Baja California is the land of boulders, boojum trees, beautiful beaches, and historic missions.

On this page, find travel details such as maps, photos, links, as well as Baja California history, books, and more >>>

Going to San Juan de Dios, 2017.

New & Used BAJA BOOKS for sale!

Newest website additions:

Eliodoro Arce, the legend (1912-2000) This page keeps growing with more history and more photos!
A wonderful motorcycle trip report from Tom Junkans
The Bill Nichol’s Rock Trail, a story from Kevin Ward
San Bruno 1683-1685 web page
Steve Silver’s Baja California Photos (seven more photos added 2-18-23)
Baja Photos Interactive Map, over 1,600 location photos!

Before you leave home: Advice for border crossing and driving

The #1 Baja California Travel Club:

Land of Missions
My book, about the discovery, and Spanish missions of Baja California. Updated in 2021. Click on the cover for more details. Latest printing: 2023
In addition to the 25 Spanish missions, two more were founded after Mexican independence, near San Miguel.
To order Baja California Land of Missions today: The January 2023 printing is in stock and ready to ship to you, no shipping or postage fee for U.S. addresses.

This website was created in the year 2000. Twenty-two years later, it has been revised to better help you plan trips and discover more Baja California adventures! More content being added. Look for more modernizing changes in the near future. Until then, just scroll down to see and read about the fascinating peninsula that is full of history and adventure. Several links lead to much more and hundreds, no thousands of photos give you a look at some of Baja’s endless attractions…
El Coyote, a small bay in the larger Bahía Concepción, has been photographed because of its beauty for many decades.

Baja California is a thousand miles of fun! Beware, you may catch ‘Baja Fever’!

The 1972 Edition of Mike McMahan’s wall map was also featured on the back cover of his 1973 and 1983 books.  See the all color 1967 edition.

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First time driving to Baja California, Mexico? Advice for border crossing and driving



One of the many great Dave Deal Baja cartoons. This was a bumper sticker from the mid-1970s sold by Arnold Senterfitt, author of Airports of Baja California. Deal’s art was the inspiration and source for the Pixar film, Cars.

*See the Trip Photos section, below,  for more ideas of places to see!

Coming in 2023:


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HEAR & SEE BAJA and the Viva Baja host: 

Slow Baja

VIDEOS, TV shows, & a motion picture (with David Kier):

2019 Cameron Steele’s Trail of Missions Tour reconnaissance trip (7 to 10 min. episodes, with David): 

Our epic 2010 trip to Mission Santa María on video, from HB Murphy & Zoom.
Three Tacomas, one 4Runner, one Dakota, and a 4×4 motorhome!

The trip photos:

These two short videos (~1 min each) were produced by Robert Marcos to help me share my passion for Baja California and my book, Baja California Land of Missions


***BAJA CALIFORNIA MAPS (1685-2021) click here for 200+ maps!***

“Let me draw you a map!” A cartoon of David Kier guiding folks to the missions, by Jerry Meloche in Bernie Swaim’s 2004 book, ‘Bouncing Around Baja’.

A  biography about David and how he connected with Baja California 

Lost Mission Ruins?: Found! 1966 & 2009                                                                    

LINKS to interesting Baja California Sites  including Baja Travel Sites; Baja Locations; Tide Charts; Home Pages; Book Authors; Contributed Photos…



Boojum trees (Cirios) are endemic to Baja California’s central desert and a small area across the gulf. These two appear to be dancing along the road south of Calamajué.

CLICK HERE to quickly find photos of specific Baja locations (1999-2022)!

My Baja California Travel and Camping Photos (1965-2022):

Mission Santa María, March 30, 2022.

David K’s Viva Baja Party Photos:

Contributed Baja Photos & Stories  (click here)


Please allow me to help you find fun and adventure in Baja California as I have for TV shows and documentary films! Email:

2014 CBS Sports Network, Trail of Missions
2019 Travel Channel, America Unearthed with Scott Wolter
2019 Trail of Mission Recon (a 5-part YouTube series)
2020 Feature Film, The Devil’s Road
2021 Amazon Prime TV, Mysteries of the Southwest, The Last Mission

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