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Route: Celestino Gasca to Mazatlán
Date: December 15, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)

It’s only a short drive to get to Mazatlán from Celestino Gasca. There is one expensive toll booth on the Maxipista between the 2 destinations. Since the drive is short and we can take our time, we’ll drive the libre instead. If you choose to drive the Maxipista, you’ll rejoin this log near the end at Mile 67.4 (Km 108.7).

The first 10 miles (16.1 km) of today’s log are on the Maxipista. There are no toll booths on this section of the cuota. We exit in the small town of Dimas and follow a paved 2-lane road 14.3 miles (23.1 km) east to the junction with Mex 15 Libre. Mex 15 from here south is a good 2-lane paved road with no shoulders and mostly good surfacing. From this junction it is only 44.6 miles (71.9 km) on to Mazatlán.

 

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) – At the Maxipista exit for Celestino Gasca. This was the end of the previous day’s driving log. We merge onto the Maxipista southbound.

000.2 Miles (000.3 Km) -- Km 78 marker.

002.1 Miles (003.4 Km) -- Km 75 marker. This is also the southern exit for Celestino Gasca. The exit is a pull off onto a gravel side road and is available only to southbound traffic.

003.7 Miles (006.0 Km) -- Rest Area on the right.

004.0 Miles (006.5 Km) -- Km 72 marker.

009.5 Miles (015.3 Km) -- Km 63 marker.

010.0 Miles (016.1 Km) -- We exit the Maxipista to the right for Dimas. The exit is a pull off onto a gravel area and then a right turn onto a paved off-ramp road.

010.2 Miles (016.5 Km) -- At the end of the off-ramp we turn left. Chonita Restaurant which is reportedly an excellent seafood restaurant is straight ahead at the end of the ramp.

010.3 Miles (016.6 Km) – There is a tope just after we turn left above.

010.3 Miles (016.6 Km) -- Graveyard on the right (next door to Chonita Restaurant).

010.4 Miles (016.8 Km) – We cross over the Maxipista. This road is a 2-lane patched road with no shoulders. Keep your speed down and it is no problem for any size RV. We are traveling about 30 miles per hour.

016.5 Miles (026.6 Km) -- Turnoff left is to the town of Duranguito. We continue straight.

019.2 Miles (031.0 Km) – Enter the small town of Rancho La Paloma (no topes).

021.8 Miles (035.2 Km) -- The town of Pixtla de Abajo to the left (a tope before and after the turn).

024.3 Miles (039.2 Km) -- At the intersection with Mex 15. We turn right (south) toward Mazatlán.

024.3 Miles (039.2 Km) -- Km 72 marker. Mex 15 here is 2-lane with no shoulder and mostly smooth surfacing.

027.7 Miles (044.7 Km) – The town of San Ignacio is to the left on a paved road. We continue straight.

028.1 Miles (045.3 Km) -- Pemex #1772 is on the left with magna, premium, and diesel at Km 66. This station has a big lot with good RV access.

030.0 Miles (048.4 Km) -- Puente La Quebrada.

031.6 Miles (051.0 Km) -- Turnoff left is to the town of Limon de los Peraza. We continue straight.

036.4 Miles (058.7 Km) -- Puente San Jose.

041.3 Miles (066.6 Km) – The town of Santa Fe is to the right on a dirt road. We continue straight.

044.1 Miles (071.1 Km) – The town of El Moral is to the left. We continue straight. There are big gravel pull offs on both sides of the road.

044.4 Miles (071.6 Km) -- Km 40 marker.

046.1 Miles (074.4 Km) -- Puente Los Gringos.

048.1 Miles (077.6 Km) -- Km 34 marker.

048.6 Miles (078.4 Km) -- Turnoff left is to the town of El Quelite on a paved road. We continue straight.

049.2 Miles (079.4 Km) – The town of Marmol is to the right (2 series of small topes). We continue straight.

049.3 Miles (079.5 Km) -- Puente Rio Quelite at the Km 32 marker.

052.5 Miles (084.7 Km) -- Puente el Aguacate

055.1 Miles (088.9 Km) – The towns of El Recreo to the right and Los Zapotes to the left. We continue straight.

055.5 Miles (089.5 Km) -- Puente Los Zapotes.                   

055.9 Miles (090.2 Km) – Cross the Tropic of Cancer.

056.8 Miles (091.6 Km) -- Km 20 marker.

057.2 Miles (092.3 Km) -- Puente La Embocada.

057.9 Miles (093.4 Km) -- Turnoff right on a gravel road is for the town of La Embocada. We continue straight.

058.7 Miles (094.7 Km) -- Gravel pull off on the right.

058.9 Miles (095.0 Km) -- Gravel pull off on the left and Restaurant La Curva on the right.

059.2 Miles (095.5 Km) – The town of El Potrero is to the right on a paved road. We continue straight.

059.3 Miles (095.6 Km) -- Km 16 marker.

059.7 Miles (096.3 Km) – The town of La Palma is 7 km left on a gravel road. We continue straight.

060.8 Miles (098.1 Km) -- El Huizachal Restaurant is on the right with parking in big gravel lots on both sides of the road.

061.5 Miles (099.2 Km) -- Propane plant on the right.

061.8 Miles (099.7 Km) -- Km 12 marker.

062.1 Miles (100.2 Km) -- Propane plant on the right.

062.2 Miles (100.3 Km) -- Turnoff right is signed for Playas Mazatlán. This road heads west to a circle near the beach which we call Mazatlán Playas Junction in our book Traveler’s Guide To Mexican Camping. Directions for campgrounds at the north beaches start from the circle.

067.1 Miles (108.2 Km) -- Culiacan Cuota (Maxipista) to the right. We continue straight.

067.4 Miles (108.7 Km) – Traffic from the Maxipista merges with the libre. We continue south. This is the southern entrance to the Maxipista for northbound traffic.

068.0 Miles (109.7 Km) -- Pemex #6173 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

068.8 Miles (111.0 Km) -- Pemex #1766 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

068.9 Miles (111.1 Km) -- Split in road. Left is to Tepic and right is to Mazatlan Playas. In our book, Traveler’s Guide To Mexican Camping, this is the junction we called the North Entrance Junction. Directions for campgrounds near town start from here.

 

See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for Mazatlán camping possibilities

 

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