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We’re throwing the ultimate festival for van lifers, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts! This 3-night, 4-day event was inspired by our recent trek to Baja with a couple of friends of Flarespace. But our experience there was so incredible that we decided to invite the rest of our adventure van family! Get ready to live out this unforgettable trip with other van adventurers – get your tickets Back to Baja with Flarespace in 2022.

Meet Us In Baja

Our event takes place 36 kilometers west of San Felipe and 3 hours south of the border, at Laguna del Diablo, Baja California, Mexico. This unique location is at the base of Picacho del Diablo, the highest mountain in Baja - a location off the grid, but worth the journey.

Who's Going?

Who's Going?

This event is for the adventure enthusiast looking for a unique destination to gather for unique experiences, sport, local food, and an unforgettable time. Take the journey south in your van, RV, motorcycle, or anything on wheels. All are welcome! You can even bring a tent to camp & lay underneath the stars; the choice is yours. No matter your transportation or sleep style, you’ll be in good company!

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Inspiration

Look at the journey that inspired our upcoming event. We can’t wait to return with all of our old and new Flarespace friends.

Excursions

The weekend includes activities on and off the event site. On-site activities include a nightly bonfire and live music, sunrise yoga, and wine tasting. We have curated four excursions for exploring off-site and, we'll offer limited passes for riding Razrs on the Baja500 course and an exclusive Jeff Bader experience. 

Giving Back

In the spirit of giving back to the community that will help make this event so memorable, we are embarking on a community project to paint the local school to give back. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase the supplies and we will be offering attendees the opportunity to arrive early to help paint. 

Excursions

The van life is all about getting out there and that's exactly what we've got in store with Back to Baja's excursions. You'll be venturing off into all the best parts of northwest Mexico, exploring natural attractions, and experiencing local culture all while sharing the road with like-minded van adventurers! Check out Back to Baja's lineup of excursions and stay tuned for more information.

Led by experts familiar with the region’s terrain, you’ll wind through narrow trails and off-road paths through rock canyons and coastal dunes!

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Guided tour through the desert

Join us on either Friday or Saturday morning at 10am for a scenic tour through the Baja California and Sonoran Deserts. This epic desert tour will take you through hidden parts of Mexico seldom seen with views of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir mountain range to the west and the Sea of Cortez to the east. Led by experts familiar with the region’s terrain, you’ll wind through narrow trails and off-road paths through rock canyons and coastal dunes! Not only will you experience majestic views but be sure to keep an eye out for hundreds of native flora & fauna while you enjoy the ride. And don’t worry about getting stuck – we’ll have the Warner Van guys as our recovery team on the road with us to help with any mechanical issues. This tour is sponsored and guided by Mercedes-Benz Van Center – Warner out of Salt Lake City.

At your leisure on either Friday or Saturday head into this historic seaside town to explore the local landmarks, culture, and, most importantly, food and drink!

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Self-Guided Excursion to Downtown San Felipe

Pack your sunglasses and save your appetite for this 20-mile excursion into the coastal fishing town of San Felipe! At your leisure on either Friday or Saturday head into this historic seaside town to explore the local landmarks, culture, and, most importantly, food and drink! Upon arrival, you’ll notice pangas (fishing boats) lining the shore, and you may even spot local fishermen catching shrimp that’ll end up in the best tacos you’ll ever have. San Felipe boasts charming views, mouthwatering cuisine, authentic margaritas, and miles of pristine beaches for you to explore. Looking for something specific while you're out on the town? VIP ticket holders can visit the Back to Baja concierge before hitting the road for details on local attractions.

Get ready for a big adventure – literally! Located just south of San Felipe, Valle de Los Gigantes is an international landmark with hundreds of massive cacti.

