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Pre-Race Lodging

The host hotel of BADWATER SALTON SEA is the Borrego Springs Resort, located at located at 1112 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. This is also the location for Racer Check-In and the Pre-Race Meeting, as well as for Time Station #2 at Mile 35 during the race.

(Borrego Springs Resort is located at mile 35 of the race route and the runners will "dog leg" through Borrego Springs to pass through the actual Resort property. This will improve the webcast of the race, allow support crews (and runners) to stop at their hotel rooms just before the first major climb, and allow the race medical staff and management to more closely monitor the racers.)

Borrego Springs Resort is an oasis of luxury nestled between the Anza-Borrego Desert and the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The Resort boasts a variety of recreational amenities, fine dining and comfortable accommodations all within ninety minutes of Palm Springs and San Diego.

In addition to golf, Borrego Springs Resort offers its guests a variety of recreational amenities to choose from including our full-service Spa Serenity with a privatized pool, a heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, six lighted tennis courts and fitness center. Enjoy a refreshing dip in their heated pool featuring covered seating, lounge chairs, cabanas and complimentary towels. The lighted tennis courts offer guests the option to continue playing even after the sun goes down before unwinding in the bubbling spa. A fitness center provides cardiovascular and weight training equipment housed in air conditioned comfort with a mirrored wall for the optimal work-out experience.

Click here for the Borrego Springs Resort. Please note that we have a very special room rate available for all BADWATER IMMERSION and BADWATER SALTON SEA entrants for before, during, and after the race: the special booking code to utilize that rate will be provided to all entrants during registration for the event. Reservations must be made via phone.

Click here for the Google Map of the resort's location. Click here for more about Borrego Springs, CA.

Post-Race Lodging

After each team finishes the race on Palomar Mountain, there are two main options for housing:

1) It's a one-hour drive back to Borrego Springs from the finish line, but many teams may be too tired to safely do that (there are two long 11-mile downhills involved, and the total distance is 46 miles). Also, the post-race brunch party is right at the finish line at 1100am, so, depending on a team's finishing time, there may not be much sense in driving back to Borrego Springs if the team intends to attend the brunch party.

2) Below is a complete listing of lodging options on or near Palomar Mountain. We encourage teams to share cabins and rental homes, in order to save money and increase camaraderie! Also, from a planning point of view, keep in mind that your support crews may be able to go ahead of you during the race and check into your lodging before your team finishes the race. That way, you can get to bed very quickly after finishing!

Lodging on Palomar Mountain

Baileys Palomar Resort

60-Acre Ranch adjacent to the finish at Upper Meadow Lodge


*Be sure to mention that you are part of the “BADWATER Salton Sea’

Palomar Vista Lodge (Across the street from Upper Meadow Lodge)

Sleeps 12-14 depending on the makeup of the group

Contact Michael Walsh for more information 858-213-4115 Email mwalsh "at"

*Be sure to mention that you are part of the “BADWATER Salton Sea’

Bruce & Lola’s Cabin


*Be sure to mention that you are part of the “BADWATER Salton Sea’

VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner)

Palomar Mountain State Park, for campsites. **

Cleveland National Forest, for campsites.** The first 3 listed are on Palomar Mountain and 10 minutes or less from the finish line.

**Reservations for Palomar Mountain State Park & Cleveland National forest are made through ‘Reserve America’ only. You cannot reserve campsites by phone – Use zip code 92060 for Palomar Mountain.

Lodging within 20 minutes of Palomar Mountain

Lake Henshaw Resort

(This is the location of the last time station, just 13 miles before the finish. It is 20 minutes east of Palomar Mountain/Upper Meadow Lodge across from Lake Henshaw on Hwy 76.)


Oak Knoll Resort (At the base of Palomar Mountain at Hwy 76 & South Grade Rd.)

Cabin Rentals, RV spaces & Private Campground

15 minutes west of Palomar Mountain/Upper Meadow Lodge

Contact Trudy 760-415-1215 or 800-977-3920

*Be sure to mention that you are part of the “Badwater Salton Sea”

Lazy H Motel – Pauma Valley

20 minutes west of Palomar Mountain/Upper Meadow Lodge


Harrah’s Rincon Casino

20 minutes west of Palomar Mountain/Upper Meadow Lodge