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.


Schedule and access

The reserve is open from Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for daytime visitors.

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 

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.

Things to do

  • Hiking.
  • Kayaking.
  • Scientific research.
  • Visiting the oyster fields.
  • Mountain cycling.
  • Nature photography.
  • Birdwatching.
  • Walking up the volcano: Monte Ceniza.
  • Watch the stars and the Milky Way.
  • Picnic.

Recreate responsibly

Help us protect the nature reserve by following the principles of Leave No Trace, they are a useful and practical guide for anyone to enjoy nature and outdoor activities responsibly.

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of water properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
Recreate responsibly


  1. Pick up your trash and help us keep the area clean.
  2. Dogs are 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.

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  • Find us on Facebook and Instagram @terrapeninsular.
  • Share photos and videos about your experience on social media, and make sure to tag us.
  • If you’d like to write a short article about your adventure, find the guidelines and steps here.

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