Welcome to Salton Sea
The Salton Sea is California's biggest lake in the middle of its largest desert. It's also its biggest ecological disaster. Driving around here feels like being beamed into a sci-fi movie set in a postapocalyptic world punctuated by abandoned buildings, rusting cars and dying towns. Agricultural runoff has increased the lake's salinity to the point where few fish species can survive. Still, there's life out here for now, at least between October and May when millions of migratory birds arrive to enjoy the tepid winter, including snow geese, eared grebes, egrets and pelicans. Fans of oddball roadside attractions will also get their fill around the Salton Sea.