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Salton Sea State Recreation Area

About Salton Sea State Recreation Area

The Salton Sea is a popular place for boating, camping, hiking, fishing, and bird watching.  The Salton Sea was recreated in 1905 when the winter runoff from the Colorado River destroyed the canal gates leading to the Imperial Valley.  Eighteen months later the canal was fixed and the Salton Sea was now 45 miles long and 20 miles wide.  The Salton Sea is one of the worlds largest inland sea and at -227 ft elevation one of the lowest spots on earth.  Day use fees are $7 per vehicle.

175 miles from SDSU Main Campus
75 miles from SDSU Imperial Valley Campus

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Recreate Responsibly

Enjoy your time outdoors and remember to recreate responsibly!  Check the land management area, city, county, and state guidelines before you go. For more information check out

Land Acknowledgement

: As you recreate responsibly in these areas we ask that you acknowledge the land that you are on is the traditional territory and homelands of indigenous people. For more information on Land Acknowledgements, visit the Native Governance Center.  To learn more about native land in your area, visit Native Land. To read San Diego State Universities Land Acknowledgement please visit The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity: Tribal Liaison.

We stand upon a land that carries the footsteps of millennia of Kumeyaay people. They are a people whose traditional lifeways intertwine with a worldview of earth and sky in a community of living beings. This land is part of a relationship that has nourished, healed, protected and embraced the Kumeyaay people to the present day. It is part of a world view founded in the harmony of the cycles of the sky and balance in the forces of life. For the Kumeyaay, red and black represent the balance of those forces that provide for harmony within our bodies as well as the world around us. As students, faculty, staff and alumni of San Diego State University we acknowledge this legacy from the Kumeyaay. We promote this balance in life as we pursue our goals of knowledge and understanding. We find inspiration in the Kumeyaay spirit to open our minds and hearts. It is the legacy of the red and black. It is the land of the Kumeyaay.


For millennia, the Kumeyaay people have been a part of this land. This land has nourished, healed, protected and embraced them for many generations in a relationship of balance and harmony. As members of the San Diego State community we acknowledge this legacy. We promote this balance and harmony. We find inspiration from this land; the land of the Kumeyaay.

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