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Route: US Border at Nogales to Santa Ana
Date: November 28, 2008
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: Pickup with Camper towing a Jeep Wrangler (40 Ft. Total Length)

 

 Today’s route begins in the U.S. at Highway 19 Exit 4 near Nogales, leads to the Mariposa crossing just to the west, and then south on the toll bypass around the city. It stops at the documentation station south of Nogales and then continues south. The route bypasses the toll booth at Magdalena and ends in Santa Ana where Mex 2 from the east meets Mex 15.

 

The surface of Mex 15 along today’s route is excellent.

 

Note that the border crossing was signed as only being open from 6 am to 10 pm.

 

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- At I-19 Exit 4 (Mariposa Rd – Hwy 189), signed for Border Truck Route.

000.2 Miles (000.3 Km) -- Right on Mariposa Rd at end of off-ramp.

002.8 Miles (004.5 Km) -- US border station, stop not necessary.

003.0 Miles (004.8 Km) -- Mexican border – stay left for Puerto Fronterizo Nogales III and Hermosillo. Stop here not necessary.

003.4 Miles (005.5 Km) -- Sign says Hermosillo 260 km, Santa Ana 92 km, Magdalena de Kino 75 km.

003.7 Miles (006.0 Km) -- Km 12.

006.3 Miles (010.2 Km) -- Sign says Hassle Free Zone for Vehicles Next 450 km.

007.9 Miles (012.7 Km) -- Km 5.

008.1 Miles (013.1 Km) -- Toll Booth – Toll booth. Rates: Auto - 37 pesos; 2 Axles – 75 pesos; 3 Axles – 75 pesos; 4 and 5 Axles – 133 pesos; 6, 7, 8, 9 Axles – 152 pesos; Extra Axles - 19 pesos. We paid 75 Pesos, the rate for an auto plus 2 extra axles.

008.5 Miles (013.7 Km) -- Km 4.

008.7 Miles (014.0 Km) – Approaching Mexican Customs Inspection Station - get in lane for Vehiculos Ligeros (light vehicles) – Note: The topes through the inspection station are slanted and large – proceed very slowly.

008.8 Miles (014.2 Km) -- At the inspection station – a sign directs motorhomes to the right lane.

008.9 Miles (014.4 Km) -- Red light/green light – we got the red light and were pulled over and an inspector walked through the inside of the camper. Then he waved us on.

009.9 Miles (016.0 Km) -- The Bypass Road crosses above Mex 15.

010.5 Miles (016.9 Km) --Exit for Aeropuerto and Nogales Centro to the right – we continue straight for Hermosillo and Magdalena de Kino.

010.8 Miles (017.4 Km) -- Km 264 and we merge onto the free road (Mex 15) running south from central Nogales.

013.1 Miles (021.1 Km) -- Km 260.

013.3 Miles (021.5 Km) -- Pemex #6305 on the left with premium, magna, and diesel.

013.7 Miles (022.1 Km) -- Km 259 and Pemex #7438 on the right with premium, magna, and diesel. This is a large station with easy access.

014.3 Miles (023.1 Km) -- Km 258.

014.7 Miles (023.7 Km) -- Pemex #3771 on the left with premium, magna, and diesel. This station has very good access and has a store and a big gravel parking lot in the back.

014.8 Miles (023.9 Km) -- At the car import station (generally called Km 21) with entrance road on the right. We pull in and get our visas and vehicle import papers. Takes about an hour. We were not allowed to import two vehicles under one name. We were required to import the truck under Mike’s name and the jeep under Terri’s. Rules now allow one person to import an RV with a 10 year permit and a tow vehicle with a 6 month permit. That means a driver can now drive in a motorhome towing a toad. This rule did not apply to us because a pickup camper is not considered a motorhome and is given only a 6 month import permit.

015.0 Miles (024.2 Km) -- Turn right out of parking lot and pass through the Nothing to Declare line. Mothorhomes are directed to Line 5. We were waved through with no inspection.

