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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 days ago via mobile

Stopped at the visitor center and gained a sense of history and the story behind the making of the Salton Sea. Nature at its finest and she always wins irrespective of what we humans want. There is wild life about just ,It is a sight...More

Thank flextime789
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to the Salton Sea Recreation Area from Indio, it took about a half hour. It is... interesting. The area is pretty nice - big parking lot, picnic tables under shade, grills and even flushing toilets. But all is so forlorn and abandoned looking....More

Thank danieloW7812SH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the visitor center and it was closed during a weekday. There is a large beach with plenty of picnic tables and some cabanas too. Not sure why. It looks like nobody really visits this place anymore. Watch the documentary, and then see...More

Thank thecottews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's somehow ironic that the Salton Sea is as salty as it is, but isn't called the Salty Sea! There are some amazing bubbling mud pots at the southern end that are well worth a visit.

Thank califcasl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This area reminds me of the movie ‘Cars’ by Pixar. These towns were like ‘Radiator Springs.’ Anyway, the birds were many and the temperature was high. The staff at the SWA was friendly and informative.

Thank sheflew
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The entire area of the Salton Sea is an eclectic mix of visual adventures. Abandoned towns turned interactive art museums; abandoned resorts turned into community centers; Slab City where the bohemian life is lived to it's full conclusion and located a stones throw from Salvation...More

2  Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 1 September 2018

We visited here in August 2018 on our way to visit Salvation Mountain. I was interested to learn that it is the lowest place in Southern California and right on the San Andreas fault. But the Salton Sea is the strangest place. The ‘beach’ is...More

2  Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 24 August 2018

I stumbled across the oddity while planning a visit to San Diego. According to what I found online: he Salton Sea had some success as a resort area, with Salton City, Salton Sea Beach, and Desert Shores, on the western shore and Desert Beach, North...More

Thank ExploreAZ
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Drove quite a distance to get here and to be honest we wished we hadn't bothered If you have something else to do, do it.

2  Thank Steve57C
Reviewed 30 July 2018

My husband & I had seen a documentary on the Salton Sea based in the 60’s & 70’s, so we made a plan to visit during our vacation to California. Wow! As we got closer to the sea, our eyes started stinging & the most...More

2  Thank wrkplay32
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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