One of California's most amazing natural wonders, the Salton Sea is home to an amazingly diverse population of birds. Known as "California's crown jewel of avian biodiversity," it is also considered perhaps the most productive fishery in the world. Our affordable Palm Springs area hotel lies just 43 miles from the Salton Sea, off Highway 111 in Indio, CA.
Salton Sea California - Location & Natural History
The biggest misconception about the Salton Sea is that it's a sea; it is actually a 376-mile lake in a deep California desert basin known as the Salton Sink. Because the Salton Sea lies about 227 feet below sea level and receives only about 3 inches of rain a year, it has a very high concentration of salt. The nutrients and minerals in the water provide fish with an abundance of food, and fisherman and sports enthusiasts with the world's fastest boating lake.
Hotels near Salton Sea in Palm Springs, California
Our recently renovated Indio, CA hotel lies just 43 miles from the Salton Sea, a unique California natural attraction that is home to one of the state's largest and most diverse bird populations, and a habitat for the most productive fishery in the world. The Indio Super 8 offers easy access to the Salton Sea, via Highway 111 and Highway 86, as well as one of the best values and most convenient lodging options in the Salton Sea, Palm Springs, and Indio, California areas.
Visiting the Salton Sea near Indio, California
Fishing, birdwatching, boating, kayaking, camping, and hiking are all popular activities at the Salton Sea. Miles of shoreline hiking trails make it a mecca for beachcombers, who can find shells, garnet, petrified palm, and other collectibles. The State Recreation Area offers a self-guided nature trail near the headquarters at Mecca Beach Campground. Free trail guides are available at the Visitors' Center and at the entrance station.
Salton Sea, California Activities & Facilities
With as many as 400 species of birds, the Salton Sea is one of the best birdwatching areas in the country and the shoreline is open year-round for viewing and photography. Each year, a number of festivals and special events are held here, including the annual Salton Sea International Bird Festival and the New River Symposium in nearby Brawley, California. For more information, go to www.saltonsea.ca.gov.