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.


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Newest website additions:

The Jouneys of Harry Crosby, 57 minute film, should not be missed! See it here for a limited time.
List of links to just the Auto Club Maps
San Pedro Mártir to Valle Chico canyons:
NEW Baja Photos Interactive Map, over 1,600 location photos!
More vintage Baja maps added at vivabaja/maps
Expanded Coco’s Corner web page
Padre Ugarte’s Güéribo Grove of 1719; found
See 381 Baja Book Covers* now at the Viva Baja Library: 

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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.
In addition to the 25 Spanish missions, two more were founded after Mexican independence, near San Miguel.

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This website was created in the year 2000. For the year 2022, it has been totally revised to better help you plan trips and discover more Baja California adventures!
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 first edition (1967) McMahan wall map. See the all color 1967 edition.

Revisit often as I update and add to the pages. The highlights will be the land and history of the peninsula. Join our Viva Baja Facebook discussion group to share your travels, ask for advice, or make requests for this page. Let’s talk about Baja California at:

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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!

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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 (1701-2021) 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’.

About David, and how he connected with Baja California 

Lost Mission Ruins?: Found! 1966 & 2009                                                                    

Octopup’s 4×4 van and his amazing Baja California 2002-2019 Trip Reports:

          (Click the Trip Map to see where Octopup went):

>>>HERE are Links to more interesting Baja California Sites  (Baja Travel Web Sites; Specific Baja Locations; Tide Charts; Baja Home Pages; Baja Book Authors; Misc. Baja Web Sites, and more)

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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:



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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