Did you think like I did that Salvation Mountain was in Salton City? Check out the boxes on the map, as they are located on opposite sides of the lake! Salvation Mountain and nearby Slab City are located just outside the community of Niland. We wanted to see the east side of the lake, so we drove the approximate 13 miles north on Highway 86 to Mecca and 55 miles south on Highway 111 to Niland. The route around the southern tip of the lake to Niland is approximately 50 miles.
This is Salvation Mountain as you first approach it. I have to admit that prior to going to it I had imagined it to be remote and possibly unsafe. It is very much a tourist attraction and has attendants that stay on the property. We saw on the Salvation Mountain website or Facebook page that they are wanting workkampers!
Touring Salvation Mountain is free, but donations are accepted.
Here are the rules for the property and a brief history of Leonard Knight, the man who built Salvation Mountain.
I didn't understand the boat at the time we were there, but then there is a lot that spawns a question! I later read that the painted area at the base of the mountain is the Sea of Galilee. Still no connection until later: The boat - The Sea of Galilee! Was his intention to eventually have the boat in the Sea of Galilee? Makes sense to me!
I love all the colors, little windows, and my hubby, Roy, standing there! To his left is the entrance to a maze of rooms and to his right are some smaller individual rooms. You'll see their entrances in the next picture.
Here is a look inside one of the small rooms!
It was nice and cool inside!
Isn't this fanciful and wonderful, like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?!
This is the message Leonard wanted to share with the world!
Check out the yellow brick road! There is a sign at the start of the climb up the mountain that says, "Please stay on the yellow brick road." What a sense of humor!
This is the area to the left side of the mountain. We walked down a sand road on that side.