Route: Las Glorias to Celestino Gasca
Date: November 29, 2006
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper (22.5 Ft. Total Length) Accompanied by 38 Ft. Class A Coach with Tow Car


Note: This log runs from Las Glorias, a beach town just west of Guasave (south of Los Mochis) to Celestino Gasca, another small beach town north of Mazatlán. The campgrounds in Celestino Gasca are relatively new and not included on our latest (third, 2005) edition of Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping. However, information about them is available on our update page. The route detailed here approaches Celestino Gasca from the free road between Culiacán and Mazatlán.

This log also follows the free road farther north between the toll booth on Mex 15 south of Guasave and Culiacán. However, there is now a toll booth along this former free road so we do not recommend it. Instead, follow the toll road rather than the route detailed here between Mile 41.4 and Mile 118.8. The toll road section is straightforward, you can easily follow it while using the remainder of this log. The result will be slightly higher tolls because you will have to pass through three rather than two toll booths with rates much like those listed for the toll booth at  Mile 34.5. 

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- Leaving Las Glorias.

001.0 Miles (001.6 Km) -- Turn off right is to village of Boca del Rio. We continue straight.

008.6 Miles (013.9 Km) -- The road turns to the left.

015.7 Miles (025.3 Km) -- We turn right – signed for Guasave.

018.0 Miles (029.0 Km) -- Enter village of El Cubilete. No congestion.

018.2 Miles (029.4 Km) -- Pemex on the left (no number) with magna and diesel. We stop for fuel.

020.6 Miles (033.2 Km) -- Pemex #4715 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Day before yesterday we came in from the left here, but today we’re leaving the area through Guasave since the distance is shorter southbound.

022.9 Miles (036.9 Km) -- Road becomes 4 lanes and divided.

023.9 Miles (038.5 Km) -- Road turns to the right – 4 lane divided disappears.

024.5 Miles (039.5 Km) -- Pemex #5062 on the right magna, premium, and diesel and Red Cross Hospital on the left. We turn left here onto Boulevard Central.

025.0 Miles (040.3 Km) -- Ley supermarket visible 1 block away to the left.

025.6 Miles (041.3 Km) -- Pemex #3886 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

025.8 Miles (041.6 Km) -- At T at end of road with Mex 15 immediately ahead, turn right.

025.9 Miles (041.8 Km) -- At underpass under Mex 15 we go straight.

026.1 Miles (042.1 Km) -- Merge left onto Mex 15 going south.

026.2 Miles (042.3 Km) -- Reach Puente Sinaloa.

026.4 Miles (042.6 Km) -- End of Puente Sinaloa.

026.9 Miles (043.4 Km) -- Km 145 marker.

027.5 Miles (044.4 Km) -- Pemex #8647 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel – it’s a big station but no parking room.

030.4 Miles (049.0 Km) -- Pemex #1744 on the right magna, premium, and diesel. A big station with some parking.

031.1 Miles (050.2 Km) -- Km 138 marker.

034.1 Miles (055.0 Km) -- Km 133 marker.

034.5 Miles (055.6 Km) -- At toll booth – Rates: Automobile – 19 pesos, Extra Axles Light Vehicles – 9 pesos, 2 and 3 Axle Busses and Trucks – 33 pesos, 4 and 5 Axles – 69 pesos, 6, 7, 8 and 9 axles – 99, Extra Axles – 16 pesos.

034.5 Miles (055.6 Km) -- Km 132 marker.

040.4 Miles (065.2 Km) -- Km 122 marker.

041.0 Miles (066.1 Km) -- Pemex #4999 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel – from highway does not appear suitable for overnighting.

041.4 Miles (066.8 Km) -- We exit right following sign for Culiacán Libre.

041.9 Miles (067.6 Km) -- Km 120 marker. Sign says Culiacán 120 km.

046.0 Miles (074.2 Km) -- Pemex #8345 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel – from highway does not appear suitable for overnighting.

046.3 Miles (074.7 Km) -- Pemex #8403 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel – from highway does not appear suitable for overnighting.

047.6 Miles (076.8 Km) -- Km 110 marker.

049.7 Miles (080.2 Km) -- Pemex #1324 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel – good size and has a small gravel parking lot in the back.

050.0 Miles (080.6 Km) -- Km 106 marker.

050.5 Miles (081.5 Km) -- Puente Rio Mocorito.

050.6 Miles (081.6 Km) -- Road becomes divided and we are entering the city of Guamúchil. Streets are somewhat congested as the road passes through the middle of the city but it is passable with any rig.

051.1 Miles (082.4 Km) -- Pemex #5915 on the right with magna and premium.

051.3 Miles (082.7 Km) -- Road splits here and we take the right fork as northbound and southbound lanes are put on separate one-way streets.

050.6 Miles (081.6 Km) -- Pemex #1325 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

051.6 Miles (083.2 Km) -- Rejoin traffic from the south – now the road is divided by a row of trees

052.0 Miles (083.9 Km) -- Ley supermarket on the right.

052.2 Miles (084.2 Km) -- Pemex (no number) on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

052.8 Miles (085.2 Km) -- Pemex #8753 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Looks like it is just opening up – all they have is a guard right now.

053.4 Miles (086.1 Km) -- Pemex #7652 on right with magna, premium, and diesel. We are leaving Guamúchil.

054.8 Miles (088.4 Km) -- Km 98 marker.

082.2 Miles (132.6 Km) -- Enter village of Pancho Viejo – many small topes.

082.4 Miles (132.9 Km) -- Out of town.

087.2 Miles (140.6 Km) -- Cut-off to Badiraguato.

087.5 Miles (141.1 Km) -- Pemex #2777 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. A big station but no parking.

