Punta Mazo Nature Reserve

Name: Punta Mazo Nature Reserve

Surface: 2050 acres and 4.9 miles long

Date of certification: October 24, 2014

Degree of protection: Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation.

About the nature reserve

The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve is located in San Quintín Bay, Baja California. It is the western peninsula that shapes and protects the whole bay.

The land were the nature reserve is located was acquired in 2011 by Terra Peninsular for conservation purposes.

In October 24, 2014 the Mexican government, specifically the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat in Spanish) through the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp in Spanish) certified the nature reserve as an Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation (ADVC in Spanish).



Coastal dunes, marshes, halophilic and coastal scrub are predominant in the reserve. Their vegetation includes over 73 species, 16 of which are endemic of the region. Some of these species are:

  • Anthony’s liveforever (Dudleya anthonyi)
  • Strawberry cactus (Mammillaria dioica)
  • Santa Barbara milkvetch (Astragalus trichopodus)


In terms of fauna, Punta Mazo is the habitat of about 97 different species, such as: terrestrial and aquatic mammals, amphibian, reptiles and resident and migratory birds. Among the fauna there are a large number of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibian species which are representative of the dune ecosystems, coastal scrub and migratory birds as the following:

  • Baja California rattlesnake (Crotalus enyo)
  • Baja California whiptail (Aspidoscelis labialis)
  • Baja California legless lizard (Aniella geronimensis)
  • Coyote (Canis latrans clepticus)

The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve is also a perfect place for bird watching.

Some species that can be seen between fall and winter are:

  • Black brant (Branta bernicla)
  • Sanderling (Calidris alba)
  • American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

In summer, the sand beach is the breeding site for the snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus) and the least tern (Sterna antillarum).

Visitor’s center: El Refugio

At the entrance of the reserve is located the visitors’ center named El Refugio -Spanish for shelter– a visitors center that has the necessary facilities to offer an ecotourism experience in San Quintín Bay.

The facilities include:

  • A house for 12 people. *The house does not count with beds, consequently it is necessary to bring a sleeping bag, a pallet or an inflatable mattress.
  • Communal kitchen equipped with a stove, gas and cooking utensils.
  • Camping zone for at least 20 people.
  • Two composting toilets and one shower room.
  • Campfire area
  • Electric energy provided by solar panels
  • 24-hour support of a park ranger

Fee: $100 Mexican pesos per person per night


  • To get there, a 4W drive is necessary due to the condition of the road, which is made of loose sand and rocks.

La Ola

Located at the southernmost edge of the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve, La Ola -the wave- is an interpretative station built during the Temporary Employment Program of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources in 2016.

It is close to the Monte Mazo Volcano, and it is a wood structure with metal joints; the bars contain information about the flora and fauna of the reserve. It is an interactive and environmentally friendly construction for the visitants and the natural surroundings.

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Scientific research and monitoring
  • Nature photography
  • Stellar photography
  • Surf
  • Camping
  • Bird watching


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