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IMG_8906Just down the road from Salvation Mountain is Slab City, an off-grid RV settlement comprised of an eclectic and highly-eccentric mix of snowbirds, hippies, veterans, drug addicts, retirees, and anarchists. Situated on the site of an abandoned WWII Marine barracks, this lawless and fee-free community (no fees equal no water, electricity or sanitation services) is home to about 2500 people during the winter months while only about 200 much-hardier souls stick around for the summer when desert temps can reach 120 degrees. Both Salvation Mountain and Slab City (including its open-air nightclub The Range, pictured here) were featured prominently in Sean Penn’s 2007 film Into the Wild.

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