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

*Scroll down to see travel details such as maps, photos, links, as well as Baja California history, books, and more >>>

Going to San Juan de Dios, 2017.

We recently traveled to Mission Santa María (3-28-22 to 3-31-22)! The newest trip web page ready to view: https://vivabaja.com/msm2022/
Newest additions:
Baja Books for sale, new and used: https://oldmissions.com
Padre Ugarte’s Güéribo Grove of 1719; found
‘Bajo California: The Limit of Time’ Full 1998 Movie
1963 Chevy Baja Run TV Commercial and log book
See 377 Baja Book Covers* now at the Viva Baja Library: https://vivabaja.com/baja-books/ 

*Including all 51 volumes of the Dawson Baja California Travels Series (1965-1992)


Before you leave home, visit Baja Bound online:
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The #1 Baja California Travel Club: https://www.discoverbaja.com/

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.

To order the 2022 printing of Baja California Land of Missions, Tax and Shipping Included

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 (up close).

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 discussion group to share your travels or ask for advice or make requests for this page.

Viva Baja Page Discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vivabaja

Historic Locations Discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bajamissions

You can also use email: info@vivabaja.com



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


CLICK THESE TO DISCOVER WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO, and HOW TO GET THERE:

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.

*If using Mexico Highway 5 from Mexicali, reduce the mileages by approx. 80, for the Bahía de los Angeles Jct. and south.

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


Coming in 2022:

                       

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 Kier): 


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: https://vivabaja.com/msm2010/


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***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; Baja Home Pages; Baja Book Authors; Misc. Baja Web Sites, and more)


Mexico Ted’s BajaVisitor.com Blog


HISTORIC PHOTOS OF BAJA CALIFORNIA 


 

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:

 

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

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

EMAIL Questions or Comments to DAVID: info@vivabaja.com

You have reached The (Land’s) End, come back again soon!

NEW: To discuss this website’s contents that are not about history, a new Facebook group in addition to the Baja Missions group, has been created: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vivabaja