Mountain Biking

Come and ride the best trails in Baja California

The Location

Los Barriles is situated practically right on the Tropic of Cancer where the foothills of the ‘Sierra De La Laguna’ mountains reach the Sea of Cortez. This spectacularly scenic, sparsely populated region of  “Sub-tropical thorn forest” boasts unpolluted air and a plethora of natural plant, bird and animal life that thrives in the warm, sunny, arid climate.

Los Barriles town itself is a mixture of quaint Mexican originality with just enough development to ensure a sufficient level of services e.g. Wifi, bank, supermarket etc.

Vela Baja has promoted mountain biking in the area for more than 20 years and over that time has developed a substantial network of trails that are easily accessible directly from town.

There are rides to suit all levels of experience, fitness and ability. The vast majority of trails are relatively technical, single track – designed to challenge intermediates yet still satisfy even the most advanced riders. For those riders preferring less technical riding there are plenty of alternative local options including scenic hill and coastal rides.

Guided Rides

Vela Baja’s qualified and experienced guides conduct daily morning guided rides departing directly from the center. Rides are tailored to suit the group’s preference and typically last in the region of 2 to 3 hrs.

Bike Rental

Vela Baja offers mountain bike rental on half-day (afternoon only) or full day basis with discounted rates for pre-booked longer-term rentals. For full details please see the price list.

Bike Skills Instruction

One-on-one bikes skills tuition is available with our qualified guide/instructors. Please see price list for details.

The Bikes

The fleet exclusively uses Specialized mountain bikes in a full range of sizes.
In our bike fleet we have the latest 2017 Stumpjumper Comp as well as the Camber Comp models, which boast full front and rear suspension, 29” wheels and automated pneumatic seat drop posts.

Pedals are fitted with flats as standard but you may bring your own if desired.

In addition to the full suspension models we also have front suspension only models and some kids bikes and town cruisers.

What To Bring

  • Bring your own pedals if preferred over the standard “flats” fitted to the bikes.
  • Bike specific clothing – such as bespoke riding shorts.
  • Bike shoes.

Helmets are mandatory and are provided as part of the rental package.

We have an on site shop at which we have certain items for sale e.g. Water-bottles, gloves, socks etc.


Front Suspension Bike Rental

  • 1 hour
  • Half Day (≤ 4 hrs)
  • Full day

Full Suspension Bike Rental

  • Half Day (after 12pm)
  • Full day
  • Discounted rates are available for pre-booked longer-term rentals.
  • Bikes must be returned to the rack by 5pm each day irrespective of the rental term.

Guided Rides

  • Morning Tour (2-3 hrs)
    including full day front suspension bike rental
  • Morning Tour (2-3 hrs)
    including full day full suspension bike rental
  • Morning Tour (2-3 hrs)
    with your own gear and bike

Bike Skills Instruction

    1 hour
    2 hours


All riding is at renters own personal and 3 rd party risk.
There is no local insurance for equipment damage/theft on mountain bike rentals.

Trail Map

Printed maps are available for a nominal fee at our on site shop.
Smart phone friendly maps may be viewed and downloaded for free here.

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