A Quick Road Trip to Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a beautiful piece of art located in the desert of Southern California about a hour and a half from Palm Springs.  Leonard Knight created Salvation Mountain as a tribute to God and as a gift to the world in order to spread the simple yet powerful message: “Love is Universal.”

It is estimated that over 100,000 gallons of paint has been used so far on Salvation Mountain.  Made totally out of local adobe clay and donated paint, it stands 50ft tall and 150ft wide.  It includes biblical scripture, drawings of flowers and trees, and tons of color.  Salvation Mountain is a must-see for anyone making the drive to Joshua Tree or Palm Springs.

Before You Visit Salvation Mountain:

  • Admission is free, although donations are always accepted
  • The official website states Salvation Mountain is open from sunrise to sunset
  • 84 miles from Palm Springs, about an 1hr 30min drive
  • Make sure to fill up on gas, gas stations are scarce

Here’s some of my favorite pictures from my road trip to Salvation Mountain:

Shop my spring style favorites:

Read more: Hiking & Camping in Joshua Tree National Park

Salvation Mountain is a great stop for any Joshua Tree or Palm Springs road trip.  It was an incredible piece of art with a rich history that you can learn more about here!

Was Salvation Mountain a stop on your road trip? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy travels,

L x


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