2016 Copper Canyon Invitation

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Oct 21-­30, 2016
Revised 18 February 2016

group-bajaAs an experienced rider you are invited to participate in an adventure in old Mexico. There will be both motorcycles and side­by­sides. Travel over 500 miles in six days on mostly primitive dirt roads, no single track or unusually steep sections. The only high speed sections are the first day and last days on the pavement. And we do have one river crossing. All bikes and side­by­sides should be able to maintain a 55 mph sustained speed on asphalt.

Figure on expenses from $750 to $900 depending on needs and wants. The Copper Canyon Motomochila (bikepacking) Adventure is designed for a limited group of experienced riders. There is no chase vehicle.

Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre) located 400 miles south of El Paso, Texas in the state of Chihuahua, one of the largest of the 31 United Mexican States. Situated in northwestern Mexico within the Sierra Madre Occidental, the deep canyons of Sierra Tarahumara are claimed to be four times larger in area than the Grand Canyon. The Sierra Tarahumara forests contain the largest stands of old ­growth forest in the Americas. They produce more pine and oak than any other area in the world.

Copper Canyon is actually a colossal network of six interlacing canyons; four of them are deeper than Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The four major canyons are Sinforosa, Batopilas, Copper, and Urique–the deepest canyon in the system.

They are home to over 75 thousand Tarahumara Indians. Famous for their running skills they call themselves the Raramuri, The Running People.

The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad, CHEPE, traverses the area and is one of the most spectacular train rides in the Western hemisphere. It passes through 86 tunnels and crosses 36 bridges as it climbs almost 8000 feet into the rugged Sierra Madres.

Fri, Oct 21 – Motel 8, Chandler, AZ
Sat, Oct 22 – Motel Dublan, Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico
Sun, Oct 23 – Motel Cascada Inn, Creel, Chihuahua
Mon, Oct 24 – Hotel Juanita’s, Batopilas
Tue, Oct 25 – Hotel Barrancas de Urique, Urique
Wed, Oct 26 – Hotel Sierra Linda, Chinipas
Thu, Oct 27 – Hotel Don Lalo, Uruachi
Fri, Oct 28 – Hotel Mansion Tarahumara “El Castillo,” Divisadero
Sat, Oct 29 – Motel 8, Chandler, AZ /or/ Motel Casas Grandes, Dublan
Sun, Oct 30 – Travel home

Send your (1) name, (2) address, (3) telephone number, (4) e­mail address, (5) bike or side­by­side you plan on riding, and (6) tee shirt size (M­2XL)

To confirm your reservation, send a non­refundable $50 deposit to Ride Coordinator. Among other expenses, your deposit includes a souvenir t­shirt and hat.

A. You will need a valid passport.
B. You must be a current member of UTMA in order to participate—join at: www.utma.net
DO NOT send membership fees to ride coordinator—pay online. One membership per Family is sufficient.

PO Box 912, Springville, UT 84663­0912

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