One of the world’s largest inland seas, Salton Sea was created by accident when a dike broke during the construction of the All-American Canal in 1905. The resulting 360-square-mile basin became today’s Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It provides a unique desert oasis for boaters, water-skiers and anglers. Visitors glimpse how the ever-increasing salt and nutrient content in this basin with no outlet threatens the existence of the systems within the Sea.
Varner Harbor, New Camp Campground has two accessible campsites. Accessible campsites are #’s 37and 45.
Restroom and shower: The New Camp Campground restroom/shower building is fully accessible.
Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available at the restroom. Route of travel from site and parking to restroom is accessible.
Park Headquarters and Visitor Center: There are 6 accessibly designed picnic sites at the Visitor Center parking lot, each furnished with accessible tables and a post-mounted grill. No water is available at the site. Accessible parking and restrooms are nearby.
A shaded picnic area, located at an overlook, is accessed from the Ironwood Nature Trail. See Trails for more information.
The Ironwood Nature Trail provides a 0.38 mile loop trail experience through desert scrub brush to an overlook with views of the Salton Sea. An accessible picnic area under the shade ramada is located at the overlook. Accessible parking is located at the trailhead at the southern edge of the campground. The trail surface is concrete; typical width of the trail is 4 feet with a few narrow areas that are 3' wide; typical running slope of the trail is 1% with a maximum of 4%; typical trail cross slope is 0.8% with a maximum of 2%.
There are no developed fishing facilities in the park, but many visitors fish from the Varner Harbor picnic area. A concrete pad at the accessible picnic site reaches nearly to the waters edge, permitting persons with mobility impairments some opportunity to fish. There are neither railings nor edge protection. Restrooms, parking and routes of travel are accessible as described in Picnic Area.