that at any time, anywhere, we feel your security is compromised, we will be honest and respond accordingly.

For all international tours we recommend that everyone take advantage of the State Department’s Smart Travellers Program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Yes. But you may not want this to be your partner’s first adventure touring experience. Often passengers on the off road segments choose to ride in the support vehicle. We suggest you contact MotoDiscovery for further consultation on this matter

No worries. We have native speakers on all of our tours in Mexico. Many people in Mexico speak English. We encourage you to learn a few words and we will gladly provide some lessons along the way if you wish!

Longest day is 260 miles. Shortest day is approximately 60 miles.

The bike that suits you best. But have the skills and the experience. Midsize bikes are perfect. Even smaller bikes in the 400-600 cc range work well, especially off road. Big bikes such as the BMW GS1250 should only be ridden by those who are experienced in off road riding conditions.

We will go into detail in pre-tour Communiques. A passport, motorcycle registration and insurance, drivers license and a credit card for temporary importation and tourist card fees should suffice.

Yes. Do it. We’ll provide information on storage of a trailer or truck in El Paso and on all the required documents and insurance. We go into detail on bike preparations as well.

Usually this can be arranged. The motorcycles have to be transported from one of our Southwest facilities so advanced planning is required. Contact us for availability.

Yes. Your USA motorcycle insurance will not serve you once in Mexico. Quality and reasonably priced Mexico insurance is available. Information on this matter will be provided in your pre-tour information e-booklet.

MotoDiscovery strives to provide the best possible accommodations for our riding guests. Be mindful that “expedition” style travel often has us traveling in lesser developed regions. Therefore a degree of tolerance and flexibility when it comes to quality, is expected. Overall we find lodging on this tour to be very good.

As is the usual MotoDiscovery policy we encourage ordering from an open menu and enjoy sharing with you a great dining experience. You won’t be disappointed. Those with special dietary requirements can count on our cooperation and satisfaction.

The Copper Canyon Expedition is a great model for us to build you a private and customized touring experience, just for you and your friends. Contact MotoDiscovery for consultation.

Tour preparation is important. You will receive a comprehensive tour booklet electronically that will address all your questions. You are encouraged to call or send us an email at any time if you have additional questions. We welcome your inquiries.

Now. Please. Early sign-ups are essential in order for us to secure the best of accommodations and services. Call your friends. Organize a group. Start your planning today.

Don’t take our word for it

From bustling streets to serene landscapes, each day of the tour felt like a chapter from an adventure book. The MotoDiscovery team made every experience seamless and enriching.
- Sophie T., UK


By requesting a booking, you’ll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance. Your tour’s go/no-go decision depends on reaching the minimum number of riders. We’ll let you know once confirmed. Minimums vary by destination. In the event a tour is cancelled due to not meeting minimums, a refund will be provided. Alternatively, riders may opt to transfer their deposit to another available tour, if applicable.

To avoid potential changes and rebooking complications, we kindly request you hold off on booking flights and other non-refundable tour arrangements until we finalize the tour’s go/no-go decision.

Domestic tour go/no-go decisions are made no later than 30 days prior to departure date. International tours: 45 days prior.


If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, we will be happy to help. Click here to inquire, or call us to speak to our travel professionals.

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