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[*] posted on 9-16-2017 at 09:56 AM


Excellent job David.

FYI: Nomads, David has updated the full list on page 1 of this thread. I suggest you print a copy for your travels.
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[*] posted on 9-21-2017 at 03:34 PM


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[*] posted on 9-21-2017 at 04:20 PM


David, if your entry for "La Grulla market" is referring to Juan Villarreal's market and restaurant with all the offroading memorabilia and stickers, the name of the place is "Acambaro." It is located in the area called Rancho La Grulla. They have excellent birria, among other things, and serve great local queso fresco with their chips and salsa. A great stop for a cold, frosty Michelada, as shown here by Juan.

https://www.facebook.com/juanmanuel.villarrealperez.9

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[*] posted on 1-2-2018 at 08:04 AM


Give me a list of places you do not have for your maps and write-ups and I will give you the nearest KM.
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[*] posted on 1-3-2018 at 06:05 PM


Some places I use on occasion
Hwy3
K159.8 - Slate mine & access to Arroyo Arrajal
Hwy 5
PMEX = k4, k4.8, k10.5, k15.6
BC4 update k38.3
K142 - 3 Poles
K142.8 - Salt mines
K149.3 - Curvitas wash (Clamaty)
K156.3 - 2 Poles


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[*] posted on 1-23-2018 at 12:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Some places I use on occasion
Hwy3
K159.8 - Slate mine & access to Arroyo Arrajal
Hwy 5
PMEX = k4, k4.8, k10.5, k15.6
BC4 update k38.3
K142 - 3 Poles
K142.8 - Salt mines
K149.3 - Curvitas wash (Clamaty)
K156.3 - 2 Poles




Thanks, Paul,
I incorporated some of these into the list. What is "2 Poles"?

I also added several new markers to the Tijuana to Ensenada section.



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[*] posted on 1-24-2018 at 10:37 AM


2 poles is the start finish for Pete's Poker run and other events for those who want to get out of town.
Also a major BFG pit for the 250
Typical rough road to the race track. Doable slowly for any car.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2018 at 06:29 AM


I'll just take a pic of these to keep in my phone along with 6 or so David K hand made maps, which have saved my butt on more than 1 occasion.
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Quote: Originally posted by bajapedro  
I'll just take a pic of these to keep in my phone along with 6 or so David K hand made maps, which have saved my butt on more than 1 occasion.
Thanks.

:light: If it gets published, you can have it all (with photos) in the new roadguide.




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[*] posted on 8-30-2018 at 02:51 PM
San Felipe South Campos List Aug. 17, 2018


Here are all the campos that I could see signs for and their locations between Punta Estrella and Puertecitos. This list is followed by a revised one with additions made by members of the South Campos Amigos Facebook page:

If I could see a sign, then I noted it... from Punta Estrella to Puertecitos. In many places ,the word 'Campo' was dropped from the name listed:

