It is fairly easy to navigate the Biosphere known as Pinacate but the very best way to see it is with a qualified guide. Someone who knows the desert and loves the desert will point out things to you that you may have otherwise missed.
From Puerto Peñasco to the field station at Nayarit through the gates and following the loop. The loop will take you to Elegante Crater, Cerro Colorado, and back to the field station. Then a short drive down the road to Shuck Toak at Pincate visitors center for an interpretive discussion about this dynamic area. The whole trip is 135 miles and a fairly long day but it is so worth it.
A family from Minnesota at Elegante Crater
Peñasco Recreation is a qualified and registered tour guide service to this wonderful area. If you would like to schedule a group outing we would be pleased to assist you in making your day in the Sonoran desert the very best it can be.
On the edge of Elegante
The Pinacate visitors center is an engineering marvel. It sits just a few miles off the main highway but it feels a world away! It is a totally self sufficient "Green" building. It uses solar and wind for its power, it has rain water cisterns and has a weather station. The audio visual room plays a short documentary about the desert and previous peoples who lived here.
Let me show off one of my favorite places in the world - to you!