Salton Sea State Recreation Area is a wonderful space with campgrounds, picnic areas, environmental learning, hiking, swimming, boating, geocaching, and beach areas. This recreation area is full of things to keep you and your pooch busy. Located at the northern end of the Gulf of California, this park has campsites include primitive campsites, family and group campsites, RV hookups, RV dump stations, and walk-in/bike-in campsites.
There are 1,600 campsites at five different campgrounds, and you can reserve your space online. If you are looking for a full-hookup campsite, you'll want to reserve with plenty of time, as those tend to be popular. Please note, that as of August 30, 2018, the Headquarters and New Camp campgrounds are closed, but day use is still permitted.
The Mecca Beach and Corvina Campgrounds are still open. When you reserve your campsite, make sure you see that the campsite is pet-friendly. There's plenty of things to do during the day at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. There are over 400 types of birds to look out for, and during migration season, up to four million birds are said to fly over the sea.
If you’re more energetic and want to go for a hike, you can check out one of the trails at Salton Sea State Recreation Area. There are 18 miles of hiking trails to traverse with your pup, and you can pick up a map or a guide at the visitor center. Whenever you're camping, hiking, or just breathing in the fresh air, make sure you keep your pooch on a leash no longer than six feet.
Also, always keep a plastic poop bag on hand so you can clean up after your dog. If you're camping overnight, make sure the two of you follow quiet hours. Your pooch should not be aggressive, and your dog should respond to your call. Make sure your dog does not disturb wildlife by digging or chasing any native critters around. Never leave your dog unattended.