Carmen's Cave | Tourist Attraction

Mexico

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Altitude:
441.8 masl
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CarpeViam

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This is the parking area to Carmen's cave, about 57km down a washboard gravel road to small branch then 1km drive down a dirt road to small parking area. Short 20 minute walk up the rocky hill.

The trail is unmarked but easy to find and follow. This is an unprotected archeological (pretty impressive cave paintings), please respect the site. You can definitely camp here also.

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Nice paintings in a stunning landscape. Campsite was one of the best desert spots in our Baja trip. Road from Hwy1 was as described below, road to Bahia LA got a lot rougher. High clearance required for some spots, mix of packed sand and rocky sections. Rough with correlations the last 50km. Great road for those with a 4x4/ high clearance vehicle.

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Just here to add that the road in off of Highway 1 is typical Mexico gravel washboard for the first 2/3 or so. Then a bit rougher for the last bit. Should be doable in nearly any vehicle if you take it slow enough. One way was about 1hr 20mins at moderate speed for our 2wd van with lowered tire pressure.

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as described by others, an amazing, awe inspiring place. such a privilege to be able to see it with no one else around. a sign of a camp fire at the parking spot but otherwise no signs of modern people - great to see everyone being respectful (as we were).

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What a very special place. please leave it as you found it. We camped overnight with two truck campers. Very quiet. Cave paintings are spectacular.

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Don't miss this place, it is very beautiful. Access to this cave is free, unprotected, and the paintings are not not tag! There is no sign to come here.

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Great hike and camp spot. As described by others - unmarked but easy to find road in and the hike. Road is narrow (for larger rigs) and not a lot of space at the turn around. Enough for 2-3 camping vehicles depending on size and leaving room for turning around. It’s also possible to camp closer to the main road and hike in the access road. Loved the hike.

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Beautiful spot to spend an evening. There were a lot of small bugs (almost like fruit flies) swarming but they didn’t bite or anything. The parking camping area is basically a small turn around so this definitely isn’t a good place for a group or larger vehicles.

The hike up to the cave / paintings isn’t too difficult. A little steep and you’ll encounter fairly large rocks but I was up and down in a little over 20 minutes (not counting the time I spent appreciating the cave paintings).

This spot is an incredible way to experience a really cool historical site without any of the signage / ropes / warnings / etc that come with similar locations throughout the world. Pleas keep it clean, don’t touch the cave walls, and stay on the trail so future visitors can see it in its original state.

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Beautiful, third visit here. Nice quiet camp spot.

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Fantastic place! We camped here, very peaceful and quiet. Totally worth short hike to the paintings.

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ahh, another wonderful visit, 5 days over full moon,, really got to explore, and feel the energy of this place, literally a garden of Eden, at least once when figures the right cactus that gives fluid and nutrition! The dawn sounds of the bird life alone,, are worth the price of admission!
.... The first morning I was here, there was some rain, which turns out to be the first time in five or six years it's rained outside of the summer storm season. I was treated with many desert flowers of orange gold white purple red. Quite amazing.
...A ranger of sorts came by on my second day, told me about the rain factor, and also confirmed that it is indeed just the one main cave that's got pictographs in it. Certainly wasn't able to find any otherwise.
... The many doves, as well as bees found it to be a wonderful treat to have a dish of water available. I use some plastic and made a little trough about 25 feet to the left of the beginning of the trail. Perhaps leave some water for my friends <;~]

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great visit, meet MrToadsWildRide on site! only ones there overnight. Read this complete earlier review. only can add watch out for Road Washout Warning signs.

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Incredible! To have uninterrupted private access to such a world heritage site, I'm stunned. Good place to stay, as well. Definitely no traffic today,lol. Making a lovely prawn, piscado meal,, gonna go back up there, for a dawn meditation.


...Lessons from my pictograph teachers....

It is clear in these paintings, each person has outstretched arms and open hands. There is no sense of sadness or toil given from these renditions. Clearly the men and women are enjoying celebration!

... I can't imagine life 6,000 ago was all that easy in any season, but here we have a special cave, that is shelter, never gets hit by the sun, and has an amazing view. I am in awed and humbled to look at this view on its own, let's alone the message sent. And the message is very very clear.....

....... It is one thing to be grateful in a humble way for the abundance we receive. It is another again to celebrate that abundance with raised arms and open hands...  Alhumdulilah!!!

.... In our society, we go through life trying to get that one more... Hit!   Whether it be the extra hour work or the extra mile driven, or the next thrill or escape.  So much of the time we live in a place just one or a few steps behind whatever it were chasing, and thereby live in one level or another of deficit, or misery.

 ....But the message here is clear.  Stop, take time to realize we have something to celebrate amidst even the toughest life challenges.

   ... What would happen in this world if we all did that right now,,, to stop, take stock of our surroundings, and realize what we have, and celebrate it!.... laugh, love, and share abundance, I think the world would actually change pretty fast when we realize this, and just..... do it!!!!

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Ditto as bellow, well worth the stop. Just note there are no sign posts, turn off is on your right if coming from El Arco. Check in point is already at the car park. Trail begins heading directly towards the cliff. Very nice place

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Just a short hike up the path from the parking area. Most definitely worth the stop. 👍👍

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Indeed very impressive paintings and considering they are not protected (open cavern) in very good condition. By chance we met a local guide with two clients and he told us the first paintings where made 10'000 ago and the last around 7'000 years ago.
Please do not touch and take only photos to preserve it for future generations.
Wonderful surrounding too!

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Definitely worth a stop - haunting images from a distant past and a lovely (if short) hike up. It’s a treat to see artifacts like this in a wild and natural setting so treating the area with care and respect seems only right.

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Great place to camp. The track is narrow between thorny vegetation, thus not suitable for wide cars; our car body is 2.3 m wide, we could access the place by cutting back some of the plants.
The archeological site is beautiful, please take care and don't touch the walls.

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As described great location for camping
Clean area no trash
Cave is visible from the ground easy trail up to it

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This is the parking area to Carmen's cave, after a 1km drive down a dirt road off the main dirt road and from here, a short 20 minute walk up the hill. The trail is unmarked but easy to find and follow. This is an unprotected archeological (pretty impressive cave paintings), please respect the site. You can probably camp here also (we saw signs of campfires) though quite buggy (didn't seem to be biters but small and annoying) at the parking area when we were here.

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