Top 7 Best Places To Visit in El Centro, California

El Centro, a city and county seat in Imperial County, California is the largest city in the Imperial Valley. It also serves as the east anchor for the Southern California Border Region. El Centro is the only American city that lies completely below sea level. 

#1 Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Yuma Territorial Prison was an ex-prison located in Yuma Arizona, United States. It was opened in 1875 and is one of the Yuma Crossing Associated Sites on National Register of Historic Places within the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

#2 Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain, a visionary hillside environment, was created by Leonard Knight, a local resident, in the California Desert area, Imperial County. It is located north of Calipatria near Slab City and northeast of Niland near Slab City. It is made from adobe, straw and thousands of gallons lead-free paint. 

#3 Bucklin Park

Bucklin Park is a tranquil and peaceful environment located on S 8th St. Take a walk, relax on the grass or enjoy a quiet picnic in the park, which is surrounded by desert. Jogging, exploring the hills and taking in the beautiful view of the lake and water fountain is a great way to get some exercise.

#4 The North Algodones Dunes Wilderne

El Centro is surrounded deserts so it’s not surprising that one of the city attractions is a dunes network. The Algodones Sand Dunes System spans approximately 8 miles in width and 40 miles in length.

#5 El Centro Public Library

The El Centro Public Library has a large selection of books on a variety of topics and genres. The public library is located on N Imperial Avenue and claims to be a hub for community information, education, and recreation.

#6 The Alford Auto Museum

The Alford Auto Museum is a must-see for car enthusiasts. It’s located at E Main St. Fords, Franklins, and other American designers have decorated most of the rooms. Start your tour by going to the left side of the museum. Here you will find the “Era Galleries”, which feature various vehicles from the 1910s to the 1950s.

#7 Imperial Valley Paintball

If you are looking for paintballing, you may want to consider visiting Imperial Valley Paintball. The paintballing facility is located in El Centro, CA, on 584 Main St. You can find more information about the facility on the Imperial Valley Paintball website.