Palm Springs and the Desert Resorts Sights

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

  • 906 W. Sinclair Rd. Map It
  • Calipatria
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

The 2,200-acre wildlife refuge here, on the Pacific Flyway, is a wonderful spot for viewing migratory birds. There's an observation deck where you can watch Canada geese, and along the trails you might view eared grebes, burrowing owls, great blue herons, ospreys, and yellow-footed gulls. Though the scenery is beautiful, the waters here give off an unpleasant odor, and the New River, which empties into the sea, is quite toxic.

Sight Information


906 W. Sinclair Rd., Calipatria, California, 92233, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Park Oct.–Feb., daily sunrise–sunset. Visitor center Oct.–Feb., weekdays 7–3, weekends 8–4:15
  • Closed weekends Mar.–Sept.

Published 11/12/2015


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