Baja – New Trails Traveled
This past year there have been several UTV Baja trips documented and told, which is great. Even Mad Media did a video docu-mercial trip for Polaris, and while they were all fun to see and read, ours are different. What makes ours different from some of the others you might have read about is we are 100% on our own. We don’t have any crews or chase truck support; we don’t trailer our UTV’s from location to location. We unload and for 3-4 days we are 100% dependent on our UTV’s & buggy’s. We need to carry what we think we will need on the trail, as we will not have a truck or crew on the Highway carrying spares.
Once again we made Tecate our border crossing point and Rancho Santa Veronica in Tecate our starting point. We crossed the border on a Friday morning at 6:30am and were on the trail by 9am. Rancho Santa Veronica is a safe place to keep the trucks & trailers.
Leaving Rancho Santa Veronica we took the Compadre Trail which is just outside of the Ranch. The Compadre Trail takes you up through the pines and works its way towards Hwy 3, which was about 50 miles way. A few miles before the Compadre Trail ends at the black top Hwy 3, we turned South on a trail heading towards Santa Catarina.
On the trail to Santa Catarina we came across several gates, some gates were marked No Entry “Prohibida la Entrada”. It’s a shame as in the past you were welcome to open and close a gate, and continue on. But over the last few years we are seeing more locked gates & signs. We’ve been told it’s because the land owners no longer have a good relationship with the owners of Score International off-road series and some of the off-roaders. They have felt betrayed, as they have not been paid or given what was promised to them. So for this reason we are encountering more fences and marked gates. We have been told by some locals that if you open and close the gates and respect the owners land, they will still let you pass. We went through some gates, but we did not feel comfortable ignoring the signs that said “Prohibida la Entrada”. So because of this we had to turn back a few times and find alternate trails. Eventually we ended up taking a trail to the Hwy. We ran a few miles down the Hwy before we turned back into the dirt and found our way to Santa Catarina and eventually the Famous “GoatTrail”.
Small cactus along the road will destroy a tire.
Part of the Score race course.