10. There’s no bad time to visit Mexico’s Copper Canyon, but there are some better times to visit.
The Copper Canyon covers such a diverse landscape that each of the towns along the Chepe railway have slightly different climates throughout the year. For example, in the winter you can take in the snowy landscape while you cozy-up by a fire at the Hotel Divisadero Barrancas. Then, head just a few hours along the railroad and you’ll want to put your bathing suit on so you can cool off in the Sea of Cortez near Los Mochis.
That said, it’s generally agreed upon that September and October are the best months to visit. The entire canyon system will experience a rainy season throughout July and August, often carrying over into September. Immediately following the rains, the landscape becomes green and lush and the rivers are full, and the waterfalls are spilling over the cliffs. The average temperatures through September, October and November are wonderfully comfortable; not too hot and not too cold. Of course, these temperatures are reached again in April, May and June, the only difference is that most of the rivers have dried up and the landscape is a little less green.
Although autumn and spring are great times to visit, the winter months can be very picturesque as well. In December, January and February, towns such as Divisadero sometimes get snow. Travel only a few hours further along the tracks and it can be 85°F (30°C) in El Fuerte.
In short, Mexico’s Copper Canyon is spectacular regardless of when you visit.