Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve - Sonoran Spa Reservations


El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert is unique in Mexico and the world for combining the most spectacular and young lava field in North America along with extensive dune fields in the driest region of the Sonoran Desert. Its beauty can be appreciated even from space, where the black lavas of the volcanic shield are surrounded by the white sands of the Great Desert, both contrasting with the blue of the Sea of Cortez.

Within the wonderful scenarios withing the Reserve, there are huge dune fields and a volcanic shield with giant craters Maar type, which by their number and concentration are unique in the world, with ash cones and imposing Sierras Graniticas, is without place to doubt, one of the tourist attractions of great interest worldwide.

On the other hand, the immense sea of dunes that surrounds the volcanic shield is considered the greatest on of North America, fiding in the one, the dunes in the form of star that measure more than 200m of height, present in few places of the planet.

Information Center and Biological Station

The Information Center is the only authorized access to enter the Reserve, is located at kilometer 52 of Hightway 8, where visitors must first register and pay the corresponding fee. Right here is the Biological Station, where part of the personnel working in the Reserve lives and where the administrative offices of the same and an interpretive trail, including a pond of endemic freshwater fish and a nursery of native plants.

Interpretive Paths

In the interpretive trails, you will be able to learn and to know more about the site, its culture and its history. You will meet places of cultural and environmental importance, at the same time you will enjoy the landscape from different angles and you will be able to coexist with nature in a totally natural environment.

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Camp Areas

The Tecolote and the Red Cone are the two camp areas within the reserve where it is even allowed to spend the night. The Tecolote is in the middle of craters El Elegante and El Colorado and has an interpretive trail that takes you through the cone and crater Mayo. The Red Cone is the starting point for the trail that takes you to the top of Pinacate Peak or Santa Clara Volcano, for the latter there is a special regulation as it is considered as a path of high difficult

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Green Paraderos.

As a complement to the area of diffusion and environmental interpretation, the Reserve has three stations along the coastal road Puerto Peñasco – Golfo de Santa Clara, these stations are focused on the culture, biology, ecology and landscapes of the surroundings. Each ecological whereabouts exposes on a subject and is addressed exclusively to everything related to it by means of lecterns and informative displays.

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve


Access by the visitor center km. 73 Federal Highway 8 from Sonoyta to Puerto Peñasco. Requires authorization from visitor center staff.

Contact to the Visitors center.

Km. 52 Sonoyta – Puerto Peñasco Federal Highway, Edijo Los Norteños, Puerto Peñasco Municipality, Sonora. CP 83550
Biological Station Tel: 638. 383-1433 and 105-8016; Visitors Center Tel: 638. 108-0011

Fishing in Rocky Point

Fishing in Rocky Point Sonoran Spa Reservations

Rocky Point, an exceptional place of natural wealth, is a favorite destination of those who enjoy water sports. A tourist destination that was born out of sailing and fishing, Rocky Point has the necessary infrastructure to enjoy and explore the sea, such as big ships, yachts, motor boats, sail boats, jet skis, kayaks and banana boat and paddle board rentals.

Fishing is a very popular activity in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Many locals and tourists enjoy fishing in Rocky Point waters because it offers opportunities for very good catches by those that are a bit knowledgeable in this field.

There are many fishing charter boats for the aficionado fisherman or just for those that want to experience some serious fishing and adventure. These trips are usually several hours long. Email or call from activity phone.

– About Time Boat

  • Phone: 638. 386-4345 (Captain Adolfo Lopez)

– Del Mar Charters

  • Phone: 638. 383-2802

CEDO in Puerto Penasco

CEDO in Puerto Penasco - Sonoran Spa Reservations

Located in the popular Las Conchas area, next to its newly restored whale skeleton landmark, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) provides educational and conservation programs about the Northern Gulf of California and its coastline. CEDO, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, offers a variety of eco-adventures including kayak tours through the Morua Estuary, ecotours to local oyster cooperatives, boat tours to Isla San Jorge (Bird Island), and exploration through the diverse underwater world of tidepools.

CEDO offers plenty of activities, and welcomes people of all ages to take part in hands-on learning. You and your family can learn more about the entire ecosystem from CEDO’s very knowledgeable staff through slide presentations, tours, talks, and walks through the desert sand.

Whale Watching on Rocky Point

Whale Watching is a natural show and soon they will be soon on Rocky Point. After grey whales have filled up on massive amounts of krill that come to the surface in the Bering Sea, they migrate to the Sea of Cortez. Sea of Cortez offers an ideal temperature for these whales to give birth to their calves. During this time of year the whales will mate and give birth to their calves only to return north again and start the process from the beginning. Sea of Cortez is wide open and you will feel like is an ocean. This event happens only once at year!

Whales Route - whale watching

The best time for whale watching on Rocky Point is on February. February is the month when the majority of the whales arrive to Mexican waters.

Many of sail company offers a trip to see the whales. Some of them offer free drinks like water or margaritas.

Come to Rocky Point to see the whales riding its beautiful waters. Rent a boat and take a tour with your family and friends. Have your camera ready to take some pictures. The whales get close to the beaches!

Whale Watching on Rocky Point Sonoran Spa Reservations

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Just give us a call:
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Juan Francisco El Gallo Estrada returns to action on October 8th!

Former WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco El Gallo Estrada will box Filipino Raymond Tabugon in Puerto Penasco, Sonora. Mexico.

Juan Francisco El Gallo Estrada Rocky Point

Just days after Juan Francisco Estrada announced that he will vacate his WBO and WBA flyweight world titles to move up in weight, the former champion has a date for his first match at 115 pounds. Estrada will face Filipino Raymond Tabugon in front of his hometown fans at the Francisco Leon Garcia Stadium in Puerto Peñasco on October 8.

The Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) is once again proudly bringing back THE BEST in Boxing, featuring hometown and World Champion Juan “El Gallo” Estrada, announced OCV President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado.  The OCV President added the unforgettable boxing bout marks the return of THE BEST, Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada who will take on Filipino boxer Raymundo “Tornado” Tabugón.

The boxing event, scheduled for October 8th, is another effort of the Peñasco OCV and Zanfer Promotional Group to draw an increasing number of tourists to the area while presenting, for a second year in a row, a phenomenal boxing event featuring the world flyweight champion plus hometown pride.

The fights will once again include Box Azteca expert commentators Eduardo Lamazon, Julio Cesar Chávez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Carlos Aguilar and Rodolfo Vargas.  The legendary boxing voice of Jimmy “It’s Showtime” Lennon Jr. will also highlight the evening once more.

The upcoming boxing event will take place Saturday, October 8th, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Francisco León García baseball stadium, plus there will be eight additional fights.

Tickets are available online at:

And at Café Limani (located in Plaza Pelicanos, Calle Coahuila y, local 1D [east side of Shrimp Park next to CANACO])

  • GENERAL: $300.00 pesos
  • RING SIDE GENERAL: $800.00 pesos
  • RING SIDE ORO: $1,200.00 pesos
  • RING SIDE VIP: $1,500.00 pesos

Juan Francisco El Gallo Estrada Rocky Point