Happy Halloween 2008 from Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs
(Trip Report originally published in 2008 on Baja Nomad forums)

Baja Angel 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!

Photos from our previous trip, just after the fire, can be seen at http://vivabaja.com/108

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!

Photos next!

The road up through Arturo’s camp.


Looking down at the swimming pool from the road.


Looking across the canyon at the grove where the other campground is located, popular with big groups from Mexicali.


Looking up at the former campo of Arturo’s brother (Angel) just past Arturo’s office… the palapas were burned down in the fire of 11 months ago.


Elizabeth and David in one of our Baja Happy Places!


The source hot spring for the canyon is against the cliff, past these palms (just above and to the right from Arturo’s office).


Another look down at the warm, spring fed swimming pool.


Steep cobblestone path can be dangerous! In 2001, a friend, Mary Ann Humfreville, slipped and fell. Fortunately, a paramedic was also camping there (‘Westy’) and provided first aid.


Walking back down to our camp, Laguna Salada in the distance.


What might be Baja’s only hot-water-flushing outhouse toilet.


That’s Laguna Salada in the distance.

Here are some photos of camp site ‘San Marcos’ 11-1-08:


Here is our campsite, ‘La Jolla B’


She’s my Baja Angel!
La Jolla B has two palapas, a second one serves as a kitchen/ dining area for us.

Here is La Jolla A:

Campsite La Paloma:

‘Hotschott’ (Steve) and Boomer:


La Paloma’s palapa
La Paloma’s hot tub

It’s Halloween! Steve is in the festive mood and brought pumpkins:





Baja Angel (Elizabeth) and Val




Going home. Sadly, this was our final time camping at Arturo’s and Guadalupe Canyon. Arturo was replaced by his younger relatives and that side of the canyon was closed. Since then, some of the luxury campsites have been reopened. See my 2021 article…

One final look at the Map for Campo #1 (Arturo’s):