Scheduled Departure Dates
Scheduled Departure Dates
Casual Inns & Camping: $2390
Our omniscient if up-tempo tour of Copper Canyon, in Northern Mexico’s mountainous interior, reveal and interprets the exceptional beauty around Chihuahua, Mexico’s largest state.
That description extends from indigenous, cliff dwelling people to the rich, neoclassical plazas, palacios, aqueducts and cathedrals, built by Spanish viceroys in the 17th and 18th century.
Our backcountry trails cross and follow those of the Tarahumar endurance runners: into the high, remote landscapes that partially shielded their ancient, reclusive culture from Spanish conquest and assimilation.
Named for the copper and green shades seen in the great span of gorges carved through the Sierra Madre range, Copper Canyon, or barrancas del cobre cuts a larger, deeper figure than our Grand Canyon. In the 10,826-ft Sierras, we find rich watersheds, not to mention wonderful contrasts in ecosystems and landscapes.
The rides and framing environs transit from mountainous green alpine, Mexican Douglas-fir, Pine and Oak highlands to semiarid steppe, plains and valleys. From a plateau that peers onto Mexico’s greatest waterfall we enter the same Chihuahua biome that stretches into New Mexico and Texas.
From these new, undeveloped frontiers in mountain biking, we pursue an equally novel pursuit or personage: that of a magnanimous if not more holistic trekking group.
Put simply: As some of the very few visitors to the oldest villages in Mexico, set deep if not high in the Sierra Madre Mountains we enjoy what can only be described as authentic, spontaneous experiences with the indigenous locals. It’s the lung-expanding vertical that leads to the soul-enriching horizontal.
This one of a kind tour weds deeper experiential travel—personal connection, moments of human relevance, what you cannot create—with exceptional trails that encourage all levels of riders.
Day 1: Arrive Chihuahua City, the state capital (pop. 918,339); then transfer to the contemporary if unpretentious Hotel Sicomoro, nestled into the cities’ business district. Among Mexico’s most literate urban centers, Chihuahua City blends the elegance of 18thcentury Spanish colonial with vibrant modernist lines. Enjoy the pool, stroll the next-door Plaza Galerias; or take in the rich splendor of the cities’ fountains, soaring monuments and green space. Cine and classic film fans: don’t miss the statue of native son, Anthony Quinn (Zorbathe Greek). Meet-up at 9:00 p.m. for a brief run-through of our trip.
Day 2: Enjoy an early breakfast; then shuttle four hours to Creel (pop. 5000), named for one of Mexico’s powerhouse families. Dating back to their revolution, the Creel-Terrazas owned 7-million acres of land, 500,000 head of cattle, half as many sheep, 25,000 horses and 5,000 mules. No less than 2000 servants and indentured laborers staffed just one of their haciendas, spread across 1.3-million acres. Mounting up at our lodgings, the day’s first ride sweeps around the bluffs and woodlands that characterize Arareko Lake. Then we emerge into an immense green plateau known as the Mochogueachi Valley. From a pass through the area’s central village, San Ignacio de Arareko, our route enters the Valle de los Monjes, or Valley of the Monks. Defaulting to a North American analogy, picture the more profound sandstone formations seen in Utah’s Canyonlands and Grand Staircase-Escalante, but turned abruptly vertical as narrow. Looming just above the tree line, the tightly grouped giant monks—along with the nearby Valley of The Frogs and Valley of the Mushroom—represents our entre to the age-old province of the Tarahumar. Visually entrancing, if not a portal to the spiritual world, we cycle into a panorama that appears to push right up against the pastel blue skies. Stopping for a superb backcountry lunch on the trail, our group drifts across high plains before closing out the day at the hotel. After some downtime, we regroup for an enjoyable deconstruction of the sights and sensations over dinner.
Day 3: A kickback morning, then a powered-up breakfast prefaces our second ride: returning to the 8,000-ft highlands of Creel, our path reaches into the Rukirazo, a fantastic stretch of canyons that stretch and yawn beneath blunt cliffs. Our route surges through a coniferous forest—Oak, Aspen and Pine—before it dissolves into a staggeringly powerful view of Barranca del Cobre, Copper Canyon. Dominating the southern end of Chihuahua, Mexico’s largest state, Copper Canyon—in reality a set of seven discrete or individual canyons—is not only larger, but also plunges deeper than America’s Grand Canyon.
