Canyon de Guadalupe
Canyon de Guadalupe is a hot spring oasis in Baja California.
Getting to Canyon de Guadalupe is not an easy task (which is one of the reasons it is so much fun). Four wheel drive and high clearance is recommended, although it is technically possible to get to the oasis without it. You will need to enter Mexico from either Tijuana, Tecate, or Mexicali.
After entering the Laguna Salada section of the freeway there will be a very large clearly marked freeway sign indicating the dirt road that leads to Canyon de Guadalupe. It is a 30 mile journey on a decent dirt road to get to the canyon. The last 5 miles heading up into the canyon are the most difficult. Drive straight until you come to the enormous olive plantation, immediately at the end of the olive planation is a small sign indicating a gentle right hand turn. Follow this road straight to the canyon.
Winter, Spring and Fall are the best time of year to go. Winter is particularly nice as the mildly cool temperature will make the hot springs feel all the better. In spring expect lots of flowers and full flowing waterfalls. Summer is the worst time of year to go as Laguna Salada can get up to 120 degrees making for less than enjoyable hot spring weather.
Once at the canyon, you can park your car in the palm tree grove and hike throughout the canyon.
You'll want to bring your own supply of food and water. There are barbeque grills, picnic tables, and palapas (shade coverings) provided at each campsite for a comfortable cooking experience.
Bring plenty of water, particularly if you are traveling in the summer months as you'll be crossing the wide open desert.
Overnight rates at Guadalupe Canyon Oasis, formally called Campo El Palmar(guadalupecanyonoasis.com) start at $35 USD per night, although they have a cheaper "eco-camping" option (shared tub instead of private) for $15 USD/night. Weekend rates are more expensive than weekdays. They prefer advance reservations through their website. Each campsite comes with a private hot tub, a barbecue grill, palapas for shade, trash cans, picnic tables and room to pitch your tents and park your vehicles. The campsites are all unique, and can accommodate various group sizes.
You can either drive out the way you came in, or attempt the route south to San Felipe. The latter is a difficult road that is not clearly marked leading through dessert ghost towns. If you go this route, have one of the campground attendants draw you a very detailed map and bring a GPS.