Salvation Mountain

Mojave Desert, California

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Salvation Mountain


  • Painted white tires mark the turnoff to Salvation Mountain's entrance.- Salvation Mountain
  • The entrance to Salvation Mountain is marked by two trucks decorated in paint proclaiming Leonard Knight's message.- Salvation Mountain
  • Informational signs and a donation box next to the entrance.- Salvation Mountain
  • A car full of art. - Salvation Mountain
  • A structure still under construction that you are able to walk into. - Salvation Mountain
  • Entrance to the structure.- Salvation Mountain
  • A room inside the structure.- Salvation Mountain
  • Inside the structure. - Salvation Mountain
  • Inside the structure. - Salvation Mountain
  • Inside the structure.- Salvation Mountain
  • Scrap metal, like this car door, is scattered throughout and used as art pieces. - Salvation Mountain
  • Follow the painted yellow brick road to walk to the top of Salvation Mountain.- Salvation Mountain
  • View from the top of Salvation Mountain. - Salvation Mountain
  • Painted mailbox at the start of the painted yellow brick road.- Salvation Mountain
  • Art-filled tractor.- Salvation Mountain
  • Salvation Mountain from the parking area.- Salvation Mountain
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Mojave Desert, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Salvation Mountain is located in southeastern California between I-8 and I-10 outside of Niland in an area known as Slab City.  In 2000 Salvation Mountain was deemed a National Folk Art Site, and in 2002 it was named a national treasure in the Congressional Record of the United States. 

Leonard Knight, founder of Salvation Mountain, wanted to share his love of God.  After previous attempts had failed he arrived in Niland in 1984 and decided to construct a mountain. His first attempt started in 1986, but it collapsed in 1989. That same year he began his second attempt, which was more successful and is what is still standing today. Adobe clay and straw are the main ingredients for the structure that stands three stories high and contains about 10 layers of paint to help preserve the art. Knight continued to build and add to Salvation Mountain until he had to be moved into a long-term care facility in 2011. Since Knight’s death in 2014, Salvation Mountain is maintained by a 501c non-profit organization known as Salvation Mountain, Inc. 

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