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Self-Guided Excursion to Valley of the Giant Sahuaros

Get ready for a big adventure – literally! Venture out to the famous Valle de Los Gigantes on either Friday or Saturday morning – home to the Cardón, the tallest living cacti on earth. Starting no bigger than a grain of sand, these cacti grow to be more than 60 ft high, 3 ft in diameter, can weigh up to 25 tons, and the wildest part – the average lifespan of a Cardón cactus is 300 years! Located just south of San Felipe, this international landmark features hundreds of massive cacti with mountain ranges towering in the background, making for a picture-perfect expedition that’ll leave you feeling like you’ve been shrunk!

Wash off the desert dust and soak in natural seaside springs during an excursion to Puertecitos - an off-the-grid coastal village is best known for its seaside hot springs.

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Self-Guided Excursion to Puertecitos and Hot Springs

Wash off the desert dust and soak in natural seaside springs during an excursion to Puertecitos on either Friday or Saturday. This off-the-grid coastal village is best known for its hot springs – and when we say hot, we mean it! Water temperatures can reach up to 150 °F, but because these springs sit right along the edge of the beach, the waters from the gulf are added to the mix as the tide rise, creating perfectly heated pools for a refreshing soak. Puertecitos is pretty remote and has no cell service, so be prepared for a screen-free soak save for a selfie or two.

El Centro

Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz

At the heart of the event, you'll find El Centro - a space dedicated to gathering. There, you will enjoy local cuisine, cocktails, nightly bonfires, and live music. El Centro will be your meeting point for all activities throughout the weekend and be the location for the VIP tent. Entertainment at El Centro is complimentary, but all food and beverage must be purchased a la carte and cash only.

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Guided tour through the desert

Join us on either Friday or Saturday morning at 10am for a scenic tour through the Baja California and Sonoran Deserts. This epic desert tour will take you through hidden parts of Mexico seldom seen with views of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir mountain range to the west and the Sea of Cortez to the east. Led by experts familiar with the region’s terrain, you’ll wind through narrow trails and off-road paths through rock canyons and coastal dunes! Not only will you experience majestic views but be sure to keep an eye out for hundreds of native flora & fauna while you enjoy the ride. And don’t worry about getting stuck – we’ll have the Warner Van guys as our recovery team on the road with us to help with any mechanical issues. This tour is sponsored and guided by Mercedes-Benz Van Center – Warner out of Salt Lake City.

Read More

Self-Guided Excursion to Downtown San Felipe

Pack your sunglasses and save your appetite for this 20-mile excursion into the coastal fishing town of San Felipe! At your leisure on either Friday or Saturday head into this historic seaside town to explore the local landmarks, culture, and, most importantly, food and drink! Upon arrival, you’ll notice pangas (fishing boats) lining the shore, and you may even spot local fishermen catching shrimp that’ll end up in the best tacos you’ll ever have. San Felipe boasts charming views, mouthwatering cuisine, authentic margaritas, and miles of pristine beaches for you to explore. Looking for something specific while you're out on the town? VIP ticket holders can visit the Back to Baja concierge before hitting the road for details on local attractions.

Read More

Self-Guided Excursion to Valley of the Giant Sahuaros

Get ready for a big adventure – literally! Venture out to the famous Valle de Los Gigantes on either Friday or Saturday morning – home to the Cardón, the tallest living cacti on earth. Starting no bigger than a grain of sand, these cacti grow to be more than 60 ft high, 3 ft in diameter, can weigh up to 25 tons, and the wildest part – the average lifespan of a Cardón cactus is 300 years! Located just south of San Felipe, this international landmark features hundreds of massive cacti with mountain ranges towering in the background, making for a picture-perfect expedition that’ll leave you feeling like you’ve been shrunk!

Read More

Self-Guided Excursion to Puertecitos and Hot Springs

Wash off the desert dust and soak in natural seaside springs during an excursion to Puertecitos on either Friday or Saturday. This off-the-grid coastal village is best known for its hot springs – and when we say hot, we mean it! Water temperatures can reach up to 150 °F, but because these springs sit right along the edge of the beach, the waters from the gulf are added to the mix as the tide rise, creating perfectly heated pools for a refreshing soak. Puertecitos is pretty remote and has no cell service, so be prepared for a screen-free soak save for a selfie or two.