088.2 Miles (142.3 Km) -- Km 42 marker.

100.0 Miles (161.3 Km) -- Pemex #6780 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. A big station with some parking room.

100.2 Miles (161.6 Km) --Toll Booth – Rates: Automobiles – 19 pesos, Extra Axles Light Vehicles – 9 pesos, 2 and 3 Axle Busses and Trucks – 33 pesos, 4 and 5 Axle Busses and Trucks – 69 pesos, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Axles – 99 pesos, Extra Axles – 16 pesos.

100.8 Miles (162.6 Km) -- Km 21 marker.

103.0 Miles (166.1 Km) -- Enter town of El Rincón de los Ramos.

107.1 Miles (172.7 Km) -- Pemex #3413 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. A big station but few places to park.

107.4 Miles (173.2 Km) -- Km 10 marker.

109.3 Miles (176.3 Km) -- Enter town of La Presita.

109.8 Miles (177.1 Km) -- Welcome to Culiacán Sign – says population is 777,875.

110.5 Miles (178.2 Km) -- Eifel Tower on the right.

110.7 Miles (178.5 Km) -- Enter Culiacán – the road becomes 4 lane divided.

See our book Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping possibilities in this area.

110.9 Miles (178.9 Km) -- Km 4 marker.

112.0 Miles (180.6 Km) -- Pemex #6560 on the right with magna and premium.

112.4 Miles (181.3 Km) -- Pemex #1327 on the left, then a Ley supermarket.

112.6 Miles (181.6 Km) -- Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club to left.

112.9 Miles (182.1 Km) -- Over the river

113.0 Miles (182.3 Km) -- Exit right for Aeropuerto and Mazatlán. There is an underpass which has 4 meters (13 feet) clearance.

113.6 Miles (183.2 Km) -- Pemex #4120 on the right – sign doesn’t say what type of fuel.

116.9 Miles (188.5 Km) -- Pemex #7326 on the right.

117.3 Miles (189.2 Km) -- Pemex #7542- on the right with magna, premium, and diesel – very large and has some parking.

118.4 Miles (191.0 Km) -- We stay to the left for Mazatlán Libre route.

118.8 Miles (191.6 Km) -- Merge onto the libre – it’s the ring road around Culiacán.

119.5 Miles (192.7 Km) -- Km 8 marker.

120.8 Miles (194.8 Km) -- Pemex (no number yet) – on the left – under construction.

121.2 Miles (195.5 Km) -- Km 6 marker.

124.7 Miles (201.1 Km) -- We turn right for Mazatlán Libre at a T.

124.9 Miles (201.5 Km) -- Pemex #4365 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It’s a big station with a huge parking lot behind.

125.1 Miles (201.8 Km) -- Km 208 marker.

126.0 Miles (203.2 Km) -- Pemex #8819 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

130.7 Miles (210.8 Km) -- Auto race track on the right.

134.1 Miles (216.3 Km) -- Turn off to the right to city of Costa Rica, we continue straight.

134.2 Miles (216.5 Km) -- Pemex #3675 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.
Pemex #3856 on the left – now closed
135.9 Miles (219.2 Km) -- Km 190 marker.

144.8 Miles (233.5 Km) -- Enter town of El Salado.

145.8 Miles (235.2 Km) -- Pemex #2957 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with some room for parking. Out of town after the Pemex

146.6 Miles (236.5 Km) -- Km 172 marker.

151.1 Miles (243.7 Km) -- Enter town of Tabala.

151.4 Miles (244.2 Km) -- Pemex on the left – no sign. A big station but no parking. Out of town after this Pemex.

157.4 Miles (253.9 Km) -- Pass through unidentified town.

163.4 Miles (263.5 Km) -- Enter town - Higueras de Abuya

163.9 Miles (264.4 Km) -- Out of town

169.3 Miles (273.1 Km) -- Km 134 marker.

172.5 Miles (278.2 Km) -- Turn off to the left to Baila, we continue straight.

176.9 Miles (285.3 Km)
-- Pass through town of Vida Campesina.

178.8 Miles (288.4 Km) -- Enter town of El Espinal.

179.5 Miles (289.5 Km) -- Pemex #8520 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Big station with a lot in the back for parking.

180.6 Miles (291.3 Km) -- Km 115 marker.

185.7 Miles (299.5 Km) -- Cosala turnoff to the left, we continue straight.

186.6 Miles (301.0 Km) -- Km 105 marker.

186.7 Miles (301.1 Km) -- Turn off right for La Cruz, we turn right to take the free route to Celestino Gasca.

196.4 Miles (316.8 Km) -- Enter town of La Cruz

196.5 Miles (316.9 Km) -- We turn right, this is the bypass around La Cruz although it is poorly marked at this time.

198.1 Miles (319.5 Km) -- At a T after completing the bypass, turn right – this is a 4–lane divided highway.

198.5 Miles (320.2 Km) -- Pemex #6162 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. We turn left at this Pemex – staying on the road which is 4 land divided with a row of lights down the middle.

199.3 Miles (321.5 Km) -- Pemex on the left – no number, has magna, premium, and diesel.

199.9 Miles (322.4 Km) -- Over the Maxipista toll road that runs from Culeacán to Mazatlán.

200.1 Miles (322.7 Km) -- Stay right for a turn around for the Mazatlan Cuota.
200.2 Miles (322.9 Km) -- Exit to the right after turn around for Mazatlan Maxipista. Go ahead and enter the Maxipista, we’ll get off before the next toll booth.

200.6 Miles (323.5 Km) --Km 89 marker.

206.6 Miles (333.2 Km) -- Km 79 marker.

207.0 Miles (333.9 Km) -- Exit for Celestino Gasca to the right

See the update information on this website for information about camping possibilities in this area.


 

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