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Old 11-18-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Strangest place we've been-Salton Sea, Slab City & Bombay Beach

We are staying in Indio, CA for a few weeks and took a day trip to these areas. Wow, what strange places. Well worth the trip to see.

Slab city looks like some post apocalypse scene from a movie. There are dilapidated rvs strewn all over. Most of the rvs do not look like they can move and I wonder how they get water and empty their holding tanks. This is really living "off the grid".

So interesting to see the various ways people live.

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Sounds interesting....
Which rv park are you staying at in Indio? We're gonna be there in December.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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We are staying at Rancho Cassblanco. We are renting from someone who owns the spot. We will be checking out Dec. 13. Today spent the day in Joshua Tree NP. Great day, a must see park.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:53 PM   #4
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I know the BuckShot allows water fill up from their outside spigot. There is a rest area about 15miles south with water and dump. I wouldn't ask anybody what they actually do.

Buckshot Deli & Diner - Niland, CA | Yelp

I am surprised you didn't mention Salvation Mountain. It is a must see stop if in the area.

Sonny Bono NWR is about 10 miles further south. It is a nice visit for birders. If it hasn't rained in a while and you don't mind going a little off the dirt road the staff can give you a map to the currently active mudpots. Be sure to heed any precautions they may offer.
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Salvation Mtn. is at the Slabs. I heard there's a move to close down Slab City because of its deteriorating condition. I really feel sorry for children who are raised there.
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It is a different world for sure. Look for Burroughing owls in the agriculture areas along the edge of the road around the sea. in the afternoon try the Sonny Bono wildlife preserve. Huge groups of Snow geese, Cranes, Ibis flying in...and don't forget to look for big horn sheep on the tops of the canyons. Whitewater is especially a nice green area for the rams. Taquitz canyon also a nice marble canyon to walk thru as you are passing Palm Springs.
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Yes, Salvation mtn is right before you get to Slab City. Just adds to the strangeness of the area.
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Slab City has the Reputation...

...of being The Last (Rent) Free Place on Earth. Its full-time residents are those who a) WANT to live off-the-grid/under-the-radar and b) have found themselves there out of necessity/circumstance. They are Good People and contribute to their community probably more than some of us here do. (That is NOT to cast aspersions on the denizens of iRV2... just an observation.)

#Slab City Website The Slabs have their own website that is geared toward us tourists. I don't know of anyone here who would do this, but I'm going to emphasize it anyway: These residents are NOT creatures in a zoo or curiosities! They are PEOPLE! Arrive near the weekend and take in the music and talent at The Range on Saturday night. The Range is a solar-/generator-powered bar/dance floor/venue constructed from the ground up by Builder Bill. Attending will give anyone the opportunity to TALK to the people who live there. Get to know them; appreciate them. Discover that they have the same hopes/fears/dreams as the rest of us.

My apologies if I sound "preachy." On second thought, no... I'm not sorry. It just seemed as if this thread was about to descend into something of The Slabs becoming a side-show attraction. I wanted to head THAT BS off at the pass!
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I know the BuckShot allows water fill up from their outside spigot. There is a rest area about 15miles south with water and dump. I wouldn't ask anybody what they actually do.
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I've read that CA will be closing that rest area next year in preparation for shutting down Slab City in the near future.....(however that may be only a rumor).
I hope so because "the slabs" is, IMO, a fascinating place!
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We are staying in Indio, CA for a few weeks and took a day trip to these areas. Wow, what strange places. Well worth the trip to see.

Slab city looks like some post apocalypse scene from a movie. There are dilapidated rvs strewn all over. Most of the rvs do not look like they can move and I wonder how they get water and empty their holding tanks. This is really living "off the grid".

So interesting to see the various ways people live.

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Here's a nice article on Slab City in the latest DesertUSA newsletter:

Slab City, Part 3 of a Road Trip from the Salton Sea to Salvation Mountain and Slab City -
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About 10 years ago, we stayed at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and did a gawking drive-through of The Slabs, in addition to actually putting our bodies in the Salton Sea. And survived to tell the tale.

Here's my take on it: DEBCAR Story
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There are many utube videos about Slab city.
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