Salton Sea Test Base

Once a test area on the southwest edge of the Salton Sea, the base is now abandoned, with all or most of the buildings torn down. In the 1950's the area was used by Sandia National Labs, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a range for missile testing (Sandia relocated their test ranges to the Coyote Field in Albuquerque, and to the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada). Over 1,100 missile tests have been performed here. The Navy shared it with Sandia, and continued to use it through the 1970's, though there have been reports of military activities at the site as recently as the Gulf War. The site has recently undergone remediation, including the clean-up of spilled toxic substances, and has been returned to the BLM.