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Mud Volcanoes

Davis Road and Schrimpf Road, Calipatria, California 92233 USA

“Something straight out of a sci-fi movie”

Natural formations of mud mountains and bubbles, like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Family-friendly type of natural feature, kids will love the sounds and gooeyness of the area. The Mud Volcanoes at the Salton Sea are an interesting geological phenomena. They are created by water, gas and mud pushed to the surface through geothermal activity below the earth’s crust. It is now thought that this activity is related to the San Andreas Fault which terminates near Bombay Beach in the Salton Sea Basin. The area where the volcanoes formed at the Salton Sea is relatively small, but contains quite a few cone formations as well as many mud pots of bubbling mud and water. Depending on the conditions, sometimes you can see the mud shooting up through the cones adding to the base of the current volcanoes and creating new ones. It’s an interesting place to see if you are ever in the Salton Sea area.

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Reviewed by
adventuringabbs

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 27, 2014
Rated 4.0

I went yesterday.. The photo above is misleading, but I took some pictures and I'll upload them on here! Anyways, this looks pretty much like piles of rocks.. But if you get out of the car and get closer it is super cool!! You can here it bubbling and hissing! Really amazing sight!!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
trippincpl

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
February 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

Although the photos are a bit misleading, the place is amazing.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sarahlily

  • 9 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 25, 2014
Rated 1.0

The photo above is SO misleading. The view from the road looks like a few anthills and not much else. The smell is pretty bad too. Skip it.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lewiscape

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 18, 2017
Rated 1.0

Not worth the trip. Not allowed on property to get closer look.

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Reviewed by
katsar

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 21, 2016
Rated 4.0

You have to park and get out of the car for this one. Looks tiny and boring from the road, but really interesting up close. You can see and hear the bubbling of the mud as the mountains are growing and taking shape. If around the area, should definitely check it out

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Reviewed by
hybridware

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 11, 2015
Rated 3.0

Easy to get to ... 100ft off the road

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Reviewed by
jennifergraham

  • 5 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
April 25, 2014

I'm not sure if I visited this at the wrong time, but what a disappointment. It just looked like dry dirt piles. A bit out of the way to drive there just for nothing.

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Mud Volcanoes

Davis Road and Schrimpf Road
Calipatria, California
92233 USA

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