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The ultimate half-day, Southern California desert tour



My latest BuzzFeed travel piece came out over the weekend, and it’s about Salvation Mountain. In case you don’t want to click over to read the actual story (but please do!), Salvation Mountain is a massive sculpture ? an example of “outsider art,” or folk art ? in the middle of the desert. It’s not too far from Bombay Beach, which I’ve written about before.

Salvation Mountain is also part of Slab City, a famous squatter community where Laura and I picked up a hitchhiker named Domino, and not far from where I met a man who rides mules across the west.
If you’re interested in visiting this area and are coming from Los Angeles, here are the sites I recommend visiting, along with the amount of time I’d plan on spending there (go in reverse order if coming from San Diego): 1.Bombay Beach:60 minutes.
2. Salvation Mountain: 25-45 minutes.
4. Slab City: 30-90+ minutes. (Duration will depend on how many people are around to talk to).
5. Calexico (optional, ifinterested in checking outa very non-touristy border crossing).
Here’s a map of this trip, but there are a lot of weird things to see out there, so give yourself time to wander.

This is a really cool, unusual part of the world. For example, In my BuzzFeed story, I mentioned a conversation with two older men who had come to the region because in the desert you “can do what you want out here.”
A painted tractor near Salvation Mountain.
The conversation lasted...
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