Salton Sea State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide

California

Since this inland lake was first opened in 1907, people have been going to it to enjoy the beach, boat, and camp. The lake is a favorite of kayakers. This state park, one of the lowest points on earth, is located near Mecca, California. Start your visit by watching the video at the visitors center at the park. Located about 40 minutes southeast of Palm Springs, California, it's three hours from Los Angeles and San Diego. 

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Weather
Spring 55-90 F
Summer 76-105 F
Fall 58-92 F
Winter 40-71 F
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Nearby Cities
Mecca, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Salton Sea State Recreation Area

This unique state park is perfect for RVing to enjoy the outdoors and the water activities. If you do not have a camper, then you can rent one on RVshare

Salton Sea State Recreation Area Campground

The Salton Sea State Recreation Area Campground offers two different sections with one having full hookups. Enjoy great views at the campground without hookups where prices start at $22 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Picnic table, fire grill, food storage locker 

Mecca Beach Campground

This campground sits right on the beach in Mecca, California, so you can enjoy all the beach has to offer. Camping rates starting at $20 per night. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: No 

• Other amenities: Beach 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Campground

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Campground near Borrego, California, offers mountain scenery, an interpretative visitor center and occasional evening programming. Rates start at $20 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Visitors center 

Oasis Palms RV Park

The Oasis Palms RV Park in Thermal offers spaces for RVs up to 60 feet long with rates starting at $40 a night. Weekly and monthly rates are also available at this campground where friendly campfires and potlucks are weekly events. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Lake, club room 

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What to Do at
Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Inside Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Start your stay with a stop at the visitors center where you can learn more about this salt lake’s creation. The lake at Salton Sea State Recreation Area was created when an upstream dam broke in 1905, and water began rushing down to fill this low spot. You can launch your boat by carrying it into the water from the sandy beach. While you may have to carry your boat to launch it, boating is a favorite activity in this state recreation area. You can also go fishing.

When camping in the park, you may want to see how many bird species you can count because this recreation area is part of the Pacific Flyway. Bird watchers love visiting this state recreation area as over 400 species of birds have been spotted here. 

Download the historical architecture map and go on an interpretative tour. There are many fun things to do in the area, including learning about the Native Americans who called this area home and the fossils found around the world.

Outside Salton Sea State Recreation Area

The Coachella Valley offers many fun activities. Many museums offer unique activities, which may be perfect if the weather is too hot outside. You may also want to go on a drive to explore nearby towns. Mexican food is excellent at many local restaurants, but you can find other cuisines, too. This area also has many unique shops to visit. 

Restaurants

Taco Time

If you are hungry for Mexican food, then this restaurant’s tacos are sure to please, with burritos and other entrees available, too. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 91193 2nd Street, Mecca, CA 92254

Subway

Get deli sandwiches and cold drinks at this chain restaurant. 

Type: Sandwiches

Location: 90480 66th Avenue, Mecca, CA 92254

Denny’s

Start your day out with a hearty breakfast or stop later in the day for a filling meal at this restaurant. 

Type: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Location: 90470 66th Avenue, Mecca, CA 92254

Plaza Garibaldi Restaurants

Enjoy a leisurely Mexican meal at this upscale restaurant where you always get large portions at an affordable price. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 91275 66th Avenue, Mecca, CA 92254

Oasis Date Gardens Cafe

Sit in a garden filled with date trees while enjoying meals featuring dates along with ice cream, shakes and other goodies. 

Type: Cafe

Location: 59-111 Grapefruit Boulevard, Thermal, CA 92274

Shopping

Mayra’s Clothes & Cosmetics

This unique shop offers many essentials, including gifts, cosmetics and women’s clothing. 

Location: 91280 2nd Street, Mecca, CA 92254

Desert Wolff Art Gallery

Find contemporary art, sculptures and decorative accessories from around the world at this showroom. 

Location: 73-995 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Splurge

This shop inside the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino features jewelry, fragrances and high-end gifts. 

Location: 94-225 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA 92203

Old Town Artisan Studios

Paint pottery at this studio that regularly gives lessons to underprivileged residents in the area. 

Location: 78046 Calla Barcelona, La Quinta, CA 92253

La Quinta Gallery of Fine Art

Find traditional and contemporary art at this small gallery. 

Location: 78080 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253

Sightseeing

International Banana Museum

See over 20,000 items related to bananas while enjoying a dish of banana ice cream at this museum. 

Location: 98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254

Dos Palmas Preserve

See a variety of wildlife at this nature preserve, including fish and frogs along with desert fan palms.

Location: 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Learn about the Aqua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians with a stop at this museum featuring cultural events, a walking trail and other activities. 

Location: 219 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Coachella Valley History Museum

This 6-acre campus houses a variety of structures where you can learn more about the history of the area. 

Location: 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201

The Museum of Ancient Wonders

This museum contains more than 375 artifacts and fossils divided into five galleries. 

Location: 69028-B East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234

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How to Get to
Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Located on the north shore of the Salton Sea, this park is located about 30 minutes southeast of Indio, California. From Indio, take Indio Boulevard, which becomes California Highway 111 South. Continue on 111 for about 20 miles. Turn right on State Park Road. The entrance will be on your right. 

If you are coming from San Diego, then take Highway 78 until you get to Highway 86. Turn left and continue until you come to Avenue 66. Turn right onto Avenue 66 and right again on Highway 111. Proceed for about 12 miles, and you will see the park entrance on your right. 

Entering Salton Sea State Recreation Area

The recreation area is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Per Vehicle (1-4 people) : $10

Boat launch $5

If you have visited the Salton Sea State Recreation Area in the past, then you have probably come away with many fond memories. RVshare would love to hear about your camping trip in this state recreation area. Please send your memories to [email protected] The team would also like to see your photos regardless if you took them yesterday or over 50 years ago at this location. It should be fun to see how the sea has changed over time.