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Phone Number: +1 760-393-3052
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California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor...

California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.

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So much to see here, we could not do it all in a day. We will be back to see more. We visited the Sonny Bono National Wildlife refuge, saw a geothermal plant, and found Salvation... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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Manchester, UK
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The worst thing you can do when visiting the Salton Sea Area is visit the Bombay Beach Area and think that this is all the Salton Sea has to offer. This is a residential area which is not particularly attractive. People live there, these are their homes and it is how they choose to live or can afford to live,... More 

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San Diego, California
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53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

traveling from anza borrago to Joshua tree and stopped at "salton sea beach", burned out homes, dead fish, and stink...yes the sea stinks. I'm guessing there is more to see but we lost interest quickly .

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1 Thank ccnsd
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

What a neat place to visit, if you have watched the documetary on the Salton Sea it was a treat to go visit. Only about 45 minutes from Palm Desert. Lots of shorebirds and some other speaciaty birds were sage/bells sparrow and verdin and I love seeing Catus Wrens. Good times. It is stinky cause during the dry season the... More 

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Sun City, Arizona
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

So much to see here, we could not do it all in a day. We will be back to see more. We visited the Sonny Bono National Wildlife refuge, saw a geothermal plant, and found Salvation Mountain as well as some volcanic mudpots. Make sure to bring plenty of water as this is the desert and eat before you come... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We have visited the Salton Sea twice, each time discovering something new. Summer time is not the best time to go since it is hot and the stench of dead fish is overpowering. We typically drive around the sea, stopping at each small town to explore. Next trip we will take our kayaks and launch from the state park. I'm... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

blasted thru the desert from San Diego to the Salton Sea. a very surreal sight to see. a shoreline of dead fish, looked kinda mummified for the salt, even the birds did like them, then the small shells from some sort of thing was the make up of the buffer from the dead fish to the waters. the smell was... More 

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Overijse, Belgium
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206 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Very interesting. Due to some change in the water, a holiday resort changes into a dead place. A few people still live there. All the rest is deserted. There even are rooms available in the only pub there at Bombay Beach (the Ski Inn). An experience! In the hotel in Indio where we stayed, we were told that when the... More 

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Haverhill, MA
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131 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

As an Engineer, I know what happened here, NOT WHAT YOU HEAR. Salton Sea was created as a mistake by the Corp of Engineers in 1905 by trying to divert the Colorado River and the dike ruptured and water flowed for 2 years. With no inlet or outlet, the Sea is toxic. But you must see it to believe it.... More 

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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The story of the Salton Sea is bizarre and more than a little sad. I've wanted to see this giant accidental lake for a long time, and even in its decline, it's a fascinating place. That said, the state park is under-resourced, and if you come on a weekday in the off-season, the visitors' center may not be open, which... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on our way back from the 1000 Palms Oasis and wish we hadn't! The place was empty and other than driving nearly 80 miles around the perimeter there is nothing to see, no places for food or drink and the tourist centre staff had little to offer.

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