Bombey Beach Ruins

This is one of those places I absolutely love but I am not sure if others will or not. It is a total gem for photographers looking to capture a stunning example of urban decay in an area that has a background of a beautiful lake admits the rubble. You will probably see no one else while there and that adds to both the eerie vibe and the charm. Here is my photos and recap.

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History

In the 40’s and 50’s the Salton Sea area was posed to be a massive playground for the rich and famous. However, when the salt levels of the water rose and thee birds and fish died off this area started to become like the remnants of a diaster movie.

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This is seen most in the ruins of the Bombey Beach area that was overcome by rising water and the elements and now is just a beach with lots of ruins and crazy places for photography. I mean how often do you see a old TV sitting on a beach like the below photo.

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What It’s Like Now

The ruins consist of about 6 main houses that are in varying levels of destruction, what looks like and old dock and what appears to be a pile of the left overs from the things that stood here.

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The Houses

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These houses range from a pile of wood to a floor with a couple rooms still standing. I have to imagine that the ruins change with the wind and weather as well.

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One of them had old light boxes still connected which was cool to see.

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Another had a old chair sitting right in the middle of the rubble.

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Yet another had what appeared to be a makeshift roof that I imagine someone was using to stay under recently

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The Mobile Homes

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There are also two mobile homes that are about 3 feet off the ground as they had been knocked down over the years. They added a unique style to the landscape next to the old houses.

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Also, there are piles of dead fish around the area that you will literally stumble upon. This is a very strange site to see.

The Beach and Dock

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The beach area was pretty crazy as the water was a brownish color and there was a lot of different debris strewn around. I would assume this debris changes pretty often as well. While the area was desolate there was still a lot of birds flying around over the water.

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One of the my favorite views for photos was this old tv sitting on the beach while I would never be a fan of littering it was a crazy juxtaposition of the technology with the beach and water behind it.

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There were also big tires strewn around the beach as well.

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Lastly there was this old doc that I saw a lot of birds on and it was in varying levels of decay

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All in all the ruins are something to experience for sure, especailly if you are a photographer or someone looking to explore abandoned history. Make sure to continue on to Salvation Mountain and East Jesus if in the area as well. Check out the rest of the pictures and leave a comment below.

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  • Ethos Adventures

    I love the randomness and history here! But…honestly, can’t spend more than a couple of hours. Beautiful pics Josh!

    • Ya I think I only spent an hour or two, a very unique place for photography!

  • AbbyKarin

    This looks intriguing! Hoping to get there this trip!

    • Thanks for the comment, it is a crazy place to visit!

  • Kimberly

    Great photos! I went there last month and I have a question… I photographed at bombay beach all the homes that still stand (well some of them… Can’t believe people still live there!) anyway did you walk up the stairs by the homes? Is that how you get to this beach area?? Thanks so much!! My email is kimberlybrown@rocketmail.com

    Any help would be great! I want to find this area!!

    • When I drove to the end of Bombay Beach city there was a dirt road right in the middle of the last street that you could walk up the little hill for like .1 miles and you were on the beach where these photos were taken. Let me know if that helps!

  • Tori C.

    These photos are amazing!! Im heading out to Cali in two weeks and Ive just changed my itinerary after seeing your blog. I cant wait to visit Bombey. Any tips as I still consider myself an amateur shooter? I have a Canon SL1 and of course my iphone. Any advice on which lens to shoot with or camera settings?

    • Thanks for the comment! I personally like shooting with a wide angle lens. I like getting big wide landscape shots so that is why I use it. I would recommend going to Salvation Mountain as well if you are going to Bombey Beach as that is a great spot for photography too!