Km. 8.5 Villa Marina RV Park
Km. 11 La Jolla del Mar
Km. 12 Punta Estrella Beach
Km. 14+ Valle de los Gigantes
Km. 15.5 Pancho's
Km. 17 Rancho Los Potrillos
Km. 20.5+ Rancho Percebú
Km. 31 Bahía Santa María/ La Misión/ Playa Hermosa
Km. 31.5 Baja Beach Resort
Km. 32 Nuevo Mazatlán
Km. 32 El Sahuaro
Km. 33 Playa Linda
Km. 33.5 La Roca
Km. 34 Campo Delicias
Km. 34+ San Pedro
Km. 35+ El Vergel
Km. 35.5-36 Colonia Delicias
Km. 36.5 OM BAJA
Km. 36.5+ La Perlita
Km. 37.5 Diamante
Km. 37.5+ Santa Fe
Km. 38.5+ San Martin
Km. 39.5 Garcia
Km. 39.5+ Playa Mexico
Km. 40+ Rancho Anita
Km. 40.5 Cielito Lindo
Km. 40.5+ Agua Azul
Km. 41.5 Campo Cadena
Km. 42+ Campo Jimenez
Km. 42.5 Los Gorditos
Km. 43.5 Pelicano
Km. 44 Campo Badilla
Km. 45 Campo Adriana
Km. 45.5 Mar y Sol
Km. 45.5 Los Morritios
Km. 46 San José
Km. 47 Rudy's Camp
Km. 47.5 San Francisco
Km. 49 Los Pulpos
Km. 49+ Rancho Las Panteras (El Coloradito Parcela 55)
Km. 49.5 Consuelo (at curve in highway)
Km. 51.5 Playa El Sueño
Km. 52.5 Old Puertecitos Road (Score Race Route)
Km. 52.5+ Costa Verde
Km. 54.5 Playa Cristina
Km. 58.5 Los Olivos
Km. 60 Arroyo Matomí
Km. 60.5 El Pozo
Km. 61-72.5+ DETOUR for new highway work.
Km. 65 El Conquistador
Km. 68.5+ Zimarros
Km. 68.5+ La Violeta
Km. 72+ La Toba
Km. 73 Cow Patty
Km. 74.5 Puertecitos Road (Ocatcio's Playa Escondida access)


Revised list Km. 0 to Puertecitos:

Km. 0 Airport Road (6.1 miles from San Felipe traffic circle)
Km. 1 La Hacienda
Km. 6 San Fernando*
Km. 6.5 Residence "Camping" (El Faro Beach)
Km. 6.5+ La Perla del Mar*
Km. 8.5 Villa Marina RV Park.
Km. 9 Campo Lobo*
Km. 11 La Jolla del Mar
Km. 12 Punta Estrella Beach
Km. 14+ Valle de los Gigantes
Km. 15.5 Pancho's
Km. 17 Rancho Los Potrillos
Km. 20.5+ Rancho Percebu.
Km. 26+ Shell Island access road (4WD)
Km. 31 Bahía Santa María/ San Carlos*/ La Misión/ Playa Hermosa
Km. 31.5 Baja Beach Resort
Km. 32 Nuevo Mazatlán
Km. 32 El Sahuaro
Km. 32.5 La Joya*
Km. 33 Playa Linda
Km. 33.5 La Roca
Km. 34 Campo Delicias
Km. 34+ San Pedro.
Km. 35 Fire Station*
Km. 35+ El Vergel
Km. 35.5 Lupita*
Km. 35.5-36 Colonia Delicias (TOWN) See note D, below.
Km. 36 Esmeralda*
Km. 36.5 OM BAJA/ Punta Loma*
Km. 36.5+ La Perlita
Km. 37.5 Diamante
Km. 37.5+ Santa Fe
Km. 38.5+ San Martin
Km. 39.5 Garcia
Km. 39.5+ Playa Mexico
Km. 40+ Rancho Anita
Km. 40.5 Cielito Lindo
Km. 40.5+ Agua Azul
Km. 41.5 Campo Cadena
Km. 42+ Campo Jimenez
Km. 42.5 Los Gorditos
Km. 43 San Antonio*
Km. 43.5 Pelicano
Km. 44 Campo Badilla.
Km. 44.5 Playa Gabriela*
Km. 45 Campo Adriana
Km. 45.5 Mar y Sol
Km. 45.5 Los Morritios
Km. 46 San José
Km. 47 Rudy's Camp
Km. 47.5 San Francisco
Km. 49 Los Pulpos
Km. 49+ Rancho Las Panteras (El Coloradito Parcela 55)
Km. 49.5 Consuelo (at curve in highway)
Km. 51.5 Playa El Sueño
Km. 52.5 Old Puertecitos Road (Score Race Route)
Km. 52.5+ Costa Verde
Km. 54.5 Playa Cristina
Km. 58.5 Los Olivos
Km. 60 Arroyo Matomí
Km. 60.5 El Pozo
Km. 61-72.5+ DETOUR for new highway work.
Km. 65 El Conquistador
Km. 68.5+ Zimarros
Km. 68.5+ La Violeta.
Km. 70 Campo Cesar*
Km. 72+ La Toba
Km. 73 Cow Patty
Km. 74.5 Puertecitos Road (Octavio's Playa Escondida access)

note D*: In Colonia Delicias is Chelo's Restaurant, South Campos Community Center, Marino’s Restaurant, Josefina’s Laundry and Car Wash, Tita’s Taco Tuesday Restaurant, Aniceto's Restaurant, Police Station, Amazona Market
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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 02:21 PM
HWY. 3: TECATE TO ENSENADA


