Babes Ride Out has always been and always will be a riding event. Nothing makes us happier than to see camp empty out and our Instagram bursting at the seams with ladies tagging us during their adventures and taking in all the beautiful sites the area has to offer. As we near the event, we will be posting some of our favorite places to ride to that are completely surreal. First up on that list is Salvation Mountain....
- 5.5 hours + gas & food stops
- 248 miles round trip
- Click HERE to download the route and plan your gas stops
- Note this route takes you through Joshua Tree Park ($12 per moto but pass is good for 7 days so you can hit this route and do the entire state park the next day or so!)
- HOT TIP: Since this route starts and ends with a rip through the state park, time it right and hit an insane sunset on the way back from the day trip. Nothing is more beautiful.
- Salton Sea is to simply put "NUTS!" Take time to get off the bike and explore the history, the fish bones, the sulfur smell....ahhhh!
- Salvation Mountain is magical. No words can describe it's uniqueness, you gotta see it to believe it!
- Ever seen the movie Salton Sea with Val Kilmer? Filmed here
- International Banana Museum. Self explanatory (thanks for the heads up Ace!)
- East Jesus is a must see for art installations and the Bottle Wall
- Slab City aka "the last free place on earth" ...no words. Part of the movie Into the Wild was filmed here.
This is definitely the longest of the route options but so worth it. We recommend getting an early start for this one. This amazing art installation out in the desert will blow your mind! There is simply nothing like Salvation Mountain anywhere in the world.
Salvation Mountain is an eye-popping burst of color in the Imperial Valley desert two hours east of San Diego. Leonard Knight started building Salvation Mountain in the early 80s. Armed with half of a bag of cement, Leonard fashioned a small monument. One thing turned into another - days turned into weeks and weeks turned into years. Each day, Leonard would put a little more cement and a little more paint on the side of a forgotten riverbank.
"I was just going to stay one week. It's been a very good week" L.Knight 1996
As his monument grew taller and taller, he would pack old junk he found at the dump onto the side of his "mountain," fill it with sand and cover it with cement and paint. As cement was hard to come by, he would mix a lot of (too much) sand with it. Leonard's mountain grew and grew - 30, 40, 50 feet and more. It was the same familiar patchwork of colors emblazoned with a big red "God Is Love" on a white background. Below that was the Sinners Prayer and a red heart. It was quite a spectacle out there in the middle of nowhere. Leonard estimates that he has put well over 100,000 gallons of paint on his mountain.
Other Things Worth Checking Out on this Ride
- Salton Sea Bay Club
- Salton Sea Visitors Center
- Bombay Beach Ruins
- Buckshot Deli and Diner
- Mud Volcanoes and Mud Pots
Before You Ride
- NO ROUTES GO OFF-ROAD! If your GPS takes you to dirt, turn around immediately.
- As a motorcyclists, it's 100% your responsibility to check the route for any road closures as we near the event, plan your gas stops, organize your group or link up with new friends based on riding abilities and tank sizes, have a plan for breakdowns (check your insurance for road side assistance or invest in AAA's towing package for motorcyclists). We are not responsible for transporting broke down bikes to and from camp. This is YOUR adventure so take pride in the planning and the process.
- We will have Biltwell routes maps at the Mojave Desert Land Trust booth with routes ranging from 60 miles to 300 we we strongly suggest you download the google map before you head out so you are aware of every turn.
- Riding in a group? Please refresh yourself and the group by having your own riders meeting to designate a sweep and lead. Plan gas stops, food stops, etc. Click HERE for a great riding in groups etiquette refresher!
- You are riding at your own risk