Steve ‘Hot Schott’ and his wife Val at their La Paloma palapa. Steve invited me (in September) to check out the campground and hot-spring-fed tubs for a large group campout, hosted by ‘M’ (Michelle), for her second BBBB (Boojum Buddies Baja Bash). The first Baja Bash was at San Quintín’s Cielito Lindo. See this webpage’s first photos for BBBB-1: https://vivabaja.com/van1/
November 2001: BBBB #2
We actually drove in during the night, the photo below was taken when we drove out Sunday. The next morning we took several photos of our private campsite… called ‘La Jolla B’ at Arturo’s Campo #1.
Guadalupe Canyon Entrance
In November, 2005, we followed Steve and Val to Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs. After doing some soaking, we explored the area outside of the canyon entrance…
Guadalupe Canyon Weekend 9-16-06
A dual event weekend shared with our friends Steve (‘Hotschott’) and Val at wonderful Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs! Elizabeth and I both celebrate birthdays in September and we became engaged on the 5th of September.
Guadalupe & La Vibora Canyons New Years 2008
Hot spring campground and petroglyph covered boulders in Northern Baja California
To La Vibora Canyon Petroglyphs
Guadalupe Canyon to La Vibora Canyon (8 miles)
0.0 Arturo’s Camp, La Paloma & La Jolla road
2.2 Take right fork. Left is main road back to highway
2.8 Turn sharp right onto track heading south
7.5 Take road to right that drops steeply into arroyo
8.0 End of road, park for petroglyph and metate hike
GPS at end of road: 32°6.74′, -115°44.66′ (map datum WGS 84)
Allow 3 hours for the drive and hike.
Happy Halloween 2008 from Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs
My trip report on Baja Nomad forums:
Baja Angel (Elizabeth) and I just got back home from a very, very nice weekend in Guadalupe Canyon with Nomad Hotschott and his esposa, Val. Hotschott even brought pumpkins and carved them!
Being that Halloween was Friday and that was when we drove down, arriving just after dark… our party was Saturday night…
We got out of North County about 2:30pm Friday and that put us ahead of traffic… lucky for us! Crossed into Mexico at Tecate about 4:30…
TWO new (since our last time this way) Pemex stations are now on the road leading east from Tecate to the toll highway entrance.
We were on the Laguna Salada to see the sun set about 5:30 and the lakebed was dry and fast driving (50-60 mph). When it got dark, I ignited my HIDs. I spent some time playing with the adjustment angle… testing a couple different ways to use them, etc. By the time we were climbing up the road from the lakebed to the canyon, it was dark. The HIDs gave out plenty of bright blue-white super light.
We arrived at our reserved camp (La Jolla B) at 6:30. Hotschott and Val had arrived a couple hours earlier and were settled in at their nearby campo, La Paloma.
As soon as our camp was set up, we were soaking in the wonderful hot spring water under a sky solid with stars!
That was Friday.
Saturday was a day of rest and relaxation… enjoying perfect weather… it was actually warmer than we expected… warm all night, too. Baja Angel and I took a short walk up to the office and beyond into the next camp.
The palms all burned now had plenty of green leaves with only their trunks blackened… All of Arturo’s camp sites are open, but the next campo up (formerly Angel’s Campo #3) still has not rebuilt their palapas or sites… from what we could see. Across the canyon were some new wood sided palapas… but no privacy, like at Arturo’s!
Saturday evening we had dinner at the Hotschott’s camp and Steve (Hotschott) made three Jack O’ Lanterns…
More soaking then sleep… A wind came up and tried to blow things around for a few hours…
Sunday (today) morning was overcast and made packing up a cooler, nicer experience than if we had to in the full sun!
We left the canyon about 10:30 (new standard time) this morning and reached the border line at Tecate about 1 pm… The wait was 65 minutes.
There were some Baja 1000 pre-runners about and the race course is the main street in La Rumorosa! I bought $20 (240 pesos) of gas at La Rumorosa (12 pesos per dollar) for 33 liters (8.7 gallons) or $2.30/ gallon.
Great trip, very nice weather, good friends, hot springs… hard to beat!
Here are some photos of camp site ‘San Marcos’ 11-1-08:
Campsite La Paloma:
It’s Halloween! Steve is in the festive mood and brought pumpkins: