2023 Baja 1000 Map: Detailed GPS Race Course Map

Baja 1000 Map

If you’re looking for the 2023 Baja 1000 map, you’re in the right spot. We’ve pulled the GPS data directly from SCORE International and created this easy-to-use Google Map. You can see exactly where the racers will cut through the desert and the towns along the way.

This article also covers specific details on many areas like La Paz, Loreto, San Ignacio, Ensenada, and many between. We show the precise route and discuss the approximate times the Motos and Trucks should arrive.

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2023 Baja 1000 Course Map

The event dates for the SCORE Baja 1000 are from November 13 – 18, 2023 with the actual race starting on Thursday November 16. Breaking from tradition, this year’s Baja 1000 course runs north from La Paz to Ensenada.

Without further ado, here is the 2023 SCORE Baja 1000 Race Map. It is embedded into a Google Map so you can adjust, zoom, and find your perfect viewing spot. You can also add/remove the different layers, including MLMK (mile markers), CKPT (checkpoints, including start/finish), BFGP (BFG Pits), and others:

And here are snapshots of the map broken down in three sections that might be easier to view but provide less detail:

The northern section of the 2023 Baja 1000 map
The center section of the 2023 Baja 1000 race map

We pulled this information from SCORE Baja 1000 official website and other third-party sources on November 9th. Changes may happen to the race events and route.

How To See the Baja 1000

Road closures are common for the Baja 1000 since the race course takes over main roads. Arrive VERY early (or even the day before) and be prepared to stay late. It’s a great time to try out Baja California Camping. You can shoot for a hotel reservation, but the prime locations might already be booked.

And if you’re coming to Baja from out of town, don’t forget to either get your Mexican car insurance or to rent a car. We recommend Baja Bound for car insurance as they have exceptional customer service and incredible policies. We strongly recommend using brokers that offer Chubb, HDI Seguros, and El Aguila policies as these are top insurance companies.

If you want a spot that’s away from crowds, there’s plenty of room to choose from, as long as you can get there. The race can tear up roads, so dirt roads might be significantly more challenging on the way out.

Be prepared with:

  • Binoculars to see the trucks from far off before they zoom past
  • Air compressor with jump starter so you can air down over soft sand for traction (and deal with any dead batteries)
  • Large water jugs to deal with long times in the desert (fill up at any purificadoras where garrafones are filled)

Now is also a great time to consider getting a camping fridge. Once you get chilled drinks and food without ice, you’ll never turn back. A simple solar generator with portable panels can keep your fridge cold all day and night, no problem. It’s an investment you won’t regret.

vulture standing on cactus in Baja

There are many great places to see the 2023 Baja 1000 from this year. Here is a brief breakdown of our top spots (details below):

  • La Paz: See the start and watch every truck right from the comfort of the Malecon or head toward El Centenario to see no-speed-limit views.
  • Loreto: Like La Paz, the race is headed directly through town. Catch views of the racers as you enjoy the Malecon.
  • San Ignacio: Going right past the Mision, you can’t ask for an easier way to see the race.
  • Bahia de Los Angeles (BOLA): Better watch where you’re headed because the Baja 1000 is taking over the main strip.
  • Cataviña: A secluded cactus wonderland that’s going to have the racers whizzing by.
  • San Felipe: If you’re part of the usual San Felipe 4×4 crowd, head out of town to see the race go past a little inland.
  • Ensenada: Nothing better than catching the checkered flag view from a bustling Mexican town with top-tier seafood.

And here are some notable exceptions to the list where the race is NOT going to be passing by:

  • Los Cabos / Todos Santos: Head up to La Paz for closest viewing points. Adventurous ones can go straight up the Pacific coastline.
  • Nopolo / Loreto Bay: You might like being on the outskirts of town usually, but if you don’t make the trip to town, you’ll miss the race.
  • Mulege / Bahia Concepcion: Although it passes right through Loreto, it cuts west shortly after that and won’t be going through Mulege.
  • Santa Rosalia: You’re going to have to brave the mountain roads and head to San Ignacio or Loreto.
  • Guerrero Negro: Even though the whales in Laguna San Ignacio will get a view, Ojo de Liebre will miss out. San Ignacio, Cataviña, or Bahia de Los Angeles are your closest alternatives.
  • Anywhere on the Pacific side of Baja California (the northern state): If you aren’t in Ensenada, it’ll be tough to watch.
The start of the 2023 Baja 1000 in La Paz

Baja 1000 La Paz Start Information

The SCORE Baja 1000 race kicks off in La Paz, BCS on November 16th. Here is the current schedule of the starts on Thursday, November 16:

  • 12:30 am: Staging for Motos and Quads
  • 1:00 am: START for Motos and Quads
  • 7:45 am: Staging for Trucks, Cars, and UTVs
  • 8:00 am: Opening ceremony
  • 9:00 am: START for all classes of Trucks, Cars, and UTVs

The SCORE map shows the opening ceremony and start line on the northern end of the Malecon, near the Hotel El Moro.

