Day Trippers: The Salton Sea

California, Palm Springs Guide (B): Day Trippers: The Salton Sea

Angry dust devils and debris swirl around the mostly abandoned buildings, and the once vibrant beach is deserted as well. The water looks blue from a distance, but there is a slight tint of something else on the surface and the stench is unbelievable. The sand is long gone, in its place the remains of millions of dead fish, and as you walk along the shoreline your feet make a crunching sound as they sink deep into the bones.

Sounds more like something out of a dystopian novel then a destination, doesn’t it? In fact it’s not a fictional place at all, it’s the very real Salton Sea, which also happens to be the largest lake in California and one of the world’s largest inland seas. At -227 below sea level its also one of the lowest spots on earth. Located just one hour from Palm Springs, a drive around the 130 mile shoreline can easily be completed in one day making a great day trip destination.

You may not think the ruins of a once thriving resort town seem like a great day out, but many people (200,000 every year) are drawn to the Salton Sea, and the remnants of what it once was… My son and husband are definitely in that group. When I spoke to my son about why he liked it, he said it felt very post apocalyptic. Teens… ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Day Trippers: The Salton Sea
Guide Location: USA » Palm Springs
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Salton Sea Visitor Center   Yacht Club   Salvataion Mountain   Bombay Beach   Slab City   Desert Shores  
Author: Hilary Gudgel
Read it on author's website: https://hilarystyle.me/2018/05/15/day-trippers-the-salton-sea/