KM 11.5 Albercas Tamana (campground)
KM 13.5+ Pemex/ Oxxo
KM 28-29 Valle las Palmas
KM 32 Rancho Viejo north access on the older highway route
KM 36 Rancho Viejo south access on the older highway route
KM 49 Market
KM 76.5+ Guadalupe Valley Pemex, Francisco Zarco entrance
KM 81.5 Museum of Wine
KM 83 Road to Laja restaurant
KM 91.5+ Paved road west to Hwy. 1 (at Los Tigres)
KM 93 Mustafa's Restaurant
KM 94 Pemex/ Oxxo
KM 101.5 (future) Libramiento de Ensenada junction
KM 105 End of Hwy. 3 at Highway 1 (1-D) KM 101
KM 111 (Hwy. 1-D) Ensenada

Edit: Thanks to Harald, I noticed that I hadn't provided the Tecate to Ensenada kilometer notes I recorded last August to the Nomad list... done!

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[*] posted on 11-28-2018 at 04:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  






Roadguide is wrong here: At km 6.5+, Baja Beans is listed as an RV park. BB is a cafe restaurant bakery with killer espresso. RV parks in the area, just not here.




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Km. 62.5?

Thank you, I took the info off the sign along the road. I see that the RV park is down the side road that turns in next to the coffee farm. I will add a comma to separate the two.

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[*] posted on 11-30-2018 at 12:42 AM
Highway 5 Road Log Only. Any tech errors?


The Baja Bound Road Guide has many photos that appear along the road log (you can see an example of that, above) and some text about driving into Mexico, not included here.

The actual guide is text formatted in a PDF, but I was unable to convert them to jpeg as I had done above, so here is just simple text for reading on Nomad only. Ignore the spacing undercut lines on the side road sections:

Km. 0 San Luis/San Felipe highway junction, 5 miles from the Mexican border, southbound.

Km. 4.5+ Street east (at Pemex gas station) is the route to/from the Mexicali East border crossing.

Km. 8 Intersection with Mexico #2-D, a toll highway. The Tecate border crossing is 84 miles west. See separate log, below.

Km. 10.5 Pemex gas station, 7-11 Market.

Km. 12 A popular restaurant, Yocojihua.

Km. 23 Cerro Prieto volcano is east of the highway.

Km. 31 Pemex gas station, town of La Puerta. This is the last gas station for over 90 miles southbound.

Km. 38 State Highway #4 junction. A road east to the state of Sonora and access to the town of El Golfo.

Km. 48.5 Paved exit to the east signed for Rio Hardy. Campo Mosqueda is 3.3 dirt road miles in. Camping, picnicking, playground, restrooms, all on the river. This is a very attractive large facility with a second, shorter entrance road at Km. 53.5.

Km. 49 Dirt road west over the hills to the Laguna Salada basin and to an abandoned sulfur mine, 7 miles in (take right fork at Mile 3.7/Km. 6+).

Km. 51.5+ Campo Sonora with riverside camping palapas (closed in 2017). Highway briefly runs along the side of the Hardy River (Rio Hardy), a tributary of the Colorado River (Rio Colorado).

Km. 53.5 Road east to river camps: 0.5 mile to Campo Del Prado and Campo Las Cabañas (200 pesos), and 1.3 miles to Campo Mosqueda (see above).
Km. 55+ Campo El Mayor. Restaurant and camping on the Rio Hardy.

Km. 67 Road east, signed for Yurimuri, on the Colorado River.

