Posts Categorized: Off the Beaten Path

Loreto’s Isla Coronado

By Dave Kelly, co-author of Hiking Loreto Isla Coronado can be seen to the north of Loreto and is located in the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park. It is the smallest of the five uninhabited islands within this beautiful National Park. It is one of the only places in Loreto where white sandy beaches… Read more »

Favorite Baja Summer Destination: Sierra de San Pedro Mártir

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By Graham Mackintosh For over 20 years I’ve been enjoying summer camping and hiking in Baja’s oldest National Park – the spectacular Parque Nacional Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. I even spent four months up there with two street dogs and no vehicle in the summer of 2001, an experience which gave rise to my third… Read more »

The Patchen Cabin

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By Graham Mackintosh Less than a mile off the highway just south of Cataviña, and close to the campground and runway at Santa Ines, there’s a humble cabin inconspicuously nestled into giant boulders overlooking a palm-studded arroyo. A stately spreading elephant tree provides morning shade. A narrow recess in a huge granite boulder supports a… Read more »

An Off-Road Exploration of San Juanico, San José Comondú, and La Purísima

Mission San Jose de Comondu, Baja, BCS, Mulege, Loreto

By Carla King Travelers who visit us in Posada Concepción study our atlas trying to find a good route across the peninsula to San Juanico, San José Comondú, and La Purísima. All the roads look a little iffy, and they are. Weather and lack of maintenance can make it slow going and practically impassable even for 4x4s… Read more »

Among the Wildflowers

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By Graham Mackintosh What a great time to visit Baja! After so much rain its deserts and mountains have undergone a remarkable transformation. Almost every vista capable of bearing vegetation is strikingly green. The cirios are as leafed out as I ever remember, as are the ocotillos. The cacti look plump and gorged; and some… Read more »

Where to Stop in Bahía Concepción

Playas Escondido and Cocos - photo by Carla King

By Carla King | Updated 11/11/2018 Bahía Concepción (Conception Bay) is a bay within a bay on the Sea of Cortez about halfway down the peninsula. Many travelers plan a grand tour of Baja but get kind of stuck here—and not in a bad way! La Paz, Cabo, and Todos Santos can wait for mañana. I agree! This… Read more »

Misión to Misión: Hiking the Old Road to San Javier

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By Dave Kelly, author of “Hiking Loreto Guidebook” The historic Misión of our Lady of Loreto was built in 1697 by the Jesuit Priest Juan Maria de Salvatierra. It was the first Spanish settlement in the Americas and was built with the purpose of evangelizing this new territory. In 1699 Father Francisco Maria Piccolo established a… Read more »