Baja Map to Guadalupe Cyn.
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San Diego, the most direct and most interesting route is through Tecate. You will pass through little Mexican towns and scenic mountains. However, for anyone wanting to minimize travel in Mexico, the route through Mexicali is an alternative. Mexican liability insurance, gas (important), water and ice can be purchased at all border-crossing areas. Insurance can arranged on line (see links on INFO page)
DIRECTIONS THROUGH TECATE - print
MONTHS - Mexico HWY 2 may
be closed due to winter snow storms.
Use US Interstate 8 through MEXICALI instead.
(this also applies to other natural disasters which could close this usual route).
FOR ARTURO'S CAMP
32 09 504 N X 115 46 224 W
From San Diego, drive east on Hwy. 94. Last good spot to Gas up! At approx. 40 mi., turn right and go south on Tecate Road (#188). It's about 1.8 mi. to the border-crossing (open 6 am to midnight). Four blocks past the border, turn left on Avenida Benito Juarez (Mex.Hwy. 2), reset odometer, and go east, passing by Parque Hidalgo (Tecate's central park), which will be to your right.
Continue East & follow signs onto Hwy.2 - Cuota (new Toll Rd) approx. 40 mi., toward Mexicali. Pass through La Rumerosa Toll Booth & head down the newly paved winding mtn. road to the desert floor..
At approx. 65.8 mi. (near mileage marker "km28"), where a highway sign says "CANON DE GUADALUPE," turn right onto a graded dirt road, reset odometer, and go south.
This mostly good dirt road may include some rough areas and "washboard" which in some places can be avoided by steering to the extreme side or driving on the paralleling tracks off the road. Try not to slow down or stop in sandy spots.
At 27.2 mi., upon passing the Italian olive plantation, turn right onto another graded dirt road signed "CANON de GUADALUPE" and go west.
This last segment begins with 7 mi. of mostly good but increasingly winding dirt road, and ends with 0.6 mi. of primitive dirt road. At mile 7, after "INFORMATION" sign, bear right at fork. Slow down and maneuver carefully. Follow the signs to "ARTURO'S CAMPO." A short distance further up a slightly steep incline is Arturo's store, which also serves as the campground office.
LAGUNA SALADA DRY LAKE ROAD:
Continue on Hwy 2 past the K28 marker for 2.5 miles, there will be a large freeway sign for Laguna Salada. Go right for 25 miles. There will be 2 or 3 signs, you will head off the dry lake and intersect the main dirt road at the Olive Plantation. Go left 1/4 mile then right after you pass the plantation. 7 miles west into the canyon.
DIRECTIONS THROUGH MEXICALI
Take I-8, Hwy. 78, or Hwy. 86 to Hwy. 111 in the Imperial Valley, and go south on #111 to the border-crossing (open 24 hours). Once in Mexicali, directions and signs are sparse. You must travel West and find Hwy 2. Proceed about 20 miles to "km28." Watch for a highway sign announcing "CANYON DE GUADALUPE."