PLACE Salvation Mountain
Niland, CA 92257
Deep in the Imperial Valley, in the left behind acreage of an old military base, lies a place called slab city, an off the grid impromptu RV camp. It’s full of old slabs of concrete – hence the name – where people spend the winter. Acting like some kind of pearly gate to this nomadic haven is Salvation Mountain.
Created by the extremely affable Leonard Knight, Salvation Mountain is probably more of a hill, but over the last 30 years he has augmented it with adobe and found junk and about 100,000 gallons of paint. It is a 3 story monument to the message that “God Is Love” and covered with biblical quotes.