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Headquarters Hookup Campground is one of the campgrounds available in the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, which is a park located in southern California's Sonoran Desert. The Salton Sea itself is a saline, endorheic rift lake located on the San Andreas Fault.

Campground Information

Address: Salton Sea State Recreation Area 100-225 State Park Road North Shore, CA 92254

Contact Information: Before heading out, it's wise to check the latest conditions and requirements by contacting the park directly. The contact phone number for the Salton Sea State Recreation Area is (760) 393-3052.

Campground Utilities:

  • Electricity Hookups: As the name suggests, Headquarters Hookup Campground offers electric hookups for RVs and trailers.
  • Water Hookups: There are water hookups available at the site, making it convenient for campers with RVs.
  • Sewer Hookups: The campground provides sewer hookups, allowing for easy waste disposal.

Campsite Details

Number of Sites: Each campground within the state recreation area might have a varying number of hookup and non-hookup sites. It's vital to check the current status of campsites and their availability.

Site Access: The campground is typically accessible by paved roads, which should accommodate most types of vehicles, including RVs and trailers.

Amenities: Common amenities at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area include restroom facilities, picnic tables, and fire pits. However, specific amenities available at Headquarters Hookup Campground may vary.

Pets: Pets are often allowed in state parks but must be kept on a leash. Check specific pet policies for Headquarters Hookup before planning your trip.


  • Bird Watching: The Salton Sea area is a renowned birding spot with hundreds of bird species migrating through, especially during winter months.
  • Fishing: Anglers can fish for tilapia and other fish species in the Salton Sea.
  • Hiking and Exploration: Visitors can explore the park and the surrounding desert landscapes, but conditions can be harsh, so proper preparations and precautions are essential.
  • Photography: The unique landscapes and abundant birdlife make this a fantastic location for photographers.

Reservation and Fees

Making a Reservation: Campsite reservations are typically recommended, especially during peak seasons. Reservations can often be made online through the California State Parks reservation system or by calling their reservation hotline.

Fees: Campsite fees vary and may change so always check the current pricing. Additional fees may apply for extra vehicles or amenities.

Seasonal Information

Weather Conditions: The Salton Sea area is known for its extreme temperatures, especially during the summer months when it can be exceptionally hot. The best times to visit are generally spring and fall when the weather is milder.

Park Accessibility: The park is open year-round, but some facilities or areas might be seasonal or affected by environmental conditions (such as water levels or algal blooms). Always check for the latest updates before planning your trip.

Regulations and Safety

Campfire and Cooking Regulations: Campfires and cooking are usually permitted only in designated areas and can be restricted based on fire danger conditions.

Wildlife Precautions: Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife and never feed wild animals to avoid dangerous interactions.

Environmental Protection: Please adhere to Leave No Trace principles, which include packing out all your garbage and protecting the natural environment.

Before setting out on your trip to Headquarters Hookup Campground in the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, be sure to check the latest updates from the California State Parks website or contact the park directly, as conditions and regulations can change.

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