Salvation Mountain | Niland

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. 


  1. I have always wanted to go here, it looks so cool!!

  2. Trang Do08:35

    Looks amazing!! Great work!!

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  3. Very interesting place :-)


  4. Rasa Virviciute11:38

    This place looks incredible. x


  5. wow, so much character! Lovely pictures

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  6. Siffat Haider13:58

    I've seen so many pictures of Salvation Mountain - it's definitely on my bucket list to visit. Such stunning pictures!

  7. Oh wow, this place looks really interesting! That's a lot of detailing...

  8. What an amazing place- love the colors against the desert landscape. :)

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  9. I'm always astounded no matter how many pictures I see of Salvation Mountain! I can only imagine it's all the more impressive in person.

  10. Wow! What an amazing piece of work. I was just in Palm Springs a few months ago, and I had no idea this was nearby. I love seeing this kind of immersive spontaneous creative expression in paint.
    Likely By Sea

  11. Denise23:21

    Oh yes, I saw the guy - how lovely that he paints and that the site charges no fee for visitors. Also nice that you wet there and there wasn't a hoard of tourists! I love seeing your discoveries and also agree, that believing or not in God, doesn't tale the beauty of the place, so everyone should enjoy it! Hope you have a nice week!

  12. I hadn't heard of Salvation Mountain but it's incredible, such a unique piece of art

  13. I love all the pictures, never heard this place before but this is totally such an interesting place to visit :)

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  14. The Salvation Mountain is definitely a must see. It looks quite big actually. I am not much a religious person, but as you said, that doesn't matter here.

  15. I really would love to visit Salvation Mountain. I would love to visit this beautiful place sometime, such an interesting place to photograph. I'm a faith led person so I would certainly enjoy viewing it :)

    Laura xo


  16. Oh you are so lucky to have met the caretaker! I had no idea Leonard Knight passed away but it's fantastic that there is still someone there carrying on his work. Salvation Mountain was one of my favorite sites to see. I love your photos, it's taking me back and I love it


  17. Looks interesting, really interesting idea. I would like to feel the atmosphere there ♡

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  18. This seems so cool! I would love to visit someday.


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