Salvation Mountain / Niland

Salvation Mountain, Niland California

"Leonard Knight - the man, the mountain, the art"
Leonard started this project in 1984, after he failing to get his initial idea off the ground-- a hot air balloon with red letters spelling out the sinner's prayer (seen above in the heart).  He started on a week-long project to build a small monument on the Niland site.  That week turned into years and his monument is now Salvation Mountain.

 The yellow brick road leads to the top of the mountain.

The view from the top.

There's a second smaller mountain that you can go inside.


Leonard may have failed at his hot air balloon, but the mountain is certainly a success. 
Leonard is in his 80's now and lives in a retirement home. You can keep up with him on his Facebook page.