An incredible adventure through some of Baja's more scenic and less-traveled areas!

This video was shot near Laguna Hanson and Laguna Grande, nestled within the Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 in Baja Mexico. Unlike the arid landscapes typically associated with Baja, this area surprises with its lush pine forests and granite boulders surrounding picturesque mountain lakes. The serene environment provides a perfect backdrop for off-road adventures, hiking, and camping.

One of the highlights of this video, and a personal favorite aspect, is the stark contrast it presents when compared to the handheld iPhone footage my brother has captured in other videos. Shot with a GoPro, this footage creates an almost ethereal experience, making it appear as if we are floating effortlessly between the towering pines, rather than bouncing along a rugged trail. This unique perspective not only highlights the beauty of Baja’s high-elevation forests but also showcases the dynamic and diverse terrains we explore

About the pine forests of Baja


When one thinks of Baja California, images of vast deserts, rugged coastlines, and sun-drenched beaches often come to mind. Yet, nestled high in the mountains of this sun-baked peninsula lies an ecological surprise—lush pine forests that defy the stereotypical Baja landscape. In this blog post, we delve into these verdant enclaves, particularly around Laguna Hanson and Laguna Grande, revealing a side of Baja few imagine exists.

The Enigma of Baja’s Pine Forests:

The pine forests in Baja Mexico are as unexpected as they are beautiful. Primarily found in the higher elevations of the Sierra de la Laguna and Sierra de San Pedro Mártir mountains, these forests stand in stark contrast to the arid desert areas commonly associated with the region. These forests are not only significant for their biodiversity but also play a crucial role in the ecological health of the area, providing habitat for diverse wildlife and helping to regulate local moisture levels.

Laguna Hanson and Laguna Grande:

Tucked within the boundaries of Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857, Laguna Hanson and Laguna Grande offer serene landscapes surrounded by dense pine forests and imposing granite boulders. The area is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers alike, providing pristine settings for off-road adventures, hiking, and overnight camping. The tranquility of these locations, combined with their natural beauty, makes them ideal subjects for any outdoor enthusiast’s camera or video recorder.

Capturing the Forests Through the Lens:

In one of my latest adventures, captured on a GoPro attached to my Can-Am X3 Max, I explored these pine-covered terrains. This particular video stands out in my collection due to the surreal quality of the footage—where rough, bumpy trails typically dominate, here the ride appears smooth, almost as if floating through the forest canopy. This stark contrast to the handheld iPhone footage usually shot by my brother, which features more of the rugged terrain, highlights a different aspect of Baja’s diverse landscapes.


The pine forests of Baja Mexico are a hidden gem that offer more than just a break from the typical desert scenery—they provide a glimpse into the complex ecological tapestry that makes the region truly unique. Whether you’re an avid off-roader, a hiker, or simply someone who appreciates the quieter nuances of nature, these forests are a must-visit.

Join Us for More

If this recount of our Baja adventure excites you, we invite you to watch the full video on our YouTube channel. For a deeper dive into our journey, check out the accompanying detailed blog post and explore our Google Earth map to see exactly where our adventures took place. Stay tuned and join us on more ‘Adventures of a Lifetime’ with AZ Outdoor Adventure!