Headquarters Campground is a popular recreation site for boating on the largest lake in California, with tent and RV-friendly campground located at the northern end of the Salton Sea. The area around the Salton Sea is popular for water activities as well as off-road driving, with plenty of wide-open spaces and jagged hills nearby.
Headquarters Campground has only 14 campsites all of which are designated for RV camping with full hookups. Tents are not permitted at the RV campsites. Each campsite includes picnic tables, fire rings, shade ramadas, and access to drinking water, bathrooms, and showers. A dump station is also available.
Headquarters Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||14 Campsites|
|Use Level:||Low – Medium|
|RV/Trailer Length:||40 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station, Full Hookups|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on some carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.501370, -115.912530|
|Nearest City/Town:||Indio, California|
|Elevation:||50 Feet Below Sea Level|
|Location:||Riverside County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||10 Miles to Mecca, California.|
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||via Reserve America|
When To Go
Fall through Spring – Summer is very hot at Headquarters Campground and the rest of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, and camping is not ideal with temperatures over 110-degrees. Winter, fall, and spring offer more hospitable temperatures and offer access to the more remote parts in the area for off-roading and hiking.
What To Do
Swimming, Boating, & Kayaking – The area around Headquarters Campground offers access to the shrinking Salton Sea for water activities.
Off-Roading – There are hundreds of miles of off-road trails surrounding the Headquarters Campground and the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea is the largest lake in the state of California. The lake as it currently is, was created by accident in 1905 after floods broke through a levy near Yuma, Arizona to fill the ancient extension of the Gulf of California. After the flood, the Salton Sea became a permanent fixture in the desert, attracting water foul and other animals. The lake is somewhat unique in that it has no outlets and only inlets from rivers. This contributes, along with nearby agricultural runoff to increasing salinity in the water, which is no 40% saltier than sea water and is killing off freshwater fish in the lake. Also, the Salton Sea is under threat from evaporation which is depleting the water from the lake faster than it can be replenished under current drought conditions.