Slab City or The Slabs is a Snowbird campsite in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California.
Several thousand campers, many of them retired, use the site during the winter months. They stay only for the winter, before migrating north in the spring to cooler climates. The temperatures during the summer are unforgiving (as high as 50 degrees C).
Nonetheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents who live in the Slabs all year round. Some of these "Slabbers" derive their living by way of government checks and have been driven to the Slabs through poverty. Others have moved to The Slabs to learn how to live off the grid and to be left alone. Still others have moved there to stretch their retirement income.
The site is both decommissioned and uncontrolled, and there is no charge for parking. The camp has no electricity, no running water, no sewers nor toilets, and no trash pickup service.