If you are wanting to see something really unique in a area full of unique things ( Salvation Mountain and dead fish on the beach anyone?) make sure to find your way over to the Salton Sea mud pots. I do have to put a disclaimer that people have said the ground is not to hard in some places so watch your step and I have no idea if it is public property but I didn’t see any signs stating otherwise. So here is the info.
- 3 mile drive down a dirt washboard road
- Located in a big field on the corner of Davis Rd and Schrimpf Rd. You can out those two streets in your GPS
I found out about this place from Yelp as I was in the area checking out a lot of Salton Sea attractions and looked up what was around me. Needless to say, an area with boiling mud pots was enough for me to want to stop by and check it out.
I know little to nothing about this area and couldn’t find much about why it is happening online but there were lots of foot prints out in the dirt so apparently lots of others visit as well. When you are out there you will see the mud literally boiling and popping. I would definitely not touch this water.
We drove a Toyota Matrix down the road and while it made it, the road was very rough washboard and I wouldn’t drive that car down it again.
When you get to the intersection you will notice a massive field on the right with a power plant off in the distance, and some mud shaped mountains in the middle of the field. These are the mud pots.
I made my way over to them quick to make sure that the footing I was stepping on was safe then took a couple minutes just taking it in. It is really strange to hear the popping sounds that come from the water as the boiling mud literally bursts.
Some of the mud pots are boiling really good while others are only going a little bit. The mixture of the water with the unique white cracked ground below is an awesome thing to take photos of though.
All in all it was not worth the trip on its own, but if you are in the area it is a unique place to visit that is worst seeing. Check it out after Salvation Mountain and East Jesus. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.