Get Tickets

Whether you’re #sleepingsideways in your van or camping out under the stars, the price of admission is per vehicle. Entry includes an allotted space for you to park one vehicle & set yourself up for three nights in northern Baja. In addition to your dedicated spot, admission will also include access to bathroom facilities, hand washing stations, and access to a water truck and on-site medical support, on-site security, and 24-hour oversight of the venue area. Additionally, your ticket includes nightly live music and bonfire, access to local food vendors, the Mirage and Oasis Bars for mixed cocktails and beer, as well as four excursions to embark on daily.


Note: Tickets to the Back to Baja are sold by vehicle and all people staying in that vehicle or on that vehicle's site are welcome to attend for the same admission price. If you want more space or need a larger spot for your rig, we recommend you upgrade to the VIP Ticket.


There are no other camping areas available at the event site. You can camp on your reserved spot but if you need more space, buy a VIP ticket or two or more General Admission tickets.

General Admission — $599

  • Dedicated parking spot, for one vehicle, to park and camp
  • Access to bathrooms, hand washing station, water truck
  • Access to El Centro to purchase food and drinks, cash only
  • Access to 4 daily curated excursions, 3 self-guided, 1-guided 
  • Access to entertainment at El Centro 

VIP Admission — $999

  • Reserved, premium, oversized spot for one vehicle to park and camp
  • Welcome gift and VIP parking support
  • Concierge service to assist with local activities and restaurants/bars
  • Wristband for complimentary specialty drinks on Saturday for up to 5 people arriving in your VIP van.
  • Entry to our VIP tent with comfortable seating, air-conditioning, and a VIP bar
  • Use of bathrooms and hand-washing station in VIP section 
  • Access to water truck
  • Access to El Centro to purchase food and drinks, cash only
  • Access to 4 daily curated excursions, 3 self-guided, 1-guided 
  • Access to entertainment at El Centro

General Admission (per vehicle)VIP Admission (per vehicle)

Friends of Flarespace

This event is conceived and organized by your friends at Flarespace. We have partnered with our good friends to help spread the word and create a great experience.

Attendee FAQ
Is this a cash-only event?
Yes! Because the grounds are located in a remote location, cellular/internet service will not be available. All a la carte purchases must be made through cash - Dollars and Pesos are accepted.
How do the tickets work?
You will be provided a mirror tag at check in. We will ask you for your vehicle license plate number and names of vehicle occupants prior to the event. That’s all we’ll need. We will know you are coming and be expecting you.
What happens if I need to cancel?
All event sales are final. But the ticket and receipt are transferable with approval from Flarespace. Just give us a call and let us know who to expect in your place. If you think you may need to cancel, we recommend buying personal travel cancelation insurance.
What’s there to do near the event site?
The event is located on Laguna del Diablo, which means miles and miles of incredible desert trails. Feel free to bring your motorcycles or ATVs or rent one of ours if available. Additionally, our team has curated daily excursions for you to explore unique local spots, including San Felipe, Valle de Los Gigantes, and local hot springs.
What if my van needs mechanical repair during the event?
Our friends at Mercedes-Benz Van Center-Warner will be on sight with a Tech and equipment to get you fixed up. Take a look!

