Copper Canyon via Baja California
Sorryn Ride Postponed until 2021
Copper Canyon Mexico

About this ride

This is a 14 day adventure bike oriented ride, starting in Tecate at the USA-Mexico border and then traveling down the length of Baja California to La Paz.  Riders and bikes will take the 8 hour ferry crossing to the Mexico mainland at Los Mochis.  We will then spend 6 days exploring Copper Canyon.  Some days will be optional riding days or break days.  Finally we will travel back north in mainland Mexico returning to Tecate and the USA.
This ride is adventure bike oriented meaning there will be a lot of back paved roads and some dirt roads.   You will need to be able to ride many dirt sections.  Some sections can be tough if the weather turns bad.  We try to have easy options for any tough stuff but one can never really know, so come prepared. There will be scenic, easier options when possible.  The ride will focus on seeing Baja and Copper Canyon and experiencing the local culture and people!  The days can be long, sometimes 8 to 10 hours of riding.

Copper Canyon and the road to Batopilas

The ride will include motels each night and will have a small support van to carry some personal gear.
Experienced riders only, intermediate and advanced riders only

Riders will want to bring a reliable bike in good condition.  There are few services in this area of Mexico.  Riders need to come prepared to repair their own motorcycle on the trail and that often includes flat tires.

New tires, tubes and chains are recommended.

Copper Canyon, in northern Mexico, is a series of massive canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. Popular for hiking, it gets its name from the copper-green hue of the canyon walls. The famous Chepe (Ferrocarril Barrancas del Cobre) train connects the region via over 80 tunnels and nearly 40 bridges. Divisadero, a photo stop on the line, offers views into Urique Canyon

Copper Canyon is a whopping four times larger than the Grand Canyon

Copper Canyon is home to the fastest long-distance runners in the world

Ride Signup info: 

The cost to join this 14 day ride is $1,995  This covers your lodging for the 14 nights during the ride. This includes the cost of the luggage van and driver and the cost of the ferry ride for you and your bike. It also includes your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions. 

Sorry Ride postponed until 2021

Note: Riders must make full payment by February 1st, 2020
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.

Refund Policy
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming.  I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up.  If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.

This will be a spectacular ride, I am excited for this adventure.
If you have questions feel free to email me at:

Riders along the Baja Coast

 Ride Details
 I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy! 

Ride Plan Copper Canyon 20

Ride Yoda's
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Master Yoda gpsKevin           Yoda Roberto                    Yoda Marco                      Support Truck TBD
Questions about this ride contact: Yoda gpsKevin:
Yoda Roberto: Yoda Marco:

Sidebar:  We are very pleased to have two fantastic Yoda ride supporters this year, Roberto is from Mexico City and Marco is from Tijuana; both have contributed a lot to make this a great adventure.

View the ride maps
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.  I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
The Red lines are Harder routes
The Green lines are Easy options
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
Note: If you really like to study the rude open the map file below and turn on only one days ride at a time to understand what is going on.

Copper Canyon via Baja


Q: Do I need to import my motorcycle into Mexico?
A: Riders will need to obtain a $60 import permit and leave a deposit of $400 with the Mexican government that will be returned after your bike is returned to the USA.  After signup, riders will be given more information about this.

Q: What bikes are good for this ride?
A: Small and large adventure bikes can work well.  The routes have options suited for both types of bikes.

Q: What gas distance range should my bike have?
A: I would suggest that on some days you carry enough fuel to make 200 miles due to the fact that sometimes the route can have issues and it is good to have a little margin.

Q: What is the total distance of this ride?
A: The ride is 2,500 miles. Some ride days are long up to 320 miles

Q: Do I need a Passport?
A: Yes, we will be crossing the US and Mexican borders; both countries require passports.

Q: What are motel room arrangements?
A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider.

Q: How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. 
 (see my ride Navigation Video) 

Q: How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden.  I take the best from all my rides and make new ones. 

Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin gps?
A: Buy one, you need it. We will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks.

Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.

Q: Will I do this ride again next year?
A: No, sorry, I hardly ever repeat rides as I love to develop and discover new places and rides each season. And I have a long dream list of rides now. So this is likely the only time for this ride. Remember: Everytime we say no to a ride that is one less ride in life

Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.

Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?
A:  No, this ride is for intermediate and experienced riders only. The riding has easy route choices and tough route options. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.

Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help?  You should be in the more likely to offer help camp.  This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.  Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

Video from prior year's Baja Ride from Marco

Baja 2016 YouTube Video

Who is going on the ride?
Marco S, Tijuana MX
BMW 1200GS
gpsKevin, San Diego, CA
Africa Twin
Roberto C, Mexico City
Honda VFR1200X 
Joey L, Marana, AZ
Richard K, Dover, ID 

Steve F, Gold River, CA
Tracy P, Encinitas, CA 
Jeff S, North Brookfield, MA