Most people visit Palm Desert for its chic atmosphere, fantastic luxuries, opulent resorts, incredible views and indulgent lifestyles. However, OROGOLD recommends you to venture beyond the obvious and spend one of your days going on a short trip to see an art installation that will stay etched in your memories forever. This installation inspires, evokes feelings of faith, leaves people dumbstruck and makes one fall in love with its beauty. Irrespective of the kind of feeling that it generates, each and every person who visits Salvation Mountain terms it as an experience of a lifetime.
The Salvation Mountain is a work in progress that took almost a quarter of a century to finish. Most visitors term this sculpture as a work of art while others are quick to point out that it is actually a work of faith. But the man behind this visual wonder simply termed the Salvation Mountain as his life’s work and a medium to spread the word of Jesus Christ.
Salvation Mountain is one of the must-see attractions when visiting Palm Desert. This unique art installation covers an entire hill in the Colorado Desert and features exquisite artwork made using more than 100 thousand of gallons of paint, adobe and thousands of hay bales. This artistic wonder was created by Leonard Knight, a local resident. It took Leonard 25 years of hard work to complete the entire project and it was only possible because of a single man’s unwavering faith to actually build a mountain out of nothing. The Salvation Mountain’s main claim to stardom came in the year 2007, when Kristen Stewart made it immortal in her movie Into the Wild. Leonard Knight also played a small cameo in the movie. It received recognition on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, National Geographic and Discovery Channel as well.
They say that the Salvation Mountain isn’t an ordinary mountain and neither is the man who built it. The mountain itself encompasses a number of murals and verses from the Bible have been painted in many of its areas. Visitors have been quick to describe it as a unique, visionary and moving sculpture that is beautifully accessible and more than worthy of all the hype and praise showered on it.
The Salvation Mountain perfectly delivers Leonard’s message “God is Love” through an enchanting display of bible verses that have been imbibed into waterfalls, flowers and lakes made from ribbons of paint. Knight passed away at the age of 82, but his unending faith and unwavering determination still serves as an inspiration for the numerous volunteers who dedicate their free time to help in the maintenance of this mighty art installation.
When to go
The ideal time to visit Salvation Mountain is between the months of October to April. OROGOLD recommends you to stay away from the place in the summer months because the temperature can often rise above the 100 degree mark.
What to carry
Make sure that you carry a gallon of paint and donate it for the mountain’s upkeep. Don’t forget to carry some sunscreen, a hat and water for yourself.
The Buckshot Deli & Diner is a quaint little small town diner with friendly service.