Km. 74+ Bridge over a failed canal project from the late 1970s which had been intended to fill the Laguna Salada lakebed to create a recreational inland sea, like the Salton Sea of California.

Km. 86.5+ Road west to Ejido Saldaña (7.7 miles) and to the base of the Sierra Juarez Mountains at Cohabuzo Junction, 34 miles.

Km. 105 La Ventana, store and rest area.

Km. 106.5 Road west to Arroyo Grande (12.3 miles) and the World War II Pole Line Road (17.5 miles). https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/pole_lin...

Km. 123 La Fortuna, an active gold mine.

Km. 136 El Chinero, the hill on the east side of the highway, where in 1902 35 Chinese laborers died while attempting to walk to Mexicali from San Felipe. Only seven survived to tell the story.

Km. 140.5 Highway 3 junction. Valle de Trinidad is 47 miles west and Ensenada is 121 miles distant. See separate road log.

Km. 141.5 Military checkpoint. These checkpoints typically affect northbound traffic as soldiers make sure illegal items are not in transit. Illegal drugs, marijuana, guns, and ammo are not permitted. You may be asked where you are coming from and where you are going. It is possible you will be asked to exit your vehicle while they perform a search.

Km. 160 Begin four-lane, divided highway going south to San Felipe.

Km. 171.5 Villas Cortez, 2.4 miles. Camping, pool, and palapas. No vehicle parking near the palapas.

Km. 173.5 Playa Grande, 1.9 miles. Palapa camping.

Km. 177.5 Pete’s Camp El Paraiso, 1 mile to the restaurant and 1.1 miles to the beach with palapa camping. http://petescamp.com/

Km. 178.5+ Pemex gas station, west side.

Km. 179 Playa del Oro, a private home development. The Road Runner Restaurant and Deli is at the entrance, excellent food.

Km. 180+ Campo Los Compadres, 0.9 mile. Palapa camping. https://www.facebook.com/Campo-los-Compadres-136752236414823...

Km. 181 Colonia Morelia road (signed 60 kms.). New paved surface ends at Km. 10 on this road west to Valle Chico and Diablo Dry Lake. See separate road log, below.

Km. 181.5+ Pai Pai Campo, 0.9 mile. Beach and camping, no palapas or services.

Km. 182 Hotel Sky Blue on the west side of the highway.

Km. 183 Playas del Sol, 1.1 mile. Camping palapas. https://www.facebook.com/delsolsanfelipe/

Km. 184 Pemex gas station, west side.

Km. 184+ Campo El Pescador road.

Km. 185.5 Hotel Diamante on the west side of the highway (Single room 480 pesos). The highway soon makes a long, sweeping curve to the east.

Km. 189+ Original road from San Felipe to Ensenada joins the highway, in from the west.

Km. 189.5+ San Felipe entrance at the “Gateway to Sea of Cortez” arch monument.

Km. 190+ Pemex gas station. Many 4-way stop signs are ahead.

Km. 191 San Felipe, central traffic circle.

The highway south to the airport and Puertecitos begins at the traffic circle (turn right/south). Two more Pemex stations are at the traffic circle and another is on the road 0.7 mile south.

Km. 0 for southbound Highway 5 is 6.1 miles south, located at the left turn off of the airport road.

Continuing ahead (east), through the traffic circle, the highway ends at the malecon seawalk in 0.6 mile. The malecon is a one-way street (to the left at this point). Many markets, hotels, campgrounds, banks, restaurants, and taco stands are found in San Felipe, which bills itself as “The Home of the Fish Taco.” San Felipe visitor information: http://sanfelipe.com.mx/

The Bay of San Felipe was named by Jesuit explorer Fernando Consag in 1746 traveling by canoe up the Gulf of California. San Felipe was visited again in 1766 by members of the Wenceslaus Linck expedition, who were trying to reach the Colorado River after traveling overland from Mission San Borja. Development as a fishing port began 1858, but permanent inhabitation did not start until the 1920s. In 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans built a road south from the U.S. border and installed a radar station at San Felipe for the defense of California. After World War II, Americans began to travel to San Felipe to enjoy the fantastic sportfishing available. The road south from Mexicali to San Felipe was paved in the early 1950s. This highway ushered in a flood of travelers seeking fine fishing and beach camping. In 1967, much of San Felipe was destroyed by a flash flood that swept the town following a chubasco (summer storm). The town rebuilt, the main street was paved, and San Felipe has continued to grow into the small city it is today.

