(171 km/106 miles)
Today we are off to Rancho Santa Inez in the community of Catavina. This will take us through El Rosario where the highway ended prior to construction of Mex 1 in 1973. This campground is located in the heart of the Catavina Boulder Fields and its impressive and unique Sonoran Desert vegetation includes Cirios cactus (Valle de los Cirios). Believe it or not these giant boulders of granite were created in place by weather and freezing temperatures.
We will make a short excursion to cave paintings that are over 7,000 years old and for those who are interested a guided hike in the desert. This is indeed a photographers paradise and a fabulous spot for star gazing too! Make sure your furnace is working as the campground is located at approximately 1800′ and can get chilly at night.