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Planning trip from Phoenix to Mexico- which border crossings?

My wife and I are making a trip on the LT in mid February from Phoenix to the Baja, crossing at Tecate and from La Paz to Mazatlan, eventually spending a couple of weeks in San Carlos.

One the return leg to Phoenix we want to hit Tombstone before returning to Phoenix. Trying to decide if we should cross back over at Nogales or Douglas? We crossed at Nogales by bus last year it's a pretty crappy looking place. Is Douglas any worse/better?

Any other suggestions for scenic routes on the trip?

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My wife and I are making a trip on the LT in mid February from Phoenix to the Baja, crossing at Tecate and from La Paz to Mazatlan, eventually spending a couple of weeks in San Carlos.

One the return leg to Phoenix we want to hit Tombstone before returning to Phoenix. Trying to decide if we should cross back over at Nogales or Douglas? We crossed at Nogales by bus last year it's a pretty crappy looking place. Is Douglas any worse/better?

Any other suggestions for scenic routes on the trip?
Just last week I entered thru Calexico and returned from Tecate. Both were fine.

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My wife and I are making a trip on the LT in mid February from Phoenix to the Baja, crossing at Tecate and from La Paz to Mazatlan, eventually spending a couple of weeks in San Carlos.

One the return leg to Phoenix we want to hit Tombstone before returning to Phoenix. Trying to decide if we should cross back over at Nogales or Douglas? We crossed at Nogales by bus last year it's a pretty crappy looking place. Is Douglas any worse/better?

Any other suggestions for scenic routes on the trip?

djbroughton,

Don't know how long it has been since your last trip through Nogales. Coming up from San Carlos there are newer "toll" roads that can take you right up to the border. If you want to miss Nogales, Mexico you stay on the toll roads and cross at the new commercial border entry that will bring you out just a hair west of Nogales, Arizona.

I can get you specific directions/instructions but if you ride through the outer edge of Nogales, Arizona and take Arizona 82/East Patagonia Road. Follow that to Sonoita, Arizona.

Gas up, great food at the restaurant next to the gas station and take some time to check out the wineries around the area. They have some great wine. Head up 82 to 80 and then you go east to Tombstone. Or.. you can cut down 90 through Sierra Vista, Arizona and then back up to Tombstone.

The ride on 82 is one we all occasionally take just because of the scenery.

I can PM you with a word document containing a map showing the route above.

Good luck with your trip if you need anything else while your down this way let me know.

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Baja trip- Camping?

Thanks for the replies. We're now thinking of spending more time in Baja before taking the ferry to the mainland.

Has anyone had recent experience with beach camping in Baja? Is it worth hauling the camping gear with us? Can you get an LT close enough to your campsite for security?

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My wife and I are making a trip on the LT in mid February from Phoenix to the Baja, crossing at Tecate and from La Paz to Mazatlan, eventually spending a couple of weeks in San Carlos.

One the return leg to Phoenix we want to hit Tombstone before returning to Phoenix. Trying to decide if we should cross back over at Nogales or Douglas? We crossed at Nogales by bus last year it's a pretty crappy looking place. Is Douglas any worse/better?

Any other suggestions for scenic routes on the trip?
I've crossed at Douglas before. It was fine. There is a very cool hotel there that's supposed to be haunted. Didn't see any ghosts, but the rooms were nice

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I had some friends drive back to Tucson in their car from San Carlos last week and crossed at Nogales - they waited 5 hours.


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