We had been coming to Palm Springs for well over a decade, but had yet to visit the Salton Sea until this year. It is actually a salt lake, located on the San Andreas fault. From a distance, it is very inviting, but when you get close, it is dirty and very dead, only limited species of marine life can live in the lake.
It was formed in the early 20th century when the Colorado River overflowed into an ancient lake bed. We came to the almost deserted town of Bombay Beach. At 223 feet below sea level, it is listed as the lowest community in the US. We took this picture of the sign at the town bar, oddly called the Ski Inn. It bills itself as the lowest bar in the Western Hemisphere.