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Salton Sea

Address: CA
Phone Number: 760-564-4888
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Ranked #1,704 of 4,419 Attractions in California
Type: 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: 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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Medicine Hat, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

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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109 reviews 109 reviews
42 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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366 reviews 366 reviews
120 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

It's worth a trip here after traveling through Joshua Tree National Park. The sea is home to many birds including white and brown pelicans. At the other end of this large salty lake (saltier than the Pacific Ocean) is the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge. Many migratory birds stop off here in the winter.

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New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

It has been several years since I last visited the Salton Sea area. Even in the early 1990's, the area was decaying. At one time, this area was supposed to have seen great development. There are abandoned roads to nowhere. Roads had been laid out and paved for subdivisions. Then the development stopped and the residents that were there left.... More 

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Davis, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We drove out just before sunset and stayed about 30 minutes after taking photos of nature and of one another. We simply could NOT take a bad photo here... this nature is amazing! The only not-great part was the stench of dead fish... but it's all part of the ecosystem, so if you love the sights you gotta endure the... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Had a few hours to spare while in Palm springs, so we headed to Salton Sea. Stopped at the national park, took the self guided tour, and viewed what we could ... Interesting facts about the state of the water supply for the fish and bird life. Just to warn all, this place has smells which are a bit off... More 

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Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

During our 5-day stay in Palm Springs in December 2014, we drove 1 hour south to the Salton Sea. PLEASE make this drive IF you care about birds. The more people that see this truly apocalyptic area, the better. As a Seattle native, I honestly don't have great attachments to California, HOWEVER, since I found out that the Salton Sea... More 

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We never plan our vacations and this is a classic example of the adventure you can have when you don't know what to expect. This is the biggest lake in CA and less than an hour away from psalm springs so we figured there would be things to see and do... Oh how wrong we were! There was a big... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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155 reviews 155 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Spending a couple months in Palm Springs and have always heard of the Salton Sea. Knew little of it so had a free afternoon and decided to check it out. What a horrible waste of time. Drove around the entire lake and there was not one thing I saw that would make me ever to go back. Very ugly landscapes,... More 

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