The settlement of Creel lies at an elevation of 7,700 ft. in a pine forest valley. Looking like a 19th-century-logging town, Creel was named in honor of the diplomat Don Enrique Creel. The city’s railroad has made it a supply center for the Copper Canyon region and gateway to the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Some suggest that travelers depart on the Copper Train train excursion from west to east, while others prefer east to west. We solved the issue for ourselves as to which route is better by riding in both directions, with Creel as our “top” point of departure and El Fuerte as our “bottom end, turn-around” point.