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Offroad Teardrop Trip: a Weekend in Baja California

When we talk to our most dedicated offroad teardrop campers we often hear one thing that they love the most: Freedom. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, but enjoying your time off in an offroad trailer is a very freeing experience. The capabilities of offroad trailers means you’re only limited by your imagination and the vehicle pulling the trailer. Today we’re looking south to an offroad paradise many North Americans may not have explored yet: Baja California.

motocross in mexico

First, we should point out that you will need a valid passport and tourist visa to enter Mexico. That wasn’t the case in the past under certain circumstances, but it is today, so that’s step one. Second, you’ll need to map out your routes and how much time you have to cover them. You’re on vacation so make sure you set a pace that’s going to feel like an adventure, but doesn’t feel like a grind. We’ll start by outlining a weekend trip and cover some longer trips in future articles.

offroading in northwest mexico

Weekend Trip: Tijuana to Ensenada

Assuming you start near the border (in San Diego or Chula Vista for example), you’ll have a reasonable 2 hour drive from the border at Tijuana to Ensenada if you drove it straight through. However, if you’re interested in offroad recreation there are three noteworthy areas along the way, with a few notes if you’re thinking of stopping.

Cañon Rosarito is considered a moderate offroad destination. If you’re bringing dirt bikes or want to leave your offroad teardrop at a campsite and head into the bush, this is a good place to start. There are more than a dozen camping areas near the offroad trails so you’ll have no trouble finding a place to stay should you decide to set up camp.

Recorrido Valle Guadalupe is another moderate offroad destination open to hiking, biking and off road vehicles. There are more than one loop and you can spend up to 3 hours exploring the 12.3 km (7.7 miles) of trail depending on how you approach it.

Cerro Trinidad is a 6.4 km (4 mile) loop, which can be tackled in around two hours. Again, hiking, biking and off roading are all welcome. One added benefit is that Cerro Trinidad is just outside Ensenada, so if that is your final destination most of the journey will be behind you and you can head into your final campsite at the end of the day.

Ensenada has over a dozen campsites in and around the city in a variety of settings. You can camp right on the beach, a little bit out of town or up in the hills surrounding the city itself. Ensenada is known as a cultural center for the area so there are museums and cultural sites to visit if you’re looking for some time in town. It is also known for it’s state and national parks in the area including La Bufadora, which is roughly an hour drive south of the downtown area.

la bufadero

 La Bufadora is a natural marine geyser where waves crashing into a small inlet can send spray up to 30 meters (100 feet) into the air! There are tours and dining nearby but the entire area is a park so there is also plenty of hiking and camping available should you decide to spend your time away from the crowds.

We’ll have more to come in our exploration of the Baja peninsula. We hope these routes give you another reason to get outdoors and enjoy an offroad teardrop adventure!

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