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Salton Sea

Address: CA
Phone Number: 760-393-3052
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
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Calgary
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We heard of the Salton Sea from the Hotel California staff where we were staying. The drive is also an interesting way to view orchards and farming before you actually get out there. Once out to the Sea area stop in at the various "communities in decline" and view what was was once a real going concern in the 60's... More 

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This was probably the most interesting leg of our trip outside Joshua tree national park. Lots of dead fish funky smells but overall a really cool drive over. They were doing road work so only one lane was open on the route we took so that kinda sucked. Worth the drive if you are ever in the area.

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Prince George, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you are up for a very different experience, the Salton Sea is a short one hour drive south of Palm Springs. We'd never heard of it before so despite the number of negative reviews we decided to see it for ourselves. You can walk along the shore for miles and never see another human. Lots of pelicans though. Wear... More 

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Vilseck, Germany
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

There are many species of birds along the shore, I am not a bird watcher so can not tell you the species, my guess is pelicans, cranes and many other types of smaller birds. They say the fishing is great and by looking at the shore I would guess there are plenty of fish because there are many dead carcasses... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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375 reviews 375 reviews
82 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I've been coming to the Salton Sea for nearly 20 years to look for the birds that come to it. Winter is a great time--less heat, less odor and many, many species of birds, often easily seen. American White and Brown Pelicans and Eared Grebes are abundant. Several species of ducks, gulls, various waders and more are on the water... More 

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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172 reviews 172 reviews
58 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Whoa! I read all the reviews, but I wasn't prepared for the real thing. Our first stop was the visitors' center to see a very good 8 minute explanation of the creation of the sea. Then a short walk to the "beach" to put my feet in. No way did that happen. I did thread my way through the dead... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

As an aspiring photographer, I found the desolation and "grapes of wrath" kind of vibe conducive to some great shots. In the 1950's, this area was marketed as THE place to be. What you will find now includes closed down shops, empty homes, derelict buildings, abandoned trailers and debris that has been parched by decades of the unrelenting desert sun.... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Salton Sea has been on our bucket list for awhile now. While visiting family in Arizona, we ventured here for a day trip. WOW! Bombay Beach is completely dilapidated yet fascinating. The town still has a few residence living there and it is quite sad. I can see why it would have been quite the attraction in the 1950s, the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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111 reviews 111 reviews
43 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, at approximately 15 x 35 miles (343 square-mile surface area) and is 234 ft. below sea level. There are many sites of interest around its shoreline and in the surrounding area and a lot of them have been dumped together onto this review site. The sea was created in 1905 when... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I read a lot about this place and had to see it. The drive around the sea is worth it. The area that had developments is nearly abandoned now. There are some who still live there, but it's looks quite sad. The history of the area is very interesting. The trip to slab city and salvation mountain is part of... More 

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