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California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely be sure to check out Bombay Beach. It is a site...upon first looks, might be a bit dodgy, but its worth a view.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in the heat of summer, I would suggest going early if its summer. The visitor center was super friendly with lots of I formation about how it was created. Others have mentioned a smell but there wasnt Much of one when we were...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Nichols1993
Reviewed July 2, 2019

This area of California is like a world away from the rest of the state. We did a one-day, round the sea tour of the Salton Sea in late June. We satopped into numerous places including the state vistorrs' center and the Bombay Beach community....More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank Wanderer36738834938
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Definitely worth the 1/2 hour drive from the Coachella Valley to see the Salton Sea. Looking at the map it’s hard to appreciate how large the “Sea” is. It’s really a lake but the term sea is more appropriate. Interesting juxtaposition between the sometimes extreme...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank robynd955
Reviewed May 7, 2019

By chance, we visited the area during the "superbloom" and encountered the beauty of the area. There was no odors that we detected and camped at the visitors area. Nice hiking and the history is well documented. The visitors building has a very nice historical...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank JudybLasVegas_NV
Reviewed April 30, 2019

It was really interesting. The area is quiet, relaxing, and beautiful. It is in the desert, so it is also hot and bright sun.The ground is barnacles! We were day visitors, but the camp area looked real nice. This was my second visit, so I...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank paulsO5544WW
Reviewed April 26, 2019

Beautiful incredible sea in the middle of the desert, at some points 35 miles across. Some sad sights there like Bombay Beach where you can witness the death of this gem.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank bosuka
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

In my opinion you will never find a more incredible sunset in the country if not the world. Pelicans and seagulls, warm salty breezes and peaceful solitude. The state park has wonderful facilities and it is just minutes from the crowds of Coachella. Visit this...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank RangerNate
Reviewed April 7, 2019

I've always read about the Salton Sea but had never gone. We were in Palm Springs and decided to make a day trip of it. And it was worth it beyond belief. We went in April and the stink of dead fish was almost non...More

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank StationToStation
Reviewed March 29, 2019

The inland Sea is what it is - a landlocked Lake which is progressively drying up, thus getting smaller each year. The Salton Sea is a Faded Granddame of what it once was historically. A bit smelly now & downright odoriferous in the Summer, but...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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April 18, 2019|
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Response from camara21 | Reviewed this property |
As I recall, when you approach the area on Grapefruit Blvd (Rt 111) just as you turn into the recreation area, there's an abandoned shack on the side of the road. Not sure if this is what you're looking for? We found the... More
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March 20, 2018|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
The best road from Palm Springs is Highway 111 to Niland. Turn left on mail and follow the road to Salvation mountain and beyond to Jesus and Slab City. There are rest stops at the Park Ranger Station at Salton Sea. Get... More
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