015.5 Miles (025.0 Km) -- Km 256.

021.6 Miles (034.8 Km) -- Enter the town of Cibuta (2 topes).

022.0 Miles (035.5 Km) --Km 245.

022.5 Miles (036.3 Km) -- Pemex #8316 on the right with premium, magna, and diesel and easy access.

023.2 Miles (037.4 Km) --Out of Cibuta.

025.5 Miles (041.1 Km) – Km 239 and a new Pemex under construction with no number yet. Its sign says it will have premium, magna, and diesel.

035.0 Miles (056.5 Km) -- Enter the town of Cumeral (no topes).

035.4 Miles (057.1 Km) -- Out of Cumeral.

036.1 Miles (058.2 Km) -- Km 221.

038.2 Miles (061.6 Km) -- Enter Los Janos (no topes).

038.4 Miles (061.9 Km) -- Km 217.

038.7 Miles (062.4 Km) -- Out of Los Janos.

041.4 Miles (066.8 Km) -- Km 212.

041.7 Miles (067.3 Km) -- Enter the town of Imuris (3 topes).   

041.9 Miles (067.6 Km) -- Km 211.

042.3 Miles (068.2 Km) -- Mex 2 to Agua Prieta goes to the left.

042.4 Miles (068.4 Km) -- Pemex #2319 on the right with premium, magna, and diesel and room for big motorhomes. See last year’s log for problems with this station. Not recommended.

042.5 Miles (068.5 Km) -- Super Val grocery store on the left.

043.6 Miles (070.3 Km) -- Out of Imuris at Km 208.

047.9 Miles (077.3 Km) -- Large gravel pull-off with a garbage barrel on the right.

048.4 Miles (078.1 Km) -- Km 200.

051.3 Miles (082.7 Km) -- Km 195 and a paved pull-off which was once a weight station on the right.

051.7 Miles (083.4 Km) -- Right turn off highway for free route through Magdalena de Kino, it you continue on the highway you’ll have to pay a toll. We turn right to take the free road.

052.2 Miles (084.2 Km) -- Enter town of Tacicure (2 topes).

053.5 Miles (086.3 Km) --Out of Tacicure.

053.7 Miles (086.6 Km) -- Km 187.

045.5 Miles (073.4 Km) -- Pemex #5980 on the left with premium, magna, and diesel. This is a big station with very good access and a small grocery store.

045.5 Miles (073.4 Km) -- Enter the town of Magdalena de Kino (3 topes).   

055.3 Miles (089.2 Km) – Zona Centro to the right – Hermosillo the left – we stay left.

055.8 Miles (090.0 Km) -- VH grocery store on the right at Km 183.

055.9 Miles (090.2 Km) -- Pemex #2321 on the left with premium, magna, and diesel.  This is a small station with poor access for large RVs.

056.2 Miles (090.6 Km) -- Pemex #2323 on the right with premium, magna, and diesel.  This is a small station with poor access for large RVs.

056.4 Miles (091.0 Km) -- Bodega Aurrera supermarket on the right.

056.6 Miles (091.3 Km) – Cut-off to Tubutama to the right – we continue straight.

056.9 Miles (091.8 Km) -- Merge back on to Hwy 15 at Km 183.

057.4 Miles (092.6 Km) -- Pemex # 6634 on the left with premium, magna, and diesel. This big station has good access for RVs and a gravel lot to the south which from the road appears to be a possible overnight stop with room to park.

065.0 Miles (104.8 Km) -- Km 168.

065.2 Miles (105.2 Km) -- Enter the town of Santa Ana.

065.5 Miles (105.6 Km) -- Pemex #2311 on the right with premium, magna, and diesel.

065.5 Miles (105.6 Km) -- Km 167 and intersection with Mex 2. Mexicali and Caborca are to the right on Mex 2.

 

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

 

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