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Saturday, December 17, 2011

PHOTOS: Baja Winter Wonderland



This image was photographed Wednesday at San Pedro Martir National Park by the park's director, Gonzalo de Leon. 


Written by
Sandra Dibble, SignonSanDiego

A pine forest under snow is not the first image that comes to mind for Baja California. More than 18 inches of snowfall this week has Sierra San Pedro Martir National Park looking a lot like the Swiss Alps.
Gonzalo de León Girón, the park director, shot the above scene on Wednesday near the park’s entrance -- about 8,200 feet above sea level and 210 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The park remains open, but de León recommends tire chains and plenty of anti-freeze for anyone attempting the drive up to the park. And, he said, don’t forget to wear waterproof boots and warm gloves.
The park, established in 1947, covers more than 180,000 acres -- about a quarter the size of Yellowstone -- and is a habitat for mountain lions, pumas and bighorn sheep. It has some of the tallest pine trees in Mexico.

The San Pedro Martir National Park on Wednesday, following an 18-inch snowfall earlier this week. / Photo by Gonzalo de Leon