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Route: Hermosillo to Kino Bay
Date: November 30, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)
Today’s route follows Mex 15 north from its intersection with Mex 14 which is 5 miles (8 km) north of Hermosillo. The route follows the northwest bypass route around Hermosillo (also called the Mine Road) and connects with Son 16 just east of the Hermosillo airport. It then follows Son 16 west to Kino Bay.
The Hermosillo northwest bypass leaves Mex 15 immediately south of the Hermosillo toll booth as a good surface 2-lane road. Nearer the city the road changes to 4-lane. Hermosillo is growing to the west and parts of this route are inside the suburban area with quite a bit of traffic. Some sections are currently being resurfaced and widened and in the construction zones roads often narrow to 2-lanes with some gavel. See details below. Once this construction is completed this should be a very good bypass route around the city. Even today it's the best route to Kino Bay for folks arriving from the north.
Son 16 west of Hermosillo is newly resurfaced and smooth. It is 2-lane with wide shoulders.
000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) – Intersection of Mex 15 and Mex 14. This is 5 miles (8 km) north of Hermosillo and we are heading north on Mex 15 for the northwest bypass route around Hermosillo.
002.6 Miles (004.2 Km) – Km 13.
003.3 Miles (005.3 Km) – Pemex #4142 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This station was closed.
003.6 Miles (005.8 Km) – At Km 15 we turn left on Son 80. This turn is just south of the toll booth which you can see ahead before your turn. The road is 2-lanes with good surface.
005.5 Miles (008.9 Km) – Km 3.
008.5 Miles (013.7 Km) – We turn left on the road signed for Hermosillo. Sign after the turn says Bahia Kino 135 km.
009.1 Miles (014.7 Km) – Pemex #8828 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. This station has good access for diesel but not for gas. Prices for fuel here were diesel 7.08 pesos per liter, magna 7.60 pesos per liter, and premium 9.57 pesos per liter.
012.1 Miles (019.5 Km) – A series of 3 topes.
012.5 Miles (020.2 Km) – Soriana grocery store on the left. We turn right on Progresso which is a 4-lane city street. Currently Progresso is under construction and traffic in places becomes 2-lane and there are a couple of short gravel sections.
012.5 Miles (020.2 Km) – Bodega Aurrera grocery store on the right immediately after the turn.
012.9 Miles (020.8 Km) – Tope.
013.1 Miles (021.1 Km) – Super del Norte grocery store on the left.
013.1 Miles (021.1 Km) – Pemex #6932 on the left with magna and premium.
014.0 Miles (022.6 Km) – A large Pemex with no number with magna, premium, and diesel on the right. The road comes to a T here and we turn left on Dr Antonio Quiroga, also a 4-lane city street. Sign says Bahia de Kino 115 Km.
014.4 Miles (023.2 Km) – Pemex with no number with magna and premium is under construction on the right.
015.1 Miles (024.4 Km) – Pemex #9688 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel and an Oxxo store. This is a new large Pemex almost completed but not open yet.
015.3 Miles (024.7 Km) – Super del Norte grocery store on the right.
015.4 Miles (024.8 Km) – Pemex #6650 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.
015.5 Miles (025.0 Km) – Banamex (bank) on the right.
016.7 Miles (026.9 Km) – Pemex #4435 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.
017.1 Miles (027.6 Km) – Intersection with Jesus Garcia Morales (Son 16) at a stop light. We turn right for Bahia de Kino.
018.1 Miles (029.2 Km) – Pemex #5134 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.
018.7 Miles (030.2 Km) – Aeropuerto (airport) on the right.
018.9 Miles (030.5 Km) – End of divided highway. Road becomes 2-lane with good surface and shoulders almost a lane in width.
019.7 Miles (031.8 Km) – Km 11.
020.5 Miles (033.1 Km) – Domecq Brandy plant on the left.
037.4 Miles (060.3 Km) – Grape vineyard on the right.
037.6 Miles (060.6 Km) – Vino de la Costa on the right.
037.9 Miles (061.1 Km) – Km 42.
044.4 Miles (071.6 Km) – Son 134, the shortcut road to Mex 15 and Guaymas goes to the left. This road joins Mex 15 to Guaymas at mile 060.5 (097.6 Km) of our December 2, 2008 driving log from Hermosillo to Guaymas/San Carlos.
045.0 Miles (072.6 Km) – Km 54.
048.6 Miles (078.4 Km) – Enter the town of Miguel Aleman (no topes).
049.1 Miles (079.2 Km) – Beginning of divided highway with red street lights dividing the lanes.
049.3 Miles (079.5 Km) – Pemex #2496 with magna and premium on the left.
049.6 Miles (080.0 Km) – Pemex #8840 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. This station has good access and a big dirt lot for parking.
050.0 Miles (080.6 Km) – Pemex #5231 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.
050.3 Miles (081.1 Km) – End of divided highway and out of Miguel Aleman.
052.7 Miles (085.0 Km) – Km 67.
075.0 Miles (121.0 Km) – Enter Bahia Kino, Population 5,000.
075.8 Miles (122.3 Km) – Pemex #2660 on the left with magna, premium and
diesel. This is the entrance to Old Kino Bay. New Kino Bay is along the road straight ahead.
See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for Kino Bay camping possibilities.
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