Video: 50 Best Spots in Baja – Episode 9

Baja California, Mexico, is home to some of the best off-road racing in the world. Races like the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 draw in spectators from all over the US and Mexico, as well as race teams. Unfortunately, many of these racers and spectators are only in the area for the race, and never get to experience the true beauty of Baja. For this reason, BF Goodrich created the “50 Best of Baja” series with Cameron Steele.

Spot 14: Pancho’s San Rafeal Fish Camp

Pancho Fish Camp is a spot much like Coco’s Corner from the last episode because Pancho is such a great character that so many people love. Without Pancho, this spot wouldn’t exist. Pancho has been living out there for nearly 21 years with his dog; He has no car and no mode of transportation. Pancho survives on the fish he can catch right off the beach and any supplies that locals bring by for him. Cameron goes out there once or twice per year and brings Pancho supplies, mostly food for him and his dog.

Spot 13: Agua Verde

This next location brings us much further south, just past Loreto is Agua Verde which is an extremely beautiful location on the peninsula that not many people get to see. The exact location shown off by Cameron and the crew is Puerto Agua Verde which is a beautiful beach location. “I found this place by looking at a Baja map and exploring down here with my wife about ten years ago; we got here and spent the whole day here,” said Baja nomad, Jesse Deck.

Spot 12: Camper Shell Trail

This next location is one of many single track dirt bikes trails we’ve seen on the peninsula. This one, named Camper Shell Trail, was created by Baja legend Jimmy Sones sometime in 2003? During the trail ride, the boys from Bulletproof Diesel provided a remote potshot for all the dirt bikes to come and refuel during this long trail. As the name suggests, the end of this trail is a camper shell for a truck, which was complete at one point but has since decorated into just a few pieces of wood.

“A friend of mine found a very ancient map set, so we started exploring this way. It showed this (the trail) as a road, but it has never been a road,” said trail creator Jimmy Sones.

Spot 11: Mike’s Sky Rancho

This last location is another very special location on the Baja peninsula, and it’s heavily traveled to. Mike’s Sky Rancho is hotel type of location with a beautiful pool and tons of cool things to do and check out. It’s also a location many racers have traveled to. For Cameron, this location is the last place where Jeff “Ox” Kargola ever spent the night, as he passed away after a head injury and internal bleeding while racing on the peninsula. Aside from all the memorabilia of Jeff Kargola, this location is full of history, culture, and good times.

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Bryce Cleveland

Bryce has been in the automotive industry for most of his life. He’s done everything from fixing cars, flipping cars, writing about cars, and everything in-between. He has owned a total of 18 vehicles, most of which he owned before the age of 20. He currently drives his 2015 Ford Fiesta ST every single day and has plans to buy his third Jeep XJ Cherokee very soon.
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