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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 good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“bombay beach” (46 reviews)
“colorado river” (17 reviews)
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"salvation mountain"
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"colorado river"
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"fish bones"
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"recreation area"
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"largest lake"
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"ski inn"
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"bird watchers"
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"sea area"
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"imperial valley"
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"ghost towns"
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"visitor center"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Josh M
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Reviewed 16 January 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 15 January 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

3  Thank Samantha H
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Not at all a kid's friendly place. Entry is not free. Kids can't play on the beaches or in the water (dirty).

1  Thank Travangelist
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

As we vacation in Palm Desert, it's an easy drive to the Salton Sea. Visited with family members in November 2017. As we were walking by the water's edge, something went into the bottom of my foot! Bleeding and painful. Tried to get it out...More

5  Thank suzy121050
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