The Matomí Canyon Waterfalls was a point of interest first told to my family by Arnold Limón of San Felipe around 1967. Arnold was the owner of Arnold’s Del Mar Café, where we would stop for a meal on our way to or from points south. He described an exotic waterfall that filled a giant pool formed by a hollowed boulder and made notes in our Lower California Guidebook (by Gerhard & Gulick).
As that side-trip, many miles up a long arroyo, was best done with a companion vehicle (and we always traveled solo), we never made that trip with our Jeep Wagoneer.
Once I was driving and exploring in Baja in the 1970s, I began searching for an abandoned road I read about. It went from just south of the sulfur mine over to Valle Chico, at the foot of the San Pedro Mártir mountains. I found that road in late 1978, just after the Baja 1000 race, which for the first time drove down Arroyo Matomí from Valle Chico. I now had a new area to explore that included finally trying to find the famous waterfall I heard of when I was nine years old. In January, 1979, I again traveled to Valle Chico from the sulfur mine. Only this time, I turned south to see Arroyo Matomí and look for the waterfall!
In the 1980s, I returned to Matomí canyon a few times. If I find those photos, they will be added.
For President’s Day weekend, 2001, I led a small caravan of 4x4s from the Amigos de Baja message board to see both Shell Island and Matomí Canyon (two days of tours).
The gang on the Internet, now Baja Nomad Forums, wanted to have a reunion trip to Matomí Canyon for President’s Day, three years after the first group trip.
Rancho El Matomí
THE MATOMÍ GANG FEB. 2004
My new girlfriend of 1.5 years, Elizabeth, was always game for some four-wheel-drive adventures. We drove up Arroyo Matomí from Highway 5, to the waterfall pool. After a dip, we headed north on the Valle Chico road.
Arroyo Matomí is along the bottom edge of this map: