The last free place on Earth: Slab City. That is what they claim. This area is in the middle of nowhere near the Cali and Arizona border and they are allowing you to set up shop in your RV whether it moves or not. Some sort of private land owner wanted to allow people to be able to escape the rent paying society we live in and just bum it here.
Salvation Mountain is a manmade painted hill and labyrinth right as you arrive in Slab City. As you can see from the photos “God is love”. Slab city also has its own trading post, book store and various other odd shops. Most everything has 100+ layers of paint covering it in this “town”. It was definitely an interesting thing to drive through but a quick hour or less trip perusing around will suffice for most visitors.
I stumbled through the Imperial Sand Dunes park on pure accident. I had seen one of my followers Joe Hendricks (check out his photo work on Instagram @joehendricks, he does some great work) post a photo about the sand dunes and was thinking just the day before that it would be rad to see them myself, and literally in the middle of a drive one day I found myself driving straight through the park.
Everyone has seen the Sahara Desert in photos and movies and it seems pretty wild but not unbearable. I’m here to tell you that if you were stranded in the desert it is certain death. With strong steady winds blasting sand on you, heat in the upper 90s and the sun just beating down on you I would give you a few hours at best. Just to get out of the van and walk across the road for a photo was very difficult walking against the wind and trying not to eat sand. Definitely a must see spot in this country.
Also included are a few photos from my BLM, read FREE, camping in Quartzsite. This town is a big draw for snow birds and retirees to drive their RVs but that is about all there is to see. Great views nonetheless.