I want share with you, a place that I went this past summer. I had my sister-in-law visiting us and we drove to this monumental spot located only 132 miles from my home ( Temecula). Exactly, 2 hours and half driving with beautiful scene views around the desert and mountains. Definitely a place to see while you are visiting South California.
It’s pretty busy in the weekends, people from all over the world stop by to see the art made by the visionary Leonard Knight. He passed away in February 10, 2014. But, I’m a true believer that he would continued working doing more and more art over there.
The place gives you emotions from sadness to happiness, cant explain what I felt in the middle of the desert on that day. I only have one thing to say: Go check it out! Its one of those things that You need to do/see before you die. It’s a special place!
You can read about Salvation Mountain here.
Salvation Mountain, Niland, Imperial County, California, USA.
From Los Angeles or Phoenix, take Interstate 10 to the 86S (just east of Indio.) Travel south (11 miles) to 66th Avenue (Hwy 195.) There is a big gas station and truck stop on the left. If you miss this turn, you’ll end up on the wrong side of the Salton Sea. Turn left (east) and go about a ½ mile to Highway 111. Turn right (south) and go about 42 miles to Niland, California. Turn left (east) on Main Street (which eventually turns into Beal Road) and travel for a little over 3 miles. Look to the East. You absolutely cannot miss it.
From San Diego or Yuma, take Interstate 8 to Highway 111 north. Niland is about 32 miles. Turn east on Main Street (turns into Beal Road) and go a little over 3 miles to Salvation Mountain.
You can always turn the Google maps on and enjoy the ride! Don’t forget your camera and water bottle. Also, feel free to explore the cities around, which is very interesting by the way. I will post more about it.