From: Los Mochis to Mazatlán
Date: February 23, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

Note: This route takes us from Los Mochis south to Mazatlán. You will notice that we follow the two-lane free road on the last leg from Culiacán to Mazatlán because the four-lane toll road following pretty much the same route is one of the most expensive in Mexico.


000.0 Miles (000.0 Km)
– At Km 0 under the overpass giving access to central Los Mochis, Pemex #2540 is nearby. We are heading south on a four-lane highway. This is the point where the previous road log ends.

001.4 Miles (002.3 Km)
-- The cutoff to Topolobampo goes right, Pemex #1737 with magna, premium and diesel is on the right. This is an extremely busy truck stop with a large truck lot in the back.

002.4 Miles (003.9 Km) -- Km 201 marker. The markers are counting down to Culiacán.

007.2 Miles (011.6 Km) -- Pemex #4925 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access with a paved truck parking area.

010.6 Miles (017.1 Km)
-- Stands with potatoes for sale along the side of the road.

011.2 Miles (018.1 Km) -- Pemex #1741 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access but no truck parking.

018.1 Miles (029.2 Km)
-- Pemex #3717 on the left with magna, premium and diesel. No access from southbound lanes, no truck parking.

018.4 Miles (029.7 Km) -- Cutoff right for the town of Ruiz Cortines and a retorno for the Pemex we just passed.

024.2 Miles (039.0 Km)
-- Cutoff right for town of Gabriel Leyna.

025.2 Miles (040.6 Km) -- Cutoff left for Batamote.

025.3 Miles (040.8 Km) -- Pemex #5516 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access with a little truck parking.

025.6 Miles (041.3 Km)
-- Playas Las Glorias cutoff to the right.

026.7 Miles (043.1 Km)
-- Km marker 162.

035.4 Miles (057.1 Km) -- Km marker 148.

035.6 Miles (057.3 Km) -- Exit for Guasave for traffic headed south.

See Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in the Guasave area.

036.9 Miles (059.6 Km)
-- Bridge over the Río Sinaloa. The Km 146 marker is on the bridge.

037.8 Miles (061.0 Km) -- Exit right for Guasavito.

038.8 Miles (062.5 Km)
-- Exit right for Casas Blanca.

039.6 Miles (064.0 Km)
-- Exit right for El Burrión.

041.2 Miles (066.5 Km)
-- Pemex #1744 on the right. It has magna, premium, and diesel and good access with some truck parking out front.

045.4 Miles (073.3 Km)
-- Toll booth. Rates: auto – 16 pesos; bus with 2,3, or 4 axles – 30 pesos; truck with 4 or 5 axles – 59 pesos.

048.4 Miles (078.1 Km)
-- San Rafael cutoff to the right.

052.3 Miles (084.3 Km) -- Pemex #4999 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It’s large with good access but no truck parking.

052.6 Miles (084.8 Km) -- Exit right for Culiacán via Libre.

053.1 Miles (085.6 Km) -- Km 125 marker.

053.3 Miles (085.9 Km) -- Sign says Culiacán 124 km.

062.1 Miles (100.1 Km) -- Toll booth at the Km 110 marker. Rates: auto – 22 pesos; 2 axles – 29 pesos; 3 axles – 40 pesos; 4 axles – 57 pesos; 5 axles – 74 pesos.

062.2 Miles (100.3 Km) -- Pemex #4618 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access and some truck parking.

084.1 Miles (135.6 Km) -- Pemex with no number on the right with magna, premium, and diesel. It’s small but has good access but no truck parking.

090.9 Miles (146.6 Km) -- Exit for La Reforma and Zapotillo.

111.0 Miles (179.0 Km) -- Exit for La Palma and Vitaruto.

117.1 Miles (188.8 Km) -- Pemex #4156 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. Good access northbound but southbound requires a turnaround. Has a little truck parking and a mini super.

122.1 Miles (196.9 Km) -- Exit for La Curva and San Pedro.

129.2 Miles (208.3 Km) -- Toll booth at the 2 km marker. Rates: auto – 22 pesos; 2 axles – 29 pesos; 3 axles – 40 pesos; 4 axles – 57 pesos; 5 axles – 74 pesos; motorcycle – 8 pesos; car and one-axle trailer – 31 pesos.

There’s also Pemex #3693 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel.

129.7 Miles (209.1 Km) -- Important intersection. Exit right for the toll road to Mazatlán. Take the second exit right for Culiacán centro, go straight for the free road to Mazatlán. We go straight. The highway we are following curves around Culiacán to meet with the free road on the south side of the city.