Day 4: Today, atop a tall, narrow ridge that breaks East-West, we follow the Otero River. One of Chihuahua’s largest rivers, the Otero is named for another wealthy ranching dynasty: wealthy and politically connected Texans and Nuevomexicanoswho emigrated here in the late 1840s, colonizing the region. Ranging deeper into the Sierra (mountains), we’re blessed with stunning views of endless high mesa, not unlike Northern Arizona or Western Colorado. Our path crosses into more ancient dynasties, those of the Panu who built great temples and pyramids. Our route then passes through several Tarahumar villages. As the Anasazi, Pueblo and Zuni settled in cliffs and mountainside caves in the American Southwest, so do the Tarahumar (loosely translated, dry and sandy). Predominantly basket-weavers and nomadic farmers, theirs is a remarkable if rarefied foothold, a pueblo magico(magic town) awash in colorful tapestries and handicrafts. If the lively palette or high-altitude settings of the Tarahumar don’t leave you slightly giddy, the authentic smiles will certainly send your soul soaring.
Day 5: After breakfast, the day is given over to an epic ride. The trail to Cusarare checks off numerous boxes: from mountain singletrack to absolutely world-class view finding. Testing skills as we go, our group wends its way across a truly built landscape, from broad canyons cut by the Cusarare River to big Pine forest to serious, Flintstones-quality boulder fields. Both the Cusarare and its cousin, the Rukiraso River leads to all manner of Yellowstone like phenomena: from waterfalls to natural geysers and hot springs, such as the Recowata. Closing out a power-packed day in the saddle with ear-to-ear smiles, high and low-fives, if not a few rebel yells, we sweep straight into a handsome 19thcentury hunting lodge. Nonetheless this rustic, old Mexico lodge packs all the nuanced comfort today’s adventure traveler would expect.
Day 6: Closeout day dawns with a super hearty breakfast. Todays ride shapes up as the consummate Barranca del Cobre/ancient Tarahumar experience. From parsing and interpreting perfectly preserved pictographs (rock art etching), we immerse ourselves in the indigenous community of Cusarare. The commonality or bond we share is singletrack. Beyond our collective joy, to the Tarahumar it is both game trail as well as training venue for their preternaturally gifted long-distance runners. Closing space in a wonderfully organic manner, we come away with a personally shared understanding of the culture and anthropology that defines Mexico’s second largest ethnic community. With a shuttle back to Chihuahua, our trip culminates in a memorable farewell dinner.
All internal land expenses and services are covered in the cost of your tour. This means from the time we pick you up at our meeting point, until we drop you back off to head home, all transportation, food preparation, meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, group supplies and community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.) are included. Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations (lodging) are also included, along with at least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s). Trip price does not include airfare, lodging prior to trip start or bicycle rental and/or camping gear (if on a camping tour) unless otherwise noted on itinerary or website.
Not only do we run an international bike tour business, but we also own and operate two premiere bicycle stores – www.LasVegasCyclery.com and www.MoabCyclery.com. We have learned over the years that every cyclist is different and prefers different types of bikes for different types of terrain. That is why we offer the best bicycles for rent in the business. If for some reason you are not happy with the quality of your rental, we will refund the cost of your entire bike rental. If you are bringing your bike with you, check with your airline’s baggage policy in advance and be sure to pack your bike accordingly. If you are shipping your bike to your destination, confirm the address with our office and allow enough time for your bike to arrive. We’re happy to help you ship your bike. Whatever you need to get the most out of your tour, we are here to make it happen.
We rent high-quality camping gear for all of our camping tours. These include a tent, sleeping pad, raised cot, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, full size pillow, and ground tarp. Your Trip Leaders will always help to ensure your equipment is set up properly each night.
When you join an Escape Adventures tour in 2019, you will receive a FREE custom sublimated Limited Edition Jersey!
For over 25 years, the hallmark of an Escape Adventures tour is personalized, hands-on service. Before, during, and after each trip. We are a company of honesty and integrity and we stand behind our product 100%. From the moment you learn of our trips, to the time you return home and start planning your next trip, we are here to bring you the best possible experience. From our Guaranteed Trip Departure Confirmation Policy, making sure your trip is never cancelled*, to our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, backing the unrivaled consistent quality of all our tours, our commitment to you is never compromised.
