Rancho Agua Caliente is a three hour drive south of the USA/Mexico international border crossing at San Ysidro and is located in the eastern valleys of the city of Ensenada, Baja California. It’s approximately 17 miles east of the port and 10 miles (15 KM) west of Ojos Negros and is accessible only by a private 5 mile dirt road. Entrance gate has 24-hour security.
Note: There may or may not be military checkpoints set up on the route. Be prepared to have your vehicle searched at any time.
Follow signs to the border from 5 and 805 South. After the border crossing, follow signs to Playas De Tijuana / Ensenada Cuota. Drive along the south side of the border towards the coastal community of Playas de Tijuana and follow signs to Highway 1 to Ensenada.
There are three toll gates on the scenic coastal drive South to Ensenada, Baja California. The toll fares are approx. $2.60 (or $30.00 pesos) each.
When you reach San Miguel after the 3rd toll booth, continue onto Hwy 1. Drive through the El Sauzal community eventually passing the UABC-University. Stay to the right and continue towards the Port of Ensenada (Zona Turistica) entrance. Once in Ensenada, keep driving South along Hwy 1, also called Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas, passing clubs, restaurants, Starbucks, etc.
After you pass the Naval Base on the right at Gral Agustin Sangines, Turn Left (east) at Hwy 3*.
This is a new intersection and does not have a street sign, as of February 2012. The two photos above are taken at the intersection. There is a big Port of Ensenada sculpture on the right side of the road. Don’t miss this turn!!!
Drive approx. 17 miles (27 Km) on Hwy 3* until you reach the Rancho Agua Caliente exit sign.
*Hwy 3, starts as Ave Esmeralda. After about 2 miles, Ave. Esmeralda will curve north and turn into Calle Septima. Follow Calle Septima as road curves again eastward. Keep track of and follow any road signs indicating Highway 3 to Ojos Negros/San Felipe.
Once you get into the rural area, you’ll see km markers on the side of the road. The Rancho Agua Caliente entrance is located right after the 26 km marker.
Exit carefully and slowly into the dirt driveway on the right and stop at the entrance gate. You will be greeted by RAC staff. Please be patient and honk politely if not greeted in a timely manner. Be sure to have your event ticket visible. After checking in at the front gate, carefully follow the dirt road.
It is 5 miles (7km) down to the Rancho Agua Caliente hot springs oasis facilities from the front gate, and takes about 15-20 minutes. The first part of the road is very rocky, so please proceed with caution, and drive slow. The road is steep at some points.
Once you arrive to the Rancho Agua Caliente oasis facilities, meet the Native Alien group leaders for your hotel room and campground assignments.