See the San Felipe to Laguna Chapala road log, below, for travel details going south.

San Felipe to Laguna Chapala, 133 miles

Km. 0 Kilometer 0 is 6.1 miles south from the San Felipe traffic circle toward the airport, then turn left/east off the airport road.

Km. 6.5 El Faro Beach (‘Residence’ sign). 0.5 mile to the gate. A lighthouse (faro) model is along the sign with “camping” spray painted on the sign. $10 quoted.

Km. 8.5 Villa Marina RV Park (camping). 0.3 mile. $15-$20 (for 2-4 people). Power and water at beach palapas. www.facebook.com/villamarinarv

Km. 12 Punta Estrella Beach. 0.9 mile. Palapas, drift sand covering floors, $40/day. Huge sand beach. http://puntaestrella.com

Km. 14+ Valle de los Gigantes. Cardón cactus area just west. The largest species of cacti in the world. $10 or 200-peso entry fee. Self-guided driving tour of approximately 6 miles (4WD only after 1.4 miles).

Km. 20.5+ Rancho Percebu. 2.3 miles from the highway. Palapas, restaurant. Camping $20 or 300 pesos. www.facebook.com/rancho.percebu/

Km. 26+ ‘Shell Island.’ 2 miles, 4WD only. Access underwater during full- and new-moon high-tide periods. A four-mile-long barrier island/sand beach, no services.

Km. 31.5+ Road west goes 4 miles to an abandoned sulfur mine, located on the pre-1983 dirt road from San Felipe to Puertecitos. 2 miles south of the sulfur mine, a road goes west 0.9 mi to a fork. Ahead here (left fork) is a road across the San Fermin Plain to Arroyo Matomí (18 mi). The right fork enters Cañada el Parral (Azufre Wash), a pass through the coastal mountains to Valle Chico, joining the Valle Chico-Matomí road in 22.4 miles, 8 miles north of Arroyo Matomí.

Km. 32 Nuevo Mazatlán. 0.5 mile. Camping. $20. Sand beach, shade trees, water, flush toilets, showers. One of the original campos from the 1960s. Previously known as Agua de Chale.



Km. 35.5-36 Colonia Delicias. Chelo’s Restaurant, other restaurants, stores, and ice.

Km. 60 Arroyo Matomí, an extreme 4WD road to the west that may be followed 32 miles to a ranch. Behind the ranch house is a small waterfall-fed pool and beyond, a blue palm canyon. In 2017, large rocks blocked the road for most vehicles about 24 miles west.

Km. 60.5 El Pozo, a ranch just west, selling sodas at an old well that has providing good water for decades.

Km. 72+ Campo La Toba. 0.1 mile. Palapas only.

Km. 73 Cow Patty bar/cantina/pub, on the right. https://www.facebook.com/CowpattyBaja/

Km. 74.5 Puertecitos paved entrance road.

___ 0.2 mile to Octavio’s Playa Escondida driveway (additional 0.3 mile
___ to the camp).
___ 0.7 mile Puertecitos Pemex gas station.
___ Go left just ahead by the restaurant. A charge of 200 pesos/vehicle is
___ collected to enter Puertecitos property beyond here.
___ 0.9 mile to the beach palapas. Palapa camping only, no cabins or
___ rooms.
___ 1.2 miles to the hot springs. The natural lava-rock bathing pools mix sea
___ water with hot sulfur springs to determine bathing temperature. The
___ pools can be too hot at low tide and completely underwater at high tide.
___ 1.3 miles to a boat-launching ramp at the end of the road at the point.

