Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain and DESERT X Private Tour

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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

Americas Dead Sea and Mountain of Love

Salvation Mountain has been described it as a unique and visionary sculpture, a national treasure. Profoundly strange and beautifully accessible, it is worthy of the international acclaim it receives. The artwork is made of adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. It encompasses numerous murals and grottos. With the passing of its original creator in 2014, it's only a matter of time before Salvation Mountain will become unsalvageable.

SPECIAL TREAT: SEE 4 DESERT X Art installations, the most expansive art exhibit on planet Earth

The Salton Sea was formed by an engineering project accident in 1905 that sent water from the Colorado River to the sea bed, the Salton Sea became the state's biggest lake. Developers saw opportunity in the accidental lake, billing it as the Salton Riviera. The ecosystem rapidly began to deteriorate due to that lack of drainage. The signs of a popular resort destination still dot the other-worldly landscape but they exist in a state of decay.


This once in a lifetime tour meets at the La Quinta Historical Society for brief overviews of the Salton Sea/Salvation Mountain tour. A one hour ride with stops at Bombay Beach with half an hour of selfies at Salvation Mountain and a brief visit to Slab City, made famous in the movie "Into the Wild"

Along the way, you will learn about how the largest body of water in California was mistakenly created. How it became a water sports playground mecca in the desert and what suddenly transformed the Salton Sea into a watery wasteland.

Please contact me with any questions and custom tours are available.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: La Quinta Museum 77-885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta, CA 92253 Free Parking is available

End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: La Quinta Museum 77-885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta, CA 92253

Duration: 4 hours


Tour Bus

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: Bus ride & water

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 US - Stop in Niland for lunch and drinks

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks


There are no restrictions

Private tour guide Koz

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