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Salton Sea

CA
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California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“bombay beach” (46 reviews)
“slab city” (17 reviews)
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+1 760-393-3052
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"bombay beach"
in 46 reviews
"salvation mountain"
in 20 reviews
"slab city"
in 17 reviews
"colorado river"
in 17 reviews
"salton city"
in 16 reviews
"fish bones"
in 15 reviews
"recreation area"
in 13 reviews
"largest lake"
in 10 reviews
"ski inn"
in 10 reviews
"imperial valley"
in 4 reviews
"ghost towns"
in 7 reviews
"high salt"
in 3 reviews
"visitor center"
in 17 reviews
"joshua tree"
in 8 reviews
"state park"
in 16 reviews
"the shore line"
in 4 reviews
"mud pots"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

We drove out to see the salton sea, it was okay, its quite interesting the history of it, but like some reviews said, lots of dead fish on the shore and it really did have its own fowl smell. I can say I've been there,...More

1  Thank vh0wery
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

Salton Sea is not quite as apocalyptic as some online review suggest. The sea I beautiful to look at, with the mountains in the background. The sandy beaches are made up of crushed fish skeletons. There are dead fish on the beach-mummified. The sand gets...More

3  Thank hutch08
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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

Interesting to see, but not really a place to build sandcastles or take a dip. Overall nice drive from Palm Springs. Very large lake.

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

The sea is so salty and shrunken that its worth a view just to see what could be in our future.We had a hard time finding a spot where we could even walk to the shore. We stopped in Salton Sea Shore. It was pretty...More

1  Thank jeffreyjonkoch
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Reviewed February 5, 2018

Coming from San Diego to the Salton Sea was a nice drive, and stopping at the visitors center there was full of information. Its a state park, they normally want you to pay to drive in UNLESS you tell them you arent staying any more...More

3  Thank cargears
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

What a bizarre and unique location. Amazing for photo shoots and bird life galore. Make sure you stop at the "International Banana Museum" for a snack...a truly odd collection of banana memorabilia. I went specifically to photograph burrowing owls but there is just so much...More

3  Thank SKeena49
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Hello I just visited Salton Sea and it's a very cool place to check out as there are a lot of dead fish bones on the outer rims due to the high salt sodium content of the sea and Slab City which is not very...More

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed January 19, 2018

I had a lazy Sunday afternoon to kill while recently in San Diego for work. I decided to make the drive from San Diego out to Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea opting for the scenic route through Julian, CA. Take the 8 East to...More

2  Thank Josh M
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Yes, it smells. Yes, the beaches are actually fish bones mixed with sand. Yes, parts are being torn down daily. Yes, you can still camp here (several sites open) Most 7$ a day. Such a site to see though. You cannot drive on the beach...More

Thank Bill85210
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Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

We saw info on the Salton last time we were in the area, but didn't make it there. We made sure it was on our list when we made it back. So glad we did! It is January, so it wasn't very smelly. It was...More

4  Thank Samantha H
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Response from Paul G | Reviewed this property |
As I am in San Diego, the best and quickest route would be for you to just use your phone and go on Google Maps and enter salt and sea and just so you know the best day to go to Slab City if you were going there as well, is... More
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