Baja is way better then the US races.
(1) Prerunning is awesome.
(2) Where in the states can you start in the morning next to the Pacific go through the pine forest be at the Sea of Cortez back through the mountains of Mikes and Mellings race back along the Pacific back up through the mountains again and finish by the ocean again. If you are lucky enough you can do it before the sunsets.
(3) After your all done street tacos and cerviza's for everyone.
(4) The locals are awesome (most of them).
(5) Paris! Not France!
(6) The bad the going home!
(7) Stay home Baja is Dangerous!
Come to Loreto in September and race the short course event. Used to be called the Loreto 400 but now it is named something different. Changes nearly every year. Class for everything and very inexpensive to race. Usually three 35-40 mile laps. Three different races a day last time I raced it. Absolutely the most fun you can possibly have in off road racing.