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

130.9 Miles (211.0 Km) -- Road narrows to two lanes.

131.3 Miles (211.7 Km) -- Km 8 marker. These markers are counting down to the intersection with the free road south of town.

133.7 Miles (215.6 Km) -- Exit for La Primera and Culiacán.

136.2 Miles (219.6 Km) -- Road ends at a T. To the left is Culiacán, to the right is Mazatlán. We go right. The road is a paved two lane road.
Exercise caution on this road. It has just enough ups and downs to slow some trucks and tempt others to pass, often in places where there is not enough room.

136.4 Miles (219.9 Km) -- Pemex #4365 on the right with magna, premium and diesel. It has good access and a large truck parking lot at the rear. Also a mini super and a loncheria.

136.6 Miles (220.2 Km) -- Km 208 marker. These are counting down to Mazatlán.

142.1 Miles (229.1 Km) -- Cutoff left to Laguna Colorada.

146.1 Miles (235.6 Km) -- Cutoff right for Costa Rica.

146.1 Miles (235.6 Km) -- Pemex #3675 on right, Pemex #3856 on left, both with magna, premium and diesel and good access. Truck parking in back.

156.8 Miles (252.9 Km) -- Pass through village of El Salado. Topes but lots of room.

157.3 Miles (253.7 Km) -- Cutoff right for El Dorado and the toll road. Kids are selling tamales as vehicles slow at the topes.

158.1 Miles (255.0 Km) -- Pemex #2957 on the left with magna, premium, and diesel. It has good access and truck parking in back.

161.7 Miles (260.8 Km) -- Cutoff right for San Lorenzo.

163.6 Miles (263.9 Km) -- Through the town of Tabala. Plenty of room.

168.6 Miles (271.9 Km) -- Cutoff right to El Oso.

170.3 Miles (274.7 Km) -- Cutoff right to Est. Obispo.

176.6 Miles (284.8 Km) -- Through the town of Higuera de Abuya. Plenty of room.

190.1 Miles (306.6 Km) -- Cutoff right for Ejido 26 de Enero.

190.5 Miles (307.3 Km) -- Through village of Vida Campesina.

192.5 Miles (310.5 Km) -- Through the village of El Espinal, topes.

199.7 Miles (322.1 Km) -- Cutoff left for Cosalá.

200.8 Miles (323.9 Km) -- Cutoff right for La Cruz.

209.0 Miles (337.1 Km) -- Cutoff left for Elota.

216.5 Miles (349.2 Km) -- Cutoff left for Ixpalino.

217.8 Miles (351.3 Km) -- Cross the Puente Piaxtla.

220.0 Miles (354.8 Km) -- Pass through village of Crucero Piaxtla, topes.

221.1 Miles (356.6 Km) -- Cutoff right for Est. Dimas.

224.6 Miles (362.2 Km) -- Cutoff left for San Ignacio.

224.9 Miles (362.7 Km) -- Pemex #1772 on the left with magna and diesel but no premium. It’s small but has good access.

245.4 Miles (395.8 Km) -- Cutoff left for El Quelite and El Quemado.

245.9 Miles (396.6 Km) -- Cutoff right for Mármol.

246.1 Miles (396.9 Km) -- Pass over Puente Río Quelite.

252.6 Miles (407.4 Km) -- Cross over the Tropic of Cancer. There’s a monument in the form of a globe to the right. We’re in the Tropics!

258.5 Miles (416.9 Km) -- Km 12 marker.

258.9 Miles (417.6 Km) -- Cutoff right to Playas Mazatlán. We continue straight.

See Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in the Mazatlán area.

259.3 Miles (418.2 Km) -- Pass through town of El Habal. Plenty of room.

259.6 Miles (418.7 Km) -- Cutoff left for La Noria.

264.0 Miles (425.8 Km) -- Cutoff right for Culiacán Cuota. That is the toll road north to Culiacán. We go straight. The road becomes four lane.

264.3 Miles (426.3 Km) -- Toll road traffic from the north merges with our road.

265.8 Miles (428.7 Km) -- Pemex #1766 on the right with magna, premium, and diesel.

266.0 Miles (429.0 Km) -- Road forks. The highway goes left and is marked for Tepic, we go straight following sign for Mazatlán Playas. This intersection is called the North Entrance Junction in our book. The next log will begin at this point.

See Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping for information about campgrounds in Mazatlán.

 

Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church

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