Visit the Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve

Reserva Natural Monte Ceniza emblema

Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve is a great place for nature lovers and people who enjoy outdoor activities. Please recreate responsibly when visiting this protected area and follow the code of conduct.

Monte Ceniza is a site that stands out for its natural and archeological value, it’s located right in the center of the bay. Within the reserve there is an extinct volcano, an interpretive trail, and is home to unique species of plants and animals. It was certified by the federal government in 2017.

Photo by Antonieta Valenzuela.


Schedule and access

The reserve is open to the public from Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please register for daytime visiting.

Reserva Natural Monte Ceniza
Photo by Antonieta Valenzuela.

Driving directions

From San Quintin

  • From the Transpeninsular Highway, take the deviation on Lázaro Cárdenas street and follow the unpaved road (between 30 and 40 minutes).
  • If you need guidance to get there, please follow the directions on Google Maps 


  1. Please register using the following form for daytime visiting.
  2. Wait for the confirmation email.

Know before you go


  • Bathrooms: there are no bathrooms or any type of service or infrastructure. The closest toilets are in the restaurants of La Chorera 25 minutes away.
  • Pets: dogs have to be on a leash at all times.
  • Other considerations: the nearest store is 40 minutes away and the nearest gas station is 50 minutes away.

When to visit?

  • Winter: the maximum average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) and the minimum 13 (55.4 Fahrenheit). This is the rainy season in the region and you can watch many migratory shorebirds in the bay.
  • Spring: the average maximum temperature is 22 degrees (71.6 Fahrenheit) and the minimum is 14 (57.2 Fahrenheit). The weather is quite pleasant and if there has been rain in the previous months, many flowers can be seen.
  • Summer: the average maximum temperature is 31 degrees (87.8 Fahrenheit) and the minimum (73.4 Fahrenheit). Between April and August the sandy beaches are used by some birds to lay their nests. This is also the time when there are many mosquitoes and rattlesnakes can be found among the bushes.
  • Autumn: the average maximum temperature is 29 (84.2 Fahrenheit) and the minimum is 21(69.8 Fahrenheit). The days are sunny and cool and the nights can get cold. In these months migratory shorebirds begin to arrive.


The nature reserves are unique places in the world, therefore, it’s important to enjoy their landscapes responsibly and respect the natural environment. To protect these places and allow other visitors to enjoy them too, please follow the code of conduct.

Recreate responsibly


  1. Pick up your trash and help us keep the area clean.
  2. Dogs always on a leash.
  3. Follow the marked trails and paths.
  4. Observe and admire wildlife from a distance.
  5. Be considerate of other visitors and respect other people’s experience.


  1. Travel with motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and ATVs.
  2. Fireworks.
  3. Take plants, shells, rocks and other objects of nature.
  4. Littering.
  5. Hunting.
  6. Touch and feed wild animals.
  7. Use speakers or loudspeakers.

Things to do

  • Trekking.
  • Kayak.
  • Scientific research and monitoring.
  • Visiting the oyster fields.
  • Cycling.
  • Nature and landscape photography.
  • Birdwatching in fall and winter.
  • Climbing the Monte Ceniza volcano.
Reserva Natural Monte Ceniza
Photo by Terra Peninsular.

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Contact us

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