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Address: CA
Phone Number: 760-393-3052
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor...
California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
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Birds are main attraction!

If you are looking to see birds, this is the place! Pack a picnic lunch as no food is available. Visitors centre manned by volunteers and is excellent source of history of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking to see birds, this is the place! Pack a picnic lunch as no food is available. Visitors centre manned by volunteers and is excellent source of history of the area. Mostly open, crushed shell beach. Not much shade,but a breeze is usually blowing. Numbers and types of birds vary on time of year.

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was torn between rating this a 3 or a 4 but went with a 4 because it is worth a visit if you are in the area and have the time. If you don't have much time in Palm Springs, you should probably go to San Jacinto Mountain and Joshua Tree and skip the Salton Sea, but be sure... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There are a lot of interesting sights around the Salton Sea, but the Sea itself, has an odor and leaves a bit to be desired. I have heard the stories, seen the shows discussing it's downfall. There are really not that many decrepit sights that some of the photos I have seen made me think there might be. I drove... More 

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Naples, Florida
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146 reviews 146 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It was a waste of time for sure but I had to see it while staying in Palm Desert. The reviews I read were very good. The Salton Sea Beach and Marina are terrible. Most of the stuff is closed, fenced off, or torn down. No one on the beach. Only a few curios sight seers as we were. Was... More 

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Naples, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It was kind of a waste of time but I just had to visit while staying in Palm Desert. All of the reviews are right on. The Salton Sea Beach and Marina are awful. Everything is closed, burned down, or fenced off. No one on the beaches thats for sure. It was a different road trip, will never go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

we planned to just visit the Salton sea for a day but we returned several more times for days at a time. we camped at the $10 a day campsites on the west side and hiked the low hills for rocks and railway finds. then we stayed in Ocotillo wells and explored the west side of the sea and discovered... More 

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San Diego, California
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192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We made a brief stop out at the old Niland Marina to finally get an up close view of Salton Sea and it was as advertized. Abandoned buildings, shorelines littered with dead fish, & squatters inhabiting run down RVs in the distance. Definitely a textbook study on how humankind's changes to the environment both accidental (the creation of Salton Sea)... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited the Salton Sea State Park Recreation Area on March 15th in 89°. Never heard of this place before but it is definitely worth a visit, at least once. About an hour south of Palm Springs; 30 miles south of Indio on Hwy 111. The drive has beautiful scenery that includes groves of beautiful Palm trees in the thousands.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

There is nothing but sightseeing to do here but it was great. We arrived on the East side of the sea around sunset and we really felt like we were walking on another planet. I wouldn't plan on hanging around after sunset but it's a great place to check out for two hours during the daylight.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I am torn as to how to review this place because I think it is something that needs to be seen, but I never want to see it again. It is beautiful, but deadly. I drove all the way around, from La Quinta, near Palm Springs. I stopped at Salvation Mountain first, and then took the long way around the... More 

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