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Salton Sea

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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%
Travellers talk about
“bombay beach” (46 reviews)
“slab city” (17 reviews)
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"bombay beach"
in 46 reviews
"salvation mountain"
in 20 reviews
"slab city"
in 17 reviews
"colorado river"
in 17 reviews
"fish bones"
in 15 reviews
"recreation area"
in 13 reviews
"largest lake"
in 9 reviews
"ski inn"
in 9 reviews
"sea area"
in 7 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
"wildlife refuge"
in 6 reviews
"state park"
in 15 reviews
"the shore line"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After first learning about the Salton Sea on a documentary, I became super fascinated by California's largest lake, which was created by accident. Living in Colorado, I wasn't able to just visit it without having a reason to go to California. Well, my chance to...More

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the way out of Joshua Tree trip, we’ve decided to visit Salton Sea. Not a lot to do but neat to see this failed experiment.

Thank EddieLA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn't travel from very far to see Salton sea, but I think every SoCal people should do the day trip once. It is definitely unique and reminds you that human shouldn't mess with nature. The dead fish, the smell, the abandoned buildings,... the whole...More

1  Thank Danny V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove an hour to get to the Salton Sea thinking it was going to be great, but it wasn't. Maybe it would be better if it was warmer out, but I'm not sure about that. The sea itself is filthy dirty and there are...More

1  Thank HLarkin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 14 March 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

2  Thank hutch08
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Reviewed 9 February 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.

Thank advcards
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Reviewed 8 February 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 6 February 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 28 January 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

2  Thank SKeena49
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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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