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Camping at the Salton Sea



There are over 2,000 campsites located around the shores of the Salton Sea. There are dozens of hiking trails near Salton City and nearby Dos Palmas area.  Some campsites offer all the amenities (water, showers, restrooms, paved parking, full hook-ups, electric and sewer), but the majority of campsites are more primitive with limited amenities, and some have no developed facilities. You can call 760-393-3059 for more information.


Salton Sea State Recreation Area - Located on the northeastern side of the Sea, the park hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Visitors can choose from six different campgrounds, 1,400 campsites, hundreds of picnic sites, trails, playgrounds and a visitors' center.


Headquarters Campground - For those outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy nature, but do not enjoy "roughing it," the campground at the Recreation Area's headquarters has the convenience of full hook-ups: electric, water and sewer.


Located next to Varner's Harbor and the park's visitor center, campers can enjoy video presentations and static displays about the Salton Sea.  Children will enjoy the playground and the fishing jetty is open every day. The hook-up campground is the most popular.  So, reservations are strongly recommended.


There are 15 full hook-up sites with picnic table and barbecue in the campsite (no tents allowed).

There are 25 developed campsites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms have electricity, running water and hot pay showers. ($.25 per 5 minutes).


Call Park.Net at 800-444-PARK to secure your spot.


New Camp  - Also located in the headquarters area of the park, this campground offers paved parking stalls, shade armadas, restrooms and showers.  New Camp is a short walk from Varner Harbor and from prime fishing areas.  New Camp is also on the reservation system, and reservations are suggested during holiday weekends.


Mecca Beach - With paved parking, showers and beach access, Mecca Beach offers the outdoors enthusiast a camping experience with many of the comforts of home.  It is located one mile south of the headquarters area.  For those who are new to camping, camp hosts are available to help settle families into their campsites.  Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Desert vegetation and trees give pleasant shade. Fishing is best from March through July. Since Mecca Beach is not on the reservation system, it's first come, first served.


There are 109 developed campsites.  Restrooms have electricity, running water and solar showers.  Four hook-up sites with electricity and water are available during the off-season on a first come, first served basis.


Corvina Beach - A more primitive campsite, Corvina Beach campers will enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. San Jacinto and the snow-covered Santa Rosa Mountains as they camp along the shores of the Salton Sea. Restrooms and water are available and the campsite is particularly well suited for RVs. The campground is not on the reservation system, so visitors may want to come early to ensure a spot.


Salt Creek  - Home to the endangered desert pupfish, which inhabit some tributaries, Salt Creek is a "dry camp" with no water or developed facilities.  A site known for great fishing, Salt Creek is also one of the best birding beaches.  RV campers will especially enjoy this area. Restrooms and beach camping are available.


Bombay Beach - Bring your RV to this primitive campground and spend the weekend listening to the gentle lapping of the waves against the shore. Located next to the community of Bombay Beach, this campground is the furthest south in the recreation area. Restrooms and water are available.