2018 Copper Canyon Motomochila Adventure

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Invitation and Reservation

Sponsored by the Utah Trail Machine Association – Paul K Edmunds, Ride Coordinator

Oct 26 – Nov 4, 2018

Revised 31JULl2018



Experienced riders who are current UTMA members are invited to participate in a Motomochila Bike-Packing Adventure in old Mexico.  There will be both off-road motorcycle and UTV/SxS groups.  Travel 450 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 pavement.  All rides should be able to maintain a 55mph sustained speed on asphalt.  Figure on expenses from $850 to $950. Also, you will need a valid passport.  The Copper Canyon Motomochila 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 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 26 – Motel, Tucson, AZ /or/ another route through New Mexico

Sat, Oct 27 – Motel Dublan, Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico

Sun, Oct 28 – Motel Cascada Inn, Creel, Chihuahua

Mon, Oct 29 – Hotel Juanita’s, Batopilas                                          89 miles

Tue, Oct 30 – Hotel Barrancas de Urique, Urique                             48 miles

Wed, Oct 31 – Hotel Sierra Linda, Chinipas                                      98 miles

Thu, Nov 01 – Hotel Don Lalo, Uruachi                                                         98 miles

Fri, Nov 02 – Hotel Mansion Tarahumara “El Castillo,” Divisadero               83 miles

Sat, Nov 03 – Creel                                                                                        32 miles TOTAL 450

Sat, Nov 03 – Travel home

Sun, Nov 04 – Travel home


NOTE: This ride is six days and five nights on the trail in Baja.  Room reservations are secured upon receipt of your deposit for five nights and guarantee your showing up.  It is your responsibility to show up each night and finish the ride with few exceptions.



Provide your (1) name, (2) address, (3) cellphone, (4) email, (5) bike /or/ SxS you plan on riding including year/make/model, (6) tee-shirt size (S-3XL).


Send a non-refundable $100 deposit to Ride Coordinator

PayPal (bajapablo33@hotmail.com),), Venmo (bajapablo, /or/

Check: Paul K Edmunds, PO Box 912, Springville, UT 84663-0912

Your deposit includes:

  1. Secure and Guarantee room reservations on the trail
  2. Souvenir t-shirt
  3. Security services at hotels
  4. POLICIA hats for local Police Departments
  5. UTMA dues and fees
  6. Stickers
  7. Sundry fees and expenses




The Utah Trail Machine Association assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss, damage, or other injury to persons or property in connection with your participation in any ride.  Juveniles must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Your presence and participation indicate knowledge of and an assumption of the resulting risks involved.  All participants are urged to use proper riding gear, be in satisfactory physical condition, and secure prior to the ride appropriate medical, personal injury, and property damage insurance coverage.