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Canyon de Guadalupe

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Canyon de Guadalupe is a hot spring oasis in Baja California.

Get in[edit]

Canyon de Guadalupe

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.

From Mexicali, drive 20 miles west on highway 2 towards La Rumorosa. From Tecate or Tijuana drive east through La Rumorosa descending down into Laguna Salada.

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. 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 until you see a mountain dotted with shallow caves on your right.

This is the final stretch of road to Guadalupe Canyon Oasis Hot Springs, and the most difficult. Without eight or more inches of clearance, these last few miles of road will be nearly impassible. Four wheel drive is recommended.

Another option is to take the Hot Springs Shuttle offered through Baja Trek (


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.

Get around[edit]

Once at the canyon, you can park your car in the palm tree grove and hike throughout the canyon.

Campsite Hot Spring

See[edit][add listing]

  • Waterfalls
  • Birdwatching
  • Indian Petroglyphs
One of many waterfalls in the canyon

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Relax in your own private geothermal hot springs tubs
  • Hike up the canyon
  • Swim in the deep pools and enjoy the 7 different waterfalls
  • Stargaze
  • Rock climb
  • Enjoy a natural mud bath
  • Mountain bike the trails to your heart's content

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Canyon has a small store where you can purchase limited supplies depending on availability.
  • As of February 2017, bundles of firewood and blocks of ice are available for ~$10 USD each.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bring plenty of water, particularly if you are traveling in the summer months as you'll be crossing the wide open desert.

Camp grounds

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The ground is hard and digging is not permitted in the campsite. Even with a mat, sleeping on the ground is extremely uncomfortable, and an air mattress or cot is recommended.

Rules & Services[edit]

  • Amplified music is not permitted anywhere in the campgrounds.
  • There are showers and restrooms onsite.
  • Each campsite has a designated trash bin that is emptied daily by staff.


Looking east into Laguna Salada

Get out[edit]

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 desert ghost towns. If you go this route bring a GPS.

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