For our latest photo trip, we took a day trip to the Salton Sea, a 35 mile long sea that appears like a mirage in the middle of the desert. We could tell we were getting close as there were seagulls everywhere. When we approached the beach, it was a completely empty except for some fish bones along the shore. The sea itself looked like the Dead Sea mixed with Mono Lake and the surrounding area was a ghost town with remnants of rusty motels and boarded-up stores.
On the North Shore is the Yacht Club, a building created by famed architect Albert Frey. The empty building is undergoing restoration, but it's not hard to imagine its glory days of the 50's and 60's. As shown in the old postcards, the marina used to be a fully functional recreation area for Palm Springs visitors.
The Salton Sea was created in the early 1900's when an agricultural irrigation project accidentally flooded the dried up lake bed. Without an outlet, the water became stagnant over time and the resort area shut down. It now serves as a photo shoot location for its desolate beauty.
The Cabazon Dinosaurs (shown below) is a unique park worth a stop along the way to the Salton Sea. There are life sized replicas of T-Rex and Brontosaurus, as well as a gift shop inside the dinosaur statue.
Lastly, we visited the Coachella Valley Vista Point and the scenic route 74 (shown below). The route cuts up the mountain to an elevation of 3,000 ft, providing a birds eye view of the desert and the Salton Sea below. The route then continues through the snowy and sparsely populated San Bernardino forest.
What are your favorite places to photograph in the California desert? Comment below!
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