The Salton Sea's Urban Decay

Somehow the Salton Sea has put itself on my list of places to visit at least once every year, and every time I come by I think I take better pictures as well as appreciate it's uniqueness more. I even broke down and bought the 'Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea' documentary that I've always been wanting last week. It's a seriously cool place, and if you're anywhere near the SoCal area you really need to go check it out. Here are a few great areas to see when you go down there.

Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach is located on the east shore of the Salton Sea and, like many communities along its shores, has had to contend with rising and falling water levels. A berm now protects the west end of the town but a portion of the town beyond the berm is either sunken under water or is half-buried in mud.


Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA
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Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

North Shore

North Shore, California is a virtually empty town in southeastern Riverside County, so named because of its location along the northeast shore of the Salton Sea. It was once a popular vacation destination spot before ever-increasing salinity and pollution of the Salton Sea shut the town down.


Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a colorful artificial mountain north of Calipatria, California, near Slab City. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by Leonard Knight to convey the message that "God Loves Everyone". Mr. Knight claims to have refused substantial donations of money and labor from supporters who wished to modify his message of universal love to favor or disfavor particular groups. Salvation Mountain is the second most visited tourist attraction in Imperial County


Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

Bombay Beach, The Salton Sea, Imperial County, California USA

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  • sam freekadelah - Really like the top two photographs with the reflections in them and the colours are amazing too.

  • Colin Savage - fxifr9l4f0rp2t8h

  • Miguel A - I live there...
    well in North Shore..
    And i got pretty good pictures too...

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