Enjoy the small-town feel of Imperial Valley at one of its festivals or community events. There’s family fun all-year-long! From the aerial displays of the Blue Angels to the local celebrations of the Tomato Festival and Cattle Call Rodeo, there is plenty to entertain both local residents and out-of-town guests. Opportunities to participate in community fun include:
|· Aviation Day||· Farmers Market||· Cattle Call Rodeo|
|· Children’s Fair||· Mariachi Festival||· Carrot Festival|
|· California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta||· Salton Sea International Bird Festival|
The Imperial Sand Dunes are one of the most striking features of the Imperial Valley. The 40-mile-long dune system is one of the largest in the United States and draws hundreds of thousands of off-road enthusiasts to this sandy playground. The crests of the dunes soar to heights of more than 300 feet. Additionally, the windblown expanses have served as the setting for films and television commercials.
Imperial Valley offers visitors and residents a multicultural experience with its proximity to Mexico, where exotic sights, sounds and tastes are waiting to be savored. Mexico’s charm is easy to access by car or foot at one of the international ports of entry.
Mexicali, the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California, is a metropolis with nearly a million people. The capital is adjacent to Imperial Valley’s southernmost city, Calexico. Mexicali offers world-class hotels, restaurants and entertainment, including the State Theatre. While sophisticated and metropolitan, Mexicali still offers old-style Mexican charm. San Felipe, a popular resort destination, is only a two hour drive south.
As California’s largest inland body of water, the Salton Sea is a unique, year-round opportunity for enthusiasts of bird watching, boating, hiking and fishing. The Salton Sea occupies the basin of ancient Lake Cahuilla. The modern Salton Sea was created during floods of the Colorado River between 1905 and 1907. Today, the Sea is fed by agriculture irrigation runoff and is approximately 35 miles long, 15 miles wide and about 50 feet deep at its deepest point.
The Colorado River is a popular attraction for both locals and travelers. Numerous spots along the river offer opportunities for boating, camping, hunting, fishing, and floating. The river flows 1,450 miles to the Gulf of California, traversing six states and descending more than 10,000 feet. The Imperial County/Yuma, Arizona portion is the last part to flow through the United States before the river continues into Mexico where it empties into the Sea of Cortes.
There are plenty of places to play, fish and enjoy nature along the river, including:
› Imperial Dam—Here the Colorado River is diverted into Imperial County by the All-American Canal.
› Picacho State Recreation Area—A great place to water-ski, canoe, float and fish.
› Senator Wash Reservoir—A favorite of jet skiers and small boats during the summer months.
› Squaw Lake—Another popular water sports area east of Senator Wash Reservoir.
› Walters Camp—A popular RV park and camp for starting fishing, boating, hunting and canoeing trips on the river.
|City of Brawley||City of Calexico||City of Calipatria|
|City of El Centro||City of Holtville||City of Imperial|
|City of Westmorland|
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