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Wild & Weird Salton Sea

The strange, weirdly beautiful Salton Sea is the largest lake in California (sorry, Tahoe) and among the lowest in the world. Yes, a sea below sea level. It’s also the centerpiece of some of the state’s quirkiest scenery and most oddball attractions. You’ve got to see Salton at least once, and early spring is the best time to do it.

Week 03.07.2019
Regions Southern CA

Salton Sea 101

Visiting Salton Sea State Recreation Area and Bombay Beach

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Your best intro to the Salton Sea is via a 2.5-mile walk along the north shore in Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It’s not exactly paradise, but the surrounding geography is impressive: the Santa Rosa and Coyote Mountains to the west and the Orocopia and Chocolate ranges to the…
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Island of Adventure

Catalina Island's Best Adventures

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1) Glamp in the Backcountry You love the outdoors but you want a hot shower, a good meal, and a comfy bed? Done! Glamp in Catalina’s vast interior, where your room opens to the stunning scenery, and itineraries cater to your main interests, from hiking to yoga and private tent…
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Muchas Palmas

Visiting Dos Palmas Preserve and the International Banana Museum Near the Salton Sea

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No California desert trip is complete without a visit to an oasis, and on a Salton Sea sojourn, that means a 1-mile (round-trip) out-and-back walk to palm tree heaven: Dos Palmas Preserve just northeast of the sea. Park in the small lot and take the rock-bordered San Andres Trail…
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I Got You, Bird

Visiting Sonny Bono NWR and Slab City on the Salton Sea

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The Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge doesn’t get many human visitors, but more than 30,000 birds make it a point to visit this hidden gem every year. It consists of 2,200 acres of wetland, farm fields, and desert across two separate units on the Salton Sea’s sparsely populated…
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