The racers run south through the Malecon, then hop on Highway 1 toward El Centenario, before turning south on Calle Seis. After that, it’s basically a direct shot west for them out to Pacific Ocean.

The 2023 Baja 1000 course map through Loreto

Where Does Baja 1000 Go Through Loreto and Mulege?

If you want a great spot to see the Baja 1000 from, Loreto is an excellent choice this year. The race runs directly on the Malecon bordering the Sea of Cortez.

It’s not going to pass by Mulege or Bahia Concepcion, so if you’re up that way, make the short trip down (you can even stop by an ATM while your in Loreto!). Be aware of the road closures between the two areas.

Hang out at one of our favorite little dive bars, Augie’s, or try to get a seat at one of the other amazing restaurants along the strip. Hotel La Mision will undoubtedly be packed.

The Motos and Quads are expected to come in early to Loreto on Thursday, November 16th, perhaps starting as early as 6:30 am. The Trophy Trucks are more likely to arrive in the early to mid afternoon, 2:30 pm or so. As always, it’s difficult to know exactly when they’ll arrive, so we recommend getting there nice and early and being prepared for a long day.

An earlier version of this page incorrectly stated Friday, November 17th. Our sincere apologies about this critical mistake. We always do our best to verify our data, but unfortunately, this major error made it through to publication. We gathered information from many different sources and did not catch this significant date as incorrect. We understand this may have resulted in missing the race through town and take this issue seriously.

The close up view of the 2023 SCORE Baja 1000 in San Ignacio

Where Does Baja 1000 Go Through San Ignacio and Bahia de Los Angeles?

San Ignacio is going to be another great place to watch the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2023. It is cutting directly through town, right in front of Mision de San Ignacio. You could even watch it from the lovely camping area Los Petates.

Motos are expected to start arriving around 11:00 am with the trophy trucks making their way into San Ignacio around 6:15 pm. Times are far from guaranteed.

The Baja 1000 near San Ignacio
A map of the Baja 1000 course through Bahia de Los Angeles (BOLA)

The race course stays near the center of the peninsula north of San Ignacio, so those in Guerrero Negro will want to head down south or way up to Bahia de Los Angeles to check it out. The course is running straight through town in Bahia de Los Angeles (Motos around 3:00 pm and Trophy Trucks around 9:30 pm).

The course also cuts through Bahia de Gonzaga (Gonzaga Bay) with Motos arrive around 7:00 pm and Trucks around 2:15 am.

Don’t forget that now is a great time to prepare for whale watching season in San Ignacio. The race is tearing down the road to the San Ignacio Lagoon, right by where most of the whale camps are at.

The race course near San Felipe

Where Does Baja 1000 Go Through San Felipe?

Unlike a lot of the other major towns along the route, the 2023 Baja 1000 is not going directly through San Felipe or along the Malecon. Seems like the race organizers know that the blood runs thick with off-roading love in this northern Baja town.

It enters the San Felipe area near the airport and running next to Dos Yemas Ranch, a small campground that’s likely to be an excellent viewing spot, if you can snag a campsite.

Then the Baja 1000 race course runs north next to San Felipe, with this point being directly on the race route. The it continues north before heading west, away from the coast and toward the checkered flag.

A map of the SCORE Baja 1000 as it finishes in Ensenada

Where Does the Baja 1000 End in Ensenada?

After the long trek, racers will finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Lucky for them, they go all the way around the construction in Maneadero.

The Baja 1000 race course map comes in from the north east of Ensenada, then cuts south directly into town before ending at Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural, Riviera de Ensenada on Blvd. Costero.

The official results should be posted by 6:30pm on Saturday, November 18!

More Information About the 2023 SCORE Baja 1000

The information used to create this article for the SCORE Baja 1000 comes directly from the race host, SCORE International. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, you can head over to their website. It has information mainly geared toward racers, but there is a fan section and a magazine-like publication you can get for free with a lot of team information and background.

Here is a link directly to the schedule of events for the 2023 SCORE Baja 1000.

The entire Baja 1000 map

SCORE Baja 1000 Map: Summary

Whether you catch the backward start at La Paz or the epic northern finish in Ensenada, knowing the Baja 1000 course map will make a big difference. Don’t forget to watch our for road closures, bring plenty of water, and enjoy your time watching the race.

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2 thoughts on “2023 Baja 1000 Map: Detailed GPS Race Course Map”

  1. Hi Michael, Great article on the Baja 1000, good info. Greatly appreciate you doing this for the fans and racers. Is it possible to get the gpx file of this years Baja 1000 race sent to me. Many thanks in advance. Davy J

    1. Thanks, Davy! It’s an honor to see your name pop up on this post. Congratulations on your inspiring racing career and I hope life is treating you well.

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