Travel and Accommodations Information
Most hotels are located either North or South of the Salton Sea. It takes at least one to one and a half hours to drive from one end to the other. If you are coming from an area North of the Sea, like from Los Angeles or San Bernardino, you might want to stay in a hotel North of the Sea. Most hotels in the Northside will be in and around Indio and Coachella. If you are coming from an area West or South of the sea, like from San Diego or Orange County, you might want to stay in a hotel South of the Sea. Most hotels in the Southside will be in and around Brawley and Calipatria. If you are interested in camping, there are several campsites all around the Salton Sea. Bombay Beach is a good middle point area with campsites.
Please note that all of Saturday’s activities are on the Northside of the Sea and that Sunday’s bird field trip is on the Southside of the Sea.
Please see our Salton Sea Birding Trails map for information on lodging, food, gas and birding sites in the area. To download the map in English, click here. For a Spanish version of the map, click here.
Around the Salton Sea, gas is reliably available in Mecca, Westmorland, Brawley, Calipatria, Niland, and Brawley; between Niland and Mecca along Hwy. 111 is almost 50 miles of not much, so be sure to gas up before driving it if you need to.
- Best Western Plus, Brawley (Southside of Salton Sea)
- Brawley Inn, Brawley (Southside of Salton Sea)
- America’s Best Value Inn, Westmorland (Southside of Salton Sea)
- Calipatria Inn, Calipatria (Southside of Salton Sea)
- Best Western Date Tree Hotel, Indio (Northside of Salton Sea)
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Indio (Northside of Salton Sea)
- Please note that there are alot more hotels in the Indio (Northside) area that you can look for online.
- Mecca Beach Campground (Developed)
- Corvina Beach Campground (Primitive)
- There are quite a few campgrounds all around the Sea.
More about the Salton Sea:
More than 400 species of birds have been documented at the Salton Sea, making it one of the most diverse and significant populations of bird life in the continental United States. During the crucial winter months, it supports 30% of the remaining population of the American White Pelicans and 80% of North America’s Eared Grebes. It has been named an Important Bird Area of Global Significance.
While it is one of North America’s most valuable habitats, it is also one of its most imperiled. Water transfers in recent years have devastated habitat and increased salinity, making it hard for the fish many birds eat to reproduce. Audubon California has been working hard to create a future for this place where birds — and people — can prosper. Learn more here.