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lodge.mike's sky ranch

This small secluded backcountry lodge in the middle of nowhere is a motorcycles haven. Hundreds of bikes, rails & jeeps each year make it to this lovely destination. It is becoming increasingly popular with the SUV travelers as well.

The rustic ranch is a fully operational hotel with great rates & hoem cooked meals..

Imagine the remote back roads of Baja. Dusty, undeveloped & adventurous. Some areas may require 4 wheel drive depending on the rainfall & erosion at that time. Road conditions can change from year to year, so come prepared. Although a 2WD truck or SUV can easily make it all the way out to the infamous Mike's Sky Rancho. Well, let's just say on a heavy winter rainy season, beware. You may wanna see just how deep that river crosing really is before attempting that last obstacle.

The swimming pool is clean & the properties water source is straight from the mountains via the year round flowing river next door. Camping out is an option down by the river.

The individual hotel rooms are adequate with a full bathroom, plus a variety of bed sizes & combinations.

There is a small bar that is open nighly; but please don't expect poolside 'Palm Springs style' service. This is a rustic place that caters more to the 'roughin' it' types.



The Baja Adventure Book

Getting there is half the fun. I wouldn't try your first visit arriving at night, since the small dirt roads can get confusing with limited signage.

This book is by far the best backroads guide to Baja. It may be diufficult to find cuz it is supposedly "Out of Print--Limited Availability"

But we have a special stash on order for the new version due out Spring 2003.

There are no telephone poles out here, or even electricity wired this far out, so the small ranch uses a generator every night from sunset until bedtime: 10pm

"Man, when that generator goes off. Poof ... the stars come on!"

The price is right too. Mike's Sky Ranch charges on a per person basis. The rent includes a bed, plus two meals:

  • dinner the night you arrive
  • breakfast the next morning.
  • bring cash for bar
  • bring snacks, lunches & own ice chest



for reservations -
667 Twining Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154

call during the week Mon-Wed
phone # 011-52-664-68-15514

approx. 50-60 miles; south east of Ensenada, Baja south off Hwy. 3

Total Escape Adventures leads trips to Mike's Sky Ranch every year. check our trips schedule & make some room on your calendar for a weekend n Baja with your SUV

Mike's Sky Ranch rests on a hillside overlooking the Arroyo San Rafael, which is a somewhat wooded river valley with steep, brush-covered mountains.  The ranch offers motel-type accommodations for about $25-45, family-style meals, a swimming pool, horse-back riding, sycamore-shaded campsites and Ask about more information regarding trips to the Oberservatory or into the rugged country to the east. A really nice watrerfall is only 1 mile hike up the canyon. ( depending on waterflow, this may or may ot be impressive) Small rainbow trout sometimes can be found in the river next to the ranch.  Hunters may find deer, rabbit, & quail.

SUVs & Motorcycle Tour Companies make this place a popular destination from OCT- APRIL every year.

MAPS: BAJA overview MAP

DIRECTIONS: From Ensenada & Hwy. 3 East bound: This road to Mike's begins at signed junction 10-11 miles south east of Valle de Trinidad.  High-clearance vehicles are necessary; 4WD is not required. The entire route is on rough dirt roads. The first part rises over rural dry brush landscape & then decent down into a river valley where the resort is located. This Baja mountainous region has few large trees & plenty of dust. The road becomes rougher as it winds down & approaches a junction at mileage 13.8. Bear left to continue 8 miles to the ranch.

for your SUV

ice chest


CB radios


Baja Books


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