Km. 82 Beach access, no services.

Km. 83 Bahía Cristina. Palapa camping, restaurant open on weekends.

Km. 84 View parking: La Costilla’s beach palapas can be seen from here.

Km. 84.5 La Costilla. 0.4 mile. Palapa camping $10.

Km. 90 Cerro Prieto volcano on the east side of the highway. A crater is at its top.

Km. 99 View parking.

Km. 103 Nacho’s Camp El Huerfanito, 0.4 mile. Camping $10.

Km. 105.5 Campo Tano. 1.2 miles. Future home lots for lease.

Km. 110+ Bridge over Arroyo Miramar. An important former placer gold mining area just upstream.

Km. 114 Cinco Islas, a restaurant and parking area. The many islands can be viewed from the highway.

Km. 117 Pass the site of Okie Landing. An abandoned fishing resort from the 1960s. Cement floors remain.

Km. 117.5 View parking.

Km. 133.5 La Poma. 1 mile to a good restaurant near the beach. Camping with palapa frames on the beach, the owner will add tarps when you arrive.

Km. 135.5 Punta Bufeo. 1.4 mile. Motel with eight rooms. A big sand beach is further east beyond the runway and private homes.
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Km. 142.5+ View parking. Bahía San Luis Gonzaga and Papa Fernandez’ Resort can be seen to the south.

Km. 143 Bridge over Arroyo Alfredo. At the north end of the bridge is a steep exit down left to El Faro beach. 1.6 miles. No services. A water well, believed to have originated with the Spanish missionaries, named Pozo de los Frailes is in Arroyo Alfredo along a road between El Faro and Papa Fernandez’.

Km. 143+ Papa Fernandez’ Resort on the north shore of Bahía San Luis Gonzaga (also called ‘Willard Bay’). 1.1 miles to restaurant, and an additional 0.4 mile to a camping beach (through security gate) on the gulf side of Punta Willard. Camping is 100 pesos. There are some palapas on the sandy beach. http://www.papafernandez.com/

Km. 145 Military checkpoint. These inspections are making sure illegal items are not in transit. Illegal drugs, marijuana, guns, and ammo are not permitted. You may be asked where you are coming from and where you are going. It is possible you will be asked to exit your car while soldiers perform a search.

San Luis Gonzaga Bay was discovered and named by the Jesuit missionary Fernando Consag in 1747. The padres would later build a warehouse on the west side of the bay. This was part of the program to construct the mission of San Fernando and other missions beyond. The outline of the warehouse ruins is near the bay shore, midway between Papa Fernandez’ and Alfonsina’s.

Km. 147 Bahía San Luis Gonzaga:
___ On the east side of highway is:

___ 1) Pemex gas station.
___ 2) Alfonsina’s Resort (motel, restaurant, private homes). 1.8 miles.
___ Located on a sand beach by an isthmus that connects at low tide to Isla San Luis Gonzaga (also called Willard Island). The bay to the south of the island is technically named ‘Ensenada de San
___ Francisquito’ but is almost always called ‘Gonzaga Bay’, along with the northern bay.
___ http://www.alfonsinas.com/ alfonsinas@hotmail.com
___ 3) Large dirt runway runs between the roads to Alfonsina’s and Rancho Grande’s beach camp.
___ 4) Rancho Grande palapa camping. Located 1.2 miles east from Highway
___ 5. https://www.facebook.com/Rancho-Grande-170553939718804/

___ On the west side of highway is:

___ Rancho Grande Market, and a restaurant is next door. Food, liquor, and ice usually available. Tire repair shop is behind the market. A road may be followed for 2.3 miles behind Rancho Grande and into the hills to see a huge white sheet of mineralized crystals from a soda spring. This is where onyx is being created. Some small-scale onyx mining had
___ occurred years ago at similar springs to the north.

