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Salvation Mountain, Niland

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
Salvation Mountain is a visionary environment covering a hill in the Colorado Desert, north of Calipatria near Slab City, and several miles from the Salton Sea. It is in Imperial County, California.The artwork is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. Salvation Mountain was created by local resident Leonard Knight (1931–2014). It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses, though its philosophy was built around the Sinner's Prayer.The Folk Art Society of America declared it "a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection" in the year 2000. In an address to the United States Congress on May 15, 2002, California Senator Barbara Boxer described it as "a unique and visionary sculpture... a national treasure... profoundly strange and beautifully accessible, and worthy of the international acclaim it receives".In December 2011, the 80-year-old Knight was placed in a long-term care facility in El Cajon for dementia. Leonard Knight died February 10, 2014, in El Cajon.Concern has been raised for the future of the site, which requires constant maintenance due to the harsh surrounding environment. Many visitors bring paint to donate to the project, and a group of volunteers has been working to protect and maintain the site. In 2012, a public charity, Salvation Mountain, Inc., was established to support the project.
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  • Perjalanan 3 jam mengendarai mobil dari Los Angeles menuju Salvation Mountain. Tapi kami puas sekali menikmati keindahan dan keunikan tempat ini.Warna- warna yang cerah sungguh indah diabadikan. 
  • Very unique art installation by a man who truly must have felt the touch of God. Hate to use a cliché term like Outsider Art but that's kind of what this is. Well worth the drive, very neat place. 
  • That absurd place, in the middle of the desert and a hot very long layover, absurd that allows that it's not necessary. I knew him in the movie "into the wild" so being around we decided to stay.
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  • I was in awe the entire time spent at Salvation Mountain. I had recently watched Into the Wild and had some exposure to it. We were in the Salton Sea area and knew this was a must see. It didn't disappoint. There are so many areas tucked away in the various structures/vehicles such as bible verses, pictures, and trinkets visitors have left to pay homage. What an amazing individual to spend his life's work creating such a masterpiece. I have the utmost respect for him and the caretakers who now manage the property. Keeping his spirit alive so that generations to come can view and appreciate his legacy to all.
  • I won't be coming back other than to critique the art. The caretakers living in the trailer at the base of salvation mountain are rude and nosy. We arrived for the first time just before sunset and one of the caretakers who was doing repair work on the mountain did not waste any time kicking people out as soon as the sun set. There was a couple sitting by the cross that sits on top of salvation mountain and the caretaker told them salvation mountain is open from sunrise to sunset, so if you want to start walking down now. Also overheard him yelling at some kids saying they needed to be with an adult to be exploring salvation mountain and to stay off the flowers...which are not real but painted onto a flat surface. I told him this is supposed to be a religious place, to which he replied arrogantly," oh it's just beautiful isn't it?" MY impression is that the people living at salvation mountain are unhappy about receiving many visitors daily because they live there. It's their home. So they are rude to people. Why do they live there anyways?
  • Interesting place. It's even more interesting when you realize that one man made this mountain. That's dedication! Worth a stop if your'e in the area.
  • This place is pretty unreal! I've been here two times so far and it still has not disappointed. Although the drive up might feel a little sketchy, don't let this deter you. Overall, a fun place to explore and great photo spot.
  • its a great place that worth me driving for 3 hours there. met the owner and he gave us a little tour explaning different part of the mountain and how he fixed the mountain. he is such a nice guy! the mountain looks absolutely beautiful and shows the love of God. God bless this place!
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