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Salvation Mountain

626 Beal Road, Calipatria, California 92233 USA

Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Mon 7a
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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“God is Love! Love is Everywhere!”

Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs.

Salvation Mountain is Leonard's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: "God Is Love."Leonard's passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord's Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner's Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects.

Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of "Love" is everywhere at Salvation Mountain.

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  • 4 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 07, 2013

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PLACE IN PERSON! It is totally worth the drive.

7 people found this review helpful

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  • 9 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

After you see this place, drive a mile more into the property to see the post-apocolyptic sculpture garden--so amazing!

5 people found this review helpful

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  • 3 Helpful
July 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

It's even bigger than you can see in the photos, since there's a whole catacomb-like section that you go into. Amazing, incredible, etc. Crazy to think that one person built the whole thing--plus, if you walk all the way up it, you can walk right over to the trippy water towers right by it. It's only a few yards away!

3 people found this review helpful

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  • 2 Helpful
November 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

Living in a time where everything is so fast paced and one rarely takes a look out the window on a daily commute to work, it was a nice pleasure to visit a place where time simply stood still. Salvation Mountain.
A sanctuary for(and not limited to) artists, travelers, architects, life-lovers and the religious alike. Filled with a fascinating history and surrounded by interesting characters, the small dirt drive to get there was well worth the privilege.

We were fortunate enough to visit while it was a sunny/warm day and almost instantly we knew we had just ventured onto something unexplainable. The mountain itself was more than just gallons of paint and clay over dirt hills in the desert, it was a story of a tenacious man following a vision he saw to the end. My respect and hat off to the belated Leonard Knight.

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 1 Helpful
September 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

It was beautiful & the lady that worked there was very informative. Im definitely glad we put this on the lost to see. Worth it!!

1 person found this review helpful

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July 09, 2015
Rated 5.0

One of the best things I've seen ever. Highly recommend to anyone driving across the states or in Palm Springs. Worth the drive.
Make sure to bring water and not take your car off road. Make that mistake once... lol

1 person found this review helpful

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Toykan Sean Dogan

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  • 1 Helpful
May 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Simply amazing. I've always wanted to meet the creator of this amazing landscape, Leonard Knight, however unfortunately he passed away on February 2014. Rest in peace under them big old sky, Leo!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 1 Helpful
September 04, 2014
Rated 4.0

It's good to plan a day exploring the area. Bombay Beach and the old hotel are gone but there are still some lasting remnants of the outer world Salton Sea. Most will be gone within the decade once the area starts to develop again

1 person found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 3.0

Salvation Mountain served as the inspiration for GTA 5′s Hippie Town in the Desert. It’s basically an art installation that serves as a “tribute to God and his gift to the world.”

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 4 Helpful
April 25, 2014

This place is SO cool, even for non-Christians.

2 people found this review helpful

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Salvation Mountain

626 Beal Road
Calipatria, California
92233 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Pet Friendly
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  • No Public Restrooms
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