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Catavina and the area surrounding this very small town, is one of the most beautiful, natural regions of Baja. It is known as the "rock garden" and is surrounded by huge boulders, cactus and other desert plants.
The town is located about 110 miles from San Quintin. Importance to Baja travelers, this is the only reliable source of gasoline, for more than a hundred miles, north or south. This is a small town with one hotel, a mechanic, a couple of restaurants, and a closed Pemex station.
The Desert Inn Catavina is one in a successful chain of hotels stretching through the peninsula, owned by the government. The hotel has a pool, a recreation room and a restaurant. Rooms are very clean, and well kept.
Indian rock carvings/paintings may be found in the region. The desert is also home to many endemic non-cactus species, including two almost identical looking but unrelated versions of the elephant tree, and the cirio, or boojum. Baja's signature contribution to the world is its unusual flora.
The Catavina Boulder Field contributes to this strange landscape. Its hills and valleys of smooth, rounded rocks, ranging in size from marbles to boulders the size of buildings. In fact, the rocks were shaped by the wind, blowing like airborne sandpaper across the desert for millions of years. Soil is scarce here, and weird vegetation often appears to be growing right out of the rocks.
It's wise not to attempt off-the-road explorations here without a four-wheel-drive vehicle - it's too easy to get stuck. But with the proper vehicle, do explore. And, with proper hiking boots, explorations on foot anywhere around the Catavina area make for terrific photo opportunities.



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