Pacific Travel Report

Sierra Madre: Crater Lake to Copper Canyon

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In this travel report, you will find lists of recommended places to visit on your next trip to the region. There are also links to park websites and valuable information to help you determine a destination in the region and plan an itinerary.

The report covers a relatively broad region, so we have included links to stories about specific places we hope you will consider visiting.

The places we recommend are worthwhile destinations, with amazing scenery, hiking opportunities and educational exhibits. Many are culturally and historically significant. When you visit, we hope you will consider independent local businesses for dining or lodging, to help support the local economy and maintain the distinctive character of the area.

We will continue to add to the information provided here and improve the organization of the material. Additionally, you will find updated links to more specific information as it becomes available.

Once you are preparing to travel, see the packing list, warnings and photography tips.

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Recent Travel, Greatest Adventures

Great Day Hikes, Best Overlooked Sites, Best Archeological Sites
Best Landscapes to Photograph, Best Volcanic Areas, Best Scenic Routes

Places to Visit
Historic Sites, Museums, Historic Hotels
Tourist Towns, Campgrounds, Native American Powwows

Armchair Tourism
Recommended Reading, Recommended Viewing
Movies Filmed in the Sierra Region, Adventure Books

Links, Motel Towns, Motels, Restaurants
Travel Plans, Photo Equipment, Good Guides

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Recent Travel
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  • Tonto Basin, Mogollon Rim
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Sunset Crater, Wupatki
  • Water Holes Canyon See Images
  • Glen Canyon, Escalante-Grand Staircase
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Homol'ovi See Images
  • Salt River Canyon
Greatest Adventures

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Great Day Hikes Best Overlooked Sites Best Archeological Sites
  • Paquime Ruins, Casas Grandes, Sonora, Mexico
Best Landscapes to Photograph Best Volcanic Areas Best Scenic Routes
  • Rogue River, OR 62 from Shady Cove to Crater Lake National Park, OR
  • OR 58 through the Willamette National Forest
  • CA 120 from Chinese Camp, CA to Yosemite National Park, CA
  • US 26 from Madras, OR to Sandy, OR through Warm Springs Indian Reservation and Mount Hood National Forest
  • CA 1, California's Coastal Highway
  • US 101, Oregon's Coastal Highway
  • US 199 from Grant's Pass, OR to Cresent City, CA
  • OR 238 through the Applegate Valley

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Historic Sites Museums Historic Hotels
  • Copper Queen, Bisbee, AZ
Tourist Towns Campgrounds Native American Powwows
  • United Tribes International, Bismarck, ND
    First weekend after Labor Day in September
  • Navajo Nation Fair, Shiprock, NM
    First weekend in October
  • Gathering of Nations, Albuquerque, NM
    Third weekend in June

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Recommended Reading
  • Unknown Mexico: Explorations in the Sierra Madre and Other Regions, 1890 - 1898, by Carl Lumholtz
  • Rain of Gold, by Victor Villasenor
  • The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience, by J.S. Holliday
  • Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846 - 1847
  • Vanished Arizona, by Martha Summerhayes
  • I Fought With Geronimo, by Jason Betzinez
Recommended Viewing
  • Ishi: The Last Yahi, PBS Documentary
  • The Donner Party, PBS Documentary
  • The Spirit of Crazy Horse, PBS Documentary
  • Incident at Oglala, directed by Robert Redford
  • Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People, PBS
  • Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, directed by Godfrey Reggio
  • Where the Green Ants Dream, directed by Werner Herzog
Movies Filmed in the Sierra Region

Adventure Books
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (the Venitian), by Manuel Komroff
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Links Links for Yosemite National Park Links for Southwest Oregon Motel Towns
  • Oakdale, CA
  • Shady Cove, OR
  • Bend, OR
  • Margarita's Casas Hospuedes, Creel, Chih., Mexico
  • Hotel Mary, Batopilas, Chih., Mexico
  • Hotel Divisidero, Divisidero, Chih., Mexico
  • Dona Mica's, Batopilas, Chih., Mexico
Travel Plans Photo Equipment Good Guides
  • Mexico's Copper Canyon Country, by John Fayhee, Johnson Books
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