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Slab City
Was Visited by the Traveling Webmaster on 19 March 2004.
Pictures Were Taken And Are Included Below.

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Destination :      Slab City

Web Address :      Yes : Click Here to Visit

Category :      RV Park / Low or No Cost

Location :      City : Salton Sea     State : California

When :      Any Year: Winter

Reason to Visit :      The Slabs is short for Slab City, in the desert next to the Salton Sea in Southern California. Slab City is not a city, just a collection of RV's scattered around a large area. It is on the site of an old abandoned Navy base called Camp Dunlap, used during World War II. All the buildings have been leveled and only the slab floors remain, thus Slab City. Camping is free and RVers of all types gather to socialize and hold flea markets. The Slabs is not for everyone, but it's worth an overnight stay.

The Salton sea is an inland Sea about 125 miles from San Diego, and about 35 miles from the Mexican border.

Slab City has a Christian center, a Library of sorts, a Hot Bathing pool heated by Geothermal Energy, and a shower which is the outflow from the Hot pool.

There is no electricity, water, or sewage facilities. Water is collected from the Gas Station in Niland or behind the grocery store where you turn onto Main street. Sewage can be dumped at Niland fairgrounds located west of highway 111 at the south edge of Niland. The charge is $3.00 payable at a red post located at the exit. Another dump is available at the rest stop just outside Calipatria.

Directions;
Slab City is less than 4 miles east of Niland, California and Highway 111 in the desert of Southern California.

Submitted By :      The Traveling Webmaster added Slab City as I had intended to visit all along.

Visted Yet During This Adventure? : Yes

Ray Plumlee's Rating :      2 Stars out of 5.

When Visited :      19 March 2004

Ray Plumlee's Comments :
On a day trip to the Salton Sea. I decided to circumnavigate completely around the Salton Sea. While I was doing this I stopped off at Niland, California where the former WW2 Navy Base, Camp Dunlap, was located. Where there used to be quonset huts all over the place to barracks the sailors, there is now only cement slabs left. The site now is used by dry camping RVers. There were a hundred or more scattered about. I have some pictures below that will show you some of what there is there these days.

An active duty Navy Commander, friend and former shipmate, of mine told me recently that the U.S. Navy Seals use the Slab City area as a place to practice their stealth skills. With all the campers scattered around the area the Seals sneak around the area trying to avoid detection.

There really isn't much to see here but if you are into dry camping and just getting away from it all this might be the place for you.


This is the entry area to Slab City at the old WW2 Navy Base near Niland California.

This is the entry area to Slab City at the old WW2 Navy Base near Niland California. As you can see it is an old Army armored guard post.

Another attraction at Slab City is Salvation Mountain.  This is the sign for it and off in th distance you can see some campers scatered around.

Another attraction at Slab City is Salvation Mountain. This is the sign for it and off in th distance you can see some campers scatered around.



This is the Salvation Mountain. Someone has spent a lot of time putting this togather.

This is the Slab City community bulletin board.

This is the Slab City community bulletin board.

This is the Slab City Christian Center.

This is the Slab City Christian Center.

This is The Range.  It says it opens every night at dusk and has live music.  This was the only place I saw that passes for entertainment.

This is The Range. It says it opens every night at dusk and has live music. This was the only place I saw that passes for entertainment.

9 December 2006 Update:
I have received messages from people who are interested in Slab City. Below are a couple of pictures submitted to me that may give you more of an idea what Slab City is like:

Rabbit (the contributer) in the Slab City Swimming Pool

Rabbit (the contributer) in the Slab City Swimming Pool

Slab City Trash Services contributed by Rabbit

Slab City Trash Services contributed by Rabbit


And I have been to Slab City before in in the late 1950's early 1960's.

Traveling Webmasters Comments about his previous visit in in the late 1950's early 1960's. :
I have never actually been to Slab City but as a child growing up in Riverside, California it was just a short jaunt over to the Salton Sea.

My dad had a small power boat that we took to ski behind. We went numerous times. The thing that I remember the best was floating in the water. There is so much salt in the water that you float with little or no effort.
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2nd Witch -- as in when the hurly burly is done: Mira from On the heath Acceptable 5 of 8
been there seen that: george taylor from timber or. Acceptable 8 of 9
Slab City----Not for everyone!: California Cajun from Eureka, California Oustanding 19 of 20
I agree with Cajun it is not for everybody: gaydria from Tacoma Washington Average 7 of 7
been there done that: boilermaker from Indio Calif. Average 1 of 1
Past inhabitants: Larry from San Diego Average 3 of 3
have a relative that use to live there: BOB SIMPSON from FULLERTON CA Oustanding 2 of 4
da Handyman .a Slab city resident: da Handyman of Slab City from Slab City Ca. USA Oustanding 3 of 3
I did not get to see it;/: CPH90638@ca.rr.com from La Mirada,Ca Unacceptable 4 of 4
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013,466 miles are the actual travel miles with the trailer since 1 November 2003 when I left Emmett, Idaho until today (Oct 31, 2014) where I am located in Meridian, Idaho.

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