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We have a lot to see this month "Rancho La Vuelta 200" taking place in Ensenada, Baja California this weekend March 18th just about a two-hour drive from San Diego. And not to mention the SCORE intl San Felipe 250 in just a couple weeks!!Share this post on:
REDCORD's "Rancho La Vuelta 200 " race will be a 200 miles circuit race taking place in Ensenada on the 80km marker on the road from Rosarito Beach to Ensenada. Each lap will be a little more than 30 miles and racers will have to complete 5-6 laps depending on their class with a time limit of 5 hours for ATVs and Dirtbikes and 7 hours for the cars. The first Bikes will take off from the starting line at 6:30 am on March 18th don't miss it.
Just about two weeks after the RECORD race we have one of the most well know races in BAJA the "SCORE San Felipe 250." This race starts and ends in the small beach town of San Felipe on the Gulf coast of Baja. The Racers will have to traverse a 270-mile loop to complete the race and continue with the "SCORE INTERNATIONAL RACE SERIES" so look out for this awesome race in some of the beast terrain for offroad around.
So keep an eye out, pack up the truck, find a good spot to sit back have a few beer and enjoy all the off road adrenaline Baja has to offer.
One of our favorite trips and if you are looking a good challenge, a great adventure and a lot of riding.Share this post on:
This trip is great taking you all around Baja riding upwards of 100 miles a day sometimes giving you around 400 miles or more total taking you to places like Bahia Camalu on the Pacific coast and San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez.
You'll ride through amazing places like "Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857" home to the Laguna Handson lake and "Parque Nacional Sierra de San Pedro Martir" On the foothills of this mountain range you can find "Mikes Sky Ranch" an icon of the Baja Offroad scene.
So strap on a helmet and get ready for the best three days of riding you can find that will both leave tired and wanting more
Ok, so you're all booked and ready for your trip, and you really want to share your experience with all your friends who couldn't come out or just go over all the highlights with your squad after an excellent ride?
Ask about our GoPro cam rentals and capture your adventour today!
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Our one day ATV/Dirtbike and lobster tour is our featured tour for this month. Perfect for everyone looking for some adventure and a lobster lunch second to none.
The day starts out like any good day should, by hopping onto your choice of ATV or Dirtbike and riding for about 3 hours, plenty of time to take in some fantastic views of the Pacific ocean and to build up an appetite for some fresh lobster that was most likely caught that very morning.
Perfect for that last minute Valentine's day date or just for those of us looking to satisfy our inner adventurer and foodie at the same time.
So strap on a helmet and get ready for some turf and surf.
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Recently we made our way back to Mike's Sky Rancho a legendary icon in off the road and Baja as a whole.
Initially starting back in 1965 when Mike Leon purchased several thousand acres in the high foothills of San Pedro Martir Mountain range near the San Rafael Creek and built this rustic ranch that doubles as a fully operational hotel with great rates & home cooked meals.
The mountains and streams surrounding Mikes are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and even fishing since the area is home to rainbow trout. But the main reason we love Mikes is because it's a legend among the offroad community sitting high in the mountains right in the middle of some incredible trails often used by both the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 races. Not to mention that it's a beautiful place to take a break have a meal and drink a beer since there are sure are many more trails to explore in the area.
Lodging is very affordable on a price per person basis that includes both dinner and breakfast and cozy room with a full bathroom and heaters for the chilly winter months. But if you do come out in warmer weather you can make use of their shaded campground near the creek and use their pool filled with water straight from the local rivers and streams.
Mike Leon was also an off-road enthusiast haveing participated and won the Baja 1000 taking first place in 1984 and following up with another first in the 1985 Baja 500 and his passion still shows today. As soon as you arrive your greeted by the staff and offer a place to sit in their "sala" or living room that on its own is covered in off-road history, everything from business cards covering the wall to t-shirts filling every space on the ceiling.
The road to Mikes has to be the best part. Heading southeast on MEX-3 on the road to San Felipe about 10-12 miles past Valle de Trinidad you will see the turn-off and from here strap in for a bumpy ride. A high clearance vehicle is recommended, although we prefer ATVs a two wheel drive SUV should get you there no problem just keep in mind that traffic and rain can change the road conditions overnight and no two times are going to be the same. Once off the highway, you have about 20 miles to go before getting there, so just follow the markers and signs along the way, and in about 45 minutes to an hour you will be pulling up to the main gate.
I still remember the first time I went to Mikes we rode in after dark and had to hurry to get settled in and grab dinner before calling it a night and the next morning I saw the beautiful view and has ever since been my favorite place to stay in Baja. It may not be the fanciest place, in fact, some would say its more for the adventure than those looking for the resort life but, it's, in my opinion, one of the best places to relax in nature and away from electricity (except for the generator at the hotel) and not phone or cell service.
I hope to ride into Mikes again soon. I know its always a fantastic time and some of the best riding in Baja, and if you drop by either by car truck, ATV/quad, dirtbike, or UTV be sure to keep an eye out for our Baja Rider Tags on among all the other mementos spread around the place.
