Happy Monday, Friends!
Let me just start off by saying this is probably the most colorful blog post I’ve ever posted hah! After Coachella, Kell and I decided to detour on our way home to visit the Salvation Mountain. I had always seen it on Instagram and have always wanted to check it out, but I just wasn’t sure if the detour was worth it. Though it’s South East of Palm Springs kinda towards Phoenix, it’s still 1.5 hour detour. Well, we did it and I was so glad we did make the detour.
For those of you wondering what the heck Salvation Mountain is, it’s literally located in the middle of nowhere in a desert right outside of a tiny, tiny town called Niland, California. Salvation Mountain is this huge art piece painted on a hill by an artist called Leonard Knight. The hill was essentially his canvas covered with colorful colors covered in Christian sayings and bible verses. Leonard Knight is no longer with us, but people donate paint to protect the mountain due to concerns about maintaining the mountain due to its harsh surroundings.
From Instagram to reality, the photos don’t do it justice. It is a lot larger than I had expected with a lot more intricate artwork even surrounding the mountain that makes it worth checking out. If you guys do make it to the Salvation Mountain, I highly recommend driving through Slab City- it’s fascinating. Slab City is a town that was formed by people that wanted to live “off the grid”- squatters and homeless people. They don’t have running water or electricity, so a lot of homes either don’t have it or they use generators to have power. Again, it’s fascinating and definitely worth checking out!