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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.
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  • Very good42%
  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible6%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is an artificial lake, a huge lake, created by mankind, it's gigantic I visited at the end of Summer, beginning of September, it was hot like hell the water really hot at the touch, has no way outs that sitting there it will evaporate...More

Thank MariacriistinaHeller
Reviewed 11 August 2017

It's smelly, decrepit, abandoned, full of dead fish and very, very hot in summer. It's also quite beautiful, haunting and picturesque. So, I can see why people are so divided when it comes to both Salton Sea and Bombay Beach. Personally, I love urban decay...More

1  Thank Dromomaniac
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

He title pretty much says it all. If I could rate this place a -5 I would. Imagine if you will, the hottest most disgusting desert, only a few feet from the most disgusting smelling dirtiest water you've ever beheld. Now throw in some rusting...More

1  Thank 646lindseyd
Reviewed 10 July 2017

As a day trip from Palm Springs, we drove around the Salton Sea, stopping frequently to take pictures and do some limited walking (it was over 110 degrees). It is an oddly impressive part of the world, with a fascinating history.

Thank Backbeat70
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

It's a place to see one time just for a good science and history lesson for children. If I did go again it would be when it's cooler.

Thank Beckie B
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Went June 28 it was about 113 and it was not unbearable. Went to the Salton Sea Visitor Center looked on line and info said it would be open and it was not. It costs 7.00 just to get in to the area. Got out...More

Thank Kirk-Janise D
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The Salton Sea was created when some levies burst and the Salton Sink became a sea. It is hard to imagine how large it is. At one point, it was destined to be a resort area but because of the high salt content, it never...More

Thank awm1
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The Salton Sea is one of the most unusual areas that we have ever visited. It has an unusually high level of salt that is much higher than the oceans. Very hot in the summertime. Visit in the wintertime if you can.

Thank Baja001
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We would have preferred to come in cooler weather, but our schedule did not allow it, so we were here the first week in June. Temperatures were in the 90s and low 100s (Fahrenheit). There is no shade. The area doesn't smell great, but the...More

Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We traveled through the desert and wanted to stop by the once famous Salton Sea. Hearing tales of its heyday, we were curious to see the aftermath of its death-by-poison history and that is exactly what it smelled like-death. There isn't much to see. There...More

1  Thank Allons-y2016
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