Is it safe to travel to Baja, Mexico? I have gotten this question many times over the years from eager but cautious traveler looking for adventure just south of the border, and the short answer is Yes!
Ever since I was a kid, I have traveled back and forth over the border from San Diego to Baja to visit Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe and many other areas and to be completely honest I feel safer in Baja than some places north of the border. If you ask most anyone who has actually traveled to Baja recently will probably tell you the same, since the horror stories are told by those, who have never traveled to Mexico much less Baja in most cases.
I try and spend as much time in Baja as possible, and I enjoy going out on the town meeting new people and taking in new experiences. Baja has so much to offer I still haven't probably will never get tired of it. Everything from the bars and nightlife with super helpful and in most cases fully bilingual staff, to its many beaches with many vendors to get you anything from an ice-cold beer to snacks or even a superhero kite and who can forget the offroad our favorite activity here at CMA with so much to see out in the mountains and desert.
In my almost 13 years working here at CMA and crossing the border more times than I can count and I have spent a lot of time on both sides of the border I can safely say that Baja is a beautiful and friendly place that makes you feel at home. Don't think twice. Visit Mexico, visit Baja and prove the horror stories wrong. And with the Baja 1000 race coming this weekend there is no better time to head south of the border.
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While most would never think about riding without a helmet but there is another piece of gear you should pay close attention to and keep in mind.
One thing I never ride without is my tool kit with all the essentials I need to get out of a jam, and this will vary depending on the bike you ride, but in general here is what I and most guides here carry on every ride.
Some of the more common issue when out on the trails are easy to get through if you got the right tools on you. Flat tires, broken levers, cracked engine cases, busted radiators are nothing for the prepared offroader.
Toolkit should include:
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The Baja 1000, for many of us the main off-road event of the year and the final race of the SCORE International desert racing series, and for us, it's like Christmas came early. With a giant party before the race starts to view all the heavy hitting off-road cars, trucks, bikes and ATVs we can never get enough of it, and you can count on most if not all of our crew heading out and taking in the best offroad has to offer.Share this post on:
For us here at CMA we get started at the contingency row which is basically a big block party held on one of the main streets in Ensenada down in Baja. This year's event starts on Thursday, November 17th we can all have a chance to take a look at all these amazing vehicles up close and meet the racing teams. Now this is an all day event, and there is plenty to see and not to mention there are loads of vendors around supplying tacos and beer, so grab a brew and take in all the Baja goodness.
Next step is to head out and find a spot on the course where you are comfortable enough to stay put for the whole day. For some this isn't an option so scope out an area where you don't have to travel on the course to get back to the road, a quick survey of the race map and a little planning can give you a perfect place to watch the race and maybe get some cool pictures.
As always remember to plan ahead and pack everything you might need, from plenty of food and drinks, a pop-up tent for shade, first aid kit and sunscreen are just some of the essentials you should have on hand.
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the SCORE International Desert Challenge, this time, taking place in one of our favorite stomping grounds Rosarito Beach, Baja California. That's right just south of the border just 20-30 minutes from San Diego.
The first SCORE Intl. Desert Challenge was held back in 1995 in Nevada and was won by the legend Ivan Stewart and the race took place there until 2014 when it moved to Plaster City CA and now 2016 it heads south. Baja is where its big brothers have lived for many a year like the Baja 1000 and the rest of the SCORE Baja Family like the Baja 250 and Baja 500
Sunday, September 11th will be the last day of the pre-running after which the course will be closed until race day and Thursday the 15th will be Racer Registration for all classes at the Rosarito Beach Hotel and contingency row on the main strip Blvd Benito Juarez right in town
On Friday the 16th the race kicks off at 5:45 am with Group one which will include:
Class 2, Class 8, 1/2 1600, Class 5, Heavy Metal, Class 3000, Trophy Lite, Class 7, Pro Truck,5-1600,Class 3,Baja Challenge,Stock Full, 7sx, Class 9, Class 11, Sportsman 1400, Sportsman 1500, Sportsman 2000.
And three other groups starting about every three hours after that with fan favorite the Trophy Trucks taking off at 11:00 am from Papas and Beer.
The course is reported to be around 32.8 miles long each racer will have to complete two heats. For cars and trucks heat #1 is on Friday the 16th and heat #2 on Saturday the 17th each heat consisting of 2 laps with a total of 65.3miles per day. Awards for all truck and car classes will be presented at Papas and Beer at 8:30 pm on Saturday evening, Sept. 17th
Bikes and ATVs will be starting their heats on Sunday the 18th with heat #1 starting at 10:30 am and the second at 2:00 pm Awards for Motos and Quads will be presented at Papas and Beer at 6:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 18th.
When all's said and done the whole CMA Team will be out to the races this weekend to see these iron Titans take on Baja for what is looking to be another great off-road race in the SCORE family.