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Our environmental commitment is second to none. It is our way of doing business, our way of being. We run our tours the same way we run our company, with an eye on the triple bottom line: People, Profit & Planet. At Escape Adventures, we elected to pursue a more comprehensive approach to actually reduce our carbon footprint, rather than just offset it. We overhauled our entire operation — from our vehicles, to our buildings, to our procedures — to become an outdoor industry leader in the charge to help our people and our planet.
Leading tours naturally followed from our passion of exploring our favorite places with our friends. Our support staff includes our reservation team who is there to answer your questions about the tours, our service team who prepares your bike and gear for the tour, and our guide team – the ones who take you into the great outdoors. The highest level of responsibility, good nature, integrity, and dedication are standard traits of all those who work at Escape Adventures. We our proud of it and we think you should know it.
Having custom-made vehicles allows us to take you to places few other outfitters can, or will go. Every Escape Adventures tour is accompanied by at least one support vehicle, trailer, and in some cases a second and third transfer van. After purchase, we custom engineer our trucks, vans, and trailers by our on-staff mechanic to meet the unique needs of different tours. For example, certain trucks are specifically designed for The White Rim and The Maze, while others are designed for The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Each of our guides is required to be trained in safe vehicle operation, 4X4 driving, and basic maintenance. Our experienced guides make it look easy, transporting you and up to 12 guests, along with their bikes, fresh food, camping gear and plenty of drinking water to a remote location.
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle-free on tour. By choosing to rent a bike from us, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Santa Cruz and Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our rentals meet our standards. All of our mountain bikes are equipped with full suspension frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have eMountainbikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
Our food isn’t just good, it’s good for you.
Food is a big part of the Escape Adventures experience. Our guides prepare all of your meals on our camping trips. Expect three delicious meals a day consisting entirely of freshly prepared foods. These include fresh organic fruits and vegetables as well as meats. We also have energy snacks aboard our support vehicles. Don’t be surprised if your guides purchase fresh fruits and healthy snacks throughout the day while you are out riding. They may just show up on the trail with a local treat! Many of our guests are vegans or vegetarians, whom we are more than happy to accommodate. If you have special diet requirements or limitations, just let us know when you sign-up and we’ll work with you to meet your needs.
Casual Inns & Camping: $2390
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Any trip in this catalog, any specific time frame, any group size, we can custom-fit if not comfortably accommodate. A Custom and Private Escape Adventures trip affords the ultimate bonding, or team-building experience for:
To shape a Custom or Private Trip, we begin a dialogue: first, to develop a group specific itinerary, tailored to respective abilities and preferred tempo. Next we schedule, bookmarking and working in your optimum or ideal getaway dates. Size-wise, we can build a multi-day trip for as few as two people, scaled up to as many as 30 plus. Contact us today to start the custom trip building process.
All Private Escape Adventures Trips are priced in the structured method below. Some Custom tours are priced differently if they vary from the Classic Escape Adventures itinerary and price. In this situation we will provide your group with a custom itinerary and price.
* Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details.
Since 1992, we at Escape Adventures have been blessed to shape and lead adventure travel vacations through some of the most awe-inspiring natural destinations in the world. Each successive season, our passion for adventure grows through memorable moments with our guests. Fresh air, faith, fitness and friends are the building blocks for our ventures, the treasured experiences that keep us moving forward. For those of you who have trekked and traveled with us over the past quarter century, Heather and I express our sincerest gratitude. The memories are priceless.
For those who have yet to tour with us, we appreciate the opportunity to introduce you to our family-run company and guiding principles of sustainability and adventure. Our portfolio specializes in Western North America and is rapidly growing internationally. Building on over 100 destinations, we cater to the full spectrum of active traveler, respective to fitness level and activity type. From road cyclist to mountain biker to electric biker, hiker, and multi-sport enthusiast, and from first-timer to friends and family groups of all ability levels, on behalf of our Escape Adventures family, we look forward to many new and exciting adventures with you.
With much gratitude, and happy trails,
Jared and Heather Fisher
Founders and Owner-Operators