Salvation Mountain is a place that I have been seeing on blogs for the past few years and it had been on my bucket list for a while. During my weekend in Palm Springs, I took the opportunity to drive there as it's only an hour and a half away.
The journey was a bit eerie as I was driving past Salton Sea, a huge lake, and through Niland, the village before you reach Salvation Mountain. When I found the site I realised that the place is actually much smaller than I had imagined from the photos I had seen. I don't know what the number of visitors is at peak times but I guess that I was lucky that we were only fifteen people or so present at the same time.
Salvation Mountain is an art piece created by Leonard Knight. He passed away in 2014 but the site continues to grow. When I got there a young man (you can see him on the last photo) was busy painting. A visitor asked him why they didn't charge visitors a fee and he said that Leonard Knight never wanted people to pay money. It is, however, possible to leave a cash donation, which I did, or to donate paint.
I was very impressed by the young man; there he was living on the site, painting in the scorching heat but he was happy and full of energy. 'Isn't it amazing?' he asked me, referring to the piece of art. 'It is indeed!' I replied.
One may or may not believe in God and Jesus; that's up to one's personal beliefs. Salvation Mountain is undeniably a stunning and unique place and most definitely worth a visit. Here is a link to the official website.