New Camp is a tent-friendly campground near the northern shore of the Salton Sea, a popular recreation site in Southern California. New Camp is located near Headquarters Campground and Varner Harbor, which offers boat ramps for launching boats. 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.
New Camp has 19 campsites for tent and RV camping . Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, shade ramada, and access to drinking water, bathrooms, and showers. Some of the campsites offer partial hookups. A dump station is also available nearby.
New Camp Features
|Number of Campsites:||19 Campsites|
|Use Level:||Low – Medium|
|RV/Trailer Length:||40 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station, partial hookups at some campsites|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on some carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.501381, -115.911591|
|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 New Camp 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 New Camp 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.