Hike, walk, stroll, skip, trot, cruise, ramble, saunter, run, roam, linger, gallivant, mosey, drift, sashay and wander. You get the idea.
The best way to experience any town is to put on your walking shoes and explore. Rocky Point, Mexico, only a three and a half hour drive from Phoenix is no different. With all the Fit Bit, Apple watch, and step trackers out there, starting or ending your day with a stroll is not only beneficial to your health, and mental clarity, but it enables you to unearth the real action of Rocky Point.
Are you a walker? (hopefully, not the walking dead kind), but a person who enjoys lifting their spirits with a good hike? Is getting to know a place, feeling it’s vibe, achieved by walking on its sidewalks, its sandy shores, feet to the ground rather than pedal to the medal? If so, you’re in luck, the choices of trotting in Rocky Point are plentiful.
Here are six ways to wander around Rocky Point:
1. Water’s Edge beachcombing– An obvious choice, walking at the water’s edge. Nothing like breathing in the fresh sea air, captivated by the glistening Sea of Cortez, the pelicans gliding by and happy splashes all around. If that’s your go-to instinct, then Penasco offers several seaside options.
a. Sandy Beach. Park near Penasco Del Sol hotel on Calle 13 start at the very end and walk as long as your heart desires. Looking for a mile or two hike? Head down to Las Palomas and then turn back. For a longer more intense hike, start at Penasco Del Sol and walk the beach to the new pier in front of Wrecked at the Reef you will be in the 4-5 mile category round trip with this sandy hike.
b. Cholla Bay at low tide. Park on the bay side of Cholla, J. J.’s Cantina is a fine place to start (check the Rocky Point Times tide chart for low tide), and dare yourself to walk across the bay to Black Mountain. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy, and wet. But, remember—crucial piece of advice –watch the tides. You might make it all the way across but perhaps pre-plan this walk and have a friend pick you up on the other side or high tail it back quickly across the bay before the water rushes in.
c. Walk the Las Conchas shoreline. Your choice of the length of hike. You can walk anywhere from a mile to ten! Take your time, gaze at beautiful waterfront homes and if you bring a blanket, you can even take a nap half-way through the hike. Heck, bring a picnic lunch and have a feast on the beach.
d. Dead bird trail – Not sure of the official name, but that’s what my Cholla friends nicknamed it. It’s the cliff hike on the back side of Cholla. Drive through the sand roads of Cholla until the houses end on the cliffs, follow the trail in the rocks along the shoreline. If you walk the entire path, you will end up at The Reef, (again, plan ahead and have a friend drop you off at the start of the trail in Cholla and finish with your car at the other end).
2. Malecon– Old Port area – Action, lights, music, shopping, smells. If you want to be entertained as you stroll, the Malecon is your spot. Walk the entire length of the shops and then treat yourself with a cold beverage or lunch.
3. Calle 13– Park down by Skullyz, Max’s or Jillyz and gallivant down one side of Calle 13 and then up the other. When you finish, reward yourself with a little bar hop. Cold beverages are available at Skullyz with its rooftop bar or coffee at Max’s or play outdoor corn hole and a cold brew at Jillyz.
4. Rodeo Drive– Another great sidewalk to walk and shop. Park at one end saunter both sides of the infamous Rodeo Drive of Rocky Point, shop, and barter and then finish up at one of my new favorite places to eat. Mariachi’s and Tequila. F salsa, Chile relleno’s and chicken quesadilla! Shop, Eat, Party, repeat…
5. Pinacate Biosphere- This UNESCO World Heritage site offers miles of trails to backpack, hike or camp. Think astronauts, volcanic zones and appreciate this unique reserve. You might even believe that you landed on a different planet. Stop in at the Schuk Toak (sacred mountain) visitor center (located about 20 minutes outside of Rocky Point, on the road into town) and ask for assistance on trails, overnight camping and exploring the sand dunes.
6. Whale Hill- Nicknamed Whale Hill because from the sea, guess what? It resembles a whale! Park at the bottom of the road leading up to Fish and El Capitan restaurant and get your sweat on. Hike to the top and have a drink at El Capitan or Sky Bar to celebrate. The best part? It’s all downhill from there.
April is a beautiful time of the year for a walk in Mexico, it’s free, it enlightens and it’s a journey. So go ahead pick up your feet and follow the yellow brick road, you’ll never know where it will lead.
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. -Henry David Thoreau