The Salton Sea, Mecca, California
February 10th, 2019
Photos and Words by Taylor Simpson
When most people think of California's largest lake, places like Tahoe and Shasta come to mind. But few know or have even heard of the Salton Sea. Located in the Southeast corner of the Coachella Valley, the Salton Sea rests in silence as the largest lake in the state. Sitting directly on the San Andreas Fault, the Salton Sea was thought to be 'California's Riviera' back in the 1960s with investors flocking to the area to begin construction on beach homes and resorts. That idea quickly fell by the wayside as the lakes' salinity continued to increase (now at a rate of 3% per year) making it a less than desirable location. While the lake and 'beach' areas were left abandoned for many years, there has been a resurgence of activity thanks to local artists and young creatives who use the landscape as a backdrop for their festivals and gatherings. Events like Desert X are also drawing people back to the area with some of their art installations located on the shores of the lake for their 2019 exhibit.