As we arrived, after a drive through California's Imperial Valley agriculture area and a long stretch through the desert, we were greeted by this sign:
It is one man's tribute to God and his gift to the world. And an amazing work of art. This kiosk told us the story:
Sadly, Leonard died last February. But a group of hardworking and caring people work to maintain his masterpiece and explain it to visitors. We were greeted by this man who was touching up paint on the mountain and acting as the docent for the day:
Before we visited we were talking to fellow RVers who visited recently. They told us of Leonard's death and suggested we not to bring paint as he was no longer there to use it. That was wrong - they are desperate for paint - latex base only - so if you visit take a can. Yellow preferred at the moment. They paint a yellow brick road for visitors to follow while exploring the mountain and the paint wears off quickly with all the traffic. There is a donation box for people like us who come paint-less.
Some pictures from our visit:
|At the base of the mountain. I am standing on the yellow brick road.|
|Arch climbed the mountain. The path was too steep and narrow for me.|
|This picture will give you an idea of the size of Salvation Mountain. Arch is standing beside the base of the cross on top.|
|Leonard Knight lived in this truck most of the year. In the hot summer months he moved to a grotto inside Salvation Mountain.|
|Inside Leonard's home.|
|The guest house|
|Inside the guest house|
|Even the porch (desert) swing was a work of art.|
So if you are in the area of the Imperial Valley or the Salton Sea in California be sure to stop at Salvation Mountain. Simply turn east at the grocery store in Niland and you will find it. And bring a can of paint.