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    I thought I'd made a mistake, too, but it looks like from the responses and all my research that there will be pluses and minuses. Check out the new documentary just out -- narrated by john waters: http://www.saltonseadoc.com/
    seems to focus more on idiosyncratic individualists than tweakers.
    Also -- it's important to distinguish between the abandoned resort area and the state park -- I hope!

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    mecca beach state park only takes around 20 to 25 minutes to get to from the polo grounds, in my experience. my friend and i have camped there three years running, and this year looks like it will be our fourth.

    at night time the place is wonderful - temperate, very quiet but with enough people around to not make it too creepy, most of whom are coachella people, yes, who are generally friendly and will talk to you. if you've had a beer or two walking on the shore is indeed really cool. we have arrived anywhere between 6 pm and 11:30 pm thursday night and found a spot without a problem. it's unstaffed at night, so there's little supervision, which is a nice change, and you pay by filling out an envelope with your camping site number and around 35-45 bucks for the spot. i believe for two nights that's all the money you need - not sure for three. there are two bathroom buildings near the shore, with free showers, and water fountains. fire pits with grilling grates are provided. sites are far enough apart that you don't feel encroached upon.

    disadvantages do, indeed, include: the train tracks right across the highway, which parallels the campground. sometimes the freights go by and blast their horns, which can wake you up. not too often, though, and if you're exhausted you'll likely sleep through it. there's very minimal lighting (around the bathroom buildings, and some near the usually onoccupied attendant booth, from what i remember), so if you arrive after sunset, setting up a tent or starting a fire can be a pain without a flashlight/your car's headlights. showers have cold water only, which, really, is welcome in the heat/when you need to wake up, but it takes some getting used to.

    it's a little stinky, yes, but i don't remember it being overpowering. i was there in 2004 and personally don't remember the flies. they certainly were not there in 2005 or 2006. it's the desert, and the heat will, no matter how tired you are, eventually force you to wake up. this can be a problem when you are super exhausted from the first day, and because you couldn't get out of the lot until 3 in the morning you only get five hours or so of sleep. this is a fault of camping in general for coachella, i think, and not that of where you camp. if you want more sleep, you should have gotten an AC hotel room.

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    Thought you would enjoy these pix. They were taken two days ago. I did a Box Canyon/Salton Sea roadtrip.

    Just so you know, it was about 80 degrees, no smell at all, and the sky was clear. There were some flies, but they didn't seem to be too bad. I think the fish cleanup was a good month ago.

    You will be staying at an interesting place. Kind of like another planet. A must-see would be Salvation Mountain. Check it out on the web. Also, there are the mud volcanoes. You are aware of the mineral pools in Salton...right? No natural hot springs nearby though, that I know of anyway. I know there is a mineral shower somewhere alongside the road in Niland.

    A little forewarning, for some of you 420-friendly sorts. There is a border patrol check as you near Niland. It will come upon you as a surprise, so beware.

    Last, watch out for the crazy-ass drivers. There were four semis racing one another, and they were side-by-side in blind spots, and were passing in no passing zones. It was pretty insane. I know there are a lot of drinkers that take that road too. Which reminds me, watch out for Highway 86, in Coachella. It can be dangerous. I suggest driving w/ your lights on, even during day hours.

    Kick back and view the pix. Just click on "Play", and if you want to view pic titles, move your mouse.

    http://secure.smilebox.com/ecom/open...e673d3d0a&sb=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumrSplndr View Post
    A little forewarning, for some of you 420-friendly sorts. There is a border patrol check as you near Niland. It will come upon you as a surprise, so beware.
    to my knowledge, since niland is slightly below the southeast edge of the salton sea, this would not be an issue unless you plan on camping way down at bombay beach, the farthest southern campground. if you're up more north on the east shore, where most of the campgrounds are, you should be alright. at least i'm positive there's no check point on the way down to mecca beach.

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    Have fun getting raped and robbed by banditos and local tweakers.

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    methpedgehippyfest
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    people who start sentences out with "have fun" are usually the worst dudes. usually follow it with a self-assured snort and a discussion on what mounts they scored in warcraft.

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    Re: the border patrol check. Yes...it is South of the camping and RV parks that have mineral pools in Salton Sea. If you plan to drive South and explore though, you will hit it. There is also one on the South side of Salton (opposite shore), but I don't know if anyone is staying there. There is a new casino there now. Probably less than six months old. Haven't been to it yet. It's called the Red Earth Casino, and it looks like it opened on April 3rd. For those who plan to take roadtrips in that direction, I would definitely continue on to Borrego Springs. It reminds me of Palm Springs fifty years ago. Nice little town and good hiking.

    From Borrego, a drive up the mountain will take you to Julian, and you can take a long, scenic drive back to San Diego, or continue to Anza, Idyllwild, Hemet, etc. It is a full days journey. The windy roads don't allow for freeway speeds.

    Forgot to mention...

    Don't drive to Salton on empty. Once you get past Coachella, gas stations are pretty much non-existant. There is one place, maybe North Shore, where there is a sign for a gas station, but it hasn't been open for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumrSplndr View Post

    Forgot to mention...

    Don't drive to Salton on empty. Once you get past Coachella, gas stations are pretty much non-existant. There is one place, maybe North Shore, where there is a sign for a gas station, but it hasn't been open for ages.
    well, sumrsplndr certainly seems to know the area more than me. i might even take his advice for the san diego route to heart (was planning on going there after the first day, since that's all i'm doing this year), or even check out the casino.

    as for the gas rule, i can verify this is true. if you're coming down the 111 toward the salton sea (which runs along the east beach/shore, where most of the camp sites are), i recommend stopping at the rather large gas station in the very small town of "mecca" (i always thought this was an ironic name given that i travel so far just to go to coachella every year, heh) right above the north shore. they're open really late if i'm not mistaken, with a big, brightly lit, multi-tank gas station. there's also a 24-hour del taco in that town, which comes in handy when you're a little famished from the parking lot madness driving back to your camp site at 3 AM. it's about the last sign of civilization for a while.

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    On the topic of making the trek to Salton Sea at the end the show...

    ...is there a best method to avoid getting stuck in the parking lot at the end of the show? It seems like it would make sense to park as far away as possible so you're at the head of the mob trying to get out, no?

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    the traffic flow going out is different than going in (i.e., if you park by what you think might be an exit, may infact be closed when you go to leave). take your best guess where to park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dshef View Post
    On the topic of making the trek to Salton Sea at the end the show...

    ...is there a best method to avoid getting stuck in the parking lot at the end of the show? It seems like it would make sense to park as far away as possible so you're at the head of the mob trying to get out, no?
    from what i remember, they have parking lot lackeys who direct you to your space, so if the lot's empty toward the beginning of the fest, i doubt they're going to let you park all the way toward the exit of the lot. if logic serves me correctly, it would, actually, make sense to get there as late as possible, missing some acts maybe, because the lot would fill up and you would have to be closer to the fences/gates that way, since the way they fill up the lots is put cars away from the fences and then gradually outwards toward the fences until full.
    Last edited by internethandle; 04-26-2007 at 12:19 AM.

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