One of California's most amazing natural wonders, the Salton Sea is home to an amazingly diverse population of birds and wildlife. Known as "California's crown jewel of avian biodiversity," it is also considered one of the most productive fishery in the world. Plus, with a stay at our affordable Palm Springs area hotel off Highway 111 in Indio, you're just 43 miles from a visit to the Salton Sea.
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, providing fisherman and sports enthusiasts with the world's fastest boating lake.
Hotels near Salton Sea in Palm Springs, California
Situated just 43 miles from this famous natural attraction that's home to one of the state's largest and most diverse bird populations, the recently renovated, pet-friendly and affordable Indio Super 8 & Suites offers not only easy access to the Salton Sea via Highway 111 and Highway 86, but it also offers one of the most comfortable and convenient lodging options in the Coachella Valley area.
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 looking 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, please visit www.saltonsea.ca.gov.