John Behrends , Oct 24, 2008; 12:40 a.m.
Hi Ryan, I have driven many times from Portland Oregon to Los Mochis and Mazatlan Mexico. It is more safe and simple than most people think. From Nogales, Sonora all the way down the coast you can choose toll roads"couta" or the free roads. I suggest taking the toll roads , better condition, rest stops, police patrols etc. Don't drive at night if possible, no lighting on roads, people , bicycles and animals make for unsafe conditions. They also have military checkpoints looking for contraband. The Copper Canyon is a nature and people photogs dream. I have taken the first class train from Los Mochis to Divisdero, staying in a hotel perched on the rim. Long winding train trip indeed! I don't believe you can "drive" into the best parts of the canyon, however you can get close. I hope I have helped a bit, thanks