Salvation Mountain is a man-made mountain in the middle of the Californian desert, dedicated to sharing Jesus’ love.
Paul and I had the pleasure of visiting Salvation Mountain (SM) on our drive back from California. When we arrived it was quite hot and sunny, but we were the only people there, which was lovely. We explored the various passageways and climbed to the top for beautiful views of the desert and the colorful words of Knight’s message.
SALVATION MOUNTAIN, NILAND CALIFORNIA
Leonard Knight, the mountain’s creator, had a mission to share the love of Jesus with everyone he met. He experienced a spiritual awakening and began to travel from church to church to share his message. Sadly, he wasn’t taken seriously and his beliefs were deemed “too simple” by the churches.
He decided he would try a new approach to spreading the love, by building a giant hot air balloon with the words “God is Love”. After years of hand-sewing the fabric, he realized it was too big and it would not properly inflate. At this point, many people would give up. But not Leonard Knight.
Heading to the deserts of California, he sought out a space to build a mountain of love. Although he experienced many pitfalls before he arrived in California, he succeeded in creating Salvation Mountain.
Built with a mixture of adobe, sticks, and paint, Salvation Mountain is covered in Knight’s message of God’s love. He didn’t consider himself any one religion, only as a non-denominational Christian. His hope was that others would come to Salvation Mountain and ask God to come into their lives. Visitors are welcome 365 days a year from sunrise to sundown. If you go, please respect their rules and drive slowly, there are many dogs roaming nearby.
Leonard Knight passed away in 2014. If you’d like to read more about his life and his mission, I highly recommend visiting the Salvation Mountain website.
Today SM is kept up by the help of volunteers and donations.