The climate is rainy, making it wise to bring raincoats and waterproof, non-slip shoes. To reach a number of nearby sights, all-terrain vehicles or pickup trucks are best for navigating the mountainous and dirt roads.
Creel sits atop the Sierra Tarahumara, from where rainwater descends. Some kilometers to the east, they become the headwaters of the Conchos River and feed into the Rio Grande. To the south and west, they form the headwaters of the San Ignacio River, feeding the rivers in the Copper Canyon that eventually flow into the Pacific Ocean.