Protected Areas

Thanks to continued efforts in the last 20 years, we have protected over 130,000 acres of natural areas in Ensenada, Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, San Quintín and El Rosario using different conservation models.

Natural areas provide many benefits to society and a safe refuge to wildlife in the face of threats like growing cities, expansion of agricultural fields, pollution and illegal extraction of natural resources.

Baja California
Noroeste de México

Why protect Baja California?

  • The only region with a Mediterranean climate in Mexico. Worldwide there are only 5 areas with this climate.
  • The peninsula offers resting and feeding sites for thousands of migratory birds, this network of sites is known as the Pacific Flyway.
  • An important region of endangered endemic plants is concentrated between California and Baja California, the California Floristic Province is known as one of 35 biodiversity hotspots, as they concentrate great richness of species.
  • There are over 20 areas certified by the federal government.
  • Natural areas provide many benefits to people and the environment.

Areas destined for conservation

San Quintin Nature Reserve

This 201-hectare (496 acres) site is a property of the State Government and is now certified as an area destined for conservation, it’s the first state natural protected area in Baja California.

Los Montes de San Pedro

A family of landowners received 3 certificates from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas to protect more than 4,500 hectares (11,000 acres) in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park’s area of influence.


San Quintin Ramsar Site

San Quintín has been included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (also known as the Ramsar List) as the site number 1775.

Coastal area in San Quintin

Over 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of land in San Quintin Bay have been protected as destination agreements and concessions together with the federal government.

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network sites

San Quintin Lagoon Complex

This WHSRN site of regional importance hosts more than 35,000 shorebirds annually.

Bahia Todos Santos

Bahía de Todos Santos in Ensenada was designated as a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network’s 99th site in September 2017.

San Quintin

Mirador Monte Ceniza

Stations and trails

Thanks to the support of local communities and temporary employment programs, there are different interpretive stations and trails.

Volcanes San Quintín

San Quintin volcanic valley

At least 12 volcanic cones are found in the valley. Some of them are located inside the nature reserves.

Our work is possible thanks to donations from individuals, companies and foundations around the world interested in protecting the natural heritage of the region.