6.8 Good

Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp

Mecca, California

100225 State Park Rd
Mecca, California 92254
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 40
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.50993
Longitude: -115.91718

Elevation: -193' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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12 Reviews

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here a couple nights during the week in early February. We enjoyed this campground and the Salton Sea. We plan on visiting again and staying longer. There were plenty of open spaces. At the same fee entry point, and within walking distance, are two campgrounds: Headquarters and New Camp. We stayed at Headquarters. There is a large parking lot. On the east side of this lot are 15 pull through full hookup sites. Your front will face the sea. These sites are very close, separated by tall palm trees. They are closest to CA-111 and train tracks. The highway noise was minimal. The trains were frequent and loud. They use their horn. If you don't like train noise, you will not like this campground. There are an additional 3 dry spots at a the NW corner of the parking lot. The visitor center and restrooms (no showers) are at the south end of the lot. New Camp is close to CA-111. There are 25 parallel sites around a loop. Most are dry but a few are water and electric. These are much more spacious than the ones at Headquarters. Except for 47, 48, and 50, there are no sea views at New Camp. The showers, which require tokens, are at this campground. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The visitor center was open during our stay. It's small but worth checking out. They have some exhibits and good selection of books and merchandise.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Sites with electric and water are on the edge of a giant parking lot. Pull-through, but short. You will need to unhitch your tow vehicle. Sites are close together with a small patch of dirt, picnic table, grill and a tree. Check the trees carefully for slide and awning clearance. Only 30amp service at the sites I checked. A bonus is very strong Wi-Fi included. That might change if it fills up. As I write this there are only two sites occupied.

Yes this backs up to Highway 111 and train tracks with lots of trains and a crossing nearby so you also get the horn blasts. If that kind of thing bothers you, go somewhere else. It IS noisy. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are coming from the east on I-10, California Route 195 (exit #168) takes you past the Orocopia Mountains and into a deep gorge. The road is easy to negotiate at slow speeds and the scenery is worth it.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The camping area is at the edge of a large parking lot. Each site has a square of ground with a tree, picnic table, and the hookups. Showers are in a separate nearby camping area. There is a lot of noise from Route 111. Trains pass by frequently, both day and night, blowing their whistles. Sleeping is a challenge. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 448
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 121

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

The Salton Sea SRA has a few campgrounds but this one has full hookups and takes reservations. The Visitor Center was closed to save money but you can walk around outside and read some of the signs and exhibits. The sea was there and a number of people were fishing. The sites have a tree, grill and picnic table but you hookup on the left but your picnic table is next to the site on the right. All the sites in this campground are in a line facing the parking lot and sea. Late afternoon, there were only two RV’s but at the check in booth two others had reservations and were expected to come in. No ranger on duty. It was a self check in. Can’t complain but considering what they charge for an out of state reservation, I would have thought someone should be there. We paid a $30 fee and an $8 transaction fee but then were given a $2 senior discount. The total price was $36. We really enjoyed driving through the canyon road through the Orocopia Mtns (beautiful) and then through the miles and miles of fields growing grapefruit, oranges, grapes, corn, palm trees, peppers and other things driving into Mecca and then down route 111 to the Salton Sea. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 263
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

First of all there is no more Wi-Fi in this park! This is the second worse campground we ever stayed at. Close to the sites is a very busy highway with lots of trucks passing even during the night time. And a train is running at least every hour. At 4:30 in the morning we left. The serviced sites are in the back of the main parking lot, paved but narrow and sloped. The hookups are good. No privacy between the sites. The views are nice, the low tide did not smell to much. We will not return to this campground or one in the vicinity because of the noise. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Sorry to say that in my opinion this park is good only for an overnight stop. The hookup sites are on a large area that resembles a Walmart parking lot. There are a lot of flies that bother you once you sit or try to eat outside. Restrooms and showers are quite modern and get cleaned daily but showers are located a bit far from the hookup sites and you have to pay for it. There is not much to do there. Swimming is not recommended. Sunsets are very picturesque though. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Despite decay from its heyday, the Salton Sea still retains a unique charm. The campground is basically a parking lot with hookups, but serves as a great home base to explore the area including other attractions such as Dos Palmas, the San Andreas Oasis, and Painted Canyon. It's sad that the campgrounds and other site improvements are still slated for closure, even with a concerted efforts by dedicated volunteers to save it. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay and would return were that possible. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

I concur with the previous reviews. This is a nice little campground across a parking lot from the Salton Sea. No playground. No pool. I don't know if they had showers as we used the one in our motorhome. You park on asphalt between small trees but, although they provide nice shade, they are not tall enough to block satellite reception. Heavily used RR track across the street - one train every 20 or 30 minutes. The lake smell referred to in other posts was not bad during our stay - reminded me of the smell at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Great bird watching. This is a nice park if you don't need anything other than a parking pad, hook ups and a great view of the lake. One other thing: They do take reservations if you do it more than 2 days in advance. Otherwise spots are on a space available basis and you have to renew every day. By the way - about 4 miles south on Hwy 111 is another State Park where you can dry camp right on the edge of the lake for $8 a night. No trees, no shade, no services - nothing. It's perfect. We would have stayed there had we known about it before we got settled in. We would stay here again or maybe dry camp. Either way is pleasant. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 322
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Simply a line of 15 full hook up sites with shielding palm trees between, along the back of a huge blacktop parking lot, with the Salton Sea across the way. Even though there are frequent trains close by and constant bugs and lake smell, the park has a nice feel to it. There is great birding is only a few feet away. We would return. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This was our maiden voyage in our RV. We stayed overnight and left the campsite before 10 AM to go to the visitor center. The camp hosts and other volunteers were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. You could tell that they cared about the sea and the state park. We didn't want to use our restroom so we used the park facilities exclusively. Fortunately for us, the restrooms and showers were clean and neat. Side note: even though there was a recent fish kill, the area does not smell like dead fish. Due to the high salinity, the fish just desiccate. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is 1.5 miles south of Headquarters Camp and is developed (i.e., paved, with picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets and solar showers) but no hookups. There is a nice 1.5-mile trail to the Visitor's Center. Sites face right onto the lake. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay. The birds and sunsets were incredible! And the camp hosts very nice and very competent, too, as the restrooms and place in general was very well kept. A few things you should know when visiting this CG (or the few hookup sites at HQ camp, or the primitive camping spots right on the water a few miles further south). You need to be able to tune out the VERY noisy (and frequent) freight trains that pass by right next to the park. Once that's done, you also need to know that the Salton Sea can be quite odoriferous when the algae blooms and there is a fish die off. Pee-yoo! But the stunning setting with the millions of winter migrating birds makes it worthwhile. And $20 is a heckuva bargain in overpriced CA state parks these days. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 216
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: February, 2007 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

There are two sections to the Headquarters Campground. The full hookup section consists of 15 sites in a row on asphalt, with a tree between each site. There is a loop with 25 other sites. One of these is occupied by a park host. Three of the remaining 24 sites have water and 30 amp power. The other 21 sites have no hookups, although water faucets are distributed around the campground. Sites in this loop are all big enough for 40' rigs, and some get good afternoon shade from the mature trees. You park parallel with the loop road, adjacent to your ramada, mostly two or three sites in each pullout. Generator hours are very restrictive in this park: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. We like this campground as a place to spend a week watching the huge variety of birds here. If the wind is wrong, it can really stink, though, due to fish die-offs and natural organic processes in this man-made sea. There are other campgrounds in the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. Some are beachside undeveloped sites for $7/night. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

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