Urique Canyon

Urique Canyon

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Urique Canyon, located in Copper Canyon, near Bahuchivo Station, is one of the deepest canyons in North America. The town of Urique is home to the indigenous people, the Tarahumara, or Raramuri.
Their name comes from their word “Uli” meaning “hot land,” which was later changed by the Spanish settlers to Urique.
The climate of Urique ranges from tropical during the winter months and can reach up to over 100 degrees during the summer months.
It offers exceptional hiking, especially in the fall and spring time months.

It offers exceptional hiking, especially in the fall and spring time months.The agriculture in this area consists largely of grapefruit, peanut, mango, orange, papaya, lime, avocado, guava, plums, guamuchil seeds and pitaya cactus fruits.

According to historical records, Juan Maria Salvaterra, who had arrived in Urique Canyon in 1684, became one of the first white men to arrive.
Very soon after, Spainard, Juan Tarango Vallejo arrived and is credited with the founding of Urique on January 12, 1690. In the same year, he also claimed gold deposits in the neighboring town of Cusihuiriachi, which continued administering claims until 1731.
In the mid 1800’s, during the Farcical Pastry War, Urique was the only battle between French and Mexican troops.

Here is a photo of Tarahumarans preparing for Semana Santa rituals.

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This ten-day event happens in late March or April for Holy Week. Imagine paganism meets Catholosim. The Semana Santa in Copper Canyon shows an intricate history of Spanish influence on the indigenous people. Deep in the valley of Urique is a meeting place for local and foreign travelers to celebrate. The last night of the event is likened to a rave and a story of good versus evil. Tarahumarans prepare corn beer, which is quite strong. During the days of Semana Santa, you can see a variety of rituals being preformed in Urique and throughout Copper Canyon.