Slab City

<p>Welcome to Slab City, a desolate stretch of desert in Southern California known to its inhabitants as The Last Free Place in America.</p>

VICE travels to Slab City, an ex-military base-cum-squatter haven in Southern California. With the help of two booze-guzzling sherpas, we traverse the Colorado desert to understand why so many call this wasteland home.

View some great photos of Slab City and its inhabitants here: Slab City -- Life in the Pits of the California Badlands .