Getting There FAQ
How do we get there?
We will be providing maps to the area from several of the border crossing areas. You will get the details with our ticket purchase. We are also organizing caravans to cross the border into Mexico to help make the experience of crossing the border and traveling into the interior a fast and comfortable experience.
Do I need vehicle insurance?
Yes, you need to buy Mexican vehicle insurance and ensure it’s valid for the dates of the event and any time you plan to spend in Mexico on either end of the event. We recommend Baja Bound’s VanLife policy. It’s affordable, reliable, and hassle-free. SIGN UP HERE
Is it safe to cross the border and what should I expect?
Yes, U.S. Citizens are permitted to enter Mexico and it’s very safe to cross the border. Here some other things to keep in mind:
  • You will need to complete the Mexican tourist visa
  • You will need to buy Mexican insurance for your trip
  • Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States maybe denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential.
  • A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry to Mexico.
Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screen including temperature checks. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or quarantined in Mexico.We’ve never been stopped driving across the border into Mexico but you’ll want to ensure you have the aforementioned documents if you ever get stopped.
Are there recommended border crossings?
Yes! For festival goers coming from California, Oregon, and Washington, we recommend the Tecate/Tecate border crossing. For those. coming in from Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and etc, we recommend the Andrade/Algodones border crossing. We will have event staff present at each of these crossings on Thursday to support you & your van in getting through security and into Mexico.
Can we arrive after dark?
No. Only drive in Mexico during the day. Roads can be narrow, curvy, poorly marked, and have small/no shoulders. Cattle and chupacabras, (legendary and fictitious Mexican werewolf) tend to roam freely at night, you don’t want to hit one in a van.
What should I expect when crossing back into the U.S.?
US citizens may enter the US via land ports of entry regardless of vaccination status and are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Starting January 2022, all inbound nonimmigrant foreign national travelers crossing U.S. land ports of entry must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination. In the United States, quarantine requirements and recommendations may vary by state. Therefore, travelers should review an individual state’s re-entry requirements before traveling.The CDC currently recommends international travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for self-quarantine for seven days post-travel. When re-entering the US, U.S. citizens must have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) document, such as a valid U.S. passport, and be prepared to present it if requested by a CBP officer during a border inspection. Travelers entering the US via land from Mexico should expect long delays at the border crossing.
What should I expect when crossing back into the U.S.?
US citizens may enter the US via land ports of entry regardless of vaccination status and are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Starting January 2022, all inbound nonimmigrant foreign national travelers crossing U.S. land ports of entry must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination. In the United States, quarantine requirements and recommendations may vary by state. Therefore, travelers should review an individual state’s re-entry requirements before traveling.The CDC currently recommends international travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for self-quarantine for seven days post-travel. When re-entering the US, U.S. citizens must have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) document, such as a valid U.S. passport, and be prepared to present it if requested by a CBP officer during a border inspection. Travelers entering the US via land from Mexico should expect long delays at the border crossing.
Can I meet up with someone to cross the border and drive to the event site?
Heck ya! We are organizing several meet-ups to cross the border in convoy and drive together to the event site. We will have event staff present at the Tecate/Tecate crossing and the Andrade/Algodones crossing on Thursday, April 21, to support you, your friends, and your van in getting through security and into Mexico
Safe Travels FAQ
Is this a kids friendly event?
Absolutely, we plan to have fun activities available throughout the day for folks of all ages to partake. Know however, that there are no published quiet hours, probably instances of bad behavior to be found, and likely someone intoxicated and using foul language, even though we are not condoning that behavior.
Is this a dog-friendly event?
You bet! We love our four-legged friends and welcome them to join you for the fun and festivities. We do ask that you keep them on a leash during group events & activities.
Is Mexico safe?
The US State Department provides travel advisory levels for any travel outside the US. Prior to travel, we encourage you to read through the current advisories for travel to Baja California. Currently, the US State Department has advisories in place telling US citizens to ‘reconsider travel’ to both Mexico and Baja California. Learn more here
What are the COVID-19 protocols?
Arrival quarantines are not required. The US CDC and the Mexican government encourage people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings are not required in Baja California or San Felipe but are strongly encouraged. Some businesses may require face coverings. Curfews are not universal across Mexico. Restrictions vary based on state and/or city. Currently travel is discouraged after dark in Baja California.
What is the status of Baja California on the Mexican Federal Stoplight System for Covid-19?
Current status is Yellow - which indicates that the event will take place as planned.
Can I bring my gun?
No, bringing guns into Mexico is strictly forbidden. If you want your best odds of returning home on schedule, don’t bring your gun.
Can I bring drugs?
Absolutely not, security will escort you from the property.