Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve

  • Location: San Quintín Bay, Baja California
  • Certification date: 18 de abril de 2017
  • Certification: Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation
  • Area: 1,984 acres
  • Owner: Terra Peninsular

The Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve is located in San Quintín Bay, Baja California, and it has an extension of 1,984 acres.

Terra Peninsular is the organization responsible for protecting and managing this reserve.

The reserve was certified as a Natural Protected Area in the category of Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation on April 24, 2017 by the Commission of Natural Protected Areas in Mexico.

Monte Ceniza is part of the 13 volcanoes in the volcanic valley of San Quintín, and it was formed around 165,000 years ago.

The Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve is home to an important number of birds, mammals and reptiles species.

Among the common species, you can find:

  • Baja California whiptail (Aspidoscelis labialis)
  • Baja California rattlesnake (Crotalus enyo)
  • Black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans)
  • Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
  • Least tern (Aquila chrysaetos)
  • Golden eagle (Sterna elegans)
  • Coyote (Canis latrans)

Some of these species are catalogued as endangered or threatened in the Mexican norm NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010.

The vegetation is characterized by the presence of maritime succulent scrub, halophytic vegetation and marshes. Some of the endemic species are:

  • Dudleya anthonyi
  • Dudleya cultrata
  • Echinocereus maritimus
  • Ferocactus fordii
  • Hazardia berberidis

Mirador Monte Ceniza

Chapala is a local community that helped to build Mirador Monte Ceniza during the Temporarily Employment Program in 2016.

Mirador Monte Ceniza is a viewpoint station located at the center of the nature reserve. A short trail guides to an area where a wood-plastic composite bench was installed and from there, the visitors can rest and appreciate San Quintín Bay.

Things to do

  • Scientific research and monitoring
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Camping

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