Km. 149+ Road east to Camp Beluga and El Sacrificio.
___ 2.0 miles to Camp Beluga (turn left at Mile 1.3). Palapa camping $20 or 350 pesos. Cabins $40.
___ 4.1 miles to El Sacrificio from Hwy. 5 (go straight at Mile 1.3 and turn left at Mile 3.6). Entrance gate was locked in January 2017. Cabins with water, electricity, and air conditioning advertised. Restaurant on site. https://www.facebook.com/Sacrificiogonzaga
___ The road past El Sacrifico’s entrance goes south 2.3 miles to a 4WD
___ beach access (0.8 mile east, no services) and an additional 0.5 mile to the Punta Final entrance gate. 1.6 miles beyond the gate is the Punta Final village and camping beach, see below.

Km. 154.5 Rest area parking on the east side of the highway. This is a viewing location of Arroyo Santa María/Las Arrastras bridge. No facilities.

Km. 155 Bridge over Arroyo Santa María, named for the 17th California mission, located in the mountains 8.5 miles west of here. Arroyo las Arrastras joins Arroyo Santa María just west.

Km. 156 Access road to Punta Final and Molino de Lacy, just south of the bridge. It is 6.3 miles to Punta Final Resort.
___ Mile 2.1: Road south to Molino de Lacy. Turn left (east) after 1.5 miles. From here, drive 1.8 miles east to the fork in the road near the mill ruins. To the right (in 0.1 mile) is an old road (4WD only) south ___going 8.4 miles to the Pioneer Mine and on to Coco’s Corner. Continuing east is the grave of William Lacy (1835-1897) in 0.2 mile and located on the east side of the hill. The road continues eastward 1.5 more miles to rejoin the Punta Final road, 1.1 miles west of Punta Final or 5.2 miles east of Highway 5.
___ Mile 5.2: Road to right from Molino de Lacy.
___ Mile 5.3: An entrance gate for Punta Final; go 1.0 mile from here to ___the village and beach camp. http://puntafinal.com/

Km. 159 A second Punta Final access road east connects with the Km. 156 road, described above. A road west from here goes to 4.7 miles to Las Palmitas, an oasis on El Camino Real (turn left at Mile 3.2). The road on ahead at Mile 3.2 ends near the Santa María Canyon entrance at Mile 4.0. The El Camino Real mission trail climbs out of the arroyo north of this point and mostly follows the north ridge of the canyon to the valley containing Mission Santa María.

Km. 167.5 End of pavement in 2017. Detour road is to the right. During construction expect detours to change often. In 2018, it was possible to remain on new roadbed for several miles.

Km. 168.5 In 2018, paving ended here. The new roadbed was open to travel south. After 4 unpaved miles, most vehicles detoured left, via Coco’s Corner. Only 4WD vehicles are advised using the new roadbed beyond as the next detour is very rough, 9 miles south. Suggest traffic detour via Coco’s Corner until additional work is performed.

The next 19 miles are over construction detour roads or the older road, constructed in the 1980s. Highway kilometer figures are estimated and in italics.

Km. 176 (Mile 0.0) Las Arrastras de Arriola. Access off older route, east of highway. Once an important gold ore mill site was here in the arroyo below and a ‘rancho’ once served travelers and sold turquoise and gems. From 2016 to 2017, this was a highway construction camp. A short drive down into the arroyo below allows one to see the round mills (arrastras) where gold ore was processed. A well here also has provided water for perhaps 100 years. To the west of the well and mill ruins, and beyond the new highway bridge, was a historic waterhole on the Camino Real mission road. Originally called San Francisco, the name was modified to San Francisquito and is what provided many sites in the area to include that name. See https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/las_arra...

The detour road going south curves to the left (east) here and heads to Coco’s Corner. The new highway will continue straight south, over a bridge. The alignment of the new highway will bypass Coco’s Corner about 2 miles to the west. Until that section is fully open:

Mile 4.2 Coco’s Corner. Beer and sodas for sale, as well as tee shirts, by this iconic character (and a double amputee) who has been at this location for more than twenty years. https://www.facebook.com/cocoscorner.ranch

Next, are side trips from Coco’s Corner to Calamajué (pronounced: “cala-mah-WAY”), the name of an abandoned port, a gold mill, mission ruins, and a canyon with a year-round stream of mineralized water.

