Salvation mountain is one-of-a-kind masterpiece is the labor of love of one man, Leonard Knight, whose mission was to spread one simple message "God is Love “to anyone who would listen. He reached in the remote area, which is northeast of Niland, California more than a few miles from the Salton Sea, in 1986. The system took 28 years to build and was built using hundreds of bales of straw, mounds upon mounds of adobe clay, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. Its site actually consists of three unique structures the Mountain, the Hogan and the Museum. The Museum is sculpted after a hot-air balloon, and contains small gifts given to him by friends and visitors is like the other structures, it is held up with straw, clay and paint ,adobe, but also with car parts and a tangle of trees that twist throughout the installation. The area has trash strewn all over the place, along with old abandoned buses and motorhomes. There are shanties and other oddly shaped domiciles set up. Slab City is something you might see in a 3rd world country, not the U.S.
Salvation Mountain continues to thrive and grow. Steps imprinted into the mountain allow tourists to climb to the upper terraces. You can easily climb anywhere you like for a photo prospect. Just bring some paint. The most remarkable area of Slab City might be Salvation Mountain, a very large and colorful spot in the community developed on the side of a bluff with many nooks and crannies to explore. Rocks, blocks, hay bales and other materials, including roots from dead trees, were used to construct this homage to the lord.
Slab City is indeed a fascinating place. There is a mixture of newer RV’s and more refined living structures, along with the, shall I say, more creative places to live. As the saying goes, “One man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.” This is no more evident than in this community of desert dwellers seeking freedom from the grid.
This freakishly amusing place, it was pretty easy to distinguish residence from visitors the clean ones were likely visitors. Salvation Mountain had the highest concentration of visitors compared to other areas of the community. Spend an hour or so perusing this community off the grid you’ll enjoy the elements that draw so many to this creative and eclectic enclave. I imagine Slab City has to be on the radar for all Instragramers out there as the photographic opportunities are endless.
Maximum Temprature: 22 C
Clouds: clear sky
sunrise: 2019-10-17 13:47:37
sunset: 2019-10-18 01:06:36