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Hydros Adventures
(928) 310-8141
814 N 4th
Cottonwood, AZ
Haunted Tours LLC
(928) 634-0452
PO Box 3292
Cottonwood, AZ
Sedonana Tours by Japanese Guide
(928) 204-1813
359 Orchard
Sedona, AZ
Sedona Wine Country Tours
(928) 554-4072
205 Sunset Dr
Sedona, AZ
Center for the New Age Inc
(928) 282-2085
341 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ
Sedona KI Meditation Tours
(928) 649-1386
685 Bill Gray
Cottonwood, AZ
Verde Canyon Railroad
(623) 374-3185
300 N. Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ
Canyon Spirit Botanical Ventures LLC
(928) 284-9626
PO Box 20631
Sedona, AZ
Arizona ATV Adventures
(800) 242-6335
1185 W State Route
Sedona, AZ
Day In The West
(928) 282-4320
252 N State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ

Discover Salton Sea, CA

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November 30, 2010 by Rex Vogel · 2 Comments  

Following along the San Andreas Fault, California State Highway 111 winds around the eastern shore of Salton Sea which occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla.

The Salton Sea is a haven for bird watchers © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lying 228 feet below sea level, Salton Sea is an inland saline lake in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California. It is bordered on the south by the rich agricultural areas of the Imperial Valley and on the west, by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park . Both the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the Sony Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge are located on its shores.

The Salton Sea is currently 35 miles by 15 miles and can be as long as 40 miles by almost 20 miles in particularly wet years. It has an average depth of nearly 30 feet and, at its deepest, is 51 feet. It contains 7.3 million acre feet of water and evaporates 1.3 million acre feet each year. There is a five-mile-long trench on the south end of the Sea that is 51 feet deep. Interestingly, the bed of the Salton Sea is only five feet higher than the lowest spot in Death Valley.

It is estimated that over 1 million visitors spend time at the Salton Sea each year.

From the highway you will spot the sea past fields of citrus; it looks much more like a huge mirage.
The Salton Sea is the big mystery here. How and why it came into being is a fascinating story. The Salton Sea is a place that’s been accurately dubbed the weirdest body of water in America. It has no outlet, and its main sources of new water are agricultural drainage ditches. It has become a natural wonder.

Water flow and climate shaped the basin, creating one of the most diverse regions in the world. The area contains an amazing range of plants and animals. It continues to change today. Name your interest and you will probably find a chance to pursue it in the Salton Sea area. Ancient history, bat caves, boating, camping, conservation, fishing, geology—right through the alphabet—it is all here.

One of several recreation areas along the Salton Sea. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Geologically, this area was once part of a larger body of water extending north through the San Joaquin Valley. A great up thrust lifted the land and formed mountains. The downfolding created Salton sink and the Imperial and Coachella valleys. The sink was dry for many years and salt was mined from it.

In 1901, a dam was built to divert water from the Colorado River near Yuma and carried in canals to irrigate lands in the Imperial Valley. In 1905, the dam broke and water rushed into the Salton Sink for two years, filling it to an elevation of 195 feet below sea level.

Already more salty than seawater, and becoming more saline by the day, the Salton Sea was steeped in continuous political controversy over its future during the 1950s and 60s.

The Salton Sea was a popular sporting dest...

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