Rancho San Gregorio 1960, 2001, 2022

San Gregorio is an old ranch in central Baja California, 8.6 miles (14 kms.) southeast from San Borja. In the canyon are many fruit trees (including citrus and guava) that are watered from a natural spring. It is such a picturesque location, it made the cover of a popular 1980 guidebook. We appreciate ranch owner […]

Historic Images

J. Ross Browne from 1868 Margaret Brown Baldwin Photos from ~1900 Margaret Wood Bancroft Photos from early 1930s Margaret Wood Bancroft 1934 Lost Mission Search Peveril Meigs’ Northern Baja Photos (1925 to 1936) Edward H. Davis Baja California Photos of 1926 (under construction) *Marquis McDonald’s Color Mission Photos of 1949-1950* *Correction Guide to the enlarged […]

Slow Baja

Listen to the SLOW BAJA PODCASTS  (Great interviews with dozens of Baja-loving folks who have done some incredible things). Below episodes are with Viva Baja host David:  June 14, 2020: AUTHOR DAVID KIER REFLECTS ON FIFTY YEARS OF BAJA TRAVEL January 17, 2021: ON A MISSION WITH DAVID KIER June 15, 2021: MEET THE BENCHMARK MAPS […]


VIDEOS, TV shows, & a motion picture (by or with David Kier): The 1973 Baja 1000 (a Super 8 film by David), east of Ojos Negros (3 min)* 2001 Video: Amigos de Baja Caravan to the Sulfur Mine & Matomí Canyon waterfall.(18 min) 2001 Video: Cielito Lindo Baja Bash, Las Pintas, and a Lost Mission […]


Advice for border crossing and driving David’s Road Guide Maps (2018-2021) Kilometer Marker Guide GPS Waypoints in Baja California 2010 Auto Club Map of Baja California (the final edition) Up-to-date Satellite Road Map Get the 2021 Benchmark Maps Baja California Atlas: SPECIAL PRICE Get the 2023 Benchmark Baja California Road Atlas, Second Edition Download the 2023 Digital […]


The Spanish Missions and Visitas in Baja California (Photos, GPS, History)  Quick look Mission & Visita Photos, north to south (+ historic facts) Mission-basic-facts-names-dates-founders/ 1774 List of Missions and Populations 1776 List of Missions and Populations Santo Domingo Mission Photos Rosario de Arriba Mission Photos Rosario de Abajo Mission Photos San Fernando Mission Photos Santa María Mission […]


David’s (105) Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles Article #106 San Ignacio Beginnings Travel Adventure articles by category Subscribe to receive free monthly Baja Bound bulletins with news and articles Interactive Baja Articles Map, showing the Travel Article Locations (Links & Photos) Interactive Baja Photos Map to see over 1,600 locations photos, throughout the peninsula Baja […]

What’s New at VivaBaja.com

In addition to the following links, notice that many of the subject links are now off the main page and grouped on subject pages of their own. This was done to make the main page easier to scroll down to see the kind of content found on VivaBaja.com. Also, more links have been added to […]

Messages about Eliodoro

Family of Eliodoro Arce, messages to David Kier Messages sent to me about Eliodoro Arce and his family, from member of his family. Spanish was translated with Google and edited for clarity. [The first time a family member is named by each person below, the name will be in bold. The family member’s name below […]

Eliodoro Arce

Don Eliodoro Arce was a friendly, old gold prospector. He lived near the abandoned 1930’s mine of El Desengaño, along the old road to Bahía de los Angeles. Eliodoro was born in 1912 and passed away at age 87, in the year 2000. He died at the home of relatives in Nuevo Rosarito. His kindness […]

The Bill Nichols’ Rock Trail

The Rock Trail 9/2005 by Kevin Ward (Baja Racer and Dust to Glory producer)  It was a perfect late October morning in Alfonsina’s. I woke up early enough to watch one of those epic sunrises, just a murmuring of activity, and listened to the lapping of the water on the sand. We got Antonio and […]

San Bruno 1683-1685

Plano de la fortificación del Real de San Bruno en Californias    Map was in a letter of March 26, 1685, by Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711) [Facing west/north is to the right] The Real de San Bruno was founded in Oct. 6, 1683 by Admiral Isidro de Atondo y Antillón and the Jesuit father Eusebio […]

Emerson Hikes El Camino Real towards Santa María

My Quest for the Santa Maria Mission This is a story about a quest to reach the Santa María Mission in the Cataviña area in Baja, from Day 1, I knew the standard way to get there, but hey! Why not try alternate ways, right? I started studying google earth in detail, and with the […]

1947 Auto Club Trip Report

AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOURING BUREAU SPECIAL BULLETIN No 214 Date December 11, 1947 LOWER CALIFORNIA The following information has been received from our member, Mrs. Don Waters of Anaheim, California who recently made this trip and has kindly granted us permission to reproduce her account of it. WHILE WE DO NOT HAVE A […]