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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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Waste of time

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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316 reviews 316 reviews
177 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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172 reviews 172 reviews
75 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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Duluth, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

If you ever find yourself curious about this California oddity, I suggest renting (or streaming) Plagues And Pleasures On The Salton Sea. It's a documentary that was produced about 7 years ago that I happened to stumble across when they had a screening at my college in Minnesota. It paints a pretty dismal but fascinating picture of the people and... More 

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Jamaica Plain, MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Salton Sea was once a happening place, but no longer. I tried to visit the Salton Sea Beach (near Salton City) and it was completely run down....I hadn't looked up the info about it ahead of time (mistake) and tried to visit from Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It was ghost like...broken signs, abandoned buildings, no one in the... More 

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Vista, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stopped at the Salton Sea State Park Recreation Area, and the smell of rotting plants killed by the Algae bloom assaulted our noses. The history of the sea and how it formed, along with the issues facing it and what steps are being taken to correct this man made issue are pretty interesting. Walking along the beach looking at... More 

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