Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Arroyo Salado Primitive Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Arroyo Salado is badlands camping. It is in malpais (badlands) in the huge Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), which has everything: palm-studded canyons, cactus gardens, mountain pinyon forests, hot springs, waterfalls, bighorn sheep, American Indian pictographs and petroglyphs, historic settler trails, stage stops, and ghost towns. A good way to come into Arroyo Salado is on CA 86, oﬀ I-10, via the cities of Indio and Coachella through the date palm orchards. Stop and have a date shake at one of the stands.
Then, carry on along the shore past Salton City and turn east on County Road S22. Notice Travertine Point on the right and the wave terraces cut into the mountainsides—in 1905, the Salton basin was accidentally transformed into a huge lake by an overﬂow of one the Colorado River’s canals. Near the wave terraces are traces of the American Indians who lived by the lake."