Road Conditions

UPDATED September 20, 2022



Highway Mexico 1 is now open and passable all the way down the peninsula but there are many washouts and detours along the way. There are also areas with mud and rocks along the side of the road. Some hazards are marked, but many are not. Take it slow, expect delays, and (as always), only drive during in the daylight.

Highway Mexico 5 is also open and passable.

There is a large detour north of Guerrero Negro where Highway 1 washed out. Travelers are currently experiencing about a 15 minute wait to cross.

The north road to San Juanico (Scorpion Bay) from San Ignacio is currently NOT passable. The southern road from Insurgentes is passable with a high clearance vehicle.

Gas is readily available all along the peninsula. Some stations are currently not able to accept credit cards, so having cash to pay for gas is a good idea.




As of November 8, 2021 non U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation are permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry. Non-essential travelers who are not U.S. citizens should be prepared to (1) provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and (2) verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection. Children under 18 years of age will be excepted from the vaccination requirement. U.S. citizens will not have to show proof of vaccination to re-enter the U.S., the vaccination requirements apply only to non-U.S. citizens. More information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.

As of June 13, 2022, proof of a negative COVID is no longer be required for any air passengers entering the U.S.

Some of the California/Baja land borders are currently operating on reduced hours:
San Ysidro: open 24 hours
(PedWest is closed but PedEast remains open 24 hours)
Otay Mesa: open 24 hours
Tecate: 6am-10pm
Mexicali West: open 24 hours
Mexicali East: open 6am-10pm


Baja Norte

  • South of Ensenada between Estero Beach and the turn off for La Bufadora, there is construction to replace a bridge. Traffic is down to one dirt lane and there is a large detour right at Tony Road/Miguel Allende and Hwy Mex 1. Expect long delays.  
  • There are new lane configurations at the Tijuana San Ysidro Ready Lane entrance. Stay in the two left lanes to get to the Ready Lane
  • Highway Mexico 5 is now paved all the way to Highway Mexico 1 and in good condition.
  • The Mexico 1 toll road between Rosarito and Ensenada is currently under construction from around Km. 61-63 and again at Km. 95-98 around Salsipuedes. Drive slowly and with caution.
  • Mexico 1 through Maneadero has many potholes. Expect to drive slowly.
  • The road work around Santo Tomás is now complete and the road is in great condition.
  • Mex 1 has recently had repairs done and is in good condition from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro. 

Baja Sur

  • The road out to Abreojos has a number of potholes.
  • The north road into Scorpion Bay is passable with a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance.
  • The road from San Ignacio to Laguna San Ignacio is now paved almost all the way out to the lagoon. There are a few stretches where they are doing road maintenance.
  • Highway Mexico 1 has a lot of pot holes and washouts from north of Santa Rosalía near the dump, to south of town going up the hill.
  • 30 miles north of Ciudad Insurgentes there are dirt detours while they are constructing bridges.
  • The road out to San Javier is now paved all the way. The road is in good condition but the passes through a number of arroyos where vehicles will need to go through water. Be careful after rains. Inquire in Loreto about the latest conditions.
  • There is construction on Highway Mexico 1 heading south of La Paz near the UABC campus. Expect minor delays.

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