Not many people think of Imperial County California – one of the poorest counties in the nation, and one of the more sparsely populated – as a tourist destination. But there’s actually an amazing amount of things to do here. Yesterday Doug and I went to fill him in on some of the places I’ve taken others when he’s not been with me. First we visited the mudpots, then stopped in Calipatria for lunch. We recommend Archie’s – on the east side of 111 about a block north of the stop sign. You can’t miss this totem pole!
Not only did we have a fun time, but we found an new spot – the Gold Rock Trading Post and Museum.
Sadly the extra time we spent exploring Gold Rock meant we had little time at the Center of the World, but they’re both places we’d go back to. I’m compiling a list of Touristy Things in Imperial County on my website which I’ll update from time to time as I find new things – and I’ll work on timings and places to stay in between. I am figuring it would be very easy to spend a week here if you’re not into simply lounging by the pool.
If you are, then in answer to a question many people ask – YES! – you can swim safely in the Salton Sea and here is Park Ranger Jose Renteria who does just that quite often.