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:

Steve Silver’s Baja California Photos
1860s Baja California Map
Airports of Baja California Map of 1967
Images of Baja travel in 1868 by J Ross Browne
Updated (2023) Kilometer list San Felipe to Puertecitos:
Gonzaga Bay Mission-era Warehouse Paper
The Jouneys of Harry Crosby, 57 minute film, should not be missed! See it here for a limited time.
Baja Photos Interactive Map, over 1,600 location photos!
Padre Ugarte’s Güéribo Grove of 1719; found

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.
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. 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 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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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 March 2023:


Click here to see: What will the new guide have in it? 

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                                                                    


CLICK HERE for more Links to interesting Baja California sites  (Baja Travel Web Sites; Specific Baja Locations; Tide Charts; Baja Home Pages; Baja Book Authors; Miscl. Baja web sites, and more)

Mexico Ted’s Blog



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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