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Painted Canyon

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Address: Palm Springs, CA
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its...
A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Very Cool Canyon Hike

Not sure what the official name for this hike is but we did the ladder hike. Great experience- have done Antelope Canyon in AZ and this is similar. The best thing comparing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Riverside
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Not sure what the official name for this hike is but we did the ladder hike. Great experience- have done Antelope Canyon in AZ and this is similar. The best thing comparing the two is this is free and not as crowded. We did the whole loop about 5 miles- the various ladder climbs are really cool and the canyon... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
60 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Although this attraction is listed as "Palm Springs" it is in fact about an hour's drive East of PS past Indio. Nevertheless, it is well worth it. The last part of the access road is unpaved and a little washboard like, but posed no problems. The trail is not very well marked, so check the website for trail details. Early... More 

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New York
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34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Went to Painted Canyon area and Ladders Trail near Indio; had good trail info & map from the web so parking and trail were not hard to find. First recess in Ladder trail was a challenge but well worth the effort. Take water, a hat and your camera...beautiful unique scenery the entire hike.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a really cool trail. We took the Ladder Trail, despite the fact that the first ladder was broken so we had to do some fancy maneuvering to get down. The trail goes between narrow canyon walls and is not hard. When you get to the top you're walking along the ridge with views all around, all the way... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you are thinking of hiking Painted Canyon, make sure you do your homework first. I would not recommend hiking in the noon-day sun. The canyon floor can get very hot. This is not a hike for someone with feet or leg issues. The floor of the canyon is made up of coarse sand and tiny rocks. Every step will... More 

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Langley
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Was a bit to hard for me so I stayed down in the canyon and enjoyed a lovely walk through the canyon floor. Our group did the ladder canyon hike (hard) and loved it! overall the hike was the favourite of the week

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We go there whenever we visit Palm Springs. The slot canyon is so much fun and the ladders exciting.

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Oxford, Ohio
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102 reviews 102 reviews
23 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I highly recommend this hike. Some hints: * Get really good directions. A bit hard to find the parking area * You will need to drive about 5 miles on a dirt road * Watch the trail markers closely. An arrow made out of rocks shows the way. This was really hard to find. I can't say enough good things... More 

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This hike is one of the best experiences I have had: glorious scenery and views and quite wild. I am a 68 year old woman from South Africa where we also have impressive mountains, but no canyons like this. My son and I headed out from Indio with no idea of what to expect and were thrilled. We were intending... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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55 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is really out in 'no man's land'!!! But oh so worth the drive! Make sure you have comfortable and sturdy shoes, as the trail is sandy like walking on the beach. There are rock formations everywhere to climb and ladders anchored throughout the trail that take you up the really steep canyon rocks. There are narrow passages and trails... More 

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