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Where is Puerto Penasco located?

Where is Puerto Penasco located?

If you are traveling to Puerto Penasco (also known as Rocky Point Mexico) you have a couple of options for getting to it from the United States.  The city is located on the top northeastern side of the Sea of Cortez and is in the State of Sonora. Sonora is one of the largest states in the country of  Mexico.  

Driving from Arizona to Rocky Point Mexico

Driving from Phoenix or Tucson is about a 4-hour drive total.  Coming from the Phoenix area you will travel on I-10 west to the Buckeye turn-off and proceed south to Gila Bend on highway 85. You will continue going south on that highway through Ajo and Why to the port of entry of Lukeville, AZ, and Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico.  Once across the border you will be on Mexico Highway 8 and stay on Highway 8 until you get to Puerto Penasco.  Rocky Point is about an hour’s drive from the border on a well-maintained 2 lane highway.  If you are traveling from the south valley of the Phoenix area, you can take highway 347 off the I-10 to Maricopa and then go west on highway 238 to highway 85 south at Why and continue on 85 south to Lukeville.  All of your travels will be on good roads. During the monsoon season you need to be aware of flash flooding on all the 2 lane highways, so plan your trip accordingly.  From Tucson, AZ  you will take highway 86 west to Why where you will go south on 85 to the border.

Organ Pipe National Monument

Traveling to Puerto Penasco from either the Phoenix or Tucson area will take you through the beautiful Sonoran Desert and Organ Pipe National Park.  There are several places to pull off and take photos so allow a little extra time to do so.  There are 2 nice rest areas between Why and the border where you can pull off to have a snack as well as a rest area/information center about 6 miles before the border with clean restrooms and a visitor center to get more information on the park.  If you are traveling in an RV, there is an RV park that is part of the visitor center where you can camp for a few nights under the stars.

From the West Coast to Rocky Point Mexico

For tourists coming from California or anywhere on the West Coast, you can either take I-8 to Gila Bend and then follow the above directions to get to the border.  An option would be to take I-8 to Yuma, AZ, and go south through San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico where you will take highway 2 to highway 22 to El Golfo de Santa Clara where you will pick up highway 3 to Rocky Point.  Highway 22 is on the east side of San Luis and you will be on a nice road that will take you through the desert.  At El Golfo, you will be on what is referred to as Coastal Highway 3 and that will take you right to Rocky Point.  This is a scenic part of the trip that runs alongside the Sea of Cortez.  If you need to fill up with gas, you can do so in San Luis, Arizona.  From the border, it will take about 2 hours.  If you choose this route from El Golfo, be aware of drifting sand on the highway and sometimes potholes.  It is not recommended to drive at night, no matter where you are coming from.

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