I would like to see a light pollution map of the area, do you have a handy link?
I am going by the same satellite data derived map used in an earlier post on this thread. I had previously download the same map (complete) from:
Its colors do not exactly match the "color zones" others use to characterize sites, but it should be a good relative guide at least. I suspect that even the "dead black" areas in the map have their darker regions.
My best friend lives in Todos Santos which is somewhat further south between La Paz and Cabo, it's right on the tropic of Cancer. I have never been down there but I will be going sometime soon.
If you haven't driven the road between Tijuana and La Paz, it's a different experience than driving the US two lane roads. Five or six years ago, my friend and his wife were somewhat south of Gruerro Negro and a drunk driver lost control after making a pass and they were hit essentially head on.
I made a rush to rescue them from a Motel room... The roads are narrow, most places there are no shoulders and the road bed is elevated. There are a lot of trucks and their side is just barely wide enough for a truck so you really have to be careful.
As far as camping, I am not sure what it is like now, 40 years ago before drugs were a big thing, you could camp just about anywhere but things have changed.
Thanks - the road conditions were pretty much what I expected to hear (places get reps for a reason).
Unfortunately astronomy vacations involve bulky, heavy, delicate equipment and it is hard and expensive to travel by air with it - so the motivation to drive if possible is strong.
I'll have to get some Baja camping guides (there are a number that are fairly recent). I note that the State Department does not have a travel advisory Baja California Sur. All the problems (in Baja) are in the inhabited areas along the border.
There is a useful video here:
of a drive from La Paz to Loreto that crosses the same stretch just above La Paz to get to El Conejo. This stretch at least looks about the same conditions (2-lane paved, shoulderless) as 395 to China Lake 30 years ago (my wife and I always traveled by the full moon if he had to go at night) or the Ortega Highway today (I avoid it).
I can't possibly be the only amateur astronomer in Southern California who has thought of going there. I'll have to ask around the RAS to see in anyone knows anything.