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“A glimpse at 10,000 years ago”

Reviewed 21 March 2015

Apparently no one is sure who painted this rock art. Even the native people who met Spanish explorers in the 1500s claimed no ancestral connection to the artists. Unlike most cave art in BC, these paintings are only a short distance from the highway, though there is a somewhat steep and slippery climb to reach them. Beautiful view across the desert from the top, where the cave is located.

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Reviewed 20 March 2015

I have been to the remote, high desert Gran Mural rock art in the Sierra San Franciscos south of Catavina by mule. But this small cave at mile marker 176 has a well marker trail, placards with historical information about the Cochimi indigenous people and bathrooms. There's even a picnic table. The rock art in this cave is very beautiful….it doesn't have the recognizable human and animal figure of the Santa Teresa canyon art of Rancho San Francisco but the effort to see this cave in Catavina is very easy. No one should drive past this cave without viewing these well protected paintings. I have driven to Baja many times and have passed through Catavina without taking a walk there and I think this is a great place to walk and see the plants, rocks and the amazing bonus of this small cave.

If you're driving south, your next quick stop should be Cocos Colima, a small coconut stand where you can get fresh coconut water, and I think other drinks and snacks too. David's place is colorful and has lots of his sweet folk art in orange and green….I'll include a few photos here. Ask him to show you his snakeskin belt collections and note his orange boots! Gets boring out in the desert so lots of painting going on here. But actually this guy is probably never bored…so much fun! Cocos Colima is a few buildings north of Catavina on the east side of the road. It's set pretty far back off the road but look for all the orange and lime green paint!

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Reviewed 18 March 2015

This is a terrific little hike just off the road between El Rosario and Ensenada, Baja CA, Mexico. A fairly easy trail leads to a small cave opening that you have to crawl into to reveal an intriguing set of colorful cave paintings. The symbols include vibrant swirls and people and animals. It is also a very photogenic area. If you would like to photograph the numerous varieties of cactus that are abundant in this area, this is an excellent place.

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Reviewed 16 February 2015

If you are on the road going N or S here in Catavina you have a great opportunity to see ancient cave painting. Also if you look around you will see BLUE Palm trees. Only place in BAJA where you can find them.

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Reviewed 4 February 2015

It's located right around kilometer marker 179 and is just before you hit the Desert Inn Hotel. You can't miss it because it's just beyond the abandoned museum which was housed in a small "biosphere" which you can see from the street. You can walk to the cave painting site from the biosphere but there is a parking lot just beyond the biosphere on the left as you're heading south. Park the car and follow the path where you will climb the boulders up about 500 feet in elevation and the path markers will direct you to where the paintings are. You climb through a small opening in a set of giant boulders and prepare to be amazed as the entire "ceiling" is covered in paintings. I gasped out loud when I saw it all, it was almost too much to take in! I also visited the cave paintings in San Francisco Sierra and also in Mulege and what's inside this "cave" was far better than what I saw in the other two places. Best of all, it's completely free standing meaning there are no guards and you don't have to pay any fees to visit and you don't need a tour guide, it's just there off the side of the road. Amazing it hasn't fallen victim to graffiti like a lot of the boulders have in the giant boulder/cacti field. Definitely worth a visit when in Baja! Visited last week of January 2015.

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