Coco’s Corner to Puerto Calamajué, Molino de Calamajué, the mission at Calamajué and on to Highway 1:
This road going east begins across from Coco’s parking. Set odometer to 0.0 at Coco’s Corner.

___ Mile 6.3 Fork. Left branch goes east then north to Puerto Calamajué, ___see below. Straight ahead goes south to Molino Calamajué, a former ___gold ore mill.
___ 13.0 Gold ore mill ruins are located on the cliff, just east of the road.
___ The remains of the 1766-1767 Jesuit mission are across the wide ___arroyo from the mill. The road just ahead drops steeply into the ___arroyo. 13.2 To reach the mission site, turn east on a faint track and ___go across arroyo and up a short grade, 0.4 mile. The mission was ___relocated to Santa María after just seven months because crops failed ___to grow due to the highly mineralized water.
___https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/calamajue.php
___ The road continues south in the year-round running stream and
___ eventually climbs out of the arroyo.
___ 21.4 Fork right to reach Highway 1 in 5.4 miles at Km. 251. This ___road log continues straight.
___ 28.7 El Crucero; a junction with Highway 1 at Km. 261. An ___abandoned ranch is passed near the end of the road.

___ Going to the east at Mile 6.3 takes you to Puerto Calamajué, an
___ abandoned seafood processing operation in 15.6 additional miles. At ___0.8 mile before reaching the abandoned building, tracks cross a mud ___flat to the right (and may be underwater at high tide) lead off to the ___far side of the bay to a former fishing camp (0.7 mile). Beach camping ___may be an option here.

The road from Coco’s Corner to Laguna Chapala (Highway 1) is 12.9 miles. The road log mileages below are continued from the new road by Las Arrastras.

Mile 8.8 Enter a mountain canyon and return to the new highway alignment coming south from Las Arrastras.

Km. 186 New highway at the junction with the older road to Coco’s Corner
Road construction is very impressive as the highway will run straight through these mountains with very few curves by reducing entire peaks and filling canyons rather than go around them as the current graded road has done since 1983, and the earlier 4WD trail had before it. The mountain and canyon portion of the new highway is about 4 miles in length.

Km. 191 (Mile 13.1) Detour off the pavement in 2018. A barrier ahead on the new road is in 3 miles and deep dust after may require 4WD.

Mile 15.4 Pass the site of Rancho Laguna Chapala, off to the right. For the decades before the 1973 construction of Highway 1, this was the home of Arturo Grosso. He was a prospector and rancher, as well as the brother of El Rosario’s Mama Espinoza. New highway construction is about a half-mile to the left (south) but soon joins this older road alignment.

Km. 197 (Mile 17.1) Highway 1, Laguna Chapala at Km. 233.5. In 2018, a Km. 200 sign was placed here. To continue south, turn left. A tire repair shop is located across Highway 1 from this junction. A Pemex gas station was proposed to be built here. To the south, 1.5 kms. is a restaurant called Nueva Chapala. See the Highway 1 road log.

IN ADDITION, this section of the guide has Hwy. 2-D to Tecate and Tijuana; Hwy. 3 to Valle de Trinidad and the road on to San Vicente from there. Also, the Valle Chico and Matomi Canyon road from near San Felipe.

Edit: HERE is what one of the pages looks like (Km. 35-90)...

gUIDE A.jpg - 247kB


[Edited on 11-30-2018 by David K]




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[*] posted on 11-30-2018 at 10:07 AM


Can't wait for the road guide, I'll be first in line.



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Thanks Nick, I wish I could get my PDF to JPG converter to work again, I would share more pages of the guidebook. I appreciate feedback as I wish it to be as accurate as possible (you know how we Virgos are)!



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PDF to JPEG success... I have Part 3 of the guide posted (San Quintín to Guerrero Negro): http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=91898



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