Slab City, a trailer park utopia, thrives in remote desert: Refugees from society and the recession gather at a former Marine base near the Salton Sea. Residents, like Half-Pint and Moth, make their own rules, give talent shows and hold religious services.

There are no municipal services, no streetlights and no water or sewage services. But nobody charges rent or collects fees or tries to impose homeowner covenants.
… “It has a post-apocalyptic look and we like it that way,” said Don Case, 41, who worked as a chef in Colorado and is planning to move to Alaska — someday. “It’s peaceful here, people have it together.”

Photo: Raphael Luciano helps daughter Makayla, 3, float in the hot springs outside Slab City. “We probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the hot springs,” says Maileina Luciano (not pictured). Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Slab City, a trailer park utopia, thrives in remote desert: Refugees from society and the recession gather at a former Marine base near the Salton Sea. Residents, like Half-Pint and Moth, make their own rules, give talent shows and hold religious services.

There are no municipal services, no streetlights and no water or sewage services. But nobody charges rent or collects fees or tries to impose homeowner covenants.

… “It has a post-apocalyptic look and we like it that way,” said Don Case, 41, who worked as a chef in Colorado and is planning to move to Alaska — someday. “It’s peaceful here, people have it together.”

Photo: Raphael Luciano helps daughter Makayla, 3, float in the hot springs outside Slab City. “We probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the hot springs,” says Maileina Luciano (not pictured). Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

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    welcome to my world ass fucks! oh...says she fell in love when she came to slab city, hope...
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    this is the town in Into the Wild. ive been wanting to visit since i was like 14. I wanna go to salvation mountain as...
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