El Rosario, Baja California

El Rosario is a town in San Quintín Municipality, Baja California, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The census of 2010 reported a population of 1,704 inhabitants.

El Rosario, Baja California
Highway 1 passing through El Rosario
Highway 1 passing through El Rosario
El Rosario is located in Baja California
El Rosario
El Rosario
Location in Mexico
El Rosario is located in Mexico
El Rosario
El Rosario
El Rosario (Mexico)
Coordinates: 30°03′37″N 115°43′37″W / 30.06028°N 115.72694°W / 30.06028; -115.72694Coordinates: 30°03′37″N 115°43′37″W / 30.06028°N 115.72694°W / 30.06028; -115.72694
Country Mexico
StateBaja California
MunicipalitySan Quintín
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total1,704
Time zoneUTC-8 (Northwest US Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Northwest)


El Rosario is a small town on the west coast of the state of Baja California on Highway 1, 61 km south of San Quintín and 119 km north of Cataviña.


The town historically has been primarily fishing and agricultural,[1] with the major crop being onions. Other local crops include chilies, alfalfa, potatoes, and beans. There are several nearby fishing camps at Punta Baja and Isla San Jerónimo. Bocana Beach (Spanish: La Bocana) is located approximately 5 miles west of El Rosario through the Arroyo and over the dunes.[2][3]


The town is located on Mexican Federal Highway 1 and also a stop on the Baja 1000 racing event.[4] There are several markets in El Rosario, ranging from mini-markets and meat markets to traditional markets and liquor stores.

The town is one of many locations in Baja California visited by bird watchers, due to bird migration patterns.[5] The Aplopappus vernicosus is a Mexican species of shrub in the family Asteraceae, that has been found almost exclusively in this town.[6]

Just outside of the town of El Rosario (approximately 13 miles south) is the Las Pintas, a site for petroglyphs which dates back to over 2,000 years ago.[7] There is also a nearby petrified forest.[2]



  1. ^ Minch, John Albert; Minch, Edwin; Minch, Jason (1998). Roadside Geology and Biology of Baja California. J. Minch and Associates. ISBN 978-0-9631090-1-9.
  2. ^ a b "The Petrified Forest of El Rosario - Baja Travel Adventures". Baja Bound Insurance Services. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  3. ^ Wheelock, Walt (1975). Baja California Guidebook. A. H. Clark Company. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-87062-113-0.
  4. ^ "El Rosario". AllAboutBaja.com. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ Howell, Steve N. G. (2018-10-18). A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico. Cornell University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-5017-3594-3.
  6. ^ Standley, Paul Carpenter (1926). Trees and Shrubs of Mexico: Bignoniaceae-Asteraceae. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 1491.
  7. ^ Kramer, Jennifer (2020-02-04). Moon Baja: Tijuana to Los Cabos. Avalon Publishing. p. 210. ISBN 978-1-64049-101-4.
  8. ^ a b Jacobs, Daniel; Fisher, John (2007-08-20). The Rough Guide to Mexico. Penguin. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-84836-823-1.

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