Hidden in the Colorado Desert in the middle of Southern California is a technicolor oasis of love: Salvation Mountain.
Located right next to Slab City, Salvation Mountain is a tribute to love and God created by artist Leonard Knight. Covered with brightly colored paint, Bible verses, and messages of unity, the mountain itself is made of concrete, adobe, and straw. Salvation Mountain is one of the most recognizable pieces of American folk art.
Although I am agnostic, I still found that Salvation Mountain is a wonderful place to wander. To me, the message isn't just about devotion to a God but also about general love and peace. Each room and space of the art piece has different messages of love, calls for unity, and Knight's favorite lines of scripture. One of my favorite bits of information about Salvation Mountain is that while he was alive, Knight lived right next to the Mountain and would continue to work and make repairs daily.
If you make a trip to Salvation Mountain, you won’t be alone – about 2,000 people visit the site each week. Salvation Mountain is a popular side trip for those who visit Palm Springs, Coachella, or Joshua Tree. Don’t be surprised if you see people in camping gear or fashion bloggers posing for their next post (we fell into the former category). Either way, Salvation Mountain is worth a quick trip (and photo opportunity).