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Salton Sea State Recreation Area

100225 State Park Rd, Mecca, California 92254 USA

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Open Now
Thu 7a-9p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“One of the world's largest inland seas”

Lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley.  For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough.  By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline.  Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore and has long been a popular site for campers, boaters and anglers.  Increasing salinity in the Salton Sea basin has limited the number of types of fish that can be found there, and most fish currently caught are Tilapia. Varner Harbor within the SRA provides easy access to the sea for boating and water skiing.  Kayakers, campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities.

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Reviewed by
sarahlily

  • 9 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 25, 2014
Rated 3.0

Really nice access to beach. Watch out for flies and rattlesnakes!

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Reviewed by
Christina Gerrish

  • Road Warrior
  • 19 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
March 13, 2014

Bright! Bring your sunglasses!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AdalBermann

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
March 26, 2016
Rated 4.0

This place is dead, i'm the most literal way. This spot is a must sea in the way: birds and flies feed off dried fish corpse on a white beach of bones and crushed seashells.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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  • 422 Helpful
May 01, 2015
Rated 4.0

I'll get this out of the way now... it smells. Bad. But it's such a weird, eerie, creepy place! It used to be a popular vacation spot and now it's abandoned. Stop by the visitor's center for a better explanation of the history of the place! Oh, and make sure your car is gassed up and that you have water, snacks, and shoes you don't mind getting a little dirty.

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Reviewed by
whitehawke

  • 1 Review
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January 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

I used to live there when I was a kid back i the late 70s and early 80s

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Salton Sea State Recreation Area

100225 State Park Rd
Mecca, California
92254 USA

Hours

Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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