It is 2.5 hours' drive from San Diego to a picture-perfect oasis in the desert of Imperial Valley.
Warm water is gushing there without being known to the world.
Today Salvation Mountain is one of the famous tourist spots all over the world.
A hippie, Leonard Knight (passed in 2014) spent over 30 years working on the artwork, living in this eccentric truck.
At the beginning, it was just an illegally constructed structure; however, in 2002 the state of California admitted the uniqueness and artistic value and registered it as a cultural property.
Salvation Mountain is just like an oasis full of violent colors and spiritual messages.
Five Palms Warm Well Oasis
It is 40 minutes' drive from Salvation Mountain to the real palmy oasis in the desert.
You need to drive through the sandy plain and park your car on the firm ground.
Imperial Valley’s highest temperature in summer is over 100 degrees F, so that being stuck can be a fatal problem.
An all-wheel-drive car is recommended.
Under the palms, there is a 20-inch deep pond sized for a dozen of people.
Mineral water is gushing straight out of the bottom through a pipe located in the center.
The water temp ia around 91 degrees F, and there is nothing particularly remarkable about the nature.
I found little fish swimming, and no rubbishes.
An old man was soaking without nothing on.
The custom seemed clothing optional.
I spoke to him, and he said that he maintained the spring and installed the pipe by himself.
I was half in doubt but put my hand over the pipe in accordance with his advice.
Suddenly, the bottom of the pond collapsed and my legs sink into knee-deep sand.
I guess that without the pipe the water hole becomes like a bottomless pit.
The unique structure makes the warm spring fascinating, while almost no one is aware of the treasure.
5 Palms Warm Well Oasis, Yuma, California, USA
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No (Camping Prohibited)