"Creel, Chihuahua Mexico" Creel by SenoraSusan

Creel Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 132 photos

Creel-situated in the Sierra Madre

Creel is a Mexican town in the Sierra Tarahurama. It is located some 175 kilometers to the southwest of Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

Creel was historically a logging town, although tourism has become the primary job source over the last 20 years. There are many hotels, restaurants and a number of tours down into the canyons and throughout the surrounding area.

Tarahumara Indians

Tarahumara Belief

A common belief among Tarahumara Indians was the fact that it all started with the sun and the moon that lived alone disguised as children. They were dressed with palm leaves and they lived in shacks made out of sticks and mud and a palm roof. They didn't have any earthly belongings, neither cows, nor goats, nor chickens, nor sheep, nor turkeys. The skin of the two children was very dark and the morning star was the only thing that shed light upon the sinful earth. The moon swallowed the lice from the head of the sun, while the morning star watched over them. Soon afterwards, hundreds of Tarahumara Indians did not know what to do in such darkness. They could not work and they had to hold each other?s hands to prevent them from tripping down with the rocks and falling off unto the canyon. One day, they healed the sun and the moon by placing tiny redwood crosses soaked in ?tesqüino? (corn alcohol beverage) and, gradually, the sun and the moon started shining with a bright light. Then, there was a flood and a boy and a girl, both Tarahumara Indians, went to the top of the Lavachi Mountain, south of Panaláchic. After the flood, they returned carrying with them three corn kernels and three beans. Since everything was so soft and moist, they planted them in a rock and fell asleep. Later, they fell asleep and that night they had a dream. On time, they harvested and it is said that all Tarahumara Indians come from them.

Rock formations

There were many different locations to visit, mostly on the Tarahumara fidiocomisio or ejido property. You need to have permission to enter and pay a small fee (15mx) each that goes towards their schools.
Rocks that look like frogs, elephants and mushrooms. Bring plenty of change for the women selling their basket and wood carvings in the shade of these structures.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly, great deals on baskets and handmade goods
  • Cons:Over whelming hotel hawkers at train station!
  • In a nutshell:Hidden mountain town with many places to explore!
  • Last visit to Creel: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kathymof's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Hi Susan I came back with 14 baskets, a pot and a wooden ball. There is so much work in the baskets and they charge so little. I also took a bunch of school supplies to an isolated boarding school.

  • mexicodiesel's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2007 at 9:01 PM

    Your observations about the begging are so true. We live in Creel and we see the parents use their children to work the tourists. Like you suggest, we buy vegetables and other things they grow from them when the older ones come to our door.


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