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Date Place Comment
September 29th, 2019 Whitewater Trailhead

Very few level options here. Only 1 other van was in the lot

3 bars of Verizon LTE

September 28th, 2019 By the river

Fairly gross spot. Folks living here very long term. Lots of trash and such. But still could work for a night.

August 21st, 2019 Food Lion

Glacier water fill up station outside Food Lion.

5 gallons/$2

August 20th, 2019 walmart

There are “No Overnight Parking” signs posted now. I didn’t see any other campers when I passed through

July 22nd, 2019 Circle K

Possibly the closet free camp spot if you’re picking someone up from the Denver airport. I’ve stayed here twice and it’s fine. Large dirt lot and plenty of truckers, which I’ve gotten use to.

July 21st, 2019 king sooper

The 2 water stations were working when I stopped in. They are inside near the front entrance. 39cents/gallon and you pay at the check out.

July 21st, 2019 Walmart Grocery Store/Oil Change, etc.

Parking lot has “No Overnight RV signs” posted throughout the entire Walmart lot

May 15th, 2019 Cibola National Forest, Cedro peak

This spot does have a nice view but it is not level. After some effort I got my truck to an acceptable spot for the night.

If the road coming in is muddy I would skip this spot. The view wouldn’t be worth the car wash for me

November 6th, 2018 car Wash Texano

Was a 3 hour wait when we stopped in but there’s lots of other options nearby.

This spot looked nice if it wasn’t busy BUT it was up a tight and steep entryway

November 4th, 2018 Cactus Wonderland

This place was amazing. We got here for sunset and it was wild. But we couldn’t stay. It was full so flying bugs everywhere.

Hope you catch it at another time with no bugs!

November 4th, 2018 Lucy's Posada Bakery And Cafe

Best heuvos rancheros I’ve had so far in Baja (see attached photo). Fresh homemade salsa, hot tortilla chips on the side, bacon on top and queso on the beans....it was really good!

With 2 coffee’s, 1 can of juice, and 2 orders of heuvos it was 240 pesos

November 3rd, 2018 Neveria Danya

Place is just Ok. Basic milk shakes. The date shakes are really more like Dairy Queen in the US, which ain’t a bad thing if you’re hunting that, but it was fairly low quality ice cream with a few dates mixed in.

There’s a date shake shop right near Joshua Tree that makes the shake out of dates, not ice cream, so that’s what I was hoping for since the town is full of them.

November 3rd, 2018 Playa Los Cocos

Someone stopped by and asked for $150p but who knows if they really own or run the beach?Just how Mexico is.

Anyhow, tons and tons of sand flys when we stayed at dusk. They weren’t biting but very annoying. Had to stay in the camper when the sun dropped @ 4:30pm behind the hill.

I’m sure the bug thing is hit or miss so this spot is still worth checking out.

November 3rd, 2018 Playa Santispac

200p/night. More of a giant 5th wheel snowbird camper crowd. Not my style.

The other paid beaches nearby are more interesting

November 3rd, 2018 El GAVILAN - SEMIllas Y ESPECIAS - Organic And Natural Market

Tiny shop. They didn’t have much, mostly giant bags on the floor of stuff in bulk like dog food and dry pasta.

Not really a place to grocery shop for wild camping but potentially grab a unique item?

November 2nd, 2018 Tortas

We stumbled into this place around 5pm not expecting much but it was packed with locals and tons of folks ordered food to go. This place isn’t even listed on Google Maps.

40p / each

October 30th, 2018 NAPA - Mechanic - Radiator

I didn’t end up using this shop but they were incredibly helpful and friendly. Their facility looked very modern, more American style with multiple lifts. Some of their reviews on Google Maps in Spanish say they are high quality but not the cheapest. Anyhow, they recommended a radiator shop in town that fixes them by hand and only to return if they couldn’t repair it.

I forgot to drop a pin of the exact location (biz card photo is attached) of radiator shop but they fixed the 6 holes in mine! It’s off a dusty side road a good bit (3.5km) North of NAPA.

The radiator shop got us back on the road in 3 hours! They removed the radiator, welded all 6 holes caused from a rubbing trans cooler, put spacers in to get the trans cooler off the radiator, for 600 pesos. Super friendly and great work!

It would have been 3 days waiting for a new radiator to arrive so grateful NAPA recommended this place.

October 26th, 2018 Lavanderia

Clothes came out clean and prices were fair, $75p/load. We dropped of clothes @ 5pm and they were ready the next morning @ 10am. This place is physically connected to the Agua dispenser that’s on the map nearby.

October 25th, 2018 Bakery/Panaderia

Very cool bakery! Cheap prices. The owner was there and he spoke great English and gave us a tour of the back where they make the breads

October 25th, 2018 Café Big Sur

Didn’t get coffee here but it looks nice, Mexican 3rd-ish wave coffee vibes.

There’s a surf shop next door and a hip barber shop.

October 25th, 2018 Hotel Hacienda Bugambilas

Lovely spot! Front desk was kind and spoke some English. Hotel has charming bits and great pool like others have said.

$870p/night for 2 beds + dog (At the time this was $50 USD)

They asked for $1000p refundable deposit for the perro

October 24th, 2018 Beach Camping Puerto Agua verde

Camped on the beach under a tree for free here. The bay was a tad windy during our stay, it was pleasant but the water wasn’t glassy. There’s a restaurant nearby right on the sand that has covered spots for 200p/night. We got 2 beers from them for 35p/each

October 24th, 2018 Pollos Bertha's (right next to a store).

130p for a nice shrimp plate & 20p for beer

October 23rd, 2018 Don Fong

100 pesos / night like other folks have said. It’s a lovely spot right on water with plenty of shade from the palms.

We walked up to the main hwy the evening and got beers from the grocery store and a quesadilla from a local stand across from Pemex

October 23rd, 2018 Almeja Reyna

Amazing tortas! Very local, very delicious

October 23rd, 2018 Mariscos Othon

This spot was closed @ 7pm when we walked up but there was another little stand right next to it and it was good. A few locals came up and ordered food while we were there

October 22nd, 2018 Desinsectizacion

We only had a 50 peso bill but he gave us back correct change of 30 pesos

October 22nd, 2018 Military Checkpoint

Asked us where we were going and let us continue on

October 21st, 2018 Behind town

The two nearby free/wild camp spots were no longer free on 10/21/18 (we checked them both) so this is the last ditch spot we found right after sunset. Feels like BLM land.

In the morning the Police rolled up hot and searched us and our vehicle but were very nice. They didn’t take any money. They just let us know this isn’t the best or safest spot.

So if you’re headed down from the border crossing it might be best to just pay for a camp spot on day 1

October 21st, 2018 free place front of the beach

Not a free place to camp on the beach or even drive on the beach. There’s a track you can see on Google sat maps on the far left side of the cove that runs from the edge of town to the water. This road is now blocked off extremely well with layers of concrete barricades.

Maybe if you rolled out on a bicycle with a tent you’d go unnoticed? But we were traveling in our truck camper setup.

Also, this place is listed as “Cantus Cove” on Google maps. It’s a paid spot to camp there.


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