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History[ edit ] The New Spanish arrived in the Copper Canyon area in the 17th century and encountered the indigenous locals throughout Chihuahua. For the New Spanish, America was a new land to explore for gold and silver and also to spread Christianity.
During the 17th century, silver was discovered by the Hispanic in the land of the Tarahumara tribe. Some were enslaved for mining efforts. There were small uprisings by the Tarahumara, but to little avail.
They eventually were forced off the more desirable lands and up into the canyon cliffs. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message The alpine climate of the mountainous regions of Copper Canyon has moderate temperatures from October to November and March to April. The bottom of the canyons are humid and warm[ vague ] and remain that way throughout the year.
During the warmest months, April through June, drought is a chronic problem with little rainfall until July when the rainy season begins. Flora and fauna[ edit ] The Sierra Tarahumara Occidental region contains numerous species of pine and oak trees.
Cougars live in the remotest of regions and are rarely seen. After the summer rainy season these upper regions blossom with wildflowers until October. In the fall the forests become brilliant with color from Andean alder Alnus acuminata and poplar Populus spp.
Brushwood and scrubby trees grow on the canyon slopes, which can accommodate the dry season. Huge fig Ficus spp. Threats to the ecosystem[ edit ] Due to increases in human population, there are many threats to the ecosystems of the Sierra Tarahumara Occidental region.
The government funding to build a "tourist friendly" atmosphere poses threats to the environment and indigenous cultures. Roads have been built in the former isolated mountainous zones.
Agriculture and grazing as well as the cutting of hardwoods and other trees for firewood has accelerated a soil erosion problem. Amapa Tabebuia chrysantha trees yield highly prized lumber for building and furniture making. Other trees are also cut and sold for their high-priced lumber.Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara formed the framework of Chris McDougall’s best-selling Born To Run, the book that launched barefoot running and minimalist running.
Copper Canyon is larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon, and the huarache-shod Tarahumara have practiced long-distance-running contests for eons. T he Copper Canyon region in Mexico is the informal name for the area, in the south-west part of Chihuahua state, where several deep canyons bisect the Sierra Tarahumara.
The 10, km 2 area, part of the Western Sierra Madre, is home to about 50, Tarahumara Indians, one of the largest native Indian groups in North America. Around 2 a.m. on May 28, , Kilian Jornet crabbed across Mount Everest’s North Face, alone, delirious, at nearly 27, feet, and far off route. The portion of the Sierras that passes through the Mexican state of Chihuahua is also known as the Sierra Tarahumara.
The major community in the Copper Canyon is the town of Creel. The area called the "Copper Canyon" is actually made up of four major gorges, each over 5, feet in depth. In , we were approached by the Department of Tourism for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, who proposed the grandest zip line vision to date.
They wanted us to build the longest zip line in the world, a ride that would stretch across an expansive section of breathtaking terrain inside the Copper Canyon, home to the Tarahumara natives.
Run with the Tarahumara (Raramuris) Tour Description.
The legendary Tarahumara Indians have been running the trails of the Sierra Madre Mountains for hundreds of years and are known world-wide for their unsurpassed endurance.